Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspiration in the Gardens of Victoria

I have been looking through my clippings of the old Victoria and I came upon this April 1997 garden feature.  On this page they were recapping 10 years showing some garden images.   Here are some of my garden images as of late.  The inspiration must have been some of these Victoria images. (This is a re-post from 2010.)

Yes, my adirondack chair is white, but I have a second one and I am about to paint it hunter green.

Turning the page, the feature was a special on a lovely gourmet garden of a Dr. Marsha Hyll.   I was surprised this garden was in an April issue because it could easily be an August feature.  

This garden is what I hope for every April, but it never turns out quite this wonderful.  

The beauty of having a gourmet garden would be to cook wonderful dishes such as the squash bisque (above left).  The article states the rustic bread was purchased from  a bakery.  Yum!

The arrangements of her produce are just beautiful.   More gourmet Italian dishes from her garden (above right).

Pretty accessories are always a plus.

Images of canned goods from her garden.

Here below are images from my garden or things I have cooked from other's gardens.

My garden is really small and mostly flowers.

Our favorite fall soup is butternut bisque.  I found the first fall squash in the grocery last week and I brought it home and made this soup.  I will share the recipe later on Foodie Friday.  I used some rosemary from my garden in this.

One of our favorite Italian dishes is lasagna.  I will share this recipe Friday.  The basil is from my garden.

 I have a butterfly house in my garden.

I canned plum and peach jam this year from the abundance of our Aunt's garden.  I will tell more about that tomorrow.

As of today this is all I have out of my garden.  We have also had tomatoes, but they are already eaten.  Do you have a garden?  How has it done this year?
I will join the Summer Blog Party.  This entry goes to:
Garden Recipes and Projects At The Picket Fence.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wonderful illustrations from the magazine, Sherry. Your jam looks scrumptious and I love butternut bisque too! I like your white chair with the green striped pillow; looks very fresh! Thanks for sharing; wonderful post!


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great post, a feast for the eyes!! Your garden is SO pretty and I am looking forward to your recipes, especially the soup~I've always wanted to make it.

Hope you have a wonderful week, Sherry!


Carolyn said...

Hi sherry,
I can see you,like me, have been influenced by the beauty of Victoria.
Yes, I do have a garden and I enjoy it so much!

I enjoyed your post.


xinex said...

Your garden is so beautiful! The Victoria mag. pictures are gorgeous too...Christine

Kathleen said...

Lovely garden! Butternut bisque sounds good! Getting near time for them at the farm stands here!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, every picture is such a delight. So pretty and it really makes me yearn for the cooler weather and to get a garden going. Beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kathy said...

I love this post! I love the garden photos in the Victoria magazines - you did a terrific job with the photos of your lovely garden!
The food looks yummy! Can't wait to see the recipes!
Thanks for joining me again! It means so much to me,

It's Just Dottie said...

Every picture is to wonderful for words. I also love Victoria magazine. I have a copy of every month that they printed. I treasure them.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice post with garden photos from Victoria magazine and from your own garden! Food looks delicious!


Vanessa said...

Gorgeous pictures! I still have issues of Victoria from the early '90s that I pore over again and again. Kindred spirits!
Blessings from a Southern Girl at Heart,

Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that keeps specific pages from magazines that inspire me.
Victoria has affected so many of us women and I'll bet we don't even know it in some cases.
Lovely post.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You shared some beautiful pictures own as just as lovely as the magazine photos!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Sherry,
Your garden photos are just lovely. I'm from SC and we have a garden. We have had lots of produce for a few months now. We've had terrible heat and no rain for a few weeks. The garden almost dried up even though we were watering. Finally, it rained two nights ago! So today I was back in the garden gathering some things for dinner.