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For Whimsy and Romance

Lou was balanced on a ladder in the Lady Garden, stretching upward to hang a relatively heavy wrought iron chandelier from a tree branch.

I was down below, holding the ladder steady on the uneven ground so that he wouldn't fall, and more importantly, so that the ladder wouldn't tip over and crush a native azalea I have been nursing along for two years and which has finally begun to take hold.


"This isn't very practical," Lou said.

"Practical? Who said anything about practical? This is for fun. It's a whimsy. Why, it's for romance!"

With the word romance hanging in the air, Lou hushed his complaints and got into the spirit of the affair.

The chandelier is a new addition to the Lady Garden. It's not my fault I bought it. I was with friends when I found it, and they all insisted it would look fabulous in my garden and it was such a great buy, how could I pass it up? I would have walked away if I had been by myself, but, you know, they were right.

The chandelier holds six candles and is hanging between the arbor swing and a small but comfortable wooden bistro set, also a recent purchase. It is the perfect place for sitting with a relaxing drink and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Lady Garden and the surrounding area. Nesting bluebirds are nearby, as well as hawks and owls. Lou says he is looking forward to our date.

The Lady Garden, the newest addition to my gardens, is a feminine space with repetition of curves and flourishes. I raised three boys, so I think I am entitled! Echoing shapes, as well as materials and color, helps to unify a space. Below is a photo of the chandelier and a few other decorative touches in the Lady Garden.

This time of year the Lady Garden is surrounded by dogwoods and other flowering trees in bloom. Here are a few shots taken in and around the area:

I am waiting for most of the plantings in this area to mature, but a few colorful annuals add some color to the green shrubs and other plants.1st row: purple verbena; Cheilanthes argentea, my new favorite fern. 2nd row: boxwood; ajuga. 3rd row: decorative kale; osmanthus frangrans. 4th row: epimedium; pansies from the big box store.

Though life is serious business, I hope you will always leave a little place for whimsy, just for the fun of it, and for romance!

Note: I realize my last post also contained the word Romance in the title, but I just couldn't help it!

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Reader Comments (24)

I LOVE the chandelier in the garden.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I absolutely love your logic--- after raising three boys you are entitled to create a feminine, romantic space. Yes. And what an interesting space it is, with beautiful design elements. The chandelier is a quirky and wonderful inspiration!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Such heaven Deb! Everything. I'm glad the girls were with you that day. Each day is such a new surprise in our gardens.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

Here is hope that you and your husband spend many a wonderful evening in the soft light of the candles, watching it flicker on the leaves.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWife, Mother, Gardener

Just beautiful. The dogwood blooms have such a delicate lacy look, quite fitting for a lady's garden! The chandelier adds the perfect touch.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarden Sense

If raising boys entitles one to garden whimsy and romance, then pour it on ... I raised four. Love your new addition. Hope you have many romantic candlelit evenings.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoene

love all the whimsy and especially the chandelier...priceless!!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

LOVE IT!!! How clever and fantastic!! :o)

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Maripoas

We would do anything for a bit of romance in our lives wouldnt we? The chandelier, the candles, the beautiful garden....just perfect!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterp3chandan

Absolutely perfect on so many levels! The lady garden looks like it is straight out of a magazine shoot! I'm going antiquing this week - I just may have to look for a chandelier!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercat

I raised three boys too (actually still working on one), and I didn't realize it entitled me to a special garden complete with amazing chandelier. I will have to inform my husband immediately!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Deb, My husband would have questioned the chandelier in just the same way! Men just don't get a romantic, decorative item like your chandelier, but I can see why your friends tried to convinced you to get it- it's perfect and looks just great in your garden.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

What a great find! I love, love, love the chandelier and the entire lady's garden! I'll be over with a bottle (or two) of wine!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthevioletfern

Oh, I LOVE it! And hurray for your friends for making sure you bought that fantastic chandelier!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

"Tis the season for romance. :) I love the chandelier. Your garden looks like springtime in heaven.

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweetbay

Deborah, it looks fabulous. I have been looking for a chandelier as well, but I was worried the wind would blow out the candles unless there was some kind of barrier around the flame. Any problems with that, or dripping wax?

Love the chandelier! so glad your friends talked you into the purchase. Your garden is so lovely! I would spend hours just sitting there admiring all the beauty. You deserve a little whimsy and romance!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin/Southern Meadows

That's a gorgeous looking chandelier Debs! And I love the idea, haven't thought about hanging a metal chandelier in a garden before. The finish and look of that particular chandelier is just right, good on your friends for convincing you to buy it :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

I adore the chandelier and the whole concept of The Lady Garden. It looks like a perfect date sport of a wonderful place to share tea or wine with the girl friends.

Thanks for sharing.

We all need a little romance.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlifeshighway

Not everyone has a chandelier in their garden. What fun! Does Lou read your blog? He might be feeling a bit less romantic when he learns that you were more worried about the azalea than about him. Oh, wait, he's been married to you for years; he already knew that. It's probably even warm enough there to sit out in the garden and have dinner by candlelight. Enjoy!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Oh Deb! Absolutely enchanting! Love the chandelier! Your garden looks fabulous and very romantic. ;>)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Oh Deb, it's fabulous! So romantic. Your Lady garden is a dream come true!

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

Your friends were right to encourage you to bring home that chandelier, it's beautiful. I can just imagine how it will look in summer, on a warm evening, with the candles aglow. Your dogwoods look fabulous. I wish I could grow one here.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

What an amazing idea - who wouldn't fall in love with it?! (What an excellent purchase!) I've always thought your gardens looked enchanted - now I'm sure of it.

April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShyrlene
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