Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'd Like A Garden, Please

I've always dreamed of having my own garden.  I'm not sure why, since I am certainly not an outdoorsy person.  However, having my own haven full of flowers and potted plants to escape to when I need some fresh air is enticing.  My fixation and fascination with the French countryside makes me dream of having a reclaimed antique French garden gate and lanterns at the entrance.  Something like this:

As Sam and I begin searching for a future place to call home here in Houston, I have been on the look out for a pretty yard.  Since the city is so populated, most of what is on the market is vertical: multi-floor town homes (what I live in right now) or condominiums.  The single-family homes with yards are usually more pricey.  Even so, I have this picture of a cute little cottage with a pretty yard I can landscape.

I'd also love to have a cute doorstep with window boxes full of flowers, like this one:

Garden seating would be nice and perfect for early morning coffee and magazine-perusing:

I'd love to plant several rose bushes....

Ah!  It would be a dream.  I guess for this dream to become a reality I'll need to learn to garden?  My only experience thus far was during my senior year of college. My roommates and I lived next door to a cute elderly lady who loved to have us over and talk to us about her "life lessons" while we did her gardening.  Although she repeated herself every day, none of us had the heart to stand her up!  She got a lot of free labor out of us that year.

So anyone want to volunteer to be my gardening mentor?! 

{all images via Lonny Magazine}


  1. This is beautiful! It is a wet and rainy day here in NC so these pictures make me so happy. Love the "french countryside" look as well. It seems like a good way to be outside without having to be outdoorsy!
    ann e

  2. I don't know what I'd do without a garden, it's a space where you can sit out and relax when the sun's shining, and you can channel any extra energy into maintaining the appearance of the garden with flowers and shrubs. Beautiful photographs darling, thanks for sharing.

    Eda x


  3. Count me in! I'm out working in mine every single week. They can be a lot of work, but the reward in watching it grow and evolve is worth every bit of it. Sounds like a nice plan Sam- and it's something you and your guy can work on (and enjoy) together.

  4. This looks lovely in comparison to my snowmageddon.

  5. I have a yard, but no pretty garden for me. Would totally love one too! Perhaps with a gardener as well since I have a black thumb. I love the veggie garden in It's Complicated...always makes me want to follow in her footsteps and make one too.


  6. I'll take one too please! I've always dreamed of a Hamptons style garden like the kind Barefoot Contessa has. It would be just magical to have a place where you can enjoy flowers, vegetables, and herbs that you can grow yourself. Definitely opposite of what I have now on the 15th floor of a condo building :)

  7. To me this is therapy of the best kind.

  8. I'm dreaming of spring so that I can start my garden! It will be the first year I have a home and yard. So excited!

  9. I finally got a yard but the trees are so thick in my back yard I can't find anything to live under them :( I still have lots to learn!

  10. You need Linda, MyCraftyHomeLife!! I need her too!! Maybe she could do a garden road trip!! xo

  11. I absolutely love gardening--it is definitely my therapy. Hopefully I'll be able to start sharing soon--spring comes pretty early in Louisiana--loulousucre.blogspot.com.

  12. oh gosh, when I started I didn't know a thing! i love getting my hands dirty in the garden, it's refreshing in a way that nothing else is. i can't wait for the weather to warm up! i hope you get a place with at least a little yard - or you can just have a porch full of containers! you could do a lot even in a small space like that! let me know if you have any questions :)

  13. Oh! beautiful picture for this wonderful gardening.


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