Sunday, June 12, 2011


It's finally starting to feel and look like summer!

We've had such an unseasonably cold spring,
so many of our perennials and annuals
are not nearly as far along 
as they normally are in the gardens.

The previous owners had 
 beautiful hot pink carpet roses 
added to the landscaping around the yard, 
so each year we plant annuals in pinks
and purples to coordinate with the roses.

The yard looks so much better 
when they are blooming,

but that will have to wait 
for another post in July!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Wish you could sit and have some pink lemonade
with me on the patio. 

What colors are the flowers growing
in your garden this summer?


Stitchfork said...

Love the mix of black and pink, and the different patterns! Our deck planters this year are a mix of reds and pinks. And up where the deer and bunnies don't roam!
xo Cathy

Karen said...

Your home and property are incredible! I love your style and the manicured look of all the landscaping. So me!
Thanks for sharing it with us. :)


Your home and garden are beautiful! I love your outside decorations and the pretty elements you have to do so, besides the beauty of your blooms. Gorgeous property! I'm also at Cielo's, SOYC. Hugs. FABBY

Nita Stacy said...

Your patio and all of your yard looks so pretty. I can't wait to see what it looks like when the roses are blooming. I love pink in the garden too.

Sarah said...

Alison, your grounds look lush. I would love to spend time on your terrace, pink lemonade or not. I'll be eager to see all the pinks and purples blooming. Here at HFTS, red knock out roses would greet you as you pulled into the circle drive and pots of red geraniums are at the door. You'll find golden thryallis, yellow bells, black-eyed Susans, pink coneflowers, white snapdragons, and white geraniums blooming at the moment, but with high temps and lack of rain things are looking stressed. Your lush greens look inviting so refreshing. ~ sarah

Town and Country Gals said...

I love a manicured lawn and garden and yours is gorgeous! Your patio area is so cozy and inviting, the black check cushions and the pink, what a fun combination. I'm up for a "girl" party on the patio, just let me know when!

Deserae said...

Your home and gardens are absolutely stunning! Everything looks so perfectly manicured and is so lush and green! Your patio area is TDF and looks like the perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy some iced tea :o) Have a great week!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the black plaid in the chairs. In fact, I love everything in your outdoor area. This must be such a relaxing place to be at the end of the day!

Karen said...

Your property is beautiful!.. .love the outdoor spaces you have created, furniture is perfect! ...

I seem to not be able to settle on one color scheme around my house... in the front I have salmon geranium with cornflower blue viney flowers draping over edges... in some of the urns I have purple petunias, orange daisies (don't know the variety)..and then there are two urns that have red geraniums and white viney flowers draping...

We also have about 20 hot pink knockout roses around the back patio.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your yard and gardens are just lovely, Alison! I love your outdoor living areas and how you have a "living room" and "dining room". It looks very inviting!

Stephanie said...

Love the pops of pink on your porch!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Your garden is so pretty! I *love* the pink and black on your porch. Such a happy and fun color combination!

Thanks for sharing your amazing photos with us.

Ricki Jill

Jem said...

There's something I adore about American homes that we generally don't have here: the verandah/wraparound porch!! Yours looks utterly gorgeous! Perfect for sipping iced tea and diving into a good book :-)

Jem xXx

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Wow you have such a beautiful house all the beautiful landscaping is amazing but the pack porch is my favorite I can imagine myself sitting there enjoying the summer oh with my laptop of course so I could blog!!!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Such a beautiful yard and patio, Alison!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...


I love your style of decorating.

I'll drop by for a cold glass of PINK lemonade. he he

I adore all the pink flowers.

Your patio looks great with the hot pink pillows and the black and white cushions.

I love the rabbit!

You have such a lovely property. It looks very well thought out.



Amy Chalmers said...

I have black and hot pink on my sideporch too. I am waiting on a big black umbrella~should be delivered by the end of the week. Your home and yard are so pretty.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Alison...everything is just stunning. Totally love the pink and black...especially the huge checked fabric. Can't wait to see everything in bloom. Enjoy this beautiful weather!

mo said...

Hi Alison,

Your house looks like a resort! A luxury resort!

Your pictures take my breath away.

Heaven on earth I'd say.

WOW! Just WOW!

Lovely and beautiful.



Libby@LightoftheHome said...

Just beautiful! Love the black and white with splashes of pink! I know I would enjoy some pink lemonade with you on a sunny afternoon!

michele said...

oh alison. it looks glorious. really. so sophisticated and timeless and oasis like.

i love all brick and those panels are romantic and dreamy.

i have hot pink roses blooming here and love the pop against the neutral backdrop.

have a wonderful week, my friend.



Thank you so much for coming by and visit my girls and rest of my blog and for the lovely comments! I want to tell you that I'm your latest follower, as I want to be up to date on what you post on your beautiful house!! Lots of hugs. FABBY

JudyBug said...

Love the use of black! Just a stunning place to enjoy that lemonade!

Janette@the2seasons said...

I absolutely love the hot pink pillows with the black and white. Now, that's a POP of color.

Pamela Gordon said...

Your gardens and patio look beautiful. I can't wait to see the July pics of the roses in bloom. I love the hot pinks and black colour scheme. I've gone with pinks and mauves again this year. Except for one pot that has yellow in it for fall when the others are spent. I'm really hoping this late spring will mean a long and lovely fall aren't you? Have a wonderful week. Pamela

A Toile Tale said...

Oh, my!!! Your outside is as beautiful as the inside. This is a heavenly space and I can tell that you lovingly tend it.
Thanks for sharing.
Linda @ A Toile TAle

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your grounds look lovely! Being from New Mexico I find green a wonderful color for a garden!! Haha

Becca said...

So, so beautiful !! I, too, love your mix of pink, white and black ... the pink serves as such a fun pop of color. Your manicured yard looks gorgeous, too! I'm on my way for that tall glass of pink lemonade!

The French Hutch said...

Alison you are now enjoying lovely flowers we enjoyed six weeks ago. So while we are in a drought and everything has bloomed out your enjoying your beautiful spring. Your home and gardens are breathtaking. The pinks and purple I'm sure just pop with color against the house. Everything is picture perfect. I have to say I love the porch, with the white sheers, and the cushions. Its a beautiful home for you and your family.........and I'm still smitten with the theme and history of your home.

The French Hutch

Linda said...

Oh Alison, everything is so beautiful.
Love the hot pink in the cushions to match the flowers. Do you and dh do all the gardening?

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Love the bold black and white check with the pink. I need to get back home and go to work on our neglected patio!!

Beautiful post!

Kathy said...

Hello Allison,
Gorgeous garden - so lush and green! Our garden comes to life mid February here in the South. We are experiencing extreme heat and drought right now so my plants are in need of water daily! Loved visiting your beautifully decorated patios and gardens and yes, would love some pink lemonade! Visiting via Show Off Your Cottage Monday,

Anonymous said...

Oh wow. Is your outdoor area heaven, or what?? It's so clean and beautiful - not a weed to be seen! I'm impressed! I really love the hot pink pillows! :o) Our flowers we planted are varying shades of red and pinks, but I won't be posting pictures of them. Poor things are being strangled out by the weeds! ;o)

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

What a gorgeous garden- I can't wait to see it when more of your flowers are in bloom. Pink flowers are my all time favorite! We are in a similar situation as you- my annuals are a few weeks behind schedule due to the yucky spring.

Debbiedoos said...

Oh it is so pretty there. I love your color combination on the patio, it looks awesome!

Cheri said...

Love the pink accents!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog!!

Babs said...

Alison, I absolutely love your patio and garden areas. That's my favorite way of landscaping... lots of green with pops of color. Your black and white patio seating with the hot pink is perfect. I may just have to "copy" your color scheme since I have so much black on my deck. I have so few flowers on our deck as we've have been so hot and dry and things are frying even thought I water at least once a day. For some reason the boxwoods don't seem to mind the heat.
I always love your photos and find myself going back again and again for inspiration.
Thanks again for a beautiful post.

Sue said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE...your black and white and hot pink Alison. How fun!! Your gardens are stunning, and my midwest heart {that lives in hot Texas} is loving your lush gardens. I'm not used to the plants here yet, and am missing my lilacs, and peonies, etc.

I also have to comment on your previous post ~ love that first dealer with the plaid. I collect Skotch Kooler stuff for my cabin in No. Wis. and that red and black plaid gets me every time.

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

You have such an amazingly beautiful outdoor space, Alison... it has that European elegance to it. I loved going through all your pictures...your porch looks beautiful with all those black neutrals and the pops of hot pink flowers.. very eye-catching and vibrant..and there are so many interesting corners in your yard.. loved this post! And yes, I agree with you we never had spring this year... we went straight from winter to summer. Enjoy your weekend!~Poppy

Calypso In The Country said...

I love the black and white checked fabric with the hot pink! What an inviting ourdoor seating area you have. It looks like such a great place to sit and read - or have a glass of wine! I hope you do a lot of entertaining on that property to really take advantage that "resort" setting!

Rebecca said...

Magazine ready! Or actually, you could do your own coffee table book. I would be the first to purchase it.

Kudos to your "staff"! There is obviously a lot of work involved in creating and maintaining this exceptional property.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

My son cuts the grass and I pull the weeds and trim.
New mulch on the beds make it look better than usual --- an the rains we've had too!

No "staff" here but that sure made me smile!!!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Alison, your home and garden areas looks so lush and inviting. Love the black with the pops of hot pink!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

All That Glitters said...

Alison, you home is just wonderful!! I love the pink pillows too!!! Your landscaping is gorgeous too!

Connie said...

Beautiful place. I know you must find such joy in living there.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Alison! Your patio and landscaping are beautiful! Love the patio furniture and the equestrian touches on your property.


Oh girl...I have really neglected my yard this year with all of the construction inside. Now it is almost too late because here in Atlanta with temps in the 90's everyday it is too darn hot to sit outside. But after seeing you beautiful yard and porch I might have to do a little fluffing so it looks decent in the fall. Love the pop of pink in the pillows with the black!