Monday, April 25, 2016

A Visit to the Garden

Hi Friends,
I'm stopping in to share a little walk around my spring garden.
I had some fun with a photo of my guys Texas birdhouse.
Gotta love photo editing!!

Welcome to my garden!

Lots of pretty blooms are sharing their beauty
along with so much in green 
due to our heavy rainy season.

Not complaining though as we will be very HOT and dry soon enough.

I have created several garden sections to the yard.
Starting with a side memory garden,
for  the angels and fairies that live and delight here.

Begonias are growing so pretty among the little village of fairy houses.

This corner shares with the birds,
Day-lilies, Rosemary and Carolina Jasmine.

Looking down the entry walk to the pool,
I have a sweet Saucer Magnolia here to the front,
Camellia Bush, Roses, Boxwood, Creeping phlox
a mystery plant.
What is it???
Each year it comes back stronger then the last.
Let's looks closer below.

Does anyone know what this is?
I'm calling it 
Jack's Beanstalk!!
It does make a small white cluster flower at times.
Maybe it's a big weed.
If so, it sure makes a nice filler to the walkway!!

Along the path, the angels enjoy story time
sitting in the Creeping Phlox.

This plant on the red iron seat is 
It does so great in hot sun and high temps.
This one hung on from last summer.

Last year my guy created this window box for the fence.
I fill it with faux boxwood and my version of "Knock Out Roses".
This spot is just too hot for anything to grow in the window box.
Sometime it's okay to help mother nature along in the decorating for the garden!

This side of the yard is the Bistro Garden.
Growing here is Clematis, Tea Roses,
 and a Palm Tree
that I started 20 years ago in a small poolside pot.
It grew leaps and bounds so it was quickly added to the ground.
This year for the first time, it made a flower.
Didn't get a photo of it, but it was pretty for a day or so.

This is a little prayer garden with St. Francis over looking 
carpet roses along the path and the birds that come to live here.
Carpet Roses vine and stay fairly close to the ground spreading along.

Another couple of angels having a story time.
Mister Lizard got in on the fun.

Here he is, sunny on the angel wing!
Going into that area to the prayer garden and my potting bench,
I have an arch of Trumpet Vine.
This vine grows like a weed
 and makes a gorgeous orange red 
Trumpet flower later in the summer.

Some have told me this vine can get wild and pop 
up anywhere in the yard.
I have not seen that happen though and it's been 4 years since planted.
It does attract butterfly's and it's a striking flower in bloom.

Herbs on the potting bench.
 My son built this bench many years ago
and gave it to me for Christmas.

This year, I'm so excited to see some buds on my Hydrangea plants.
I have them planted in a shady area to the right of my potting bench.
It gets good shade here since in Texas, they seem to do better out of the direct sun.
Last year, this area of bushes was huge, but not one bloom all season long.
Hopefully this season will be different.
I missed drying the gorgeous flowers!

This red rose vine is a Mr. Lincoln Rose.

The Tea Roses are all in pink bloom now and the scent is heavenly.

Lastly, on the patio coffee table, I'll share the mosquito plant 
or sometime called,
 Green Geranium~
although it doesn't make a flower.
This has the scent of citronella 
and helps to keep the mosquitoes away when we sit out on the patio.
Just pinch off a leaf and rub it on your arm or legs 
it's organic bug repellent.

So enjoyed having you stop by and visit in my garden today.

I'm trying to be back in blogland once a week if possible.
In the meantime, 
I'm looking forward to visiting you.

Have a great week!

Joining today


Anonymous said...

Perfect medicine for the soul, a walk through the garden. Love all the pretty details in your garden, Celeste. And I recognize that potting bench I loved so much the first time I saw it.
Enjoy spring, my friend.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

A beautiful post shared from your heart. Beautifully written and I love how you've named sections of your gardens. Your bistro garden to dine poolside and be graced by the blooms and delicate scents - divine ... And Angels in another section to guard and protect all you nurture. Your efforts in gardening produce a prolific abundance of floral beauty. Nope, I have no idea what that plant growing is but I will forever call it Jack's Beanstalk.
Enjoy a delightful week my friend.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Celestina,
I love your beautiful garden! I really like the little angels and there is just so much to look at. You did a great job with it. I like the plant that repels mosquitos.
Thanks for the tour of your garden and enjoy your week. :)
Julie xo

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh goodnes, CM - what a delightful tour of all your exquisite gardens! It';s so weird that you are in full bloom and 10 days ago it snowed here.....though it has warmed up and I have "de-winterized" the patio room - not cleaned thoroughly yet but shall do so soon.

It's amazing we're in the same country when the weathers are so vastly different, isn't it?

I should very much enjoy smelling all your blossoms, bet it is beyond lovely!

I love yourpotting bench your son made and your neat "Pic Monkeyed" shot of the birdhouse your wonderful hubs made you - oh and the faux plants in the window box he made you.....would never be able to tell had you not shared that - looks very real.

Just remember to water your hydrangeas every single day - and use used coffee grounds and tea leaves around the base, they love acidic soil to be a nice blue hue. :- )

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Very nice pictures and beautiful vignettes in your Garden. An example of imaging what heaven will look like but even more majistic.

Betty said...

Your garden looks so lovely and I adore those cute little angels.

Stacey said...

Your yard is always so pretty! You bring your artistic touches outside just like inside. I'm not sure what the mystery plant is...the leaves reminded me of a sunflower but not the white flower part.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love your garden area. It has so many pretty plants and bits and pieces of charming furniture and décor!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, How did you do the first bird house picture overlay with brick? So cool!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Afternoon~
Your backyard is a true Oasis-and a lovely extension of your creativity and nurturing.
Each detail is placed so thoughtfully and it is also very neat and well kept. My husband would so appreciate that.
Thank you for sharing another facet of your graceful artistic nature! Beautiful:)

Debby Ray said...

Celeste, your garden is gorgeous...such an inviting area to just kick back and enjoy a tall, cold glass of sweat tea! You should be quite proud of this lovely area! Enjoy your week :)

craftyles said...

Your garden is so beautiful. I'm loving all the different vines and your little vignettes. Lots of great ideas too. Simply stunning! said...

Beautiful as always xo

shortybear said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful garden

Linda Walker said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in your gardens. They are all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!! We are still chilly and possibly expecting a couple inches of snow overnight.
:( good thing I'm patient!!!lol...

Stephanie said...

Your garden is simply beautiful, my friend. I think if I had such a lovely garden that I would be out among the flowers all day.

Wishing you a joyous week. Hugs!

Createology said...

Every vignette in your garden is glorious. I adore how you have different zones for plants and story art. The green lizard is very cute on the Angel wing. I just spent a few hours outdoors weeding and cleaning up debris. It is cold and windy here. My roses are budding and getting ready to bloom. I love a garden with such wonderful gifts from Mother Nature. Garden Bliss Dear...

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

So good to see a post from you - have missed you very much.

Your flower gardens are very lovely and I like all the names you have given to them. Your photo's are so good, feels like we are right there walking around your garden.

Hope this finds you finds and doing all the things you enjoy. Wishing you a wonderful week of sunshine.


Kim said...

What a lovely garden, all the sweet touches really make the space so interesting...and pretty! :)

Laura said...

Your garden is lovely and it is a testament to your creativity.
It is all so lovely.
I am so glad you shared this at our Garden Party!

White Spray Paint


You have a wonderful backyard! I enjoyed the tour.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi my friend! Oh my, I so enjoyed my stroll around the nooks and crannies of your pretty yard, pool, and garden areas. Since I love whimsy, I so loved all the fairy houses, cherubs, birdhouses and yard art. St. Francis has a prominent role in your garden, which I loved seeing, too. Now about the sure have a green thumb! How nice that your purslane made it through. Your clematis, carpet roses, and even your faux plants in the window box looked real! My hydrangeas this year were filled with new growing blooms, but the hail really beat them up, one more than the other. I'll have to see how they do! You just have the magic touch in gardening, too, with your artistic Celestina Marie touch! Love to you and may you have a happy week. ❤️

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I so enjoyed touring your lovely garden. It truly is an oasis. Oh how I wish Jasmine grew here. The smell is heavenly! My trumpet vine does have shoots coming up in a lot of other places, but I don't mind it. If I don't want it there I pull them out. The plant leave look like they could be a Nicotiana, but not sure. Thanks for sharing with the Garden Party.

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
thank oyu for this lovely wlak through your garden paradise! It is growing and flowering so pretty everywhere! Made with so much Love, my dear friend! I really enjoyed this walk arround! The Potting bench is great, such a big help, and it looks beautiful !
So glad to have you back, even if it is once a week, just do, like it is good for you and your time allows to come arround!
Sending much Love and hugs and blessings to you,
have a great week,
Claudia xo ... I missed you too :O)

Blondie's Journal said...

Everything is so pretty, Celeste! You could have made three posts out of this but still, the abundance of pretty flowers and plants is so beautiful. You have two green thumbs for sure!

I'm wondering if your mystery plant is milkweed? Do the flowers bloom near the top? They spread easily and attract monarch butterflies.

Enjoy your garden!!


Valerie-Jael said...

Your garden looks wonderful. Love that huge plant, but I don't know what it is. Have fun in your garden. Here it's icy cold again, no weather for sitting outdoors. Hugs, Valerie

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my goodness! I love your beautiful garden.

handmade by amalia said...

A proper spring garden! I enjoyed my visit very much.

Anna said...

Your garden is really beautiful !!!! A little piece of paradise to relax and meditate !!!!
A lot of work too !
Have a lovely day !

Alessandra said...

Your garden is fairy! Very pretty and nice pictures. Everything is so lovely.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Thank you for this nice walk through your lovely gardens.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your sweet angels, especially the one reading. And I need to find a green geranium. You have a beautiful garden that you can enjoy year round. Hugs, Diane

Crissi said...

Hello Celestina - everything is so beautiful - so perfect!
Great and blessed week
hug Crissi

Sue Kosec said...

Well I'll say that somebody certainly has a green thumb. Everything here is absolutely beautiful - you're so fortunate to have such beauty at your fingertips.

Happy gardening!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh Celeste, I'm overwhelmed! : ) Thanks for taking time to post and share these beautiful photo's. (I am lonely for Spring/Summer~ But it is usually late here in CS,CO.) I really enjoyed seeing how you positioned the sweet angels around your garden, and all the green lusciousness! and flowers...*sigh* so beautifully done~ It is a nice sanctuary and I'm sure a great blessing to your family~ Have a great week! Karen O

Conniecrafter said...

So good to see you back and posting and to share your wonderful garden with us, it is just so lovely! We had some mystery plants too that ended up being weeds, it's amazing how deep the roots were on it, that are is just gorgeous! Love your little angel statues, so sweet. Your plants and flowers in the window box look so real, I love the bird houses arranged by it too! Love how full the trumpet vine is over the arch and so sweet of your son to build the bench. I had never heard of that plant but I like the idea of having a natural mosquito repellent. Hope your enjoying your week!

Jan Hermann said...

What a lovely garden, Celeste! I love all of the pretty flowers and plants. The angels are some of my favorite Garden statues!


Dorthe said...

Dear Celeste, your garden is a Paradise of so many beautiful plants and flowers, sweet corners, love your bird one, and prayer one, --- your arch and all the other places you show.
Here it feels like winter, and no much sun and warmth .....
Wishing you a blessed week, dear.
Dorthe, xxoo

Anonymous said...

Beautiful garden Celestina! I particularly love your San Francesco statue :-))

Feral Turtle said...

You truly live in Wonderland. It is just so beautiful. If I were there I would be having a cup of tea with you by the pool. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden Celeste!!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your back yard and garden area is so pretty. I didn't know a palm would produce a flower! You have so many sweet accents and all your plants look wonderful. I was just looking at my rose last night for signs of it coming alive and did spot some green so I'm tickled! Love your potting bench- how sweet that your son built that for you!

cynthia lee designs said...

I love your pretty is beautiful.!! I'm trying to get back into blogging...just a lot of things going on here with elderly parents that need our help.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Celeste! WOW, your garden is in full bloom! What joy nature gives us! We are finally blooming here, but paying the price with thunderstorms. However, I love how neon green everything gets after a few good jolts of thunder and lightening!

Enjoy every step you take in your garden. It's beautiful!

Debbie Harris said...

Celestina, that was a lovely walk through your gorgeous garden. Oh...I felt as though I could smell the fragrance of those blossoms and the citronella, oh my my. I must see if we can grow that in our area and plant it for those pesty mosquitoes, although we do not have them too badly at our place.
Your pool area is always so inviting...
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your beauty with us.
We woke up to 2 inches of snow this morning. :) I tell the Lord that I am thankful for the moisture, otherwise, not sure I would be so happy.
Our snow storms have put a damper on my outside work.

Have a beautiful day, sweet friend~~

Donna said...

Oh wow! Your gardens are just gorgeous, Celestina! Looks like they are off to a wonderful start. You have such a green thumb, and such a talent for creating interesting "rooms" outdoors. Love your fairies and angels. Good idea to use faux plants where it's too hot to grow the real thing. We wouldn't have know the difference if you hadn't mentioned it:)

Rose L said...

Lovely garden. I need to get that mosquito plant!

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Your garden is so nice...especially your prayer garden. I would just love to have one of those! Your son did a fine job with the potting bench too...such a sweet and thoughtful gift :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So many pretty areas in your yard to enjoy! I had full green plants for my hydrangea's the last few years and no blooms! I threatened them that if they don't bloom this year I will have to replace them. I have to have my hydrangea's to dry! We are still waiting for Spring to arrive in the Northeast. I have a few daffodils blooming.

Decor To Adore said...

I adore your birdhouses and statuary. Thank you so much for linking up to the Garden Party. Your post was completely enchanting!

Decor To Adore said...

I hope my comment went through. :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my mercy I would love to be walking through your beautiful garden with a cup of coffee right about now! have a green thumb for sure. So much serenity there! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Lisa said...

Your garden is truly magnificent! I love all the different areas and outdoor rooms you have created each with its own personality and purpose. I know this has got to give you so much joy walking around seeing all your pretties.
PS Keeping my fingers crossed for your hydrangea!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh wow, so many beauties here! I love all your precious little garden spots and how you have such a beautiful mix of plants and flowers. I will be back often I am sure for more inspiration for my own yard. Thank you for sharing your beautiful yard!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, your garden is really beautiful. I love all the little 'spaces' that you have created. It all looks so pretty. I don't know what the 'weed plant' is but sometimes those are the best kind. Every once in awhile something pops up in our garden that I'm sure is a weed but it is so pretty and adds so much to the space it is in that I have to leave it, and am disappointed when it doesn't return the next year. Thanks for your kind words to me and your visit. I always enjoy hearing from you and hope you have a wonderful weekend..Judy

Donna Heber said...

Your garden is so beautiful. Spring is just beginning here.

Joy Junktion said...

Your back garden and pool area are just beautiful Celeste! I've always admired your gardens when you shared bits and pieces of them! Mr. Lizard is a real good looking guy! We have many but they are only brown ones. I've not seen anything that beautiful green around here! Although, I didn't get a picture, I did have 3 sweet quail hanging around the backyard yesterday! Praying you are well! Blessings, Cind xo

quakerhillfarm said...

Your garden is beautiful! I am sure this brings you much enjoyment. Have a beautiful week, Lynn

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

Hi dear Celeste!
I love the tour through your pretty garden. What a beautiful wooden fence you have. Here in the Netherlands they all look so dull. Yours is classy and stylish. Love it! Beautiful roses already! Love the little white angels you've put together. It all looks very cozy and welcoming. Enjoy this season dear!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a beautiful garden! You have brought your artistry outside! I love how each garden has a name. Thanks for sharing the loveliness.
And just as I'm typing this I see a comment from you has popped into my email box! How nice!
Have a wonderful weekend. xo Deborah

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've created a lovely oasis in your back yard, Celeste. You've designed your landscape beautifully and there's something blooming in every nook and cranny. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous garden with us!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh what a pretty site. I love your garden. It is full of cheery color and happy plants. I love your potting bench. Such a lovely area and the bird house is pure delight.

Thank you for sharing your pretty garden with us.


Kerri said...

Very scenic garden. I never knew how much you liked birdhouses. I love the red rose growing up the lattice... I love pink roses, but that red rose vine is very pretty! Thank-you for the tour.

Have a blessed week!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Your garden is loverly....

Red Rose Alley said...

I can smell the jasmine from here, Celestina. It's mine and Nel's favorite scent. Your sweet angels are resting so peacefully in your garden, and you even have fairy gardens! Your prayer garden is very special, what a great idea. How nice to be able to sit out there and think and pray and dream. I'm really impressed that you know all of the flowers and even the plants. :)

love, ~Sheri

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..