Saturday, April 27, 2013


The Spring Garden

Mountain laurel

Anytime of the year you will find beautiful plants and flowers in my mother-in-law’s gardens. To say she has a green-thumb is an understatement.  My favorite time of the year to stroll through the gardens are early to late spring. This is when you find lush green and vibrant colors coming to life. So please, come take a walk with me. I don’t think you will be disappointed!



Lady Banks Rose




Walking through Camellia petals to the fern garden


 Wild Flowers



 Does anyone know what this dainty flower is?

I hope you enjoyed our walk, I certainly did. Hope you will leave a comment and let me know you stopped in.


  1. Thanks for the stroll Emily! Your MIL's garden is beautiful! The last flower is a variety of columbine!

  2. The iris are especially stunning! Your photographs are beautiful, I really enjoyed my stroll through all those lovely blooms!

  3. Just beautiful. What a place to take a walk through and enjoy countless beauty.

    Happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. So many beautiful flowers...and ferns. I love the yellow honeysuckle.
    Emily, I am pretty sure the dainty flower is a columbine.
    Have a great week...

  5. All of this is in her garden now? WOW! So many of those flowers don't do well in Houston, but I will have them blooming in Maine in a few weeks. Loved strolling with you.

  6. I enjoyed my little Sunday a.m. walk through your beautiful garden, Emily. Those ferns make it look so lush and tropical. xo

  7. Oh yes, it was a beautiful walk! I loved all the irises and the camellia! The air must smell heavenly with all the honeysuckle. Gorgeous photos and mosaics!

  8. So beautiful! The unopened blooms of the mountain laurel remind me so much of those little mint candies one would sometimes find as favours at weddings.

  9. Beautiful blooms, such a lovely look at her flower garden! I love lady delicate and a beautiful shade of yellow. Your photographs are wonderful, you really captured some beautiful shots!
    Thanks soooo much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  10. Fantabulous! Wow! Beauteous flowers and lovely mosaic photos ~ ^_^

  11. What a gorgeous garden full of colour and a variety of plants. The red flower is a variety of aquilegia, commonly known as columbine.

  12. Thank you for the walk through the garden. The delicate red and yellow flowers are Columbine. Enjoy your week.

  13. I love all of your beautiful Spring flowers. Mountain laurel is one of my favs in NC. Enjoy your week my friend!

  14. Wow, Emily....the photography of your MIL's garden is stunning. She does have such a lovely garden! LOVE the camellias. :D

    I hope you have a fantastic week!


  15. Good Afternoon Emily, Thank you for the invitation to stroll around your mother's garden... took my breath away, it is absolutely stunning. The variety of plants is just so lovely. I love honeysuckle when it releases it's perfume in the evening and the Camelias are just so beautiful.
    The small dainty plant, we know as Aquilegia and they do come in a range of colours.
    Thank you so much, I have really enjoyed my stay, so much so, that I have become a new follower.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time as you will be most welcome.
    Best Wishes

  16. Hi Emily, Such a beautiful garden!! Those iris at the top :) love them! It's POURING this morning in Seattle .. BUT it's supposed to warm up to around 50 degrees and by Friday they are saying 70 degrees so I'm hopeful to get out to do some gardening soon. I'm not sure where these photos are taken but the woods remind me a little of the forests we have here in the pacific northwest.


  17. Thank you for taking me along on your walk. Each photo was more beautiful than the next.

  18. Absolutely breathtaking. So much to see. Thank you for sharing.

  19. I did enjoy our walk through the flowers and greenery, Emily. Your photos are so vibrant and wonderful. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  20. This is just stunning. Thank you for a little trip through the garden.

  21. Such a lovely garden - I so enjoyed that walk. Our irises aren't out yet, so it was lovely to see your MIL's.

  22. Simply heavenly, my friend. Difficult to pick favorites but I would pick a few camelias, wild flowers, and verbenas.
    My mother has such an amazing green thumb too. I always say she could make a twig bloom. Unfortunately, I did not inherit it. :(
    Beautiful day.

  23. I loved the fern garden. There is something so wonderful about walking in the woods. I also really loved the irises. I never used to be an iris fan until I moved to my new home and in my garden are the most beautiful purple irises. I think it is great when others open their beautiful homes to their families. My mom and dad's home has been a big retreat lately.

  24. Emily, such a treat to be in your garden. The colors are glorious! Wish we lived closer so we could enjoy each other's gardens for morning coffee or tea. Wouldn't that be the best?
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. ~ Sarah

  25. Wow! What a treat to stroll through your MIL's garden and woods! Your photography of the beautiful flowers in also amazing. You know what my favorite photo is? The humble little wild the way you blurred the background. I saw your post ('re #1) over at Savvy Southern Style. You have to put this post over at The PoloHouse blog for Alison's "Favorites on the First"...the theme is flowers.

  26. Sa many beautiful flowers!...Christine

  27. Oh my goodness, your mother-in-law sure has a green thumb and I might add, you have the photographer's eye to see the beauty and then I'm thankful you shared these photos with us.
    JM Illinois

  28. Hello Emily,

    Amazing photos! A wonderful stroll through your garden and woods.


  29. EMILY! Thank you for coming by to comment today! I will take your name and link and put you on the list! Please keep updated and visit for my new posts as they appear each Friday until the event; I will be having a give-away for all the participants! MERCI! Anita

  30. Wonderful pictures! The irises are amazing.

  31. Your dainty flower looks like CandyTuft.

  32. I love seeing gardens in other parts of the country because the flowers are so different from those I see here all the time. Such pretty pictures.

  33. Hi Emily!
    My goodness,she certainly does have a gift!
    What a lovely garden. So many lovely specimens!
    I would love to stroll through her flower gardens too.

    Thanks so much for sharing your mother-in-law's
    lovely yard.

  34. Emily, Thanks so much for the wonderful tour. Your photographs are so inspirational. Your mother-in-law's flowers are gorgeous!


  35. Really great pics:) I love the mountain laurel. Laurel is my wife's name:)

  36. Bonjour Emily! Merci d'être venue today! Yes, my bags are packed and I am thrilled to see almost 40 participants! This is going to be fun; on va s'amuser bien!! Happy weekend! Anita

  37. This is a wonderfully colourful array of blooms!

  38. Thank you for taking us for a gorgeous garden walk. The flowers are absolutely glorious! Yea, spring!

  39. beautiful blooms - please come over and share this post at Fishtail Cottage's garden party asap~ xoxo, tracie

  40. Loved, much love looking at your pictures, wonderful Amazing photos!!

  41. Emily, her gardens are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Sunday Showcase from Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button for your blog! Have a happy Sunday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  42. What a beautiful garden! Your photos are so terrific I could almost smell the honeysuckle through the computer! ~ Robin

  43. Emily, your MIL's garden is breathtaking! I enjoyed your beautiful photograpy so much! I think the last flower is either Cordyallis or maybe in the Columbine family. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  44. Gorgeous flowers - LOVE spring's flowers! She does have a lovely garden and how sweet of you to share - I see others have also identified this flower as Columbine. Love them, to me they're like fairies dancing above the plants. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  45. My MIL had a Rhododendron bush for years and we all just loved it. She had a pretty Hibiscus and a Gardenia too, both equally appealing. And Aloe, she had tons of Aloe! I miss her place. :)

  46. How lush and beautiful, Emily. You have many of my favorites there, too! Indeed, a lovely walk!

  47. Omygoodness...what beautiful flowers you share. Just beautiful.
    Thanks so much for coming over...I am going today to pick a bright, fun, summer rug...(and will look thru their selection on sale to find a "lower key" rug for fall and winter....but still want a little color. Thanks....
    xo bj

  48. Hi Emily, This garden must be delightful to walk through! The iris are beautiful and the ferns are so full and lush! Ours are just coming up now. The mountain laurel is our state flower here in CT and I love seeing it grow along the roadside. Than you for the tour! Linda




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