Monday, April 28, 2008

Welcome to my city garden.....

Hello dear blogging friends! Welcome to my little garden here in the city. Please come in...


I have placed the old pitchfork by the door holding my Home, Sweet Home sign again which some of you might remember from last year. I wish I could find more 'garden junk' to do fun things like this with.


We have seen our daffodils doing wonderfully again this year but they are now finished blooming. We have a pot filled with grape hyacinths and one of Golden Apeldoorn tulips to enjoy yet along with some other spring bloomers...









I am so anxious to see my large wisteria vines in full bloom. Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, it should go quickly. They have just started to open their blossoms. Our beech hedge is filling in so nicely and the two maple trees are so pretty in their fresh new green coats of leaves.


We stayed home this past weekend as Jos wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday to get our gate painted. This gate was especially made for us by a man we found down towards the south of Holland. We are so thrilled with how pretty it has turned out. He told us to let it sit as is for a while in the garden to rust. We installed it while the bathrooms were being renovated. Jos needed help holding it all in place while pouring the concrete. It stayed too cold to paint in so it was very well rusted.


Now the gate is painted a pretty black and puts that just right finishing touch to our 'secret garden'.



We enjoyed the sun rays of this past weekend. Did you also enjoy some sunshine in your part of the world?


33 comments:

Nancy said...

Heidi, I am glad I was here to see the change in the gate. Jos did a wonderfil job on it. The flowers are coming up so nicely and it looks great. We had a nice lunch, then coffee in the garden on Sat.
Love you, Mom

Robin C said...

what a beautiful garden. The flowers are looking so pretty. I live in Virginia in the US and our blooming season is just about over but it's been wonderful.

I love that gate. And your garden. It looks so relaxing.

Rhondi said...

Dear Heidi
I have been thinking about you often, imagining the great time you are having with your mother there.
Your garden is wonderful and I love the gate. It just makes me want to come in and see what is on the other side!
Hugs Rhondi

Janneke said...

Hoi Heidie,

Wat een prachtig en origineel idee van het houten hart aan de mestvork !! Wat leuk dat jullie weer naar het Noorden komen dinsdag a.s. De Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren is ook mooi. Groot bos erbij om te wandelen. Ben je ook al in Warffum in het openluchtmuseum geweest ? Daar zijn dan wel geen grote landhuizen te zien maar erg leuk. We hebben zondag rondgetoerd om leuke winkeltjes te kijken in Odoorn en Exloo om daarna op de heide te wandelen. Echt prachtig !
Prettig verblijf in Cranberry Cottage.

Nancy said...

Your garden looks beautiful Heidi with all the different flowers and colors. I love your gate! Isn't wisteria lovely? Here is grows and hangs in the trees, and it looks so pretty!

the homely year said...

Hello Heidi, yes we've had some sunshine here in the Staffordshire Moorlands and also lots of showers in between. What a pretty garden you have and I adore the gate.
Margaret and Noreen

Lilysmom said...

Pretty Pretty! We had a lovely weekend here in Canton, despite the weather reports. Now we are back to 50 degrees F. Hopefully our spring will return by the end of the week. Kisses to your mama!

Heidi Ann said...

Hello again Heidi, I was taking a break from sewing & thought I'd check a couple blogs....As usual yours is so pretty! All the flowers look beautiful, but I am so partial to the muscari! So blue, so "Spring-y"! Your "secret garden" is one I am envying!!!...Heidi :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Heidi your garden is lovely! I adore wisteria!! Very pretty!
Hugs,
Robin

Regina said...

Hello Heidi
Your city garden looks very beautiful
with all the pretty flowers. I like the wisteria and your gate is absolutley a dream.
I think it's nice to had a wonderful time with your mother.
Hugs Regina

Janneke said...

Nog wat informatie over Odoorn:die leuke winkel daar heet :de Snuisterij, mijn favoriet. (hebben ook een website)en in Exloo zijn er 2: De koffer en Helen's choice , verder kun je in Exloo heerlijk koffiedrinken bij Hotel Bussemaker. Er is daar ook een klein museum: Bebingehoes. Misschien lees je dit nog voor je naar Cranberrie Cottage vertrekt !
Veel,plezier!

Wild Rose said...

Hello Heidi

I love your secret garden and your gate adds the finishing touch.

I've missed so many of your posts due to the fact that I have been unwell with two viruses since the show in March. I'm finally getting back to blogging.

Marie x

Tanya said...

Heidi,
Your garden is a treasure - thank you for the walk through :) That gate is charming - enjoy!

Tanya

Carolien said...

Your gate looks BEAUTIFUL!!! My compliments for you and Jos, it really looks great.

I just have been to Hoeve De Beek. Of course I forgot to take Sofia's camera (grrr ...), not for the fair, but you had to park in a big field completely covered with dandelions. Such a pretty sight!
I wish you some beautiful days at CC & hugs, Carolien

Mary said...

I wish I could lift the latch, walk through your gorgeous gate, touch the heart sign - which, if you remember, is what brought us together as friends - and then dig in to tea with you and mom!!!

Heidi, all looks lovely, Jos did a great paint job, the flowers are so pretty and it does look like a secret garden.

I'm so frustrated - I cannot load anymore photos, see my post today. Bob thinks I should just quit my blog and spend the time doing other things if it's turning into something so upsetting! But how would I keep in touch, and I love sharing everything with you and all the friends I've made around the world! Hopefully GOOGLE will get to the bottom of this problem soon!

Hope you and mom have a fabulous week. Thinking of you and loved the photo of you and she with your sweet friend Carolien.

Pondside said...

Gorgeous photos, Heidi! I am ever hopeful that my 11 year old wisteria will bloom - last year there were exactly two blossoms on it! Your gate looks very pretty.

Elizabethd said...

Heidi, how lovely it all looks. Sadly some of my wisteria was frost bitten and I lost a lot of the flowers. But one branch was untouched so hope the flowers will open soon, if only we had a bit of sun!

Betty said...

Heidi,
It's been a while since I dropped by....the garden gate is lovely....

Guess your Mom's visit is over by now....know you had a wonderful time....

Blessings....Betty

yellowfarmhouse said...

Heidi - everything looks so pretty and says SPRING IS HERE. Been enjoying your posts of your travels with your Mom. Love the gate - perfect touch to your garden.

Hugs - Karen

Susan in SC said...

What a beautiful gate and garden! Thank you for sharing your corner of the world! Susan in SC

Espresso Girlie said...

Oh Heidi, thank you for the lovely tour. I am so jealous. Hopefully within a couple of years I too will have a secret garden to enjoy and share.
Suzann

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Heidi, Thank you for such nice comments!...Just want you to know I am off to the fabric store for white gauze-y fabric to wrap my chandelier in! I must have seen that done somewhere??...so when you suggested it I completely knew what you were describing! Thank you! I will post a photo on my blog as soon as it's done!...Have a great day!...Heidi :)

Andylynne said...

Well your garden isn't secret any more:) And well that it isn't, so we can enjoy all it's charm and beauty. Isn't spring the most amazing time of year. And your mom is there to enjoy it with you. Sounds as if every one is enjoying the sun and the spring weather. Your gate is beautiful, and the new paint is a perfect contrast.

fruitfulwords said...

Hi Heidi,

I am here about the 6 word philosophy of life meme. I got interested in the answers people gave and how it originated. I was able to determine that you tagged Rhondi. I wasn't able to find your answer or who tagged you. Do you mind if i know?

This is my post on it: --
http://fruitfulwords.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/11-generations-particpate-in-6-word-philosophy-of-life-meme/

Melanie said...

Your garden - and the gate - are just gorgeous.

Mia said...

What a lovely city garden you have, Heidi! I just love your garden gate. And all the pretty flowers already in bloom. It must be a lovely place to be in, so enclosed and secluded from the world. I do hope you will continue to enjoy sunshine, we too have been lucky to have had beautiful warm weather lately. It is almost as it spring has suddenly "exploded" all at once, the trees are turning green and all the perennials are vigorously pushing up from the ground. I just love it, and spend most of my day outside, digging and planting; mostly dividing existing perennials, but also making room for more roses. Do enjoy this first of May (are you going to spend the long weekend at Cranberry Cottage?)

Kristen said...

Wow, what a beautiful garden and I can't wait to see it in person! I am so very excited to be planning our trip there! :) Your whole garden is beautiful!!!

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Dear Heidi,
Everything is just beautiful...and your new garden gate is awesome...I just love it!

Miss Jean said...

What a lovely garden. And those little Johnny Jump Ups are adorable.

diane said...

Everything looks so very charming and beautiful and peaceful. I am jealous and really waiting for our flowers to bloom here. We have had goofy weather once again. The leaves are just now opening on the trees and so there is now much greenery, but little blooming. My small amount of daffodils are done and then we had a frost. : ( Enjoy your secret garden!!

Terri said...

Your garden is so pretty, Heidi. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Hope you're having a nice visit with your mom. Say hello to Nancy from me.

Love,
Terri

a home far away said...

The garden is so lovely, and the gate, ahhh perfect!

Hugs from Singapore

Janet said...

Heidi,

I came here from "Across the Pond" and just love your photos. I have never thought to plant Muscari in a pot, but I am going to do it this fall and see what happens next spring. They look gorgeous with the yellow tulips. Don't you just love the yellow/blue combo?