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Want a Tour of our Fairies in the Tea Garden?

We have always had a white garden, and with a white garden
we seem to attract quite a few fireflies... 
So hence the name, Fairies in the Tea Garden...
It is a magical place of activity from the burst of sunlight in the am
till dusk in the evening. Although  it is still cool for our FAIRIES
to join us, I assure you they will be around very soon...
They always make an appearance once all the gardens are in bloom. 

The past 3 weekends, we have been very busy with
our crew, building pergola ( still have another to build next weekend)
The gardening really took precedence as many of the seedlings
that I planted in March in our kitchen were bursting out of their pots...

So join me on a tour, if you like...



Ahhh a little tidbit...my Beloved drinks a lot of gatorade when
he is training. ( cancer ride in 3 more weeks)
so I take his empty bottles, cut the ends off them and place
them in my pots so I can easily water and feed them..
This way the food does not burn their leaves and the soil
gets all the nutrients....
See it below on the left...
This is a fairly large TEA CUP and saucer...the last
photo will you a better idea of the scale of it..

well anyway, I planted one of my many BLACK PANSIES
for our deck....
 

and I just happen to have a black and white giant TEA CUP
to match yes, the black and white laminated GINGHAM from RBD...
( Thanks to RBD for keeping GINGHAM, remember our campaign last summer)
It worked ..wink! 



Now Garden # 1 is in our front yard. That medium size tree is a service berry..
it had beautiful blooms last week...
--some hollys behind them....
....3 bushes of those...they are nice in the winter..
they stand out... some hostas there in front....they spread and grow nicely..
as well as all those low leafy greens, will be daisies...
Our whole front garden will be bursting in WHITE DAISIES 
in a few more weeks...We have that huge cedar...
it was less than 1 feet when we planted it 5 years ago....
now it is over 7 feet tall...the bushes on your far right...
wraps around our whole front yard, they are fire bushes..
they turn bright red in the fall....
 ( I could not find white fire bushes :) )
 Now let's enter the gates to our backyard, where we have 5 gardens....all in different stages
This one GARDEN #2 was the first one we planted....all those Viburnums ( for those asking about pom-pom or snowball bushes, this is not them) Viburnums can grow as high as 8 feet, although ours are now over 9 feet tall and almost 8 feet wide....WE just got a couple more...so now we are up to 9. The one on the left is being shaped as a tree...although it is a bush and wants to be, but we keep her trimmed ...( she is very girly)



If I was standing beside this one...I would only reach it half way...
our fence is over 7.5 feet...so it gives you an idea how big he is...
They have been doubling in size since we planted them 5 years ago...



another view taken this morning....it is cloudy so it was perfect for photos showing how
white they are...The blooms will last another week to 10 days...
Once they regroup till next year...in between each of the bushes we have
peonies all white that will fill those spaces with more WHITE.

close up of them...they resemble hydrangeas...

Now this is my pride and joy....COSMOS...a very special lady sent me a slew of seed
packets...I started these all from seed...over the summer this will be a wall of cosmos..
They grow about 5-6 feet tall, and already have started blooming...they will bloom
till fall...I will keep taking photos of their progress...I have to say they are my favourite...
these are between the last viburnum and the lilac bush...I keep that space open for just cosmos..
in front  of them is a low flowering white bush....called I DON"T KNOW...lol
I transplanted it from other home..



My white lilac bush is planted at the base of our clothesline....it is still in full bloom
and the light perfume they give out attracts many bees and butterflies...although
this morning I think I was up before they were....this is at the end of garden #2


Garden #3 is at the back of our yard....we have 2 Viburnums here one at each end and 
all those white bushes are Bridals Wreath...they only bloom once....so soon 
we will have other annuals and perennials taking over..


Another close up of the Viburnums..

 Garden #3 is actually 2 gardens...we have the other garden tucked behind this wall...( our yard slopes to the forest, so to keep the soil contained, we built a wall last summer. )

The photo above shows that...and this one has another Viburnum tree and I have planted snow covering and black pansies alternating all the way across....It will show up possibly in
June and July....when all of my Hydrangeas will be in full bloom too...( now these are called snowballs) I have 4 of those...they are on the other side of the viburnums)



Now Garden #4 does not look much just yet...but let me say within weeks, beets, carrots, cucumber for dills, tomatoes, 4 variety of lettuces will complete fill this raised garden..
This raised garden is 12 feet x 16 feet, and gives us enough greens for the whole summer...
across from it is my herb garden #4 b ( as we are working on another pergola next weekend
it has to be empty..I just have some of my herbs lying on the top...

I love this garden, it looks rather lonely at the moment but these lobelia plants
really spread and continually flower all summer long...and the bushes on both 
sides will be flowering soon and all of them spring up with delicate white flowers...
That is a pear tree in the centre...and I forget the green and white bush....but that one
just keeps getting larger each year...All these bushes are low so they just add enough impact to 
be noticed.. 




Right by our deck I have this Clematis ( yes white flowers will soon be popping)
It is over 4 feet already..


Now this is Garden #6 was just dug up last summer....on the left
will be a wall of COSMOS....a new Viburnum TREE ( we call him Charlie Brown, 
he looks pretty pitiful, but we see potential(  and we planted yet
another at the end ....( bottom) You can see Garden #3 viburnum waving....

This garden has hostas, lobelias and black pansies, another pear tree on your far right)
.. as they are all young plants
I assure you there will be lot's of colour to view in a few weeks..
WE have learned from the past not to put too much in the garden
so there is no competition .....
There have been some DEATHS and STRANGULATIONS..
we are trying to limit that this year ..wink...


These have a very large name...anyone know what these are called they are on both sides of the pear tree too. , ..he is new and he is fairly large....about 2 feet wide already..


Look at how proud my cosmo is...... I planted an even 12 of these here...
OHHH it will be soo beautiful very soon...




I found this photo of what it used to look like ....and I loved it then...
but now....well you be the judge!



And NOW we can rest ....OUR first pergola is completed....even 
has a curtain at the end....we were trying to keep the birds out..
they were coming in and sitting on the barn wall and making well 
let's just say, we knew who was messing up our deck with their droppings lol...
and it was not our Cats...-

OHHH look GINGHAM...tablecloths, made from RBD laminates..
I sew them to the legs so they don't catch any wind.....

WE ordered special outdoor blinds, will show them next week
when the whole deck will be completed...WE still have to wait a couple
more weeks to re-stain the deck and pergolas....so we still have a bit more
to do...but today, I am sitting outside awhile and do some stitching on my JUNE 
Paper Lady....I am in need of some rest...how about you?
CARE to join me?

It is Victoria day in North America these past two weeks,
let's say a prayer to keep those serving SAFE..! 


for more inspiration join Oksana and Vickie once again!

65 comments:

  1. Everything is looking beautiful. Thank you for the tour of your garden, so pretty. The deck is looking very inviting.Would love to join you for coffee and stitching.

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    1. Sweet Mary and her passions for flowers and seeds...you my lady would have a blast here...we could converse about all the seeds that have found themselves in my garden....come anytime..

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  2. Wow Samm - this is so beautiful it's like a botanical garden I would go visit! I love all the white and am so in love with the new look on your deck. It makes me anxious to get home to work on mine! blessings, marlene

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    1. Helllllllllllo Marlene...you will be creating your space before you know it...funny how as we get into another season in our life... a pleasant quite surrounding is so inviting...

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  3. Your gardens are so very beautiful Samm. It looks so heavenly dressed all in white. The white and green make such a perfect backdrop for all of your pretty accents of red. What a lot of work you have done. Sit back and enjoy pretty lady, your work is to be enjoyed! I know I am enjoying it, thank you for the peek into your gorgeous space. xx

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    1. ahhh yes that wee bit of RED Cori, is so necessary..i have always had a white garden and always something red to say " take notice" but I think how wonderful it would be to have an all red garden, or pink, or yellow...but somehow WHITE for me...is perfect...very calming....

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  4. I'm SOOO glad you gave me a tour of all your gardens, Samm! Absolutely LOVELY! I'm eagerly waiting for the plants to flower during the summer so I can see what they look like better. lol

    Do you have bugs up there? And what about a breeze while you're resting in your little cozy nook? Seeing all those curtains makes me think it doesn't get that hot up there. Not like it does here! We're 88 degrees today. (pant, pant) and we don't have the air conditioners in the windows yet.

    Enjoy your efforts!

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  5. I'm SOOO glad you gave me a tour of all your gardens, Samm! Absolutely LOVELY! I'm eagerly waiting for the plants to flower during the summer so I can see what they look like better. lol

    Do you have bugs up there? And what about a breeze while you're resting in your little cozy nook? Seeing all those curtains makes me think it doesn't get that hot up there. Not like it does here! We're 88 degrees today. (pant, pant) and we don't have the air conditioners in the windows yet.

    Enjoy your efforts!

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    1. And Carol I am always pleased to see you..you are such a sweet lady to leave some a nice note...and bugs we really don;t have any that bothers us..all around our yard and especially under the deck..we grown peppermint, spearmint and apple mint...all critters and insects are not to pleased with the smell....

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  6. Such a beautiful garden !! Great idea with the blooms in the cup ;))
    Greetings
    Marion

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    1. Hello sweet Marion...yes that cup is one I have had for many many years....it was given to me while I was working as my COFFEE CUP...of course that would be far too much caffeine for any lady...so I made it into a planter lol

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  7. I love your garden. The rest area looks so inviting to! I can't wait to see pictures of all the blooms. It will be like your personal secret garden, :)

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    1. What a lovely surprise...and you are right you know....it is a secret garden...many things happen in this space...my creativity seems to flourish here...

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  8. Beautiful! I have cut the bottoms off of gallon milk jugs and placed them strategically in our garden boxes for watering in the past. Gatorade bottles in planters is genius!

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    1. Renee, it takes one to know one...funny lady ..x

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  9. Your gardens all look so pretty, Samm. I love all the white. I think that the cosmos is also one of my favorite flowers in the garden.

    Great resting area!!!! Love the pergola. It all looks so inviting. Smell the lilacs for me!

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    1. Ahhh Mary you could join me anytime..we would have a wealth of knowledge and passion to share...

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  10. Gorgeous Samm! The black mulch sets it off to perfection. I think that the little bush in garden 5 might be a eunonamous.

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    1. glad we got that straight..you are so funny..

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  11. I always enjoy seeing your garden(s). Each year it grows by leaps and bounds!!!

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    1. you remember sweet Judy, it has grown almost double. x

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  12. Thanks for bringing us in to your fairy garden today - love all those white blossoms! Stunning! And the pergola looks so restful and inviting and homey. Just beautiful.

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    1. HI Deonn....sweetest of all....always nice to have a nice place to call home x

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  13. I love seeing all the white you found to grace your garden. I love my Snowball bush. Viburnum is the Botanical name, right? We had to take out the one that was too close to the house. I miss it!

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    1. around here we don't call them snowballs....unless they are hydrangeas. they are so lovely any name you call t hem

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  14. Wow!!! Such amazing, beautiful, nice garden you've got!!!! Thanks for all your photos! So great!

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    1. Hello sweet lady....always nice to see you ....come and visit...

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  15. Samm, about how you nice and cozy! It was a nice walk!

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    1. thank you so much....love seeing you..

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  16. Your garden looks lovely with so many blooms!!:)

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    1. thank you Preeti....your note is very sweet..

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  17. Beautiful all white and pure, love the white Cosmos , I still have a few more plants to put in this week and we are done .

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  18. So beautiful and restful. Rest up, sounds like you still have much to do. It's just lovely all in white. Love the red pop of your new chair.

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    1. Hi Corrie....ohhhh what a sweet thought....and my chair..it is a dream....very cozy, big enough to share.

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  19. Stunning and Breathtaking gardens and outdoor spaces you have. Your sitting area is so inviting and I can visualize you stitching away when you are able to take a break from all that work involved in having such a glorious space. Blessings and Many Years of Garden Bliss...

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    1. Hi Sherry of bliss world.....it has been a treat each day...it is where I begin my day and end...and during..wellllll I have some things that need my attention....wink

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  20. Oh I love your gardens, Samm! All those whites and greens - and - oh - these viburnums!
    Amazing!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. Hi sweet Hilda.....well coming you queen of gardens, I love this....see you soon

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  21. Gorgeous. There is a lot of work and love in your gardens! You did them proud!

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    1. Ahhh Joan thanks....our garden thanks you too.

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  22. Samm your garden is very beautiful ! Its luxurious! Everything is made with big love and care!!nice pics. Thank you my dear for good mood!
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Helllllllllo sweet lady..how are you ....it is always a nice day when I can share it with you... thank you for coming on my tour....xx

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  23. I am always in awe of your gardens and would love to sit and enjoy the beauty just as you do.

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  24. hi sweet Michele. i just poured coffee and muffins are ready, come and visit......

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  25. What gorgeous gardens! They are looking so inviting!

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    1. ahhhhh LInda who is garden queen herself...this is a compliment t.y.

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  26. Using a Gatorade bottle for your fertilizer is a great idea and something I will definitely be doing in my tiny garden. Everything looks so beautiful and peaceful in your back yard. Love it!

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    1. I know can you believe what a great way to utilize and re-use something plastic...your tiny garden will grow for it too...you come by anytime x

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  27. Ohhh, you are inspiring me to go out and dig in the dirt and drop in some seeds. (Grin) Love the virtual tour of your special places....yes, a quiet spot is a treasure. Around here, we're all about repurposing and reusing....great idea!

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    1. ohhh look its jacque...nice to see you ....and yes hoping many will be inspired to grow..it helps so much for our planet

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  28. Your garden is looking lovely. Temps are starting to get a little better here. Ground is still to soggy. Can't wait till I can get planting!

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    1. HI Theresa, i have heard about all the rain..it seems are whole planet is a bit unbalanced...we had just a bit of rain yesterday after almost 3 weeks....glad you approve of course...

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  29. I fascinated by your garden dear Samm! It's so beautiful and tidy! :)

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    1. hello sweet lady we meet again...I am so pleased you like...we have spent a lot of time getting it ready....this weekend we will be done...

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  30. Beautiful gardens! I love virburnum too and have them throughout my garden.
    The little shrub looks like potentilla..........yes?

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    1. Hello Christine Ann...it could be....and thanks for dropping by....I will look it up now...

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    2. My pleasure! I've been following your pages for a long time and admire your work ethic as well as the beautiful handwork projects you share. Thanks!

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  31. I agree with ChristineAnn. Potentilla. Beautiful garden.

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  32. How beautiful your gardens are with an absolutely lovely resting spot to enjoy....thank you for sharing your lovelies Samm.

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