Thursday, April 2, 2020

Carmen's Garden ~ Spring 2019

Sharing some beauty in these terrible times.
Looking through my photo from last Spring,
I realize I forgot to share these 
photos of my friend Carmen's Garden.

 Carmen is 97 yrs. young.
She tends to her home and
 garden by herself.
An amazing Lady.


Herbs and vegetables grown here.

Oxalis or Shamrock Plant.

A row in pots

She removes the small bulbs (100 or more) each 
Fall and replants them in the Spring.

Centaurea , a perennial plant.

Carmen's favourite plants are succulents.
which grow in dry soil and low to the ground.


Hens'n' Chickens

Rocks add texture and beauty


Wild Violets
They flower in blue and white.

A fragrance wildflower
anemone nemorsa 


Miniature Yellow Hosta

Bird Baths

Wild Lady Slipper Orchids

The speckled leaves below are Bethlehem Sage.
Pink and blue flower early in the Spring.
One of the first flowers to blossom .

Ornaments add beauty and 
interest to her garden.

Waiting for a plant

In her greenhouse.
I love the vintage chair.

A new fern

A large variety of Hostas


Nasturtiums waiting to flower
She starts her Nasturtiums
 from seed each year.

Beach Ornaments
Fishing floats
Collected from her daily walks on the beach,
(weather permitting)


Nice Colour

"Cabane de Mes Rêves"
My dream place.


A new plant.
She gave me some.
Tall branches with flower on the tips.

Perennial Geraniums


So pretty

Snow In Summer
We want Summer, no more snow.

Carmen is a inspiration.
Her passion for gardening,
and her love of nature, attributes 
to her longevity. 

To view Carmen's Garden in Summer, click here

Thanks for your visit



  1. Wow, what a wonderful tour you took us on a real feast for the eyes. The garden is an inspiration to us all, stunning.

    1. Thanks for your visit. Keep safe and well.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful and inspiring garden Carmen tends. I cannot believe she is 97 years of age! It must be a dream to walk along the paths and gaze upon all the pretty flowers and sweet garden ornaments that abound. Those irises are beautiful, but then each flower is beautiful. Thank you for allowing us to wander along the garden beds and drink in all the beauty.

    1. Hi Kim, thanks for your nice comment. I've been friends with Carmen over 20 yrs. I've learned a lot from her. She is a lady of many talents. She has inspired me with my garden and has given me a lot of plants over the years.

  3. WOWEE! Totally beautiful gardener and gardens! What an inspiration she is to me at 71. She does NOT look 97. Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  4. Thelma, thanks for this wonderful, inspiring post. What a wonderful garden Carmen has. She is indeed a wonderful inspiration to those of us getting up in years who love gardening and hope to be able to keep doing it for a long time.

  5. Carmen rocks! Is that a super sized shamrock? I've never seen one so big. She's doing more in her garden at 97 than I do in mine all years collectively. It's fabulous.

  6. What a gorgeous garden, we have nothing anywhere near blooming yet, but I walk by the teensy bits of green in the ground and envision a garden sometime like this! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. Thank you Thelma for showing us Carmen and her amazing garden . What a powerhouse this lady gardener is !
    I think the un-identified ? plant is a wood anemone nemorsa ..
    What an amazing garden she has .. so many beautiful plants .. every inch of her garden is set to purpose .. I think her longevity is her love of nature and her own nurturing instinct to care for her garden .. it gives back a special source of power within herself .. She is a deeply happy person which is rare these days.
    I hope she keeps us on our own toes to follow her example ;-)

    1. Thanks for identifying that plant "anemone nemorsa". I agree with you that she is a rare person. There's not too many like her existing these days.

  8. WOW! What an amazing lady! Her garden is so very lovely!

  9. Now that's a real She Shed!


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