Friday, April 27, 2012

April Showers

April Showers bring the flowers......




....and this is Garden Week in Virginia.  I was lucky enough to be invited to go to "The Boulevard Tour" with my wonderful SIL!  What a wonderful treat.



We started out here.  You can see the small front yards are often sweet little garden spots on the sidewalk.  I couldn't take any pictures of the lovely interiors...and you'll have to bear with me for these outdoor photos....I was trying to avoid getting other people ....so some of them are at strange angles.




This gives a perspective of looking down the bouldvard at the rows of homes.



Historical  information.


The stained glass windows of this home were just amazing!



You can see the house number in this stained glass panel over the door.



Since I couldn't get a good picture of the front of the house -- this sign shows a drawing of 1 N. Boulevard. Affectionately known as "the one".


These are of the side gardens.


It's also a B&B and this is the entrance for that part of the home.


Another beautiful window.



Love the red tile roof on this one.




This bright blue door was to an outbuilding that was covered in ivy.  Doesn't it look enchanted?



Outdoor garden shots.


Couldn't resist a "tablescape" photo!

Centerpiece arranged by the garden club -- all the homes were filled with some of the most amazing floral arrangements!



Even the walk way between two homes makes for lovely arrangements of hanging ferns ....


and potted plants.





This was a really striking stone home.


Loved the color of the front door.


All the garden arrangements at this home..




...were done by the son of the homeowners.....


.....and had just been completed the weekend before.



This is the back stoop of the smallest home (condo) on the tour.  There were too many people to be able to get a good picture of the front.




but, believe it or not......


....these garden boxes are in the alley!



On the way to our last house we passed by this charming lot that was "The Children's Garden"

see the little garden spots boxed off on the right?


This last home was the largest we toured.  It was stunning....and went on the market the very next day.  The guide said that it was built in 1924 and had only had 5 homeowners.  You can be the 6th if you like .....for a mere $995,000!



The back porch was adorned with silver champagne buckets filled with red tulips.







A lovely backyard filled with so many spots for daydreaming of spring afternoons in the sunshine.



As we strolled back to the car, this tree caught our eyes.  Filled with white fuzz....I'm not sure what kind of tree it is....but I'm certain one of you must know.



Just a few blocks away is the home where I lived growing up.


I loved this house and the neighborhood filled with lots of families.


They've turned the tiny front yard into a pretty little garden spot.


The front door seems to be saying, "Welcome home!"  I have many very fond memories of growing up with my brother and two sisters here.

So, how are things blooming where you live?  I hope you've enjoyed our "garden tour" .... almost as much as I did.

See ya!

17 comments:

  1. Oh lucky you to be able to do this.I some day want to go on a garden or home tour.Denise

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  2. How wonderful to see and take pictures of the house you grew up in along your tour! What beautiful pictures. It's SO AMAZING how fast the season erupts once it puts it's mind to it...Even a few cold nights doesn't stop it... The birds are singing and their chicks are growing up in the gardens FULL OF SMILES! LOVE it out there! Thank you SO MUCH for taking us on the garden tour with your. I had a wonderful time!
    Have a fun filled weekend,
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  3. Always love the Garden Tour. Didn't get to go this year. Nana duties called. I always loved The Blvd. and also Monument Ave. Went to eye doctor from age 1 until 20's or 30's on Monument. Orthodontist on Kensington Ave. Never been on it in Richmond. I had wanted to do the Middlesex one this year or one house on it as ancestral home way back. I've only done Mathews and Newport News/Hampton/York Co/Poquoson ones. Always wanted to do Eastern Shore and Danville.

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  4. Both the gardens and the homes look amazing. What a fun tour. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Loved this tour and thank you so much for sharing it with us. The flowers and gardens were beautiful.

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  6. I saw a tablescape in there! :)
    Looks like a great tour. Amazing what people can do with such small spaces, well, not the last one! :)

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  7. Great post,I really like your article

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love that house. It will forever be my favorite. Thanks for the trip down memory lane...also known as Hanover Ave.!

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  9. Oh how pretty, and I love the home where you grew up. People are just so creative with their gardens. I plant a few flowers and think I have a garden, but some people add so much with things other than plantings. I love that ivy covered building with the bright door. laurie

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  10. Martha, I forgot to tell you, I also love the figurine in the first picture.

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  11. HI Martha! Oh, what fun! Love seeing the pretty homes and gardens! :)
    Hope all is well in your world.
    Thanks for popping in to see me
    and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Oh what a wonderful way to spend a day and it looks as if your weather was perfect for it. I'm really stuck on those silver ice buckets filled with flowers...I want to do that!!

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  13. I would have loved to be on that tour. Thanks for sharing photos, Martha...Christine

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  15. Looks like you had a wonderful day! I love to see what can be done for small spaces, and there was a lot of inspiration here. The magical blue door photo has to be my favorite! And, what fun to see the home you grew up in--it's so elegant! Thanks for sharing this great adventure!

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  16. I'm a bit late for the party but so enjoyed the tour anyway. What a beautiful day this must of been. I sure had fun strollin' with ya though your beautiful photos!

    Thanks!

    God bless and have a magnificent week sweetie!!! :o)

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  17. I nearly missed this post! The pics are so lovely and I enjoyed the tour in pics!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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