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The garden was buzzing with activity today! Bees in all their glory savoring the sweet nectar of our butterfly bush, roses and basil…the large bees are such a pleasure to watch and listen to…they adore the butterfly bush…as many as three bees can be spotted on just one bloom…I must have experienced the music of hundreds as they flew from blossom to blossom…pure delight…the smaller bees prefer the basil…imagine how their honey would taste? African basil honey! Must be amazing!

The fall solstice is only a few days away but today’s afternoon sun still felt like summer…warm and satisfying…flowers still fragrant and lush…how magnificent and fleeting summer is…may you soak in the last of its warmth and beauty…wishing you a very happy weekend!

top photo ~ a glorious bee on our butterfly bush

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morning glory

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the approach

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visit from a friend

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 lovely white roses

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thai basil

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a small bee enjoying the african basil…I wish you could smell this with me…it’s simply divine!

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I just love the curvaceous shadows it casts on our stone wall…

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Gary’s pepper plant…aubergine at its best!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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Harmonious gardens…thoughtful layers of formality and naivety blend ever so gracefully together…for me, there is a seductive yet quiet freedom to each and every one of these timeless masterpieces…I hope you enjoy this lovely selection of gardens designed by the one and only Arne Maynard

Happy weekend!

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A manor house in Oxfordshire

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A mill house by the river Cherwell

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A 17th century farmhouse in Devon

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Bowling Green in Derbyshire

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A country house in Norfolk

all photography from Arne Maynard

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Plucked straight from my brother Gary’s garden, these ethereal white peonies commanded my attention this morning…a perfect muse for a summer day!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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“The sun is higher…the days are longer…and the magic of spring has touched every living thing…each, attuned to life…is ready to rise in a mystical kinship with beauty…” ~ Gwen Frostic

Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of summer!

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photos from Elle Decor and The Gifts of Life

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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a sunny visit to designer Paul Wiseman’s Northern California home. Thoughtfully restored to maintain its original foot print and floor plan, this 1912 gem has been updated using “green” materials that have the appropriate sensibility for a historical restoration in the 21st century. These sustainable materials, such as custom bronze casement windows with energy saving glass, a zinc roof and LED lighting, reduce long term maintenance while preserving the unique character and spirit of the architecture. What a brilliant coming together of modern technology and beauty! From the breathtaking water views to the perfectly edited interiors, this house has it all! Please enjoy!

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend filled with sunny skies and a lovely breeze!

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Above and below ~ photography by Matthew Millman for The Wiseman Group

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To read more about this masterful property, pick up the 2013 May-June issue of Veranda!

Below ~ photography by Laura Resen for Veranda

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