Sunday, October 7, 2018

Southern Exposure: Autumn at its Finest

You want to talk crazy week? The traumatic congressional hearings, trip anxiety (what am I forgetting?!) and house-cleaning anxiety, too, so Jan at least has a place to hang or place clothes, put food in the fridge and not have Tupperware fall on her head when she opens the cupboard. So what could put me in a mood of lovely Zen?


Southern Exposure!


I will be going three times this fall but the other trips aren't until mid-and-late November. So even though it was raining, I had to visit the gardens, so walk along with me!


I think gardens tend to look more lovely in September than almost any other month. There is still loads of color and pretty much everything is in bloom.


This post will focus on the gardens. The next post will look at what we did -- and it wasn't a project!


When I come here, it's like I truly walked into another land. All the tension and stress seems to fall away, I breathe deeply and smell blooms as I pass and the warm rain-smell of this particular day. I am at total peace.


While Kate and Jan warmed themselves on this cool, rainy evening inside, I had to visit the greenhouse -- one of my favorite spots.


They always do something fun with their vintage typewriter and I couldn't resist this!


The gazebo has been the site of many a Southern Exposure wedding. Imagine walking down this path and either standing in front as you take your vows...


Or being within and looking out.


Of course, their lighting is always just perfect. I loved walking under that lighted arch as we moved from one station to another for our evening's activities -- but that's the next post!


Their use of statuary is abundant...


...and always makes me smile.


The hydrangeas? Enormous!


Birdhouses dot the landscape...


...and should you feel like a bit of a contemplative rest (let's stop here for a journal entry or a sketch! Well, maybe not today...), you'll find benches or even cozy chairs.


Autumn is coming to my special place.


But I'll be back. Just in time for holiday projects! Now, I'd better get back to cleaning out the dresser drawers for Jan! My dresser below? I wish!


Next post, we'll check out the inside!


I'm sorry I won't be able to reply to comments for a few weeks. I will be offline getting all sorts of great photos and inspiration for posts to come. But please do leave a comment if you like -- I read them all and they make me smile more than you know. We need all the smiles we can get!

34 comments:

William Kendall said...

What a lovely garden to stroll through!

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a wonderful place to be. Hugs, Valerie

Joyful said...

I could spend a lot of wonderful time in this place. It's very beautiful and relaxing.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always LOVE it when you bring us to Southern Exposure. The hostas are incredible and so lush. All the flowers are simply magical. Hope you are enjoying your trip.

Pamela said...

Oh my! How beautiful!

Jean R. said...

Southern Exposure sure has found a wonderful and creative niche to keep an old family farm thriving.

Linda deV said...

Love this....loaded with ideas for my garden.

My name is Erika. said...

Walking a garden is always a good way to put you back into a sane frame of mind. Love these photo. Hugs-Erika

Lynne said...

One of these days I have to check it out . . .
Hope you are enjoying your trip and have packed just enough!

Tammy Chrzan said...

What an absolutely STUNNING garden!!!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Is this a public garden near you? I can see why you would feel perfect peace there...very pretty...

Iris Flavia said...

What a wonderful place, you got me ohhh- and ahhh-ing here! :-)
So beautiful and creative!
Enjoy!!! I could even be a tad jealous - but I´m certainly not!
Beautiful place!

Victoria Zigler said...

I check everything I need is packed at least twice (three times if you count the time I actually packed them) and we won't go in to how many dozens of times I check I've done important things I need to do before I leave. Yet I still end up having that feeling I've forgotten something when I go somewhere.

Anyway, I agree about gardens in September. It's a good time of year to enjoy the outdoors in general, I think.

Pam Jackson said...

Oh what a BEAUTIFUL place that is. Thanks for taking me through it. I have been wanting to do the stacked rock thing in my garden but when I do...I will be using my handy E6000 glue to keep them in place, I only want to stack once! I love your pics.

La Table De Nana said...

:) I too of course like that place:)

Rita C. said...

I love that place. Thanks for sharing, Jeanie.

Joanne Huffman said...

Great photos of a lovely place.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Always love your visits here - such a beautiful place - and you're obviously inspired as your photos fairly sing!
Hope you're having a bang-up time across the pond!

Red Rose Alley said...

I know how much you love visiting this place, Jeanie. It reminds me so much of the nursery in the town next over. It's the prettiest nursery I've been to with butterflies, flowers, plants, and even funky things for the garden. I love this picture of the angel and the red little house, so cute. And the lights look cool in their Autumn colors. The old typewriter is also a quirky addition, isn't it?

~Sheri

Marilyn Miller said...

I adore your visits to the Southern Exposure. So many beautiful spots to dream and drool. Love that old car, the typewriter, stacked rocks, and hidden spots to sit and either sketch, write, or just to dream. Happy dreaming, happy travels.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

What a little patch of Paradise. It looks heavenly, Jeanie. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie, no matter if you can answer or not, I just love to go along with you anyplace you go. Always so pretty and interesting..Happy Fall..xxoJudy

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I can see why you like to escape here.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Wow! What a magical place! Thanks for the vicarious tour of the garden! Will look forward to more such visits in November!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, how pretty! Thank you for sharing this delightful place! My dream garden....x Karen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

How utterly inspirational are your photos JEANIE!!!!!!! For sure, we all need a get-away like this after this rollercoaster year of horrible weather events, news stories and the like...enjoy your time off!

Tracy said...

Oh, it's good to be back at SE along with you, Jeanie! I always look forward to these posts!! :) So much in BLOOM still! They are just so clever there how they arrange things, attention to details, surprising elements (like that old typewriter!)... and that gazebo is stunning... I hope Heaven is a lot like SE! ;) Looking forward already to when you can take us back there... Hope you have a FAB time in Europe--happy days!! ((HUGS))

Sami said...

I've got garden envy, what a stunning garden you visited!
I also get travel anxiety before I go away, thinking I might forget something important...

Pam Richardson said...

Southern Exposure is always beautiful through your camera lens. How wonderful to have a place like this near you. The gardens are stunning! Safe travels, Jeanie!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love your field trips to Southern Exposure! And it would be the perfect venue for a wedding. WOW! The old typewriter made me smile. I bet you leave with so many ideas! Have a great week!

Katie Mansfield said...

Gorgeous. I love the typewriters. So cute.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a lovely place to visit! I would love to walk through some time. The typewriter is perfect where it is.

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Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I’m glad you were able to squeeze in a visit to your happy place. You’ll need more visits this fall with all the sad things going on in our world. :...(

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