Saturday, March 16, 2013

My Garden Wish List

 Are you ready for irises, sunshine, and garden lunches?
I am.

Every year these irises bloom next to the bridge to Rattlebride Farm. I'll see them soon, because spring is an unstoppable force. 
Like breathing.


Today, when I should have baked St. Patrick's Day cupcakes, I sipped hot lavender tea and looked at garden catalogs. 
I know exactly where I'd put this bunny planter.


This sign would be the perfect Mother's Day gift. 


Or this:

This cutie needs a home.
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I saw a similar sphere at the local garden shop.
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I adore this little piece of butterfly real estate.

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A butterfly chapel needs a butterfly buffet garden, too, so I'll add cone flowers to my list.

I'm still trying to decide if I want to add window planters at Rattlebridge. Copper would weather so nicely. 
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We don't have room for statuary on the patio. But we have plenty of azaleas.

The previous owners were avid gardeners, and I find magic everywhere. But I've got a lot to learn. 

I should add herbs to my list.


 I need a little something inedible on the path. 
Maybe this:
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Do you have a favorite gardening catalog?
What's on your spring "wish" list?

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26 comments:

  1. Top on my wish list is that adorable bunny planter! With the kitty cats, we don't see many real bunnies in our yard. I am looking to add more lavender, it is my current favorite, and I just pinned a post on lavender infused tequila!

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  2. Loved your iris photo. Stunning. Don't have a favorite garden catalog but I would LOVE an arch-shaped garden trellis...you know what I mean? Some people grow roses on them. They are lovely but SOOOOO EXPENSIVE...around $600. Way out of our budget.

    Can't wait to get beautiful flowers at the farmers' markets to put on the front porch and stairs. Susan

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    1. Ah, a trellis is magical. I've seen so many beautiful pictures on Pinterest.

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  3. Beautiful post and YES! I am so realy for sunshine and warm weather and flowers.

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  4. What wonderful dreaming! We will be gone for Spring gardening this year. We'll leave in a few days and be gone for ten weeks. Next year our schedule will be reversed, though. I love seeing all the garden flowers and ornaments in your post, especially the dogs with planters.

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    1. I love the dog statue, too. Have a wonderful time on your trip!

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  5. Well, I hadn't started a spring wish list till you showed me that precious bunny planter. I just may need to order one for the gardens here at HFTS. Someone stole my darling Peter Rabbit statue that was a gift from one of my students long ago. I had it in my previous garden, but I made the mistake of putting it in my front garden at this house. Makes me sad to think about it. So thanks for the inspiration to replace it sometime.
    It's been glorious here, and I've been working in the garden all week. Spring is here! Looks like spring is at Rattlebridge too. Just look at the gorgeous azaleas. Love the white! ~ Sarah

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    1. How terrible that someone stole your bunny. Argh. I hope you find a replacement. The iris and azalea photos are from 2012. So far, I've only seen a few wild daffodils in the pasture.

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  6. I am more on the practical side. I don't want flowers but I would love some tomatoes and some cucumbers. I need to pay attention to my herb garden it's over run with mint right now. I need to replant some basil. Anything I can eat and enjoy I want in my garden.

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    1. I envy you! My goats got into our garden one summer night. The donkeys, too. They even ate the potted tomatoes. Farm life has a big learning curve for city folks like myself.I need a little fence if i hope to grow vegetables.

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  7. Spring is full throttle in my garden, the blooming trees take my breath away and are raining pink and white petals... It truly is magical with the heady scent of wisteria rambling 100' in the trees, jasmine flowing down the hillside and the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms, roses, lavenders and rosemary.... Heavy sigh to spring and all it's glory..

    . Nothing on my country wish list, I feel such an abundance when I gather fruit and flowers almost year round... But I wouldn't mind a fabulous mermaid statue by the sea :-)

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    1. The description of your garden is filling my head with beautiful images. Oh, my, I can smell the orange blossoms. I'm going to visit your blog!

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  8. Ah, so many cute things. I've got four o'clock and Bachelor Button seeds to plant in addition to Cosmo seeds that my neighbor gave me. I like Plow & Hearth website for garden stuff.

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  9. I think at least one of those - the dog - looks like Campania...I have 4 large pieces in my Beatrix Potter Cottage Garden. 4 animals and a birdbath and I absolutely love them. Here is there site you can check out. http://www.campaniainternational.com/

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  10. I like "Gardeners know the best dirt" Used to have a pillow that had that saying on it.
    Your gardens are beautiful and I'm sure whatever you decide on will be great.
    My iris's are now blooming and I truly love them.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  11. Since we are starting from scratch I have a LONG list for the yard!!!!! Lilac bushes, hydrangeas, tulips, hyacinths, roses, it goes on and on. But I know it will be fun. I am SOOOOOO ready for Spring and we may get rain and snow tomorrow:(:( YUCK! XO, Pinky

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  12. Every year I have big, big plans for our gardens. I make a trip to the nurseries in McMinnville TN and buy an abundance of plants, then I come home and happily begin planting and planting. Then comes the intense heat and humidity of summer in the south and around July and August I am so tired of watering that my thoughts instantly turn to cooler temps and the questions I always ask myself~~ "Why in the world did I plant all this stuff," and "Lady, are you crazy for planting all these things that need constant watering."

    Guess what?? Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to McMinnville. Yes, I bought an abundance of plants and I am sure come July and August those same questions will creep into my head once again. I must be nuts!!

    Mary L

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  13. My biggest wish is for a gardening assistant! I always think big in my yard but can't accomplish even half of what I dream on my own...unless I totally neglect everything else...not an option! I would love to have a nice big terrace area in the back...with statuary too!

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  14. I can't wait to be able to plant spring flowers...our temps have been so crazy...warm one day, cold the next...My wish list this year is to complete my potting bench area!...

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  15. I love that sign about peace and Grace. My mom's name was Grace and she worked in her garden constantly. It was her therapy.
    I bookmarked it!
    I just ordered some roses from QVC, New Dawn. I couldn't find them anywhere locally. It is snowing and I am so flower deprived I can't stop thinking about them!

    Your azaleas look beautiful, we won't see ours till May!

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