Mar 20, 2011

Sunshine in the Garden...

Yesterday I got to play for almost 
the whole day in the garden.
There were chillies to harvest.
Globe artichokes to cut.
{I let this one flower first because 
it is just SO pretty!}
Hedges to clip.
Sunny spots to bask in.
Happy~face flowers to say hello to.
Beds to weed, 
especially after all the rain!
Roses to pick, to arrange in milk bottles...
and to dry with cinnamon sticks 
for pot pourri bowls. 
And in the afternoon, 
as a reward, it was just beautiful 
to stretch out by the pool...
And enjoy a moment in the autumn sun,
dining al fresco!

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful sunny 
weekend too.


  1. I love everything you got do indulge in! Is that your pool?? Love it! We are in the planning stages of getting a pool. Sounds like Saturday was exactly as it should be :) XO, Kelly

  2. your roses are to die for - just divine - have a great week le xox

  3. What a gorgeous garden you've got there, Virginia! really nothing feels better than pottering around one's garden on a pleasant your pool too...with the hot weather we are having in delhi would be a perfect spot for me to chill!! hope you are having a great weekend! xx meenal

  4. Lovely post Virginia, I had no idea that artichokes bloomed amazing :)
    A xx

  5. This seems like the perfect Sunday pleasure! Am so envious of that sun - all we have here in Sydney is grey misery. Blah!

    I love the look of that artichoke flower! I don't think I have ever seen one. It's stunning!

    Have a great start to the week and thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures.

    x Charlotta

  6. What a wonderful way to spend a day! If that is your backyard, its simply gorgeous - i'd be blissfully happy to spend an entire weekend in it. I'm happy to say today is the first day of Spring here in Canada (Yay!) and I see evidence of tulips and daffodils poking thru the ground. Let the gardening begin : ))

  7. Thank you for the lovely comments! Yes, Carol and Kelly, that is my garden and pool. The groovy kidney shaped pool goes with the 1970s origins of the house, so I have re-designed the garden around the same organic shapes. The climate in Melbourne is great for gardening, although you never know when the sun will shine like it did this weekend. Make hay while it does!

  8. V...Beautiful pictures....I loved reading this post because it reminds me of what I have to look forward to in my garden...(spring here). Thanks for sharing your Saturday..k

  9. Gorgeous photographs. I want to stick some of those gorgeous flowers and display them in my living space :)

  10. I wish I had enjoyed a beautiful weekend like yours!
    Hopefully the good weather won't be long to arrive here!
    Great pictures!

  11. i can't believe the flower on the artichoke!!!

    i guess i need a garden. who knew?

  12. what I would give to get into that pool right now!
    <3 Cara
    Lilac and Grey

  13. pretty photos

  14. A lovely sight for these color starved winter eyes.

  15. Hi Virginia, Oh what a beautiful setting you have to enjoy. I forget that our seasons are opposite. In Calif. we are in Spring or at least trying to be Spring, lots of rain going on right now but I think it will make for happy plants later in the season. Thankyou for stopping by my blog today for a visit and leaving a comment it is so nice to get to know those that are reading, I hope to see you there often, Happy monday,Kathysue

  16. That first rose looks like red cabbage with the beautiful striping! We're experiencing so much run in SoCal now that I can't wait to see my garden look this've got quite the green thumb! Thanks for sharing!


    Haute Khuuture Blog

  17. Hi Virginia,
    What a lovely garden. Who knew globe artichokes had those lovely flowers? Love your blog.
    Beth xx

  18. oh lucky you, sounds heavenly!

  19. Hi, Virginia!
    Your garden is so perfect, the photos are gorgeous.
    Oh, look at the color of those roses!
    Lovely post, thanks for sharing.

  20. what a lovely blog you have here! beautifully designed, great header, good content...i had no idea artichoke produced flowers! so pretty.. :-)

  21. Always a pleasure to come here!
    the photos are simply wonderful!

    A big hug,

  22. I love the artichokes, they look so beautiful and what a pool:)
    The name Henrietta is not so usual in Finland and I have been only Henrietta all my life as your daughter will be there:) In England and France it more usual or like Henriette.
    Give a hug for your daughter from finnish Henrietta:)

  23. thanks for coming to visit! have a beautiful and inspiring blog



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