Sunday, July 26, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS

An addition to my post. I would like to dedicate this to my good friend Luiz, the creator of TODAY'S FLOWERS, and to the memory of his Mother who has sadly just passed away. My deepest condolences Luiz, you and your Mother and all those who loved her will be in my thoughts and prayers.
We took countless photos on our visit to The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and I was surprised on entering the Conservatory to find an English Cottage. It was as close to one as I have ever seen in the States, right down to the authentic thatched roof. I took a photo of the ceiling.....

.... and of the windows with their pretty diamond-paned glass and flower-filled window boxes.


I half expected Snow White to pop out of that door.

There was no wall at the back of the cottage but it was sectioned with crossed beams from floor to ceiling, with enough space in between each beam so that you could look inside but not touch.

Outside it was just like an English garden.

I fell in love with the garden ornaments.

I thought this mouse was adorable.....

.... and loved the rabbits. One nice thing about visiting places like these is that it gives me a few ideas of what I would like to put in my own garden.

I can just see this one keeping the birds company out back.

These too. Cute little piggies.....

.... and to top it all off, a Victorian Gazing Ball.

TODAY'S FLOWERS is a wonderful meme created by Luiz Santilli Jr. and is managed by Luiz, Laerte Pupo, Valkyrien and myself. I have a lot of fun looking and learning about flowers from around the world. Click right here to visit TODAY"S FLOWERS. The link opens every Sunday at 2.00 p.m. (GMT).

54 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

Such a magical place! Right out of fantasy land! And we all need some time there to dela with reality! Great photos!

guild-rez said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. An English cottage in your country.
Just beautiful and lovely, including the mouse.

Marju said...

Really beautiful photos!

Grace Olsson said...

thank u, dear. for u sharing your beautiful pictures with us. Ver nice to see an english cottage, again.
nice sunday
graceolsson.com/blog

Ebie said...

This is my blog.
Doesn't the English house make you feel at home? The garden is so magical, especially with the stone characters. I am an admirer of your photos.

VALKYRIEN said...

Oh my - what a gorgous place! The house looks like something from a fairytale! Wonderful shots Denise!

Sunny said...

How enchanting. Lovely pictures.
Sunny :)

mimi said...

what a beautiful cottage with beautiful flowers around it. great post.

Steve B said...

The diamond window is a detail that we see on some of the remaining 17th century buildings here on Cape Ann. This looks to be a very nice botanical garden.

Mia N said...

Hi Denise,
It's good to be here in Todays Flower. You are the first person who I began to remember.Your lovely face and your lovely photos. This weeks photos are great.Specially the little house.I love it.

Tulip said...

love the english cottage, so cute and nice to live there, and all the beautiful flowers and stone animal characters.

diane said...

What wonderful gardens. Did the cottage and English garden make you nostalgic?
Lovely post.

mkreider said...

I'd feel very at home in the cottage. It has the right human scale. Nice photos!

ProdigalWife said...

How charming! Where is this place--the old Prodigal would love to go there! Looks just like the tiny cottage we rented in Rattlesden!

Pacey said...

I bet you were so happy to see that, some feeling like you're nearer to your home. :) Great gardens too and window flower boxes.

jabblog said...

How very pretty (but think of all the spiders and rats in the thatch . . . shudder . . . )The latticed windows are very attractive and I love the garden ornaments.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is a perfect English Country garden isn't it? Great shots Denise.

Gill

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Isn't that cute? Beautiful! I love the English cottage thatched roof.

Snap said...

I love botanical gardens ... they are all so different. This was a wonderland that included a cottage. Thanks for taking us there.

Patty said...

How beautiful. I bet it made you a little homesick, didn't it.

Regina said...

Beautiful garden and blooms!
Great shots.
Have a blooming week ahead Denise.

Syaa_Fiqq said...

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place. I really enjoy your photos..

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Just wonderful Denise!
I have a soft spot for cottages with thatched roofs, always wanted to live in one, and that dream is still close to my heart.
Fantastic gardens, I would have thought I was in England...

i beati said...

Just makes you smile all over..sandy

Tammie Lee said...

This is such a charming place, that door is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your time there with us.

Spirithelpers

Digital Flower Pictures said...

That is totally awesome.

Abe Lincoln said...

Wow. That must have been a big surprise. The cottage and grounds are about as perfect as they could be. And what a treat it is just to see them. Nice photography.

Pick a Peck of Pixels

Sara Chapman said...

I love your tour of the English cottage and garden. My sister will be in the area soon so I am sure she will enjoy the place. Thank you! So beautifully done.

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures, they are so lovely! What a gorgeous place!

Carver said...

Now that is my idea of a perfect place to live. I've always dreamed of living in an old cottage surrounded by a cottage garden. As it has turned out, I have created a cottage garden through the years although it's quite wild at this point, but my house is a boring one story 1960s brick one. I loved everything about this series of photographs.

Titania said...

Hi Denise. a beautiful post with lots of pretty ideas to make a garden interesting. The little cottage is adorable and the English garden, well how could it be not absolutely enchanting! I love the garden ornaments too. I am on the lookout now for such an adorable mouse. I have the rabbit peeking out from behind a pot. He is the one who eats all the carrots. Have a lovely week!

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a wonderful and beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your photos.

♥ Kathy♥ said...

Denise that is so cute. LOL it does kinda look like something Snow White would come popping out of.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful garden, so full of subjects to capture. Nice series of captures
Barbara

tricia said...

What a wonderful post Denise. You have shared so many places I would have never seen without you-- thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Naturegirl said...

Denise what a delight viewing all these images of the inside of the glass building! Oh how charming every detail is!! I love bunnies in my garden..I have what I call a "bunny trail" smiles and thank you for sharing!

Annie said...

Thanks for your visit and for this wonderful post...love the birds below also!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: You must have felt right at home in that neat setting.

nonizamboni said...

A bit of home right here, yes? Love the statuary and the pretty window boxes.

SweetPeaSurry said...

I want to live in a cottage just like that, but you know ... regular people sized. He he

Lovely photos!

Louise said...

This is so wonderful. I would have never dreamed such a thing. Absolutely charming!

Arija said...

A wonderful experience both for you and us. So very charming with the thatched cottage and all thse lovely Victorian touches. Really a gem of a post.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. You have really captured the cottage and the garden.

SandyCarlson said...

That is a wonderful place. The detail is amazing. Thanks!

Cezar and Léia said...

This place is fabulous and magical!
Wonderful pictures and I loved that little mouse!
Thanks for sharing
Léia

Maria Berg said...

That is so wonderful, I want to live there!
Have you seen Kalle Wanka chocolate factory? Johnny Deep.

Thank you for sharing the wedding photos, MB

Rebecca said...

I loved visiting the botanical garden trough your blog.

mommanator said...

OOOO reminded me of my visits to ANN HATHAWAYA cottage in England!
WHere is this conservatory located? may take the grandkids, am always looking for something different

April said...

So pretty!

Stephany said...

Sorry, I'm running behind again. How beautiful! The cottage is just enchanting and the pictures are wonderful. I need to find some little piggies for my garden.

Race said...

lovely english garden, nice pictures and pretty blooms!

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Denise

Thanks for your post!
I and my mother thank you for your homage!
Wonderful landscape with delicates plants and flowers!
I'm busy with the things of my mother!
Have a nice week.
Luiz

Carletta said...

I love this little cottage! Such wonderful images Denise!!

I was without electricity Sunday for twelve hours and didn't get a chance to participate this week. :(

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful place to relax. Such a wonderful garden.