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Summertime, and the Living is Easy in My Garden

I’ll let you in on a secret: when I’m in my studio in the summer I’m not constantly focused on my work! Here’s why: my studio has floor­to­ceiling windows, which means I have a life­sized view of the beautiful garden outside. It can be very distracting! Our garden has been a labor of love. Over the years my family and I have planted, tended trimmed and pulled until it’s one of my favorite places on earth, a source of beauty and pride, a real inspiration for my art. That’s it! When I’m distracted I’m not just sitting and staring out the window. I’m getting inspired! Right now it’s in full bloom with all manner of classic southern plants and shrubs. The Azaleas bursting with bright pink color, the Honeysuckles thick with flowers that my grandkids love to pluck. The Rhododendrons and Magnolias have gotten so big so quick I feel like if I watch them long enough I could actually see them grow! And one of Jan’s favorites, the brilliant puff­ball Hydrangeas in hues of blues and purples right outside the front door.

There’s also quite a vegetable garden going, that’s my brother Will’s and my father­-in­-law Bill’s pride and joy. The tomatoes are at their peak, the squash and peppers ripening, and we are counting the days until the watermelons are ready. So you can see why it’s hard for me to concentrate when I’ve got so much beauty and bounty right outside my windows! It’s a good life here in the summer, and I’m grateful. I’d love to hear what’s growing in your garden this year. It’s always fun to hear about friend’s favorites from all over the world.

God bless,


by Astrid

Firstly, I’m a novice when it comes to the computer so please forgive any foo-fars on my part. You asked about what is growing in my garden my pride and joy at the moment are some lovely orchids and my bougainvillea which is in full flower and yes nature has a way of distracting you but in such a lovely calming way.

I would love to ask a few questions and hope that this is the right place to do so if not sorry but let me know and won’t trouble you in the future…..

I have had a few of your Christmas Santas that come out every year since my sister bought them for me many years ago. But about 2 years ago I came across your Betwitched 4016050 on Pinterest and well I’m hooked I know not all the witches have “pretty” faces but they all have characters and without being too mushy I love them! Will you be making any more of the extra large statues like the night watch cat? Or giant witch? My biggest problem is that I live in Australia so postage is a killer! Haha but I have saved and now have quite a few and yes all on display not just for Samhain/Halloween, which is not that big over here, but all year long they are my pleasure, my enjoyment…. My hubby is going through chemo so when things here get a little overwhelming I sit and read my books with my beautiful artworks around me… So thank you for making beautiful artwork for people like myself to enjoy.