Editor's Note: Today I am wearing Ann Taylor shorts, Rebecca Taylor top, and Coach heels.
Happy Friday! I can't believe it is Friday the 11th of August already. September and football season are just around the corner. One Cowboys game already--the defense did not look so good.. Come on Boys! Let's do it this year! I am such a fan--have been since I was a little girl and Bob Lilly would come to Sunday lunch in the off season. Today I am featuring a stunning house in Birmingham with an incredible English Garden. The owners--Jeanne and Mike Clarke describe the garden as a place where they always feel like they are on holiday. We still have some summer weeks left--let's enjoy our August and another summer weekend. Have a great one! Michelle is off to Greece with her family this next week. I am in charge of posting the blog. If you don't see it--it is because the 57 year old couldn't follow computer directions!! I hope I can!!
Oh my what a stunning wall! The original wall when the Clarke's bought the house was boring. Alabama field stone was used to create a series of pillars against the existing brick wall. The trellises of espalier cloak create the wonderful English garden feel that they were shriving for. Just so lovely!
A larger view of the pool and garden. I adore the lions head fountain in the middle flanked by the perfectly shaped rounded boxwoods. The checkboard stone and grass along the pool is a work of art. A local stone mason and carpenter Stan Williams built the wonderful field stone fireplace. He used talents learned from his grandfather. How special is that!!
What a beautiful entrance to the garden. Love the shapely wooden gate entry to the "secret garden." Of course the hydrangeas send me to the moon--one day I am going to have some big hydrangeas bushes in my yard!
Beautiful annual flowers add color to the lovely English garden!
Romantic outdoor dining! The beautiful curved wall sets the tone along with the foliage growing up the back wall for a perfect outdoor dining. Love the mixture of the slip covered chairs paired with the iron chairs!
Jeanne Clarke and her absolutely darling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Daisy. Jeanne is an artist. Her artistic touch is felt all over the garden. She describes her garden as a visual delight!
Shapely boxwoods and pea gravel are always a great touch in a garden!
What a wonderful covered patio completed with draperies. The swings are made from chairs that Jeanne cut the legs off--so clever! The cocktail table was found at the Scott Antique Market and is a vintage factory cart. Love the arched window with the great hardware!
"English Escape" Article Featured in Traditional Home June 2017 Issue
Landscape Architect by JK Terry & Co.
Landscape Design by Donaldson Landscape & Design
Written by Sally Finder Weepie
Photography by Jean Allsopp
Produced by Cathy Still McGowin
Love these quotes!
Dinner last night was salmon, jalapeno sausage, and Texas caviar. Delicious!
Love this song by Michael Buble! Such a great one!