Jessie and I went to see my friend, Diana, a couple weeks ago to see her new litter of puppies. Diana and I have been friends about twenty years. She gave me my first standard poodle, Molly and also my second standard, Sagey.
This new litter of Diana’s are Sagey’s grandchildren so I was anxious to see them but mostly, I just wanted to visit with Diana. It had been awhile since we’d seen each other.
There were lots of colors in this litter. An adorable blue female,
a cafe-o-lait puppy,
and two brown puppies. How do you resist this when you love your daughter and you love puppies???
I’ll tell you how: Five dogs, two goats, and twenty-some chickens ran through my head. In spite of all that, I barely managed a “No.”
Diana’s granddaughter, Savannah was visiting. She and Jessie struck up a quick and busy friendship. Puppies are a great icebreaker.
Diana’s sacrificial hostas made the perfect playground for hide-and-seek puppies. So while Jessie and Savannah sought and found and sought again, Diana took me on a tour of the rest of her garden. It’s very lush like an English garden but with a slightly tropical feel. There are several exotic plants like this purple passion flower:
And this really cool voo doo plant. Check out the stalk:
I want this gorgeous succulent. They are the only things I can grow.
Behind the fountain are Angel Trumpets. They will produce enormous trumpet-like blooms when they flower and are very fragrant.
Diana gave me one to take home as well as gifts of her water lilles…
And a water hyacinth…
I think the water plants were my favorite. Mostly because the container possibilities are so darling.
Diana has several garden vignettes…
…and she does a gorgeous job of adding color and texture.
She had several of these magnificent cabbages intermingled throughout the garden:
It was a gorgeous day full of color, textures and patterns. I can’t do it justice with my photos but between the girls, puppies and flora, it was an ideal visit. Gardens provide a world as it could be.