Sunday, September 21, 2008

Garden Walk

Well it is going to be "feast or famine" here. I know it has been a long time, but boy do I have pictures to share today. A couple of weeks ago we had a Garden Walk tour in town. We usually try and go to those every year, we really enjoy them. And seeing as we have been spending a fair amount of time doing funeral things, I thought it would be a nice break. So.... lots of neat flower pictures - and this is only a small portion of what I took! It was kind of a late Garden Walk this year, so was wondering what kind of flowers would be blooming, but sure enough, there were plenty!

Most of the gardens were at homes that were huge, beautiful homes, many of them by Lake Michigan. They were lovely to see. I took some pictures of them too, but thought pictures of flowers might be more enjoyable to look at.

The first garden we stopped at was at Tosi's, an Italian Restaurant in town. We were able to see their Herb Garden out back, that I am sure they must use in the cooking. And then we were able to walk through the garden area in front where you can sit when you are at the restaurant. I highly recommend the restaurant!

We also ran into some friends from South Haven that we made several years ago at the same Garden Walk. We got to talking, and realized we had a lot in common. We had them over to our house afterwards for iced tea those several years ago, and in return they later left a gift to us of some grasses that they were dividing, and sharing. Anyway, it was nice to see them again and catch up. One of these years we have to get up to their house to see their gardens.

This is some kind of bugs on a Milkweed Pod - isn't that interesting? This particular garden was more of a walk in the woods. They had a neat firepit in the woods, and a lovely path going all around their property.

This particular garden was my favorite, because it showed how you can do lovely things with just a "regular" type home and yard. I wish I had taken more pictures of the gazebo though, but hope you can get the feel of what they did.


And then look at this house - notice the pretty pink and white border everywhere. Some places it was begonias, and other places it was petunias. And the pond was great too - and the birds were really striking too.

This was a water garden that had lovely water lilies.

Also included on the tour is a local grade school classes garden that they tend. We had a lovely tour of all the flowers and fruit they are growing, and have one area where they are growing flowers according to the alphabet. A different flower for each letter of the alphabet. You could tell the kids were very proud of what they were showing us, and knew a lot about the different plants.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the little garden tour here in Michigan. And don't forget to click on the pictures for a much closer view!


Emily said...

Nice pictures mommy! It looks like you had a great time!

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

REALLY BEAUTIFUL pictures Diane(:) Love those bugs too..looks like you had a wonderful time(:)on a beautiful sunny day ~~
big hugs, Patty

pedalpower said...

Diane, if you let me know ahead of year I would love to come and walk the garden walk with you! Looks beautiful!

Stacey said...

You have a lovely blog. I enjoyed so much seeing the garden pictures, but also your family and friends. I will stop by again!
:-) Stacey

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

HI Diane..
just checking in to see what you are up to(:)
Hope you are having a fun time..
big hugs, Patty

Annabelle said...

Gardens are beautiful and always inspire me to write and create. Lovely pictures Diane. Your blog is very lovely and nice family as well.

Caroline said...

Your photos are gorgeous!! The gardens are devine!! Your blog is lovely & I will stop by again soon.
Check out my blog too.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Diane..
oh so good to hear from you again _It's been awhile (:)
Yes yes put some more pics on, the ones now are must have a great camera~!!
love hearing you are snapping somemore...
big hugs, Patty