Sunday, June 1, 2014

Feeling Festive

This week I am featuring a new painting on the mantle!  I found a vintage frame in my collection and it was a perfect
fit for this painting.  I used to go to the farms in Irvine and set up and paint the Eucalyptus trees that
were planted as a windbreak.  There are not many trees left today.  Instead there are  many new housing developments.
On display is my Mother's lalique purple butterfly and a yellow teapot I found hidden in her cupboard.
Corinne did not like yellow and used to eject any yellow flowers from the house.  The teapot met a similar fate
and was banished to the very back of a shelf.  At first I thought it was broken and then I realized it was just yellow.
I had a very small cactus that was root bound, so I planted it in the ground.  Now it is an enormous tree.  It gets white
giant orchid like flowers that are spectacular and last for a day.
My garden is looking extremely festive.  Summer is officially here!
Mosaic Monday
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  1. The painting is very lovely in that frame - great choice. It is hard to believe the cactus used to be a potted plant. Your garden is beautiful.

  2. Beautiful garden! Those purple flowers are stunning. My grandma is a painter and has quite a collection of vintage frames, I remember ones similar to yours hanging in her home when I was young. :)

  3. Summer is definitely here in your garden! Adore the passion flower. Is it perennial in California? We can only grow it as an annual here in Canada.

    1. Hi Heather. Yes, the passion flower comes back every year. It would like to take over.

  4. Hi! Beautiful pictures! Love your garden, and yes, that cactus is big!

  5. What a lovely garden. Your roses in the vase are so pretty! The other photos are awesome, too.

  6. thank you for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden Party this week! Your garden is gorgeous ~ I love the different textures and colors you have throughout your landscape! xoox, tracie

  7. Thanks for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday linky party. I've just pinned your post.

    Hope you can join us again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz