Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A California Garden

Susan of http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ has been hosting Outdoor Wed. Today is no different. Check out her site and then visit all her participants also for great outdoor pictures.

Last week I went to California, not a leisure trip but rather to attend my aunt's funeral. It is sad to lose someone you love and I know I will miss her and yet, I am relieved knowing that she is free of pain now and is enjoying the company of Jesus. I am sure of that because a day before she passed away, she told everybody around her that she just saw God and He told her that He will take her the following day.
My sister from Illinois, nephew and niece from Stockton, and I stayed with my deceased aunt's brother and his wife. I really enjoyed his yard and garden so I started taking pictures. I told my uncle that I will post them on my blog. So, here they are!
Below is my uncle and his wife's home and in front of it is (L to R) my niece, aunt, my oldest sister and my uncle.
me, my sis and aunt
I fell in love with their landscaping. I like how the shrubs are trimmed.

Isn't that a pretty door?
I just love this portico entry.

This is the backyard. It gave me some ideas on what to do with the hill surrounding our gazebo. I did not know I could plant some shrubs. I was just letting grass and Asian jasmines grow but now, I will plant some shrubs too, even small trees.
I love the persimmons.
and the guavas.
Thanks to Susan for another great Outdoor Wednesday and I want to thank you all for coming by. I also want to thank my uncle and aunt for their hospitality while we were in California and for allowing me to feature their beautiful garden.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am so sorry about your Aunt. I know she is talking with the Lord and that is such a blessing. Their house is just beautiful and the yard is stunning. I love all the wonderful shrub too. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Sorry for your loss. My DH's uncle just passed today and we will be leaving for upstate NY once we know when the funeral is scheduled.

Lady Katherine said...

So sorry for your lose, I know it had to be hard. I lost one Aunt and 4 other family members this past month or so. I do love how the tree is trimmed. I see your wanting those persimmons, I think you should go for it, for you are farther south and I think they might just live! Tell me about a guavas. I have always wanted to know how you eat them. Please tell!!!

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, I'm so sorry about your aunt. I know you will miss her, your family seems very close. Your aunt and uncle's yard is really beautiful. I love the persimmon trees, and the way they have the shrub trimmed in front is really neat. Hope you had a safe and uneventful trip and get to stay home for awhile and relax. Kathy

Blondie's Journal said...

My condolences to your Aunt's family. I am so sorry Chrisitne. I think your Uncle and Aunt were probably very happy to have the company during this time and how lucky that you got to take photos of the garden. And you found an idea!! That is great!! I love learning from looking at someone elses solution to a problem. Good for you!! Your Uncle's garden is gorgeous. I love how he trimmed the shrub to look like...well whatever!! lol!

Take care, my friend!


Terry said...

I am saddened to hear about the loss of your Aunt.

What beautiful landscaping, you did a great job taking the photos.

Just Breathe said...

What town were you in?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
What a beautiful home and gardens! I love the portico too! The styling is so different than where I live and that's what makes it so fun to see! I am so sorry to hear about your Aunt. Take care, Hugs, Cindy

Debra said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your aunt.

What a lovely home your uncle and aunt have. I especially love the arched windows. I tend to love arches...windows, doorways, entrances etc...

Take care and have a great day today!

Riet said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. You nade such beautiful pictures. I just can keep looking.

Pam said...

I'm sorry for the sad reason for your trip.
The landscaping is beautiful, especially the sculpted trees.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Hey gf, I will try to remember to come back fri. as I do not want to miss it, but we are in the process of laying hard wood flooring and so busy, I could forget. So if you don't see me come over and remind me. I try to say on top of my own blog even when busy. Lace's baby is due mid jan. we are so excited, this is our first... she has gotten into her new house and we are enjoying a empty nest. Talk with you soon.

ann said...

oh honey,i am so sorry.bless your sweet heart.i know how close you all are....ann

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Love the sunshine. But,I am so sorry for your loss.

daylily777 said...

Great pics, beautiful yard. I am sorry about the loss of your Aunt. Thank god as Christians we do not grieve without Hope.

Ashley ~ said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your aunt and pray that God will give loving peace in the mist of the sadness, and hearts will began to heal. Thank you so much for the sweet comments you left for me and for your prayers. It means so much*! ((hugs)) _Ashley*

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Aunt, Christine.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Sorry to here of your family's loss...

and yes, your uncle and aunt's home and garden are beautiful.

Blessings & Aloha, dear friend!

(I will have to come back later and catch up on reading, but wanted you to know that I have a blog hug (aka award) for you at my place)

SmilingSally said...

I'm sorry for your loss; but isn't it wonderful to know that your loved one is in Heaven?

Your relatives' garden is lush and quite nicely maintained. I'm grateful that you shared it with me.

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