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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Flags In My Garden

Welcome.  I am so glad that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit with a cup of tea and relax  in the garden..  Memorial Day is the day I like to decorate my garden with flags as my little way to say thank you to those who courageously gave their lives and to those who are bravely fighting today to secure our Freedoms both here and abroad.

Please  join Bentley, My Studio Assistant, and me in the garden for a little thank you celebration for our military.  (My knee surgery is not scheduled until July and in the meantime I am learning to get around in my garden with a cane and/or walker so we can get out of my studio and back into the garden).

I like to change the pillows around from year to year to add interest in the garden and this year I am using the red ones. My garden is so small that I just keep moving things around so you don't have to look at the same things all the time!!! The Geraniums are in full glory and I love the pops of red.

The rugs are old and worn and too worn to use inside - I have used  them in my garden during the Spring and Summer for 4 or 5 years - just wash them when they get dirty - I think they are wool and am not sure where I got them as they are so old.

                                Bentley is looking to see if a cookie crumb was left over from our tea party !!!

I hope you don't get tired of seeing my blue vintage Rocket bicycle - I change it around from season to season and it is a fixture in my tiny garden.

I love the old wooden flag and every year it gets a little more weathered - I keep moving it around in the garden and like it best on the picket fence.

The vine with red flowers is a Mandevilla - I have one on each side of the trellis and they are both planted in pots.  


Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those of you who follow my blog.  Thank you for your kind words to me about my upcoming knee surgery.  I received so many e-mails from you asking about Balboa Island and if I would show more photos of the charming cottages.  The answer is YES -it is also one of my favorite places and I am so lucky to live less than two miles away-  I will do another drive-by with Bentley and take my camera  so we can share with you on another post.

Have a lovely week.   Blessings,  Erin

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness."  Galatians 5:22


Anonymous said...

Small it might be, but your garden deserves a visit.
You have such a taste to decorate and show us the cheerful blooming. I am never tired to see this charming place.
Keep painting and take care.


Susan said...

Hello Erin...Everything looks so delightful, bright, colorful and cheery.

I love the rug! Is that a Mary Englebreigt design? I love her work.

Take care and thanks for sharing your lovey garden.Susan

Kathryn Bechen said...

Such sweet red, white, and blue, Erin! Happy Weekend! Kathryn

Anonymous said...

I forgot to ask you how you call the red climbing plant (the photo with the red star)It is lovely.

I re-read your Balboa Island posts. The cottages are so charming, framed with flowers of every colors under a bright sun. Enchanting. I dream to live in such a cottage.

Have a beautiful and creative sunday.

Lady Jane said...

I enjoy your garden so much. You always make it look so inviting. I love your paintings, your trips Balboa Island, I am sorry to hear you need knee surgery. You will be in my prayers. LJ

Evie said...

Hi Erin, Happy Memorial Day! I love your patriotic garden.

Marlynne said...

I dearly love your Patriotic Garden! Am waiting for your Patriotic Painting!

janice15 said...

Fabulous photos. it looks so bright and cheery I just love your space... Happy Weekend with love Janice

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Erin, your garden is looking beautiful and I love the flags! I hope you have had a lovely Memorial day weekend.


Janice said...

What a cheerful patriotic garden! Love all the red, white and blue!

Vicki Boster said...

Red white and blue are so perfect for your little garden-- what a wonderful patriotic salute-- cottage style. Love everyone of these photos!!