Tuesday, May 28, 2013


"The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye."

Rudyard Kipling

Is there a better way to be welcomed to a party, hosted by Mother Nature, than through the garden gate..?

The fairies have already arrived.

  They have settled into their new, comfortable accommodations.

  But, mind your step, as they are prone to wander about, unexpectedly, as soon as the sun goes down.

The valerian stands guard around the premises, keeping an eye out for any party crashers...

...oh, oh, it appears that one escaped their watchful eyes.

The David Austen roses are the guests of honor at this party.

With the Cecil Brunner in attendance.

The lilacs were the first to arrive, but didn't stay long.

They must have had other social obligations.

The antique summer phlox is not at it's best yet this season.

I think the old girl is trying to be fashionably late.

The lavender beauties have not finished dressing. 

They won't be entirely presentable until they have donned their lovely purple garden bonnets.

The hollyhocks look like they might make an appearance at this party.

They were less than eager to attend last years.

The sweet lily of the valley just poked their heads in for a little while on their way to another engagement.

"White silver bells upon a slender stalk
Lillys of the Valley deck my garden walk."

Old song

Not too bad for the coming out season.

Maybe we can talk the fairies into staying around after the party is over and work their magic for the next one.

The fairies would like to share today with:


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  2. Hello Judy,
    I am not in any link parties.. but do so much enjoy passing by Gold Country Cottage.
    Your gate looks so welcoming..The fairies have been hard at work.
    Tread lightly, for they are there!
    I love your new header.
    You write such lovely posts.
    Your little victorian cottage looks like a picture.
    wishing you a happy Wednesday... with lots of sunshine and love
    val xxx

  3. Ohhh what a charming and stunning space! David's roses look tremendous... Good job, you really put in the hard work...I had to laugh when you mentioned the "Party crasher". LOL

  4. It's just gorgeous Judy - love love love your garden gate!
    Now excuse me while I pin away :)

  5. Judy,
    Beautiful, beautiful BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

    Love your garden!! Stunning blooms and so lovely and charming!!


  6. Your garden is stunning Judy. I have some similar blooms in my garden.I love roses too and David Austin ones are so fragrant and pretty.

  7. The garden gate sign is so adorable. Love all the sweet sights along the way!

  8. I love your garden gate with the sign! You have a beautiful garden. I was visiting northern California a few years ago and couldn't believe their petunias were thriving in July! We can only grow petunias from about March to April, then it gets too hot. :)

  9. Hello Judy... what a darling post!... love love love flower fairies... looks like your elusive little ones shied away from the camera today... but your flowers are just stunning!... your Cecile Brunner makes me sigh... she looks so beautiful... and your home is so charming... signing on to follow your (and your flower~fairies) adventures... xoxo Julie Marie

  10. Hi Judy! Oh, this was such a delightful post! I think I saw a couple of fairies peeping through the leaves! :) Your garden is gorgeous and your little gate looks so sweet!
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Hi Judy
    A lovely gate and sign and so many lush plantings. Your lavender makes my old woody plants look like a sorry sight.

  12. Oh this is so beautiful - I love your home and your garden. I hope you will share this post tomorrow with my OPEN HOUSE BLOG PARTY!!!!

  13. Oh how I enjoyed your post! Your garden is lovely or I should say heavenly! How special that you have fairies,too! I can see you have had lovely weather for awhile now with all your beautiful flowers. My daffodils and primroses are just now blooming and my lilacs will be in a couple of weeks. How blessed you are to have all this beauty so early in the season! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Judy you garden is beautiful! I could spend hours sitting and admiring the beauty around me.I am sure you spend countless hours doing that very thing.I would never want to leave.Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Judy, your garden is beautiful, and your flower photos are wonderful. How I wish lavender would grow at my house the way yours does.


  16. Totally enchanting...it all looks so lovely!

  17. Those lilacs are a gorgeous color! My hollyhocks have gone a little wild this year. Mimi

  18. That was such a lovely spring post, Judy. I loved every word and image.

  19. I love your garden and everything is so pretty. Thank you for inviting me to the party and I loved all the wonderful guests that attended.
    Have a very special week.

  20. What a beautiful garden, we just about to start winter so seeing such lovely garden is heart warming.

  21. I love your garden! What a beautiful spot for your fairies to live! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    New Follower!

    Take Care,

  22. One of the most charming garden parties I've been invited to in a long time. Lovely photos. I have heard Valerian called "Meet me by the Garden Gate" - I think it is s sweet name.

  23. Your garden is fantastic! I adore your Cecil Bruner rose, and the Valerian, and your Fairy Garden!

  24. Your garden is beautiful. I love that song, we used to sing it in Brownies. :) I'm here from the Sweet and Simple Fridays hop, and am a new follower too. :)


  25. I love the gate! I need a gate now. I want a gate!!! beautiful pics as always :)

  26. j'aime l'idée que des Fées habitent le jardin
    et des lutins malins
    j'adore toutes les décos d'un jardin
    la valériane chez nous on l'appelle " le lilas des murs "
    à bientôt
    edith iris France

  27. Love your sign on the gate and those David Austin roses. My roses are never this beautiful.
    The Lavender will be gorgeous when it shows it color.
    Beautiful post!

  28. What a treat to come to your garden party, Judy!! So beautiful!! I love the floral archway above the gate.
    Mary Alice

  29. The fairies have truly worked their magic, your garden is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  30. Such a beautiful garden. I love that metal gate and of course all the beautiful flowers.

  31. I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    - The Tablescaper

  32. wow - amazing photo's! thanks for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden party! hope you are having a great weekend! xoox, tracie

  33. Beautiful photos of your gorgeous garden Judy. It looks so lovely there. Enjoy!

  34. Your garden is gorgeous - love the Cecil Brunner roses. I like the wrought iron bed. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  35. Judy, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Don't forget to grab a button if you'd like. Have a wonderful weekend!


  36. What a whimsical post. Loved it
    Thanks for sharing your garden and photos


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