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GROWING A GIFT – A GARDENER’S PASSION Touring (Part II)

I have a penchant for floral patterns on fabric and old dishes, a yearning for rose-scented toiletries, a taste  for rose-infused teas and jellies… I am a gardener at heart.

My beautiful antique Sadler teapot strewn with pink roses and raised lattice sits atop a footed century-old glass cake plate that once belonged to my father’s grandmother.

Welcome Friends,

I’m so glad you’re back so that we can continue further along our tour of Carolyn’s beguiling gardens, but first let’s have a cuppa.  The temperature has cooled considerably today and the sky is overcast, so a hot brew is welcome about now…

Today, we meet the lovely and emerald-thumbed Carolyn Aiken of Prince Edward Island! Are you as excited as I am to be returning to experience more of her and husband Andrew’s breathtaking gardens?!  I hope you enjoyed the first part of the tour – An Enchanted Island Garden.

Carolyn and her husband, Andrew, seem to know the secret for living a beautiful life for they are blessed in having a charming century-old home, a loving family of seven children and nine grandchildren, all nearby on their beloved Island – AND the garden of their dreams. Carolyn’s is a summer’s dream, an expression – or rather an extension – of her thoughtful personality.

Gardening is a kind of disease.  It infects you, you cannot escape it.  When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.  ~Lewis Gannit

Carolyn is no minimalist when it comes to the garden for hers is a robust, resplendent salute to the celebration of life! Here you will find a captivating combination of meandering pathways, annuals and perennials in the most unlikely containers, woodlands and wildflowers, sculpture and statuary, as well as birdfeeders and birdhouses, bicycles and baskets, fountains and fragrance; and all manner of seats, tables and benches from iron and wicker to wood; mirrors and music, even chandeliers and china… 🙂

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  Marcel Proust

Carolyn finds fulfilment in her garden pursuits, growing a gift of love; and visitors to her gardens feel fulfilled just seeing the results of her and Andrew’s labours. Carolyn’s garden is a bountiful gift of hope and optimism that life will continue to bloom.

I hope you will visit Carolyn at  her blog Aiken House and Gardens warrengrove.blogspot.com

            Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.  ~Russell Page

Let’s walk now with Carolyn through her garden, shall we.  You won’t be able to resist the invitation to wander…Not even the vine enveloped arbour that rises up to greet you at the entry to Carolyn’s home can prepare you for the feeling that you’ve stepped straight into the flowery pages of a magazine, for this is a uniquely special place…of the heart.

Wishing you another beautiful day!

Linda

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  1. Gail
    2011/08/24 at 1:14 am

    What an awesome labour of love! Just stunning!

  2. 2011/08/24 at 4:18 pm

    Enjoyed the tour…………and the beautiful photography!

    Don’t think I’ve mentioned before that I really love your kitty photos! I LOVE kitty cats. At present we don’t have any in our home, as our sweetest Miss Kitty left us for more celestial snoozle spots in a warm sunbeam! We miss her a lot, but we do enjoy the company of friends’ feline members… both off- and on-line!

    Wishing you glimpses…………..

  3. 2011/08/24 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I just got home and saw that you had posted, so I had to check it out! I so enjoy seeing the garden through someone else’s lens and you have told the story beautifully! Hey! But weren’t you the sneaky one getting that shot of me in there!!! Thank you so much for all your kind words and for doing such a lovely feature. When I get my post up tonight, I will do a link back. I am running a little behind it seems.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

  4. Sharon Miller
    2011/08/25 at 9:42 am

    Hi Linda,
    I so enjoyed your pictures of the gardens. Oh, what it is to be a gardener and wander the paths of another.
    Take Care,
    Sharon

    • 2011/08/25 at 3:13 pm

      Hey, Sharon!

      As a fellow gardener, I know you can appreciate what an outstanding labour of love this is! By the way, I snapped some photos of your own glorious home and garden and will share them one day soon, so keep following…SMILE.

      Hugs,
      Linda

  5. Tammy Fry
    2011/08/25 at 9:30 pm

    This garden looks majestic!

    • 2011/08/26 at 9:37 am

      Hello, my friend!

      I totally agree. It is like stepping into another realm – it just transports you somewhere else altogether for the time that you are there!!! It was a privilege.

      Linda

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