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Roses in the garden and a Garden Party

Heather from and Jennifer from is sponsoring a #stylefocus event where we were asked to showcase our own personal style or what inspires us with a post from the past.  My garden always inspires me.  Enjoy and be sure to stop by and see Heather and Jennifer for tons of inspiration!! Spring came late to my garden on the Central Coast this year but some of my favorites are in full flush. Let’s take a look at Roses in the garden and a garden party.

Golden Celebration one of my absolute favorite David Austin Roses.  She never fails to shine! Even in the rain.
Nepeta (catmint) is my go to border plant.  It blooms, you whack it back and within a couple weeks it blooms again all year long in my garden.  That is Pegasus (another David Austin) peaking out above.
Nepeta in my front yard framing an obelisk made by our wonderful friend and craftsman Jim.  He made me two for my birthday last year.  How lucky am I?!!
The Antique Rose Glory de Dijon never disappoints

David Austin Molineux with lantana in the background. Can you tell I am partial to yellow and peach roses?  I have a few pinks left in my yard but I  my favorites are the amber, egg yolky yellows.
Last weekend we hosted a benefit dinner for a local charity with some friends.  My friend and florist extraordinaire (Roxanne Storm) crafted this fabulous bouquet with roses from my garden.  If you need something special for a party or help with a wedding shoot me an email and I will get you in contact with her.

Here is a couple of shots of the fabulous centerpiece that Roxanne created for the table with flowers and herbs from my garden and a few Salinas Valley vegetables added as well.

Here is another shot of both arrangements with the chefs (aka the two geezers) readying the barbeque in the background.

A shot of the candlescape on the mantel.

And finally …candles lit, fire roaring…the party is on!

I would love to hear what is blooming in your garden and if you have any outdoor parties planned to celebrate the season! Thank you for reading Roses in the Garden and a Garden Party.

Reader Interactions


  1. Trina says

    Well, I am just basking in garden heaven right now. Cindy, this is truly spectacular and ever so breathtaking from the view, to the table setting to your rose garden and those amazing center pieces. I spend many many hours in my garden, it's the best form of therapy I know. I actually just planted some new catnip yesterday right in with my roses, so thrilled to see what lovely views they will bring.
    Your arrangements are ever so delightful, love the use of adding vegetables in the mix, especially the lovely artichoke. Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us.

  2. Nancy Crowley says

    Hi Cindy,
    Popping over from the Linkup, and wanted to say hello. These roses are beauties, you must love when your favourites come into bloom. I am waiting now for my peony to bloom, another couple of weeks I think. It's funny how it becomes personal in a way, gardens can have their own kind of story. Thanks for sharing your beautiful views with us. xx Nancy

  3. La Contessa says

    Well, where to begin!My garden is yellow and white with a touch of PINK!I adore CATMINT.I too have the roses you mentioned here!WHAT A PLACE YOU HAVE CINDY!!That view of the hills and COWS!!!!!!!!!!I do not think I can come to your barn sale!!But one day I would love to come down and poke around town with YOU!

  4. Nella Miller says

    Just picture perfect Cindy! Your roses are glorious and I love the peachy tones as well…ahhh to live in sunny California! Today we have frost on the ground, and everything in my garden is still brown….a bit of green poking through….hostas and peonies are about an inch out of the ground! Warmer, seasonal temps promised this week…N.xo

    • Cindy says

      Nella so good to hear from you! All these beautiful sunny days have taken their toll on our water supply. I am not sure my garden is going to be too beautiful this year!!

  5. Heather Lindstrom says

    Oh am absolutely swooning over these images, Cindy! The flowers, the view, the mantle of candles…and the whole mediterranean vibe of your home. Pure magic! I would love to transport myself to that table-and smell those sweet roses-this moment!
    Thanks again for joining us for the Lifestyle LinkUp #stylefocus today! It is so perfect to have your stylish posts in the mix. Hope you join us again next month! Happy weekend!

  6. Jennifer Connolly says

    Simply gorgeous!! Your flowers are stunning and the way you arranged them in the urn is nothing short of breathtaking! I LOVE the candlescape on the outdoor mantle. You certainly know how to style a party!! Bravo and congratulations. Thanks for sharing with us on #STYLEfocus today!

  7. Loi Thai, Tone on Tone says

    Your garden is GORGEOUS!!! I love your obelisk….cool design and very unusual. I might have to copy Jim's design 🙂
    And, your nepetas are really good looking. Mine go flat after a rain storm. What a perfect garden party, Cindy!
    Have a Wonderful Mother's day weekend!

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