What I didn’t expect yesterday, not having visited a nursery in a while, was how exciting gardening has become with the advent of garden bling. Yes, I found strings of crystals twisted through tree branches, tiny silver cherubs lay sleeping under ferns and the array of pots and furniture that could make me do a serious amount of damage to my credit card.

Anyway, a girl can dream and that’s what I’ll do, create a fantasy corner in my own garden…

I’ve just painted a wall a sensuous shade of carnation, our gardener is busy giving all the terracotta containers a coats of silver and red. Naturally, the space needs masses of red roses to offset the new outdoor chandelier and the champagne that will sparkle in the new crystal glasses tonight, but – alas – the paint won’t be dry enough to eat out there, so I’ve set the stage for a candlelit meal indoors…


26 Comments Add yours

  1. granny1947 says:

    Morning Cin…luckily for me I have zilch imagination as far as decor is concerned….you have seen my home…am not at all tempted by nurseries!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was too bewitched by Jasmine and your grand daughter’s pancaking prowess to notice my surroundings.

  2. MissChris says:

    Yip I could also spend spend spend at one of those places – in fact – the black frost took good care of mostof my potted garden (only potted garden – no in ground plants) so I do need to pay a visit…………………………………….
    Is that the nursery on the corner of Jan Smuts and that other road whose name I cannot remember?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Chris, it’s Chester Road coming down towards me and Bolton going upward to the Mall.

  3. suzicate says:

    Fantasy gardens are incredible. The one is my head is fabulous…the ones in my yard stink!

    1. theonlycin says:

      But you have that fabulous backyard of your dad’s you can visit in suzicate, it’s paradise.

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    I just do the basics nowadays with perennials. I have a friend who made the most delightful little fairy garden. She is very talented!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like to ‘compartmenalise’ mine into managable sections adee.

  5. nrhatch says:

    Mother Nature is the best Exterior Designer ever!

    Her infinite offerings (color, aroma, and texture) delight and inspire me. : )

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mother Nature gets a bit harsh in Johannesburg Nancy, and I like to help her along a bit 🙂

    2. nrhatch says:

      Mother Nature needs all the help we can muster ~ plantings in pots, and grass under our soles.

      Thanks for the inspiration!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Cheers Nancy 🙂

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Tha garden sounds wonderful. Congratulations … and congratulations on your recent awards from Jingle. I have posted a link to your site here:

    Nice to “meet” you. I’ll be back . . .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jamie, and congrats to you 🙂

  7. halfp1nt says:

    There’s nothing to beat walking around a nursery and seeing the latest trends. The show had some stunning glass planters – huge ones which took me up to my shoulders, some sandblasted and others not. Sadly each one came with a little price tag of R8000 upwards.

  8. halfp1nt says:

    Oops, thanks for the vote, Cin 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

  9. buttercup600 says:

    I love nursery’s…pottering in the garden’s one of my favourite things…growing a herb garden…it is hard to grow certain things here in the tropics, mostly I miss a rose garden. I so love reading about your life and interests my friend. Almost time to go to bed for you…sweet dreams Princess oxox

    1. theonlycin says:

      On winter days like today I would love to be in the tropics.

  10. Kavita says:

    Oh …wowww!! This looks delightful and FRESH!
    Congrats on the new garden look!
    And hope you have a lovely time 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will Kavita, thanks 🙂

  11. dustus says:

    Hi Cin. Admit my ignorance when it comes to garden bling… does seem a nice spot for meals and enjoying champagne!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind Adam, I’m an old lady, you still have time to fix the loopholes in your experience of garden bling 🙂

  12. slpmartin says:

    Looks like a lovely setting for a meal…Cheers!

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