patio table set with appetizers

Went to a Garden Party

I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name
No one recognized me, I didn’t look the same  –John Fogerty

A couple of weeks ago, we headed to a cousin’s beautiful home for a garden party.  It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.  Although the clouds gave us a little scare, not a drop of rain fell.  In fact, the clouds offered relief from the heat that the last week of July always seems to bring.

The party honored our newly married nephew and his wife.   The garden and its cool shade provided a serene setting for the happy occasion.

Appetizers for an Outdoor Party

A charcuterie board, olives, bruschetta, and grapes are appetizers that stand up to the summer temperatures.

patio table set with appetizers

zinnia, marigold, rudbeckia, lilies in mason jars decorating tables

Slip-covered chairs and a beautiful runner reflecting the garden theme.


A Closer Look at the Garden Setting

a bluestone path leads through the garden

Welcome path edged with hosta, astilbe, ferns, and potted annuals.

a stone pillar along the garden path is covered with lichen and moss

Lichen and moss cover a stone wall, perfectly complemented by clay pots that look handmade.

garden flowers flank both sides of the bluestone path, white clothed tables show in the distance

A longer view of the patio, walk, and garden. The white dress of the tables and chairs, and white patio umbrella, bring touches of light to the shade garden.

In the Pink

The Raspberry Pink door is a show-stopper, and so are the begonias that flank it.  The pink theme continues in eye-catching touches all around the home.

a pink door to the house is set in a white alcove

Pink begonias planted in cement urns beside the entryway

 angel wings begonia, coleus for shade

hostas lines path

Stone “chimes” hanging from the metal arch add to the feeling that this garden has depth and permanence.

a fountain set against the hillside sends sheets of water over stones.

The largest fountain in the garden is a waterfall hosting a happy frog.

A fountain among primroses and astilbe

A nymph protects the bird bath.  She’s surrounded by phlox, astilbe, sensitive fern, and primula.

lantana, threadleaf coreopsis and petunias flourish in pots

coleus in cement urn

The texture and pattern of the urn is echoed in the ruffled coleus leaves.

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4 comments on “Went to a Garden Party”
  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That is a simply fabulous garden with its paths enticing the visitor to explore further and its background of tall trees. I’m just a teeny bit envious!

  2. A. JoAnn says:

    John, I don’t think they’d mind, but Stanley and Stella (the dogs) probably would …

  3. John Lovasz says:

    Wow! Two questions. One, you sure this isn’t a repost of a feature from Better Homes and Gardens? And, two, do you think they’d mind if I strung up a hammock among the trees and just, ya’ know, lived there?

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