Sunday, May 29, 2011

Garden Pleasures

My mother has lived here in the Geer Village since 2004 -- just a year after it first opened. One of the many things I like about this place is the center courtyard. Over the years I have especially enjoyed seeing how the garden in the center has evolved. However, this is the first time I have been here in a season warm enough to see it in bloom.  When I arrived here in late March this was the site that greeted me the following morning:

Not particularly inviting! What a difference a Spring makes ... A few days ago I took a picture from the Art room down the hall to get an overall view of the feature garden:

Since this picture was taken we have had several warm sunny days and things are 'bustin out all over'! I went down there a few hours ago with my camera and my first real exploration of the garden.

On the left is a lacy hydrangea tree! It should bloom all summer. I have one in England that is growing up one of the walls -- but I like this idea of a tree. Maybe I'll take a shoot from the wall and try to grow one! Does anyone  know the magenta colored flower next to the Iris in the photo below?

I have always wanted to have a water feature and I love this one -- it was tempting to make a little film so you could hear the water trickling down the rocky steps. And I just love this little frog: The little bear is kinda cute too, but he's just not letting it all hang out like little 'froggie'.

Years ago I spent many hours in the garden. One of the down sides to having a summer home in France is that we don't do much more than pots and hanging baskets. I tried my hand at having a water feature but it wasn't really a success. Thank goodness for geraniums, impatiens and petunias!

Lovely day and a fun exploration. And from what I see, lots to come throughout the summer and fall.

Addendum: That red plant is a clematis! I'm not sure which one, but Red Pearl or Red Clematis are strong possibilities! I still have not found that Iris ...


  1. G'day Broad. What great photo's. Sorry I can't help with naming the flower, but it sure is lovely. It's amazing how a bit of warm weather always makes us feel better. Glad you are having a good time. Take care. Liz...

  2. How wonderful that your mother lives in such a lovely place, Broad, and that she is better. I love your pictures!

  3. Lovely photos, Broad, and your mother's home surroundinga are so attractive. I can quite see why she chose to live there.

  4. Sorry I don't know the pink flower. What a spring we've had! Thank you for coming over to synch-ro-ni-zing and following! We have our power back now, thankfully.

    Happy travels to you as you head back home.

  5. I love the courtyard. Everything's more enjoyable with flowers!


  6. The red flower beside the Iris is a Clematis (Crimson Star), a climbing vine. I have that exact one and the flowers are just beautiful!


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