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A NATURAL BEAUTY Touring (Part III)

Welcome back, everyone!

We’re well on our way to continuing along the tour of my dear friend Carolyn Aiken’s wondrous gardens on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Didn’t I tell you there was so much to see, and that I must have taken hundreds of pictures?! ūüôā I am not exaggerating, my friends!

I am so glad that you are all able to stay awhile and experience even more of this idyllic garden. First, let’s have an ice-cold glass of the famous Raspberry Cordial (not to be confused with wine as Anne did when she served it to her best friend Diana – Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16). ¬†I carefully managed to bring some home in my suitcase all the way from PEI just for you! ¬†It is a refreshing beverage and reminds me somewhat of old-fashioned Cream Soda, only not nearly as sweet. ¬†It really is quite nice! I think you are going to like it, too. YUM! And what a great job they’ve done at marketing this treat?! ¬†Who could resist Anne Shirley’s smiling freckled face peeping out from under her bright red braids and sweet straw hat?! ¬†It was reported that William and Kate were to sample the carbonated raspberry juice on their visit to PEI. ¬†I wonder if Kate liked it.

That's Carolyn weaving her garden...

I hope you have your waterproof shoes on today. ¬†It’s still a tad wet in the garden from the rainfall earlier…

Carolyn’s garden is a true gift. Having walked in Carolyn’s gardens full of flowers, fragrance and birdsong,¬†I personally received the gift of a fresh start.

Hearing the soft coos of a morning dove enhanced the feeling of something almost magical that happens all around you as you explore this garden’s beauty. Like a weaver at an ethereal loom, the gorgeous waves of colourful blossoms are Carolyn’s threads; and it is especially wonderful that she is willing to pass on her knowledge of ¬†‘the craft’ to all those who wish to learn.

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.   John Harrigan

I am certain that you will also love¬†learning about Carolyn’s new duck pond currently being constructed on her property¬†with the assistance of Ducks Unlimited!¬† It should be quite amazing by next summer. ¬†The pond can be¬†seen from Carolyn’s dining room window, where she has a comfortable chaise to relax and enjoy the stunning panoramic¬†views of her lush landscapes.¬†Carolyn has dreams of seeing her grandchildren (nine in all) skating on the frozen¬†pond in wintertime, and has acquired a flat-bottomed wooden boat in which to enjoy the pond on summer days!

Weather means more when you have a garden.¬† There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.¬† ~Marcelene Cox

Carolyn’s glorious gardens can be seen from every window of her romantic 95-year old home. Looking through each paned window glass, it feels as though you’ve actually¬†stepped inside the pages of a¬†beautiful magazine.¬†Her dreamily-styled garden vignettes are sprinkled with welcoming arbours, bloom-laden trellises, unique handcrafted birdhouses, wicker¬†chairs and wrought-iron settees¬†plumped with pretty pillows,¬†and even¬†tea-time tables set with¬†lacy cloths, delicate china cups and¬†flower-filled vases – all¬†just waiting for guests to arrive and enjoy!
Expect the unexpected¬†as you walk¬†through Carolyn’s gardens:¬† pensive statuary and surrounding plants¬†‘multiplied’¬†using a¬†strategically placed mirror that¬†covers an entire fence panel, imaginative garden rooms – one¬†with a chandelier creatively hung from a pergola,¬†louvered shutters,¬†an aged wooden desk and¬†pressed-back chair – and even an antique stove found by the side of the road, and a bicycle planter painted in happy turquoise and¬†loaded up with plants!

‚ÄúThere is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.‚ÄĚ ¬†Sophia Loren

One of the most ‘meaningful’ objects¬†amongst the treasures in Carolyn’s garden is an old bicycle that had once belonged to her father, and ¬†an intriguing¬†‘false entrance’ on the exterior of the house ¬†(a wood-panelled door and stone steps¬†left in¬†the original spot¬†following a home reno job). Because Carolyn loves the look of old English cottages with ivy vines twining¬†up and around their entryways, she convinced her husband to keep the door where it was, walling it in from behind,¬†and filled the steps with plants so the entrance could not be accessed and mistaken for an actual door.¬† Carolyn’s thoughtful ingenuity when it comes to planning her garden¬†can be seen¬†at every bend along its curvy paths…
It’s hard to imagine being anywhere else that is so serene and inviting as¬†the Aiken House and Gardens!
I am so delighted that we made the trip to PEI solely to meet Carolyn and to tour her home and gardens¬†– it is simply¬†too irresistible not to make more than a single trip to visit here, and we are already planning to return again (maybe even¬†next year)¬†to see the Island and, of course,¬†Carolyn’s gardens,¬†in fall splendour…Sigh.

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  ~Lindley Karstens

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Leo Buscaglia

The Amen of nature is always a flower.  Oliver Wendall Holmes

I hope you enjoyed ‘Part III’ of the tour of Carolyn’s lovely gardens.I hope you’ll come back soon so that we can continue the tour and hang on to a little bit of summer just awhile longer… On our next visits, we’ll have a look at Carolyn’s garden rooms – you’ll be amazed to find what is inside her garden shed! ūüôā¬†Thanks again for joining me!

As always, wishing you a beautiful day! ūüôā

Linda

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.  ~James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane

Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

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  1. 2011/09/01 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful….

  2. 2011/09/01 at 11:31 am

    Wonderful. Glimpse of paradise.
    Bj

    Rose

    http://amigasqueengordam.blogspot.com/

  3. Tammy Fry
    2011/09/01 at 3:40 pm

    I love this post…thank you so much for sharing. Just gorgeous!!!

  4. 2011/09/01 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I love how your pics turned out! We sure did enjoy having you and Midge visit us and hope you will come back soon! Do you have a soft focus lens on your camera, or do you soften the edges in picasa – it looks pretty that way.

    I am sending you an e-mail shortly. Thank you again for these lovely features – I love your garden quotes, too.

  5. 2011/09/02 at 7:20 am

    Hi Linda,

    You must be blessed living in such a lovely place. I’ve visited Carolyn’s garden many times and I’m in love with it. I’ve found lots of great ideas for my garden, too. And, of course, there I’ve found you and your Beautiful Ideas. You are a source of inspiration for me. And these are places I visit every time I want to taste beauty.:)

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