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.
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!