Friday, May 22, 2009

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel

If you're around me for very long, you will find that gardening is another passion that is a nice companion to my love of photography.  This week I'm taking you on a garden tour. First stop; my rose garden! The more I garden, the more I realize roses are my favorite flowers.
“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel, originally uploaded by Abby Lanes.
Earlier this year, I added new bareroot roses, and this is the first "pink" bloom on the new bushes.

Next stop... the area women's club hosts a yearly garden tour... and this home had a beautiful waterlily coy pond that ran right underneath the driveway.

The tour had five gardens, and the perfect mix of garden styles for the tour.
Scenes from a garden tour

The cottage garden had this mullein verbascum album. It was quite frankly, the first time I had ever seen this flower. Thank you to my gardening friend Kate for the flower id. If you get a chance, visit her blog, it's packed full of gardening knowledge and beautiful flowers.
Purple Vintage Mod

Finally, the last stop on our garden tour today, was taken at the flower fields in Carlsbad. There were so many ranunculas there, to focus on one seemed odd, but I thought it was fitting for our tour.
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.” ~ Phyllis Diller

I hope you enjoyed your garden tour.  Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.


  1. They're all so beautiful Abby, must have been a fun outing!!

  2. Hi Abby,
    As allways, beautiful pictures. I love the rose pic with the texture and the soft tones and also the verbascum. I like very much verbascums.

  3. Good morning! I'm stopping by to say hello, and HPS!

    Beautiful, oh such glory. Bright spot in my grey and rumbley morning here in SW Florida.


  4. That must have been a great tour, all of these beautiful gardens!
    I love the photo of the pond, almost at water level, it's superb!

  5. Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

  6. Abby, your photographs are so beautiful. I really like the Ranunculus photo. It would be great to grow them, but they don't over-winter here. The Mullein is gorgeous as is the pink rose. There's something so satisfying about growing roses. I love drying rose petals and keeping them around the house. Reminds me of the garden. Thanks for the shout-out. Have a great weekend.

  7. Beautiful Abby!
    I love every moment you caught with your camera:)

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. What a beautiful garden tour! Gorgeous photos, Abby! Happy Pink Saturday!

  9. What a l♥vely Pink Saturday blog entry. This is the one day of the week when I get to sit for a couple of hours and soak in my favorite color. Thanks for being a part of that day☺

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful family weekend. I will be remembering my father who served in WWII, and praying for all of our military who are in harms' way.

  10. Lovely flowers, Abby! I've been to the Carlsbad fields - they're incredible, aren't they? ::Jill

  11. They are so pretty. I love your editing! :) What kind of camera do you use? Have a happy weekend!

  12. this has been a wonderful tour-thanks for sharing!! happy pink week to you!

  13. thank you so much for the tour, that was fun and I would love to see more, happy pink saturday, Char

  14. Gorgeous post! Love the treatment on your pink rose as well. Can't wait to see the giant honeysuckles!!

  15. these are really pretty pictures :)

    Here's a link to my blog:

  16. Oh! you are so lucky to have a beautiful flowers in your garden. So lovely! Wish I also have those kind of beautiful flowers. Anyway, Thanks for sharing.



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