Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I never promised you a rose garden

                                One of the reasons we bought our house, 10 years ago now, was the garden.

By many people's standards, it's not very big or anything special. But we live in a smallish terraced house, and many that we looked at had small outdoor spaces. This was the biggest garden we saw attached to a house we could actually afford!

It's a long narrow space, but it has small terraces, lawn, pebbles, stone, decking, trees, flowers, sometimes vegetables and strawberries, and room enough for sitting, playing, barbequeing, socialising, and general pottering.

                                                                          And for posing, of course.

                                          The ornamental cherry tree is a monster, but has beautiful blossom.

                                              The birdbath and the statue were here when we moved in.

                                                                             I'm rather fond of her.

                                                                           Be still my bleeding heart.

                                                                      Jessie loves being out and about.

                                                                                    So do I.

                                                                               This is Willow.

                                                                         The garden makes me happy.

                It may not be Kew Gardens, but I hope you enjoyed the 50p tour, it was at the lovely Ariane's request!

                                                   Wallis maxi dress and cardigan, bangles, hair flower and necklace - all charity shopped.

And for no better reason than my love for old country classics - here you go. Sing along, admire Lynn's magnificent yellow frock, and wonder what the hell the audience are dancing to, cos it sure isn't this song!


Kitty said...

Lovely bright garden my love, looks perfect for frisky romp, eh?! great post.xx.

Fiona said...

Your garden is lush Curtise, I'm so envious and it's very well kept, who is the gardener I wonder? I Love cottagey plants like honesty and bleeding heart and they look perfect in your back garden. Fabbo snaps of you and the cats (how do you get them to pose so well, Prudy is off like a shot as soon as I point a lens in her direction) Gorgeous dress, you do maxi's so well and divine colour combo.
ttfn xxx

Krista said...

A proper English garden, I said this with a British accent of course! I love your garden and it is the perfect size, I would trade my monster yard for this quant space anytime! Bleeding hearts are my absolute favorite flower and they grow so easily here too. I love all the little touches and the kit tie well she is so sweet, but we know they are all a bit naughty.

The prettiest flower in your yard though is you my dear, long lean and just lovely. Triple L's that's you! I've missed you my dear!


Beautiful garden, I can see the appeal,must be great for the children too. I only have a paved yard, but am no gardener and live with a very lazy man, so it's a good job!
Your photography is improving by the week, Curtise, as is your posing. I demand all shots to be taken outdoors now, even if it's a nightwear shot!

Love the dress, all lengths suit you, but you really have the right body type for a maxi.

Lucy x

Style Sud-Est said...

Oh wow Curtise! I knew that your garden would be this beautiful! Thank you so much!
I takes my breath away! a nice typical english garden, so happy that it is what i imagine!

We have a beautiful garden as well, did you see the pics? i was there often last summer taking pics
Mr. D puts a lot of effort into the garden - we have a fish pond, big long veranda- A summer dinning area, heaven in the summer

I will put a mention on my blog to go see your beautiful english garden !

Ariane xxxxx

delia hornbook said...

Such a lovely post and so much pretty colour. You have a gorgeous garden its got so much depth to it. I love blossom trees and i bet your's smells gorgeous. Your cats are so cute bless them. And you look beautiful as ever. Enjoy the rest of your week, dee xxx

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

LOvely garden. It reminds me of the back gardens in the Shirley Hughes' books. I used to love reading Dogger and Annie and Alfie Rose wishing my life was as uncomplicated as those families!

Louise said...

What a beautiful house and garden you have. I did a little gasp. xx

Lynne DeVenny said...

I love your garden. I'm thinking about making your first photo my desktop background :P

Great dress, too.

Kylie said...

Very pretty. My daughter just said she wished it was ours..."I don't like all those spiky things in ours" Ouch! (she's referring to my cacti and succulents)

karensomethingorother said...

OH I LOVED THE TOUR, LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!! What a beautiful garden you have. I completely covet the statue, I have to tell you. I'm so excited that it was left there for you. What a wonderful space. I'm working on making my backyard beautiful. My grandmother did nothing with it for years and years and years. I hope it's an oasis like yours one day.

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Your garden is beautiful I love the bleeding hearts. Another pretty maxi, that cardie matches perfectly. xxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

What a glorious garden you have. Those tall, skinny houses look kind of funny to us Aussies. LOVE the maxi frock, & your gorgeous purring friends too. Xx

Trees said...

I love the garden! I wish I had one, but apartment living doesn't allow for such things *sigh*

Maybe when we FINALLY buy our own house we will have a garden.

Melanie said...

I want that blond hair! Those shags (haircuts!) and sideburns are groovy. I think I saw some people doing the swim. What WERE they dancing to?!

I am in love with your garden. It is definitely the most alive garden along your street - bits of Curtise spilling out most wonderfully. You look wonderful in your maxi!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous yard and the photos are beautiful and full of light! Thanks for the garden tour...and to Arianne for suggesting it.


Perfect English garden, so perfect for a nice cupper and a piece of cake in the summer sun, ahhhhhhhhhhh
You look so gorgeous.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I grew up with a very long Victorian terrace garden so I have a great fondness for them. It's a really lovely garden and I miss having kitties!

Forest City Fashionista said...

Oooh Curtise, I love your garden, especially the ornamental cherry tree! You've really used every bit of the space available and it's a lovely hideaway. Your kitties are adorable--I've always had a soft spot for tabbies.

Rob said...

What a lovey garden Curtise, thank goodness you got your tripod as now we can look forward to al fresco photos all summer, I hope.

Vintage Coconut said...

I love your garden. The bigger the garden the more work... Yours is a perfect size. It looks so pretty and lush.
I suppose Jessie & Willow are the more shy kitties as I never see them near as much as the cheeky Charley!

grunge-queen said...

It's a lovely garden, and it's so lovely that it's full of memories (want to come over and spruce up mine? I'm at a loss in that area). I remember that song!

Ivy Black said...

Gorgeous garden and you are gorgeous in it.xx

Stacy said...

absolutely gorgeous!


Reva said...

I grew up with that song! BEAUTIFUL garden and beautiful YOU!

La Dama said...

Your garden is beautiful amor.
I think it is the perfect size especially with all the special details.
Work them poses! Maxis look great on you ,but i need you in lingerie at all times.
Adore bleeding hearts flowers , i would proudly wear them babies on my head.
Also love that statue came with the garden...creepy.

two squirrels said...

Oh that is such a wee haven for lovely things like pussy cats, cute kiddies and a beautiful lady in maxi skirts!!!!!!
How did you get up so high to take the photographs???? (fairy wings me thinks!!!!)
Spring is playing out its song in the backyard!!!!

Love v

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful garden tour!!
I feel like Dorothy when she arrived in Oz (sorry, but I'm working on some illustration about the book and it really takes over me!)my little garden is more like the Kansas, but is beautiful to have a space where you can relax!
I also adore the print of your dress and you look amazing as always!

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh it's so beautiful and green and lush! Australian gardens look so brown and scrubby in comparison. Your flowers are all gorgeous - and so are YOU in that lovely maxi. You're all willowy and whimsical and delightful. Thanks for the lovely pics. Love! Sarah xxx

Rose&Bird said...

It's a lovely garden and I bet you got value for money with it! I think long, narrow gardens can be much more interesting than wide, square ones. DId you know Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) is also known as Lady In The Bath and Dutchman's Britches (can you guess why?!).

his_girl_friday said...

Oh my goodness! What an amazing garden!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh what a beautiful spring garden for frockin' frolicking fun!!! It's so beautiful in flower and yes perfect for the beautiful Curtise to pose in - another flower for us to admire:))). Loveyalikeayellowfeatheryfrock! xoxoxo

elodie g said...

Absolutely gorgeous garden! I ve always wondered what they looked like when I ve looked down the ginnels on your road.

Helga! said...

Your garden puts mine to shame!It's fabulous!It seems to be quite the English style,a long,narrow garden.But you have worked such wonders with your space!I could be very happy there,sharing a bottle or 2 with you and the kitties!Especially when you're looking that HOT!