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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{Our Carolina Jasmine}

One of the most beautiful vines is the Carolina Jasmine Gelsemium sempervirens with its fragrant yellow flowers.
This species is by far not as invasive as e.g. wisterias are.
Very lovely sight when blooming like here seen on April 10.
There is a bird house right behind it and often the Caroline Wren lives in it.
What a romantic place for raising their young!
To the right you see our Wood Trail and to the left is our Gazebo...
Do you have a Carolina Jasmine?

Related link:
{Yellow Blossoms from Our Garden want to be YOUR Sunshine Today!} | previous post by me

Sunday, April 27, 2014

{Our Blue Wisteria Blossoms}

By mid April our Blue Wisterias were filling the air with their sweet fragrance and they have climbed up the trees till the very top.
Don't you love those trusses of beautiful and highly fragrant flowers?
Cascading down a tree, you can see the water of the creek to the right and the road in the center...
Again the creek is visible to the right and also the road.
Another tree to the left is being filled with this rather invasive climber.
This is our bridge across the creek; one of 3.
The balusters are from Vintage Woodworks, Texas
Do you have any wisteria climbers?

Related link:
{Our Wisteria Chinensis & Millettia Reticulata (Evergreen Wisteria)} | previous post by me
{Our Exotic Sesbania punicea  - Scarlet Wisteria} | previous post by me
{Our Everblooming Japanese Honeysuckle | Lonicera japonica} | previous post by me
{Antique 19th Century Silver Toast Rack Replica, Made in Kotagede, Indonesia} | previous post by me

Friday, April 25, 2014

{Our White Pansies & Indian Hawthorn}

Alongside our driveway, we do have Fiberglass Window Boxes hanging on the retainer wall. Those are filled with White Pansies and the blooming Indian Hawthorn next to the wall is filling in with white blossoms as well.
The Indian Hawthorn to the left, we got as a gift from our German 'sons', in July of 1995.
Once a pot plant, it over the years has really grown up!
White Pansies in our Fiberglass Window Boxes alongside the driveway's retainer wall.
The blossoms of the Indian Hawthorn are an early spring pollen and nectar provider for the bees.
Photos are taken on April 10...
Do you have an Indian Hawthorn or White Pansies? 

Related link:
Flower Framers of Cincinnati | Source for Fiberglass Window Boxes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Our Admiral Semmes Confederate Series Azaleas}

Sharing with you our lovely Admiral Semmes, Confederate Series Azaleas, also called Rhododendron because of their larger size.
Beautiful yellow flowers with a deeper yellow blotch.
These photos were taken on April 12, with sunshine...
They also are very fragrant; an added bonus!
Their flowers are rather large too.
Love the sunlight enhancing their beauty...
It was a cloudy day as you can see from the photo below.
No wonder that they earned a place in the Georgia Gold Medal Winners' circle in 2007!
There are quite a number of flowers attached together.
As many as 9 are fused together...
Stepping back a bit further.
We got two shrubs, one we planted on February 02, 1998 after it arrived from Louisiana. The other one is home grown by husband Pieter.
Hope you enjoyed these yellow beauties and below you can find more posts.
Related links:
Rhododendron austrinum x ''Admiral Semmes'' | SOURCE to order from Woodlanders

Monday, April 21, 2014


To all readers, all over the world, I like to wish you and your loved ones a HAPPY EASTER for 2014! We are lucky that the heavy rain has stopped here, we got 3 inches of rain yesterday! Our 2nd Easter day is supposed to be sunny! In Europe 2nd Easter day is still being observed as a holiday but not so in the USA; but sunshine is always welcome.
A previous Easter Table Setting...
For more photos click: {Easter Season}

Saturday, April 19, 2014

{White Petunias & Pansies in Fiberglass Window Boxes}

For the Easter Season it looks really nice to have our Fiberglass Window Boxes from the Flower Framers of Cincinnati (see link way below) filled with all white blooming flowers. At our Bay Window area of the kitchen we got White Petunias and alongside our Veranda we still have our White Pansies...
The window boxes at the Bay Window (3) are filled with White Petunias
Below you can see the tiles from our Patio where we keep now our Pot Plants, visible to the left...
Alongside the Veranda we got White Pansies as those were still very healthy.
The storm door is also from Vintage Woodworks, Texas.
Beautiful White Petunias!
Do you have any white planter box flowers?

Related links:
{Orange Michael Kors Bangle from Last Call Neiman Marcus} | previous post by me showing pansies
{Our Home with Aluminum Interlock Roofing and Benjamin Moore Golden Mist Exterior} | previous post by me
{Our Pansies in December} | previous post by me
{OUR FIBERGLASS WINDOW BOXES} | previous post by me
{Smelling the Verbenas} | previous post by me with Window Boxes detail and info
{Our Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'} | previous post by me showing window boxes
{My Old-Time Spun Glass Halloween Ornaments} | previous post by me showing double cascade petunias
{Our Home of almost 20 years} | previous post by me
Flower Framers of Cincinnati | Source for Fiberglass Window Boxes

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Our Patio Tiles in the Front}

When I did post about our Bay Window area's Patio Tiles, I did not show you the Front of our Home. So today I show you that part as well.
Our Pot Plants on the Patio are small in number; but growing!
Again the Benjamin Moore paint in Golden Mist against the Sunset tiles that we used for the Patio.
You also get to see part of the Vintage Woodworks spindles, gingerbread and Fleur de Lys trim on the gable of the house.
Photos are from April 10, still no leaves on our Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc. You find link below post...
The tile men also put CERDOMUS ceramiche Italian tiles that were left over from our balcony, on the stairs since some of the bricks got chipped.
Our Black Gum Nyssa Sylvatica  - a Wildlife Friendly Shade Tree with flowers and berries is still bare as the leaves come very late.
You can see the Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold' tot the right changing into its BEST color for the entire year.
Also the Red Japanese Maple (Acer Rubrum) next to it.
This photo also shows off the Interlock Metal Roofing in Aluminum Slate in Aged Copper color!
Guess by now we've completed our home!

Related links:
{Our Patio Tiles Are DONE!} | previous post by me
{Our Patio Tiles & Freeze Warning} | previous post by me
{Water Control Project Finished} | previous post showing you the tile sample on the concrete
{Our Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc & Our Life in Italy} | previous post by me
{Our Home with Aluminum Interlock Roofing and Benjamin Moore Golden Mist Exterior} | previous post by me

Related links where this stunning Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold, can be seen:
Wow...I think this deserves a thread! Golden live oak! | GardenWeb discussion...
{Lush Green Garden} |previous post by me
{# 1111 - Our Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold' changing color} | previous post by me
{Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold' in Sunshine at its BEST} | previous post by me
{Our Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold' with Catkins} | Previous post by me
{Our Mrs. G. G. GERBING Azaleas} | previous post by me
{RARE Icicles in Our Garden} | previous post by me
{Energy Efficient GREEN Roofing Arrived} | previous post by me
{My Powder Blue Escada Jeans Suit} | previous post by me showing me in front of Grand View Gold
{Our Lovely Lilac Clematis 'Silver Moon'} | previous post by me showing young Grand View Gold
{Our Different Oaks} | previous post by me
{My Silk Quilted Vest Creation and YOUR Opinion Requested...} | previous post by me showing golden oak
{Our Live Oak got a Haircut}| previous post by me

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Dogwood Flowers Frame our Home & Gazebo}

When our Dogwood near the Gazebo is in full bloom, its Flowers literally do Frame our Home & Gazebo! Have a look at its magic. Photos were taken on April 3, before the heavy rain and thunderstorms of past Monday that did knock off all blossoms...
You see what I mean by 'Framing' our Home...
These photos also show the Gingerbread work from  Vintage Woodworks, like the Fleur de Lys trim under the gable.
The Benjamin Moore color Golden Mist for our Home stands out so pretty with those Dogwood Flowers!
Here I am actually standing inside our Gazebo, looking back at our Home.
No so far I did not regret the color choice; it blends in very nice with its surroundings!
However, such big trees create lots of shade...
You see those Pot-plants all lined up with our exotic jasmines?
From the stairs to our veranda, now looking toward the pond for showing the actual Dogwood tree and our Gazebo.
Against the sunlight it gives such a striking view.
The suet blocks for the birds are hanging down from our Holly tree...
Our cat-boy Barty is in front of the gazebo.
We also are very pleased with our Interlock Aluminum Aged Copper Slate Roofing by Interlock Metal Roofing.
That was it; an insight of our Spring in Georgia when the Dogwoods bloom.
Thanks for your visit and hope you enjoyed it!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

{Dad Told us Stories About Bunnies on Bikes & Mopeds}

As little children we loved to listen to Dad's stories, during lunch time (our hot meal of the day) after coming home from school. Dad had worked on the field and he always fashioned exciting stories about bunnies on bikes and mopeds as they tore through the corn- and pole beans... Dad told these stories with such a vigor that we really BELIEVED him! Too bad, we all had to walk back to school as Dad again could encounter his furry friends once he returned to the fields. These stories are forever in my memory and low and behold, this year's Easter Catalog from +Gump's, did show Mr. & Mrs Bunny on their Penny Farthings or High Wheeler. I just could not resist ordering them...
Here they are, cycling in our garden amongst the mosses and the white violets...
Are those not lovely?!
Now on top of our picnic table with bench near the pond with the Japanese Somei Yoshino cherry as backdrop.
Don't worry, they will not drive into each other's wheels. Mrs. Bunny just tries to avoid some bird poop on the table...
This couple of fun bunnies did bring back to life those exciting stories told by Dad!
Even though we in our garden have no rows of corn, nor pole beans...
This is cute enough for reliving my childhood imagination! 
Mrs Bunny already did get her bike straight so she will not clash with Mr. Bunny.
+Gump's San Francisco offered them.
Easter 2014 will get celebrated different with those fond childhood memories!
Hope you enjoy a lovely Easter Season.
Time is moving so fast...

Related links:
{Daffodils Bunnies & Hearts} | previous post by me
{Happy Second Easter Day} | previous post by me showing my handmade Easter Egg Ribbons
{HAPPY EASTER to all my readers in 190 countries!} | previous post by me with our Pelargonium
{Easter Table Setting} | previous post by me with another cute Bunny with Baby-Bunny
{CIRCLE Vase with Candles for Easter} | previous post by me
{Hand Made Easter Egg Gift by Friend Ellie} | previous post by me
{Daffodils in CIRCLE Vase & Leonardo Figurine Bunny SPEEDY} | previous post by me
{Challenge Accepted + Easter Photos} | previous post by me
{HAPPY EASTER to all my readers in 163 countries!} | previous post by me with more info about the Chateauhotels/Kruisherenhotel
{Our Organdy Beribboned, Porcelain and Brass Easter Eggs} | previous post by me showing the hand made ribbons by me
{Happy Easter with Our Pelargonium 'Rosebud'} | previous post by me with more Pelargonium info
{Who can locate these EASTER EGGS for me?} | previous post by me
{¡HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!} | previous post by me
{Easter Season} | previous post by me showing the brass window decorations with link

Saturday, April 12, 2014

{Our Vinyl Picket Fence in the Spring}

Just to have a look at how our new section of the Vinyl Picket Fence is looking NOW in the Spring. Remember, on December 17, we did cut that huge 65 Year Old Pine Tree down. Two sections of new Vinyl Picket Fence were added, after husband Pieter did build that Retainer Wall as step 1 of our Water Control Project. 
That Retainer Wall underneath the Vinyl Picket Fence DOES keep the rain water from the higher street section away from our home.
Therefore I would love to link up to Theresa's: The Run *A*Round Ranch Report with Good Fences #3 - Just click above hyperlink and visit her incredible blog!
To the left is our Japanese Magnolia unfolding its new leaves. To the right you see the golden new leaves from the tall oak tree.
This is on December 13, only 4 days before that huge Pine Tree to the left got cut down...
The tall oak tree is to the right.
You can tell that the road is quite up high, looking over that picket fence. That's why the water came streaming down the hill towards our home.
Our cat-girl Tiggy-Tiger next to the 65 year old pine tree on December 13, is dreaming about spring I guess...
The magnolia tree was budding out here.
Just cleaned out our Bird Bath as it was filled with catkins and got slimy. Now it can be filled up again for our feathered friends.
Don't you like the new Spring Look in the first and last picture?

Related links:
{Our New Retainer Wall & Vinyl Picket Fence} | previous post by me
{65 Year Old Pine Tree Cut Down} | previous post by me

Thursday, April 10, 2014

{Our Patio Tiles Are DONE!}

Yep, our glazed ceramic tiles in Sunset are all done! So here is the result at our bay window area.
Photo is from April 3, with beautiful weather and our dogwood tree in front of the gazebo blooming.
Also the ginger bread from Vintage Woodworks stands out here.
The tiles got laid just in time before the rain started...
Lovely light... Trees with their new leaves unfolding in all shapes of green.
Catkins from the tall oak are falling off.
Here you can see the slanted patio when you look at the bricks of the stair case.
This is as part of our water control, to lead all the gutter overflow and the water from the sky away from the house via the gutter at the patio's end.
Different angle and showing more of our Fiberglass Window Boxes with white petunias.
Sunny and the hummingbird feeder is filled up again.
Another mini patio on top of the concrete that Pieter poured himself, where once the gas tank resided.
The tank is now to the left and this looks a lot friendlier with all the potted tropical jasmines.
They seem to have survived that last winter freeze...
Now waiting for their blooms.
Rose Stepping Stones lead to these planters that husband Pieter has all painted over, as they had faded away. They too have rose reliefs all over!
Do you like the patio parts?

Related links:
{Our Patio Tiles & Freeze Warning} | previous post by me
{Water Control Project Finished} | previous post showing you the tile sample on the concrete
{Our Home with Aluminum Interlock Roofing and Benjamin Moore Golden Mist Exterior} | previous post by me
Flower Framers of Cincinnati | Source for Fiberglass Window Boxes

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