Peterhof Palace Near St Petersburg, Russia

Well, it’s another beautiful day! My, two in a row, aren’t we lucky we are going to the Peterhof Palace today! Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, Russia, close to St Petersburg. It was built by Peter the Great after visiting the Palace of Versailles in France, in 1717.  It…

Six On Saturday: From Russia With Love

Good morning SOS’ers! It’s been a while since I posted here, sometimes life just gets busy! But, this morning we are back touring in St Petersburg, Russia, just one of the stops on our Baltic Cruise! What gardens and flowers will we find here? First, let’s take a look around the Hermitage, a museum of…

Capturing the Spirit in Oakland Cemetery

We’ve just come back from Atlanta, where we had a great time at the Oakland Cemetery! Yes, that’s right, a good time in a cemetery! You see, the Oakland Cemetery is celebrated with several nights of Capturing the Spirit! The adventure is meant to enlighten, not frighten! So join us as we meet a few…

Six On Saturday in Stockholm

I think you can tell a lot about a city by their plants and where they choose to have them. The cities that don’t have them look tired, worn out and very very drab. Not only do the plants and flowers make the cities more charming and welcoming, I think their presence just boosts the…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: The Ryan Gainey Garden

I am glad I saved this garden for last…….one first glance and I knew I could spend hours here…… This is going to be a loooooong post. I want you to experience everything in this garden. This was the place of the home and garden of Ryan Gainey………now, I have to admit I knew Ryan…

Six On Saturday: The Baltics Edition

Hellooooo to all the SOS’ers! I have been traveling for a month in the Baltics and Norway and other spots too! What a great time we had and of course, I was always on the lookout for great flowers and gardens! We were not disappointed! So, here is a snippet of what we started off…

Six On Saturday: It’s All About the Pink

In the beginning there was green…………it’s the hibiscus……..named “Berry Awesome”………. Then a giant bud of pink came on the scene…….. pink, pink and more pink, ok and a touch of yellow……… Pink Makes the World Go Round Sometimes you just need a blush of pink……….. like on my “Café au Lait” dahlia………. And sometimes you…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: The Hilltop Garden

It’s our last garden of the day and I hope I can make it up to this hilltop retreat! We have toured six gardens……have you been counting? I didn’t realize how hilly Atlanta would be and many of these gardens have been up, down and around, many acres! But, I’m taking a deep breath, now…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: Let’s Grill!

This home featured the quiet elegance of a garden…….I could just imagine coming home from a long, long, long, day at work and wanting nothing more than the quiet, stillness of this garden. And hand me a beer or glass of wine, please! Let’s go up the drive and see my smile as I turn…

Six On Saturday: My Favorite Things in a Garden

I had a wonderful time visiting the gardens in Atlanta, Georgia! Today, I would like to show some of my favorite things (from this trip) that I think makes a garden……….. A fence with a gate…..rust gives it charm………….the older the better…… A stone design for a walkway or patio……. A tree trained to be…

The Atlanta Connoisseur’s Garden Tour: The White Garden

Another day and another garden to visit! We are seeing so many beautiful gardens in this year’s Atlanta Connoisseur Tour! This garden I named the White Garden and as we will see I think the name fits………I love white in the garden and I like garden rooms and this garden had both, so let’s go…

The Atlanta Connoisseurs Garden Tour: The Garden That Came Back

This garden was once a wild and untamed forest. The home and garden were designed by Philip Shutze. Who is he, you ask? Born in Georgia and educated in Georgia, Shutze spent a few years in Europe designing great villas before returning to Atlanta to become one of America’s finest classical architects and for over…