Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.

We are currently enduring a heat wave on the east coast (the heat index today is 102 degrees - yowza). So, I won't exactly be languishing outdoors today. But the high heat hasn't kept me from daydreaming of lovely gardens, courtyards, and other outdoor spaces. One day, I will have a yard or patio, however small, of my very own. I will plant lots of wild things, pluck a couple of chairs down in the middle, and be content.

A hint of autumn in the late summer garden
(Source: Four Seasons Garden)

cap d'antibes
(Source: Sandra Beijer)

Boboli Gardens Path - Florence
(Source: battyward)

Chelsea 2007 Courtyard gardens. etc
(Source: UGArdener)

nightime balcony garden
(Source: ly ly ly)

Al Fresco Breakfast
(Source: Michael DaKidd)

(Source: Riki Leavitt)

(Source: _missmoss_)

Wouldn't you like to climb right into these photos and get lost for a while?

*Post title from the poem "Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent Millay.


  1. I love these! They make me wish I liked hot weather a little more :P I usually spend most of my summers in air conditioning... it's a shame, I know!

  2. i think that is a wonderful idea, really; having yr own garden. imaging all the lovely things you could grow there! (:

  3. I would LOVE to get lost in these photos!


  4. I am obsessed with beautiful gardens! <3 One of my friends used to have a tree archway about 50m long on the drive to her house! Then they chopped it down! Arghh!


  5. These are amazing gardens, you have inspired me to paint one of those scenes:):)

  6. Beautiful photos, oh how I long for my own little bit of green! It'd raining here, so for differnet reasons I am dreaming of being in a beautiful garden from indoors at the moment too!

  7. I love the balcony with the fairy lights and the kitty cat! Gorgeous.

  8. absolutely gorgeous outdoor spaces! i wish my backyard looked as lovely as any of these...


  9. Holy backyard of my dreams! That first on is to much! Just would love to have a picnic right smack in the middle of it!