Biltmore with Maddie

Biltmore Estate has something for everybody.  As annual passholders, we go quite frequently.  We call it our second home. We took Maddie and had to beg her to leave.  She is so crazy about animals. The people there went out of their way to let Maddie pet as long as she wanted to.  A storm came up that forced us to leave…

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Tiny chicks too young to hold but the attendant made sure she got to pet one.

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Look at this beautiful rooster.  He was strutting his stuff.

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Maddie is an animal whisperer I believe.  The staff seemed taken with Maddie and how she listened and responded.

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These babies are two weeks old.  

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A wonderful day again at Biltmore.  Be back soon!  Thank you friends for indulging me this joy in my life.

Dianne

 

 

Dinner Alfresco

Hi Friends,

The rain finally let up today and I was able to set a table in my garden.  I decided on a blue, green and white theme as my sedum look so healthy and look real pretty with these colors. It should not be long before the sedum begin to turn pink.  I guess I will have to do pink roses with this blue and white.  

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I used a 70″ round cloth and then used this blue and white square topper. This is a hand painted Napastyle square cloth. 

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The little green and white porcelain salad plates were picked up at Tuesday Morning on markdown.  My blue and white plates are my go tos all the time.

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The napkins and napkin rings have been part of my collection for a long time.

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The stems were a gift from a friend years ago. The arrangement is a combination of greenery and some blooms I had from my last arrangement..perfect color.

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This little bird feeder belonged to Mother and it looks cute in the tall grass.  I think that large leaf is a pumpkin vine growing in my garden.  

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Thank you for stopping in for a visit.

     Dianne

 

 

 

My Garden

Summer’s Melody

“In summer, the song sings itself.” -William Carlos Williams

My garden has not performed like I have expected this year but when I look back over the beautiful blooms,  I think WOW.  I’ve had some amazing blooms and my garden is so much a part of my life.  I am so happy to be joining Pam at Gardens Galore with a sampling from my garden.

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These are the roses I planted this year to climb my Cinderella arbor.  I was not disappointed when I saw the first full bloom.

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One of my peonies that bloomed months ago that I transplanted from Mother’s.

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I have had this piece of statuary for as long as I can remember. It gives character to my garden.

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One of my early blooming pink hydrangeas.

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I have five or six of these yellow day lilies planted throughout my garden.  Adds lots of color to my garden.

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This was Mother’s little bird feeder.  I love it in the tall grass.

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We enjoy the birds and we attract quite a variety.  Two of these feeders in my garden.

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We really enjoy this patio which is part of the garden area.  This is an old glider Mother left for me.

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This was one of my great surprises when this indigo bunting showed up.

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I have enjoyed giving you this little tour and I will enjoy seeing many of your gardens today.

   Dianne

Limelight Hydrangeas

“At the sound of a child’s pure laugh or the sight of a father holding his baby for the first time, incredible joy pushes upward, spilling over.  Our hearts were made for Joy.  Our hearts were made to enjoy the One who created them.”

Hi friends,

It has been raining most of the last two to three weeks.  It is just impossible to get a table set up outside so I am back inside.  Hopefully this fall will be a good time for alfresco dining.

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My limelight hydrangea is in full blossom and beautiful.  I took a few for my arrangement in this galvanized bucket.

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I just love the colors and pattern of this tablecloth.  It relates to all the silver hues.

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I have had my silver teapots about forty years.  I stuck this little faux bloom in it and it seemed just right with the other pink.

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The bird was given to me by a friend about five years ago.  Just putting something simple together can set a happy little scene.

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I added this hummingbird plate that goes with a set from Williams Sonoma.  Connie gave me these a couple of years ago….my favorite plates.

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This cheeseboard made a lovely touch with its ornate carving.

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I did these photos both day and night as I am sure you have noticed.  This is a difficult location to take photos.

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I am glad you joined me for my little joy in the kitchen.  Have a wonderful weekend.

   Dianne

 

Lake Lure Bridge Garden

Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path because it can lead to the best places.  Bob and I recently took a short trip to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. This is just about 30 minutes from our home.  While there we took a stroll through the Lake Lure Bridge Garden.  We were so surprised at the extraordinary garden tour. These photos were all taken with my phone.

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This garden is totally funded and maintained by volunteers.  People really love visiting this garden at night because they attract the fireflies.  

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Beautiful hydrangeas.

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Just keep in mind this is a walking bridge.

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Bless the birds and the songs they sing.

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My wonderful partner in crime!

    Dianne