Friday, October 3, 2014

Garden Flowers

Nothing makes me happier than to see some flowers blooming in the garden.
With Spring here there is a lot of work to do ... pull out the weeds and tidy up after winter.

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt and wish to pass on to others is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives
~ Gertrude Jekyll


I noticed the snails and slugs have been busy feasting on the hydrangea leaves {just about to flower} and geraniums, so not very happy about that.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature
~ Gerard de Nerval
'Susan' is the name of my new pretty pink Magnolia, I planted the other day

You cannot force open the petals of a rose.
When the rose is ready she will open up to you
~ unknown
So looking forward to my new rose 
 A little lesson we can learn, is that we have to let nature take its course and be patient.

 Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email  Trish  for next month's theme.

Have a happy weekend everyone
If the weather is fine here, hope to get out and do some gardening.


  1. I hope when your rose opens she makes it to another floral friday post - lovely photos :)

    1. I really hope so and was thinking the rose would have been able to make its debut for Floral Friday but not quite there.
      C xo

  2. Hello Carolyn,

    A lovely post, don't you love how plants are given a name.I often purchase a rose because I know someone of that name.
    Enjoy your time in the garden.

    Happy days.

    1. Thank you Bev and yes often I have bought plants by the name they are given.
      Thanks for your visit.
      Carolyn xo

  3. Love that pretty pink magnolia of yours! My husband and I are trying to decide between a magnolia or a cherry blossom tree for your front yard - if we go with a magnolia I definitely want a pink one like that

  4. Flowers in the garden really do bring so much joy and hope don't they. That rose looks like it will be a real beauty when it blooms. Happy weekend Carolyn!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  5. So nice impressions!
    Here it´s still fine, but autumn is colouring the trees and we have to wait for the next spring ...
    Happy weekend!

  6. How wonderful to see your garden, looking so springlike and with flowers starting to bloom, now when all ,here starts to wither. So lovely with your little corner with table and chairs, dear Carolyn, and thank you for the sweet qoutes!!
    Hugs to you from Dorthe

  7. Hi dear friend ! Lindas flores en tu jardín ., que tengas un lindo fin de semana

  8. How lovely to have a garden in bloom ! We progressively loose all flowers as the upcoming season is poor in blossoms and colors.
    Have a happy weekend Carolyn!
    Sending love

  9. Love the magnolias. They are blooming well. 😊

  10. Beautiful post, your table setting and flowers are gorgeous.

  11. Oh how I loved this Carolyn! The first quote rings so true with me too! I adore your pretty little Susan wish here a long, long life ahead :))))) She's a pretty thing!
    I loved your post about handkerchiefs! !!!!
    sending hugs...

  12. Your new magnolia is a lovely colour!! xx

  13. Dear Carolyn,
    What beautiful photos you have shared. All your flowers are just gorgeous, but my heart belongs to the rose.
    I hope you will share a photo when it opens..

  14. Happy spring carolyn from me....x!

  15. So beautiful!!!! Believe it or not we still have flowers blooming here . . . calendar says fall, but weather still feels like summer!!! xoxo

  16. When I am in the garden, there is a peace, and tranquility that you feel. I love it and love watching nature at work.
    Hugs Kay

  17. Hi Carolyn! You have a beautiful garden, the magnolia looks so lovely and I hope the rose bloom soon, it will be beautiful!:) Have a great weekend, hugs! xo

  18. So beautiful *•*
    Happy spring love for you x

  19. The thought of that you have spring
    makes me little jealous, it is a lovely
    season. Your Magnolia has a wonderful
    Happy weekend

  20. Beautiful garden flowers my lovely friend.
    Flowers are food for the soul.
    Love Jeanne

  21. I'm smiling this morning because I remember my rose garden in Michigan. I would stare at buds and wish they would open! Especially new ones.
    Such fun to watch spring in NZ!
    Have a lovely weekend, Carolyn! Hope the weather is perfect for gardening.

  22. Such pretty spring flowers. The magnolia should be a joy for years to come.
    We are well into fall, although it has been a warm one so we still have lots of stuff in bloom. The dahlias are coming into their own. But the woodchuck has been eating them and the new hydrangea we planted this year. AAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!

  23. Beautiful post, darling!
    Nice to see a bit of spring when we are entering fall here :)


  24. I believe I missed this sunny post since this week was one hectic one at work! How fabulous that your spring has begun, Carolyn!!!!! Smell the beauty and fly away...

  25. It's fall here and things are fading in my garden, thanks for sharing your spring blooms. The colors are lovely are bright!

  26. Lovely flowers, your garden is a paradise!!!!
    Kisses doll and happy WE!!!

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  27. I love your table setting, and that wrought iron chair is perfect. I love spring too. And that rose bud is so excited to open up.
    Have a good weekend.

  28. I come via Down by the Sea blog. I like your garden table and chair. How nice to have flowers in your spring garden. Here, in the Deep South, we are not in the fall yet – that will be the first week of November, but it is coming… and our flowers will be gone.

  29. Oh, 'Susan' is the pretty name of your beautiful pink Magnolia♡♡♡ Yes, these bugs are sometimes annoying but as you said "let nature take its course and be patient.". And I DO hope that your rose open beautifully, Carolyn.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  30. Ooh, that magnolia is gorgeous, such a rich colour. It's lovely to see the flowers here, we're headed into autumn and ours are mostly over.

  31. Your Magnolia is so pretty, and I love the name :)

  32. Thank you dear Carolyn for dropping by this evening and leaving such a kind note.. So happy you enjoyed White Bear and little Owl.. I really enjoyed creating these two.

    Trying to stay out of the heat here.. Triple digits again.
    Working in my studio where it is cool.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  33. Dear Carolyn!
    Enjoy your garden in spring and all your dreamy flowers ...
    Happy time my Dear!
    With love,

  34. Good morning Carolyn!

    Yes, the patience we can learn from the garden, n'est-ce pas? Every year, we must wait, the cultivate and nourish. Oh, there is no getting away with the lessons of life! And those slugs...hmph! They are feasting, indeed!

    Your new magnolia and rose are going to be fabulous. That pink is just the right color to evoke joy. Thank you my dear friend, for coming to visit me last night. Tight hugs and wishes for more joy to be found in your garden of delights! Anita

  35. beautiful potted colour! I've been having issues with slugs and snails too. I have just started using snail/ slug traps which you pour beer into. they have been working a treat! who knew slugs and snails were big drinkers (it's actually the yeast they like). have a great week. x Rigel

    1. I have a slug trap also and they seem to work well - the leaves are no longer been eaten up.

      C x

  36. Hello, Carolyn,
    So nice to see that spring is arriving in your garden. How lovely the tinplate water jug and the table cover are! Your table setting is beautifully displayed.
    Happy spring!

  37. wunderschöne herbstbilder!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

  38. Thank you for your best wishes Carolyn! This one is a big move, but it is also exciting in a way. The flowers are lovely. I love the decor you have there. x

  39. How lovely, Carolyn! The process of growing a garden is filled with wonderful and inspiring analogies for life. I never realized that at all until I had a garden. (I understand beer is good to trap slugs but haven't tried it. They are such pests)

    Wishing you a very beautiful week ahead.

  40. Your flowers and your pictures are such beautiful! Happy spring! In Italy autumn is in the air

  41. I'm entering the other Season - Autumn - so my free days are spent on the garden enjoying the last flowers and blooms and the tidiness that Winter will, certainly, ruin.

    I just came from another blog where the author had to take her Magnolia tree down. That's life for us - death in one side, a new life in another. And how wonderful to trust the cycles of life.

    Thank you for sharing yours,

  42. That is so sweet how you mentioned every flower having a soul.

  43. Gorgeous flowers and lovely decorations !

  44. Gardens are one of the nicer things in life!


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