Arts in the Park & Pink

I am very excited to tell you that the switch plate covers are now in the boutique. I love them! Each one is unique and charming and they feature vintage millinery flowers and vintage jewelry. Just the thing to finish off a beautiful room with a little whimsy.

Sold ......Thank You....but there's more. :)

Every year, the first weekend in May, is Arts in the Park here. This is the 37th year for this wonderful show which is nationally rated and juried and features artist from all over the United States. It is held in Byrd Park under the Carillon or Bell Tower. The weather was perfect for it this year...not too hot and not too cool...... just a perfect day to stroll from booth to booth sipping on freshly squeezed lemonade.

This is not my kind of thing but this was a very popular booth. Colorful metal sculptures and very pricey.

The lady in this booth was selling vintage buttons. This booth was also very popular. She really had some gorgeous old buttons and I loved her mannequin display just outside her booth.

This vendor was into masks. Again, not my kind of thing, but fun to see.

There were lots of booths with pretty colorful pottery. I love to see the pretty pieces but I tend to stick with all white pottery and dishes. Does that say that I am pretty boring? :)

Okay......now we're getting somewhere. This is where I spent my money. This vendor was from Michigan and called "The Added Touch". She called her merchandise wearable art. See that turquoise piece slung over the bar. That's mine. :) I bought a vest and cropped pants. They are made from tencel......refined, drapes beautifully and very, very comfy.

My friend, Cindy, bought one of these horse sketches for her husband. They were beautiful.

This booth was getting a lot of attention because of all the cute garden items it had. I loved the flower pot topiary. He was selling the special bars that you would use to make the topiary. I didn't buy and now wished I had.

Afterwards, off we went to the garden center. I was ready to buy my annuals and veggies. and eager to get them planted. I always gravitate to the pinks and whites except for the patch of zinnias I plant every year. I bought all pink and white impatiens and wave petunias. I decided not to buy hanging baskets already made but will make my own from small plants instead. Here's part of the stash I bought.

Bobby G., quit fooling around with the new camera and help me plant. Besides, that's not my best side! Wellllll.....maybe it is. :) And nope...my arm is just fine. That's just shadows having a weird effect.

In this planter I planted sage, parsley, dill and basil. I have a ton of mint in the garden.

From Gardener's Supply I ordered one of these new fangled things to plant tomatoes, egg plants or cucumbers in. See my tomato plant hanging upside down. I'll report back later this summer to let you know how it worked out......for better or worse. Should be fun though.

Remember, I mentioned earlier how I always seem to gravitate to pink and white annuals? Well...that also includes perennials and bush flowers too. Let's take a little walk around the yard and let me show you what's blooming right now. I just picked these gorgeous deep pink peonies and plopped them in an old ironstone pitcher. Aren't they just beautiful?

Mock Orange is an old fashioned flowering bush that just smells heavenly. Combine them with a vase of roses and you are in for a real treat. Mom gave me a slip of it from her yard four years ago and it's quite tall now.

I have one huge rhododendron at the front of the house and several in the wooded natural area in the front. These are pink and are just starting to open up. They are just spectacular.

They say if you have more than three of something than you have a collection. So, I guess you could say I have a rose collection or small garden. This is one I planted last year. It's loaded with ....... surprise......pink blooms. I am not a great rose grower so I am very pleased with this.

This is the white clematis on the backyard arbor. It's just beautiful this year and I think it likes where it is planted. The flowers are as big as saucers and it's just loaded with them. Last year I planted a deep purple clematis on the other side of the arbor and it's grown to the top of it this Spring. It's buds haven't opened yet. I can't wait to see them.

Well, I hope I haven't bored you to tears today with this long post. Until next time, when I want to show you some pics. from my R & R trip, I hope you have a wonderful week. xo Lynn


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOVE the switchplates, love the long post...visiting the craft fair and seeing your blooms.


kathyann said...

What a lovely post and such gorgeous pictures.Arts in the park looks wonderfull and well worth the visit and what alot of plants you went home with!More pics to come when they are all in bloom!
Take care,love from Kathyann and the girls

Donna said...

Love the flowers in your garden, Lynn, the peonies are beautiful, as are the clemitis.
Arts in the Park looks like so much fun, it's great doing things like that.
The switch plates are lovely.

Glad to hear you made it to the beach and you took your dog too!
Hope to see pictures of your trip.


Cape Cod Washashore said...

Your plants are sooo beautiful, Lynn! We are still anticipating the opening of our rhodies here. =) I LOVE the feel of tencel clothing! We have a shop nearby that sells that sort of clothing, and I dare say it is like walking around in pj's all day it's that comfy!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lynn, I love going to those shows. Something for everyone. Your flowers are gorgeous. I was thinking about trying the upside down tomato plant too. The switchplate is wonderful!
Have a great evening, Celestina
la rea rose

Alison Gibbs said...

What a great post.
The Arts in the Park looks like an interesting event with something for everyone.
Lots of pretties in your garden and I can't wait to see how the tomato goes in that container.

Tina Leavy said...

looks like a fun craft show. absolutely lovely flowers you have in your yard.

Anonymous said...

You are sooo lucky to have been able to go to that terrific art show. I LOVE doing that kind of thing, too. Your plants are beautiful. I am really anxious to see how those tomatoe plants do---what a unique concept!

Dana and Daisy said...

Lynn, Your garden is looking beautiful! I love art in any park this time of year. Coincidentally, I went to Byrd Jr. High, named for Admiral Byrd, for whom I bet your park is also named after.

You inspired me to hang a fern on my patio this summer. It is just what I needed. I think I will get another one! I never thought the light was right, but I think it will do just fine!

Anonymous said...

Lynn, you must be kidding. I was so far from being bored - everything looks beautiful. I am particularly interested in the mock orange bush. I so miss the scent of orange blossoms. I will have to see if I can learn more. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Donna Lynn said...

Dearest Lynn,
I adored this post, and it was not too long, it was just right! What kind of pole was that? It must have things on it to hold each pot? Very cool looking!
Your flowers are just lovely, the white and pink are my favorites too...I pick pink roses all the time and need to branch out, (funny pun!)maybe add some light yellow or something...
We have been having the most horrible weather, rain rain rain!
Pray for us, we need it!
Thanks for stopping by!
XXOO, Donna Lynn

Unknown said...

I love your garden. Well, I covet your garden, lol. The pink peonies were my favorite, I just sat and stared. It's amazing what a little plant can do, isn't it? So gotta say it again: love,love,love it all. Well, could do without the rhododendrons, they grow like weeds here, heehee. Hope you enjoyed your little vacation,too.
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Cathy said...

Oh Lynn,

I loved this post. YOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THAT POT TOPIARY HOLDER THINGY at the craft fair. That was amazing.
Love it.

And those peonies, 2DIE4. Just loved your post today!


Sugar Bear said...

I'll be very interested to see how the tomato basket works. Such a lovely garden!

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Lynn,
I have really enjoyed walking with you through the fair and your beautiful garden. I too love all white things...milk white glass, bed coverings and sheets, pillow slips,towels etc. In flowers, I gravitate to the purples and pinks. (quirky, I know!)
Thanks for stopping by my new blog-I am really enjoying it!
Ms. Daisy

Sandi McBride said...

Now those are some of the nicest switchplates I've ever seen! And I'd love to come to the art show and see all those great items with my own eyes! I love Mock Orange but have never been able to get it to bloom...so I just leave it to be a nesting spot for the birds. Why won't it bloom do you think? Lovely photos, Lynn!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Those switchplates are great! I know you are going to sell out of them fast!

I love art fairs. Yours looked like they had alot of variety.

Your garden is beautiful Lynn. I love the peonies...I planted some last year and this is the first year they are blooming. So far the one blossom that opened doesn't have a scent. My peonie in Tenn smelled wonderful. I am hoping my other two plants are a different variety..

Unknown said...

Ohhh Lynn,
Those peonies are so beautiful....I LOVE peonies I don't know if they grow in texas but I have always wanted to plant them!If I could be any flower, I would be a peony!

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

Welcome back Mother Hen....sounds like you had a great time. Now that picture of your back~side is a good view. Don't men know how to capture the right angles? You are a tiny thing!
Love all the pictures.....your new switch plates are great, I will have to browse the boutique. I have a lot to do to get ready for my friend coming to Town so I have neglected the Pawsh Poodle for a few days....Next week back to business!

BittersweetPunkin said...

The switch plates are gorgeous and so are all your plants! I wish I had that many thing blooming here in my yard....just moss...and weeds! LOL

Unknown said...

I love art in the park, we have it here too, but in September. Those photographs are sensational, what beautiful blossoms. I love the switch plate, what fun. Karen

PAT said...

I think I need to find a spot for a couple peonies. Those are beautiful!

I enjoyed the art in the park photos! I love those kinds of events.


Tara said...


I so enjoyed seeing how busy you have been!

Ruth Welter said...

Lynn, that switch plate cover is just beautiful...wonderful work!! Thanks for sharing with us, the art in the part festival...what lovely artwork! Enjoy all your spring planting.

Amber Cargile said...

Lynn, I have been running ragged between travel for work and now end-of-school obligations every day...so I haven't stopped by in a while and it looks like I've missed a lot of fun!

The art fair looks like the absolutely perfect way to spend an afternoon! I just love those metal sculptures and that mask! Some really neat pieces! The flowers are gorgeous, too!

And lady, you have got a fantastic set of legs! :-)

Cottage Contessa said...

Wow Lynn, gorgeous flowers and garden you have growing there! I really love the mock orange and have several of them growing here too. So beautiful! Happy day to you sweetie! Oh and I agree with the last comment.....FABULOUS legs Lynn!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Alexa Lett said...

Enjoyed the pictures and post!!

Unknown said...

what an interesting post, loved all the flowers and the colours and your pic too :)
Your picture of your mom is great and turning 85 this June, wow, an early birthday to her. come visit Angkor wat if you have the time :)

Unknown said...


Your flowers and bushes are just beautiful. My peonies aren't ready to bloom yet but my iris' are blooming! Guess I better get out there and take some pictures!

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Lisa said...

Lynn, Thanks for dropping by. Oh my how I wish I had those peony blooms in my home this very minute!! So jealous. Do you by chance know the name of your white clematis? I haven't had great luck with any here except my Sweet Autumn that seems to flourish no matter what I do to it.

I enjoyed seeing the crafts, we so rarely have them here except in the fall season. Better for my bank account for sure though.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the flowers!

Susie Q said...

Your switch plates are beautiful!

Love your garden. I am drawn to pinks and whites as well.

Art shows are such fun aren't they? We always attended (and even volunteered a few times) at some in Illinois that were fantastic!

There is one here in the Fall that is a wow! I look forward to it each year. Even if I don't buy a thing, it is fun to see everything!

I hope your weekend is a sweet one!


Marina Capano said...

HI Lynn!!!!!Your plants are so nice,what an interesting post!!!, loved all the flowers and the colours
yes,!!!!you to be in my list, you are in number 31!!! I hope your post in my Vitual party!!! remember 22 nd!!!see you soon!!!! I invited you a my new post about colors, but my english is bad!!! I hope you understand!!!!

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