Friday, February 12, 2010

Camelias and Japanese Garden

Beverly is so kind to host Pink Saturday week after week after week and it is always so much fun to join. Today I want to show you pink flowers growing in our garden. So many plants are dead from the cold winter but I am beginning to see life. For more pleasant pinks, go visit her and her participants at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/.
Now is also Sightseeing Saturday so stick around for our tour.
We have pool equipment in the back of the house, pool heater, pumps, pipes, etc and they are really an eye sore for me so I have been trying to figure out ways to conceal them. We placed some iron fence around but you can still see them so I bought iron baskets that are flat in the back and I planted different kinds of flowering plants in them and hang them along the fence. You can still see the pool equipment but your eyes are more drawn to the bright and pretty flowers now. We cannot really enclose the equipment completely because the pool guy has to have access to it every other week when he cleans the pool.

I think my favorite in the pots are the cyclamens.
I am not sure what these are called but I have 2 of them planted near the big fence and when I looked the other day, they have little pink flowers blooming.
Our camelia bushes are also blooming with pink and red flowers.
I can't wait for our peach trees to start blooming but for now these little flowering plants make me happy.
Last Wed, I showed you this big guy for Outdoor and Watery Wed. Now let me take you to see the Japanese Garden where he resides.
I just cannot remember the name of the garden but it is in the West Palm Beach area in Florida. It was really hot when we went there but the surrounding was so tranquil and relaxing.
In a Japanese garden, you will always find a pagoda.
I thought this bird is so pretty.
Kat, this is for you. Isn't this a pretty reflection?
Bonsai plants also speak Japanese and these are the biggest that I have ever seen.
Grandkids AJ and Noah enjoying the walk.
Bamboos

Even the butterfly is enjoying the nicely trimmed garden.
Here's another pink contribution for Beverly.
We stayed at the Marriott's right on Delray Beach
Thank you all again for coming along with us. And thank you, Beverly, for another chance of showing off some pinks.

15 comments:

Debbie said...

Absolutely gorgeous photo's!~ It is snowing here in South Carolina, I just can't believe how much!

kim said...

Beautiful photos, Christine. We are in winter wonderland here in the Atlanta area finally. The most snow in many years.

Kathysue said...

Hi C, I love the reflection picture for Kat that is a wonderful photo, oh so pretty,Kathysue

Melissa Miller said...

How beautiful are the tranquil gardens Christine. I would just love this. The iguana is so cool!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos and thank you for sharing the pretty blooms. I am tired of the brown and gray of Winter around here. Predictions of more Winter coming in here Sunday. :(

Debra said...

Hey there Christine, love the photos, I too especially like the reflection photo!

Hope you are having a nice time in Florida with your family. It's really cold here...Brrrr!

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, wishing you a lovely weekend and a love filled Valentine’s Day.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Christine...

Thanks for the tour! You're always so good as a tour guide. :-) I loved the reflecting pond too....how beautiful.

Your pool equipment solution is just perfect! I love your flower pots!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Spencer

Regina said...

Beautiful and awesome scenes!
Happy Pink Saturday and a Valentine's Day.

Michael Lee West said...

Christine, these photos are awe inspiring. I enjoyed them tremendously.

I have the same dilemma with the pool equipment. It's tucked into an alcove, but it's visible from everywhere. I bought a rectangular, heavy plastic storage trunk at Lowes, which helped some. Love your idea.

I wanted to thank you for adding your photos to the Flickr galleries. I love having a quick link to your blog...like we're next door neighbors.
XX00

lostpastremembered said...

Thanks so much for this walk in the garden... with all the cold and snow out east it was like a vacation.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, these are so lovely!

Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day as well.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Just Breathe said...

Your flowers are so pretty.
The pictures from the Japanese gardern are so beautiful. Love the reflection one. Thank you for sending me the peace.

mbkatc230 said...

What beautiful photos Christine. This Japanese Garden is just gorgeous. And I LOVE the reflection shot, it's really lovely and very well composed. Isn't it fun to find them? The water is so still it looks almost like a mirror - THANKS! Kat. (Oh and that is a huge iguana, what a fun thing to see)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, I can't believe you have flowers blooming. We have snow here again today! What a beautiful garden tour that was. laurie

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