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Thursday, May 1, 2014

'Twas a busy, busy week.


I'm back from the busiest week I've had in a long, long time.  The StampNation retreat was this past weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I DROVE there from Texas with my darlin' traveling companion, my daughter.  We first stopped in Texarkana, which is 3 hours from my home, for lunch with my mother and then headed on.  I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of my mother's cottage and cottage garden.  She has done all of the planting herself, and, being the artist she is, she's done all of the mosaics, too.  In fact, anything you see in these pictures that is colorful and gorgeous was made by her own two hands.  Everything except building the fence and arch.

Spring is in full swing at my mother's lovely cottage.  (Click on the pictures to see them close up.) Traffic slows and often stops to view the floral wonders, and she often answers the doorbell to greet strangers who can't resist asking for tours of the front and back.

The fence and arch were built specifically to support some of the many roses she grows.

 The arch with my lovely traveling companion in the background. 

This is Zepherine Drouhin, an antique climbing rose.  The fragrance is heavenly and wafts over the front garden.

The color is stunning.

The resident artist, my mother.  The woman succeeds at everything she does.

One of the many gorgeous iris around the gardens.  This one is in the island bed.

Delicious color!

Clematis are very happy growing in her garden.

Got to have a pink and mosaiced front door with all the pink in the garden, don't you think?  Even the little ceramic ducks are dressed in their mosaic finery.

Hello, little Jaxx!

The leaning tuteur covered with more rosy gorgeousness.

This is the view that greets her when she walks out the front door.  She even mosaiced over some cracks in the front walk.  Much prettier than merely patching them with concrete.

Thank you for joining me today on this tour around my favorite English garden.  Tomorrow we will continue on our journey!

Happy spring!


Christine said...

Stay a little longer in the garden! I love the way your Mother has 'mended' crack in the path. That is the sort of garden I attain to but rarely achieve. Please congratulate Mam on such a superb achievement, I love it and IRL it must be truly wonderful and the smells ... pardon me ... aromas .. mmmmmmmm!
Thank you so much for sharing.
(((hugs))) to Mam

gourdphile said...

Your mom's home and gardens are a community treasure! It was so grand to see the house from a visitor's perspective, from the street. It is an astounding tableau. What a woman she is! Everything she touches is done well and uniquely and creatively.
You're a kind-hearted artist to share your mom's vision with those of us on the outside looking in.
Peace to you both.

Janet Althoff said...

I absolutely adore your mother...she has been a huge inspiration for me...I was blessed to have planned a trip to Mexico to spend with her. She and I always say we are "soul sisters!" She is so talented and always eager to share her wisdom. Thank you for posting these pictures....I look forward to being a member of your blog...I almost feel I know you too! :) thanks...Janet

Shani Thomas said...

Thank you for sharing, Shea! Your mother's garden is stunning. I adore it!!! And that front! I image people stop and take a second look. This isn't something you see every day in Texarkana, that's for sure. Got a bit of English blood does she? That garden would make many a Brit jealous. Glad you're back and had a good time. I'm waiting for more photos.

Rose said...

WOW!!!!!!!! your mother is super awesome!!!! *that must be where you got it from :)

Maureen Merritt said...

Wow Shea, it seems that the artistic gene just goes from generation to generation :) TFS!