|DAVID AUSTIN ENGLISH ROSE - GERTRUDE JEKYLL|
The most rewarding part of creating the Garden Tour online this year has been the ability to include non-local gardens. A virtual tour allows you to see gardens in Utah, Colorado, England and France, as well as the California gardens you will see today. These photos from Shawna's garden in South Orange County, California, left me wanting to see more. She has a definite eye with the camera!
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIAShawna's Garden
|Structural plantings - Shawna's garden|
|garden bell - Shawna's garden|
|fabulous climbing Eden roses - Shawna's garden|
|close up of Eden roses - Shawna's garden|
Not too far from Shawna's garden is our next garden
Betty's garden is beautiful and organized
She is an avid gardener and a member of her local garden club
|Betty's garden - bird of paradise|
|Betty's garden - bougainvillea|
|Betty's front walkway|
Betty's inviting front walkway includes this bench and pots of fern, ivy and begonias
as well as wall mounted pots of this unique curly ivy. Here is her commentary on her garden:
. . .the curly ivy growing in the pots on the wall leading to the front door, all started from one tiny little plant obtained from the garden club some years back.
It loves this spot as well as in the shady area on the side of my house.
|bettys garden pots|
The begonias are looking really good, in the front is a beautiful pink dragon wing variety, in the back are several pots filled with plain old begonias but they are spilling over the pots, there is also an angel wing variety that has beautiful pink blooms that was a gift from my garden club friend who started it from a cutting from her plant, almost forgot the beautiful red dragon wing begonia right outside the door that can be enjoyed from inside as well as out in the garden.
|white iceberg roses|
The roses are finished with their first bloom all except the iceberg by the front door which just keeps blooming.
|begonias at the front door|
Betty and Shawna, it looks just beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us!
SOME EASY GARDEN CRAFTS
Did you really think I could give a garden tour without adding something creative?
How adorable is this chicken wire moss heart? I can picture it on a gate, or lying casually on a little side table. Simply cut chicken wire into a heart shape - about 3 inches larger than you want your moss heart to be when finished. (You will need to cut two - tin snips should do the trick). Using gloves to protect your hands, fold the edges of the hearts over each other, creating a pocket (leave one portion open. large enough to stick your hand in, to insert the moss). Using your gloved hand, puff the shape out from the inside until it looks the way you want it to. Fill it with green sheet moss and close the edges. If needed, use wire to secure the two hearts together. Add a little wire hanging loop - and embellish a little if you want! So cute!
How genius is this little chandelier made from a wire basket and some chandelier crystals you can pick up on ebay. This basket had a center handle, but if you can't find one with a handle, a few lengths of chain from Lowes (or your local home improvement store) on 3 sides with a hook to join them at the top will create the same effect. A few jewelry jump rings for fastening the crystals (or some more wire) and some jelly jars to hold candles and your project is complete! You could spray it white or a rusty color for a more shabby look. Great for an outdoor party or alfresco dining!
Blackboard paint, available at your home improvement store, around the top rim of a terracotta pot, creates a place to record what herb is planted - as well as looking darn cute. Once the paint is on and dried (may take two coats), simple chalk is all that is needed to label your herbs.