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.
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!