Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Private Gardens

Saturday, while Naomi's sisters were adventuring in Europe, we decided to go on an adventure of our own right here in our Pacific Northwest backyard. Each year as part of the Private Gardens Tour, several home owners throughout the Olympia area are selected to showcase their gardens. These gardens are only available for public viewing once a year so I'm glad we got a chance to see a couple of them. We did not have enough time to visit them all. I carried Joshua and Naomi took these amazing pictures with my Nikon.

The First Garden

This garden really inspired me to get to work in my own yard. The original situation being so similar to ours. The lady who owned this home and garden had a display poster showing what their property looked like eleven years ago when they first purchased it- an older home on a flat, boring 3/4 acre parcel. Now it's a beautiful oasis, with many lovely sections of garden to enjoy.

The front landscape had a quiet woodland type of feel but when you followed the main garden path through an arbor draped with ornamental grapes, one entered the tropics! The back garden is an exciting, eclectic blend of hardy bananas, palms, cannas, and many more large colorful annuals. 

Getting some ideas for my front yard... I have a laurel hedge with a rock wall garden in front but it doesn't compare to this! I could go for this look (minus the purple dinosaur egg ;).

Covered trellises leading to secluded, peaceful areas...

Exotic flowers

I love the vivid orange colored flowers.

 The Second Garden

We saw giant, six-foot tall thistles!...   

Gorgeous dahlias...

Lovely roses...

a state-of-the-art chicken coop...

a romantic gazebo...

And the highlight of the entire garden- two large ponds containing seventy beautiful Japanese koi fish!

Joshua loves watching the koi fish.

So happy he might burst!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

America's Car Museum

Here's a selection of my best photos from the day trip our family took to the recently opened LeMay- America's Car Museum last Saturday. The collection of cars displayed a wonderful combination of history and design (two of our family's favorite topics).

We were so glad Auntie Liz could spend the weekend with us!

(Yes, I have to stand on tip-toe for our family photo ;)

The LeMay Museum has the only two Duesenberg SJ Roadsters ever made!!!
Duesenberg SJ - #1

Duesenberg SJ - #2

Vintage Bentley

One of my favorite elements of the classic cars is their metal hood ornaments:
La Salle

Pierce Arrow



Gorgeous details.

Would you want a Ferrari in any other color?

Ruby and her Jag. (I think this pic is my favorite.)

Dad gets an up-close and personal look at a vintage Jaguar.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Colorful Clothes Hangers

I know for a fact that I've only ever purchased either black or white clothes hangers since I've been married and had my own home. How do I somehow have hot pink and mint green ones?