Garden Update

DSC_0265The summer growing season is in full swing, but is a little behind the normal schedule. My hydrangea bushes and trees have typically bloomed in full by now, but this year they are blooming a little later. I’ve also noticed that the hydrangea bushes have less blooms than in years past. That’s part of the fun….you never quite know what will happen each season.

That said, things are looking green and lush. Here’s a look!DSC_0274DSC_0267DSC_0271 DSC_0272 DSC_0273 DSC_0275 DSC_0276 DSC_0277And, of course, I always love a pop of pink with the mandavilla that flanks our back door.

What’s blooming where you live?!!


Friday Flowers – Late Spring/Early Summer

DSC_0239For today’s Friday Flowers, I wanted to share what’s growing in the garden this early June. Ferns, ivy and lady’s mantle are all flourishing, while hot pink annuals punctuate with a pop of color.

These will carry through until Fall, when we’ll add pumpkins to the window boxes.

Hydrangeas are on the move with buds forming, but no blooms yet. Roses are starting to blossom. The garden should hit peak in about another 6 weeks.DSC_0237 DSC_0226 DSC_0227 DSC_0232DSC_0225 DSC_0233 DSC_0238The best part about this time of year in the garden is that the temperatures are perfect for spending time outside, soaking it all up. And, watching to see what will bloom next.

Hoping your weekend is blooming with all kinds of fun!


Patina Farm – Brooke & Steve Giannetti

Pg-18-19In case you missed the beautiful feature of Patina Farm, the dream-become-reality project of Brooke and Steve Giannetti, in Flower magazine, I wanted to share a few of the photos with you.

Their book, by the same name, came out earlier this year and is an homage to the creation and building of their dream property. Brooke and Steve are not only married, but are business partners, too. He is the architect and big picture man. She is the interior designer and detail person. Together…they were their very own “dream team”.

5 years ago, they took an empty lot with beautiful vistas in Ojai, California and created Patina Farm, which appears to have been there for generations. One of the most fascinating aspects of their property is the way in which they incorporate nature and their animals into their living spaces.
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Pg-30 Pg-46-2 Pg-93 Pg-118-119 Pg-162-163 Pg-175-CTo learn more about the Gainnettis and to get an up close look at them speaking about their property, watch the fabulous video tour produced by my friend, Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence and author, Susanna Salk here!

If only I had room for a goat!! Have a wonderful start to the week!


images: Lisa Romerein