May 1, 2007 Jennie Chancey

Pictures of the Front Garden in Spring!

May1 129Well, I finally got the camera and have taken a few shots of my front garden. I’m so excited that the things I planted last year actually didn’t die! I was afraid the roses wouldn’t fare well with the cold snap we had in early April, but they came through it unscathed and are blooming beautifully. At right is a picture of my front door (one of the hanging baskets came down when the tornadoes went through our state, but we’ll get it back up one of these days!). I was really surprised to see the snap dragons come back this year–and grow so TALL!

I absolutely love roses and never thought I could actually grow them in the clay-sand soil mixture we have here. But they seem to love it, as you can see:

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And here are some of my tea roses:

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So, do any of my friends in England feel I am getting at all close to my coveted “English cottage garden?” I’ve just put in three hydrangea bushes, and I’ll have to photograph those as they get larger — ditto the red rose bushes that are just blooming away at the other end of the garden in front!

Mom, are you surprised? I never imagined myself as a gardener, but I sure am enjoying walking in your footsteps!

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Jennie Chancey I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous

    The garden looks lovely. Wish mine was so tidy!How about some lavender? It would just need trimming each year and is very hardy-well it has survived me.You would love Anne Hathaway’s garden in Stratford on Avon.Sarah

  2. MrsSM

    Jennie, everything is just beautiful! Your choice of colors is so cheery and welcoming, and all of it complements your beautiful, elegant front entrance! May all of the flowers keep growing and thriving:). We are not even ready to plant annuals yet here, so it’s a treat to see and enjoy someone else’s color.Gardening can really be full of surprises. A few years ago, my daughter planted some shasta daisy seeds, and they didn’t come up. She was so disappointed. The next year, they did, and she was thrilled! Now they’re like Homer Price’s donuts–they just keep spreading and they are everywhere:).I enjoyed your pretty photos:)!Krista:)

  3. Meg

    It’s so lovely, Jennie! Your sense of style shines through. Thanks for sharing it with us.Cheers!

  4. Duchess of Fife

    Beautiful pictures, Jennie! I’ve been trying to find time to work on my garden but right now I just have to be content that my roses survived their first year. This might be a record for me and my black thumb 🙂 I also loved your photos of your trip to England. Thanks for sharing them!I hope you and your family are well.Blessings,Emily Gunn

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