Romantic Rose Garden

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   Hello everyone,

I love when the roses burst into bloom
in the little enclosed garden at the south
end of The Gardener's Cottage.
So now is the best time for this little
garden. The roses are mostly Therese Bugnet
which is a good hardy roses for our climate.

                                                                      This is shot through the screen from
                                                                        inside The Gardener's Cottage.
                                                                           This garden angel was a gift
                                                                           from my children a few years ago.
Would you like a cup of tea surrounded
by the beauty and fragrance of roses?

                                                                    A bouquet of roses in
                                                                    the Gardener's Cottage.

                                                                     Looking in through the screen
                                                                     of the Gardener's Cottage.

                                              This morning I was taking some pics
                                                         in our Allee Garden which is pretty
                                                         now with the later lilacs etc. blooming
                                                         and the fragrance is incredible!

                                                               Just a reminder .....we are having an Open Garden
                                                         on July 4th between 6 and 8 p.m in case you would
                                                        like to visit our garden. It will look completely different
                                                        by then!

                                                                              Thanks for stopping by today!



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More Great Curtain Options

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A while back I had mentioned that I was wanting to get some new curtains for our living and dining rooms.  I did some online browsing and shared some great curtain options in THIS post, but I was never able to pick a favorite to actually buy.

I recently found out about the website, High End Curtain. They carry a large selection of Eco-friendly curtains and I have found a few more great options to think about.  I wanted to share these with you today and maybe you could let me know your favorite.

Let's start with some embroidered curtains because I think the details on these are so stunning.

Probably my favorite are these navy tree embroidered curtains. The trees almost look like coral, which would go perfectly with my coastal style.

Next up are these beautiful linen peacock curtains. I have a little obsession for peacocks and so these navy blue curtains with  peacocks embroidered on them really caught my eye.

When you take a closer look at these, you will notice all of the different colors and stitching involved. These are stunning!

The peacock curtain is a little more bohemian, whereas I would consider these next ones to be a  farmhouse style. The soft burlap would lend a more casual look to the room and I bet they would filter the sunlight beautifully.

The added embroidery on these curtains is so cute and makes the burlap look more exquisite.

And the last of my picks for the embroidery curtain are these light blue ones with a leaf design. I feel like these would bring a soft pretty touch to my rooms.

And again, a close up shows you how unique and special these curtains are.

The following curtains are more lightweight and casual compared to the embroidered curtains shown above, but I think these curtains would also look great in our home.

These black and white geometric patterned curtain come in a burlap modern cloth or a sheer, depending on the coverage you are looking for, or you could layer them both together.  I haven't decided what options I'd prefer yet.

I think these next ones are super adorable.  I just love the print on them and white is always a good choice for me :)

This affordable chevron pattern curtain comes in a few different colors and I like them all, but the blue would probably go with my home the best.  These look almost sheer in the picture, although they are a poly/cotton blend.

And for my last choice, a different chevron pattern in gray. I think these would look great in our home and because the design is simple, I most likely wouldn't get tired of them anytime soon.

So do you have a favorite? 
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

If you are in the market for new curtains too, then you may want to check out High End Curtain.

Thanks for stopping by,


*this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own

A Summer Tea

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       Hello everyone,

With the beautiful weather we are
having I am enjoying being out in
the garden as much as I can.
However, I did take time out
to enjoy some fresh biscuits
with rhubarb jam today.

                                                                           I have had these Florence  dishes
                                                                           for several years now and use them
                                                                           quite often.This is another set by
                                                                           Skye McGhie
    I lucked in to several of these
       cups and saucers at a thrift store.

                                                                       A bouquet of peonies and
                                                                       roses from our garden.
                                                                       Ah! peonies and roses.....
                                                                       two of my favorite flowers.

We have rhubarb in our garden
so I always make some  rhubarb
jam with it for our biscuits.
Perfect with a cup of tea!

       I took lots of photos in the garden today
 to capture the beauty for those long
winter months. 

         In a few days I will have hundreds of peony
   blossoms to enjoy in the garden or pick
   for bouquets. I better not go far without
my camera!

Thank you for popping in for
a summer tea!


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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some stories showing this landscaping at a project.  In fact it is the one that was photographed for Southern Home magazine recently!

This magazine is chocked full of goodness! 

How excited am I?  Like a group of 6 year olds at a birthday party......

Anyway I thought I would share some of the images they didn't shoot.

Backyard before.....

I ordered this Kingsley Bates furniture and what is cool is that the round table can be put together on the ends of the long one to make a huge oval!

Loving this Currey and Co concrete bench!

Some of the beautiful pots.....

The front of the house.....

Around the side of the house......

And.....since they did not take any shots upstairs here are a few before and afters that I had taken last year by Rustic White Photography

Upstairs bonus room before......

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Upstairs laundry room added.....

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Rustic White Photography

This was a total house renovation.....not a single room was left untouched.  Same with the landscaping.....there was nothing in the back yard!

You guys....this rain has got to stop.  My hair is 


Some images come to mind like chia pet, Don King, and Roseanne Rosannadanna.

Although she looks kind of happy with that thumbs up:)

Oh and another thing.  I have jury duty on July 3rd.  WTH?  One year and 2 days since my last time.  Do they have me on speed dial?