Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fall at the Botanical Gardens

So, did you notice my cool new blog design? I was lucky enough to win a giveaway over at The Shabbee Chick's blog, I now have my very own blog makeover. Amber did a great job and was very patient with all my little changes and I just love the new look! Head on over for your own blog makeover, if you're looking for a sassy new style.

We've got some beautiful fall color going on right now that I had to share with you. These 3 pics are all in my neighborhood showing our beautiful and colorful hills.

It doesn't totally capture the majesty, but you get the idea. I know many of you have probably already lost your leaves, but we are still in full fall color mode around here and our hills look like a painted canvas.
Recently, a friend and I went to an event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, called Antiques in the Garden. It turned out that the antiques part was fun to look at, but WAY too pricey for my blood, so we decided to take a stroll through the gardens to see how it looks for Fall. And might I say, it looks beautiful.
I should have taken a picture of one of the pair of Staffordshire dogs that I saw for sale (darn it!). There was one black and white pair that looked so much like the pair I scored at the estate sale for $6...and the pricetag was $3,900, yes you read that right. Now that's unbelievable! Of course, I'm sure there is a reason for the price difference, but it sure doesn't matter to me. I'm just going by the looks of them.
Pumpkins were plentiful at the gardens.

This lily pond was so tranquil.
And this dragonfly was posing so sweetly for me.
I was surprised the rose garden was still blooming prolifically. I didn't think they keep blooming this far into Fall.


A lovely arbor.
Lush ferns and groundcovers in the shady areas. I can always get so much inspiration from coming here.
Even the bark of this tree is pretty.
A quiet and peaceful pond is tucked away.
Lantern hanging on a stone post.
Sweet little cherub.
Entrance to the Southern Living garden.
All the summer plants are still looking so pretty.
Impatiens and sweet potato vine.
A pretty fountain with water trickling down.
And another pretty fountain.

Hope you enjoyed strolling through the gardens with us!

Thank you all so much for the great comments on the guestroom redo. I get the feeling you really like it. :) It was so much fun to do and I really enjoyed sharing it with all of you.

Please check out a new to me site called, Decor Medley! I was recently contacted by Giorgina to do an interview for her site, so please click over there and take a look. Be sure to browse around this very informative decorating blog and read the other interviews (I'm in fine company!), as well as the fun design topics she has featured. It was fun to do, thank you Giorgina!

Also, there's a giveaway here at Blessed Mama's, for all sorts of goodies in her Etsy shop! Check it out.

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Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

What beautiful pictures and I Love your new site. As soon as I saw the black/white, I thought "This is so, Rhoda." :)

Deb said...

Beautiful day at the Botanical Gardens. I like your new blog design - what a great giveaway to win :-)

Tonja said...

I was in B'ham Monday and Tuesday. It was beautiful! Even the drive up wa colorful. We drove out 280 going away from the Summit looking for another connector to 65...got a little lost, but found the most delightful little winding road full of such beauty. Got back on 280...finally, and went over to 65 on 119, I think. Anyway, that was also a beautiful drive. Gorgeous houses.

Love the new blog look...very classy!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Wonderful pictures and awesome new blog design! I Love it!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

The first thing I noticed was the new design, and I loved it. Of course, I always love what you do with your blog, but this has a cute, fresh look. AND I love all of your botanical shots. I particularly loved the dragon fly on the lily pad. A fun post for your new look.

XO,

Sheila

Nancy said...

Beautiful pictures, Rhoda! Love your new look also! Hope you have a great day. Nancy

Leigh said...

love the new look...I am headed to the other site now...

Vanessa Greenway said...

The new blog design looks great! Love all the gourds pictures. Have a great day! :) Vanessa

eddieross said...

Hi Rhoda!

So pretty...love that arbor. And the color of that first tree is GORGEOUS. Have a great day!

Eddie
http://www.eddieross.com

Stacey said...

Just beautiful. I love to visit gardens. :) Thanks for sharing.

Your new blog look is perfect!

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Your new blog design rocks,sister!!!!

And thanks for the lovely morning Fall stroll, it's was beautiful.

salmagundi said...

Everything is so beautiful there. It is all dead and brown here in Colorado now - we need snow to cover up the dirt. Have a great week. Sally

Karen said...

Oh just beautiful! Do you mind if I save that arbor one for a screen saver? Lovely!

Kerri said...

I love your new design!

Bonita said...

So many beautiful things to look at, both the pictures nad the blog.

ROXY said...

What a serene place! I just love that column like fountain....So zen. Thanks for sharing:)

Wendy said...

love your new look!

Bo said...

$3900 for those Staffordshire dogs still has me gasping and I'll bet they're not one bit prettier than those in your new guestroom. Your blog looks so pretty...great colors. You take wonderful photos...loved them all. ;-) Bo

Faye said...

Love your new Blog look...very classy for a classy gal :)
I cannot believe how gorgeous that Botanical Garden is...I love that unique fountain...the tall shapes are so fun!

Liz said...

Oh! what a pretty walk! Thanks for sharing!

~Liz~

Ms. Tee said...

The photos are lovely! I didn't know Southern Living had their own garden... :)

Elaine said...
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Elaine said...

ok, maybe that didn't work. the blog is www.aplaceforstamps.blogspot.com/

Judy said...

I "stumbled" onto your website in a search on Southern things. What a stunning webpage! I love the pics of the garden, especially the arbor. We're in the process of having one built...love them!

Cathleen Farrell said...

Hi Rhonda,
I see your on a roll with the black and white! Looks great! Love the white pumpkins in the barrel, they are hard to find this year!

Smelling Coffee said...

I love your new re-design. Especially the black and white background.

and, the fall pictures from the garden are beautiful!

Lady Katherine said...

Thanks for the lovely stroll, I enjoyed tagging along. Your new blog look, is great, I think its perfect for you. It even goes with your home! Lucky you!

Liz said...

These pictures are stunning. I was so sad this week, we've had tons of rain and all the pretty leaves fell off.

CC said...

I am visiting via BATW and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading some of your posts..especially the room re-do. It's just beautiful. Come visit Texas..:)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

This is a beautiful time of year. We are lucky to live in such a perfect spot... a few hours to the mountains and to the beach!!

Strawberry Blonde said...

The new look is beautiful!

I love the pictures of the botanical gardens. The pond with the statue of the lady sitting at the edge is where my husband proposed to me. We were married in the grassy spot in the Japanese gardens so the place will always hold a special place in my heart. -- Brandi

Melanie said...

Your beautiful pics remind me of Georgia. We moved from Georgia to Florida 18 years ago. I love the coast but oh how I miss the mountains and colors of North Georgia!
Rhoda, check out my best friend's decor blog. You and she have a similar decorating style. Her blog highlights the traditions and decor of CHRISTmas. Her blog address: http://colorsofchristmas.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

That was a fun tour! I love your photo tours.

Jen r. said...

Your blog looks great!!! The pictures are lovely!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love the new blog look! And your fall pictures are wonderful. Our leaves are all gone now.
Penny

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love the different types of pumpkins. Great pictures of a beautiful place.

Diane said...

Love your new blog design!
xoxo
Diane

windycorner said...

Your new design looks great! I wish I could have come along on the garden outing but your pictures were the next best thing. So beautiful!
You're invited to come share some of your great ideas at my Great Gift Idea party on windycorner. Come on over!
Holley

Elaine said...

Hi - I'm sorry my post was incomplete. I wanted to tell you how much I love your pictures! They really evoke the essence of fall! Then that last one looked like the fountain at my husband's family home in Santa Barbara...which is why I tried to link it up:) Anyway, thank you for always sharing so many great TIPS on LIVING beautifully but smart and the pictures to inspire all of us!

Southern Fried Cupcakes~ said...

You are a very creative person...I found your blog by accident and am glad I did~
Can't wait to read more...

Xo Kelly

Daisy Cottage said...

oooh, everything is blooming beautifully here Rhoda... including your gorgeous new look for your blog!! Love it!
(((hugs)))
Kim

Rue said...

Good morning Rhoda :)

I love the new look! It's perfect!!

Those gardens are something else and I'm amazed at how beautiful it still is there. The leaves are gone for the most part in Ohio, so it's wonderful to know that there's still a beautiful show of color out there.

Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes :)

(((hugs)))
rue

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Oh, your pics are so beautiful! I remember going to the Botanical Gardens when I was a teenager. It is a beuatiful place! I'm sure it has changed since then.
My roses are still blooming too. We always have roses in November.

Have a great day!

Reynie said...

I just love the gardens this time of year! All the changing colors are so bright and beautiful! Also, love the new blogger look!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love the new blog design! The black and white border is the perfect homage to your new guest suite. :-)

The gardens and foliage pictures are lovely. I'm headed upstate NY this weekend, and even though it's past peak season there, I'm hoping to catch the tail end of the foliage. We've been all about the shore house this year, so haven't made it anywhere else! It will be a nice change of scenery. Hopefully I'll have pictures to share next week.

Vintagebella ~ Andrea said...

what a great win on the blog! I love giveaways and your pretty fall pictures.

sandra/tx said...

Gorgeous fall pics, Rhoda. Such beautiful color. The new blog design is pretty, too. :-)

SophieMae said...

Beautiful pictures! The autumnal hills are gorgeous! Who says the south doesn't get any decent fall colour?

The gardens are lovely! I love the lantern hanging on a stone post. And your shot of the arbor did it proud. 8-]

You did an amazing job on your guest room makeover. I kept looking at the comforter to see if you scanned it for your new background.

OK, I tried to keep my mouth shut, but it's driving me nuts. In the sidebar... recent comments... does the graphic say 'inspiring friends said'? And is it just me or is there an I missing? (Or is it just crowded up against the P?) My eyes aren't as good as they used to be and these graphics are a tiny bit difficult for me to make out w/out my reading specs. If I'm mistaken, please forgive an old nit-picker. 8-}

SophieMae said...

Oops, PS... thanks ever so for checking out my 'new' hutch. I lined up some mirror tiles on the bottom shelf and like the way they look, so I'm going to have mirrors cut to fit. Then I can easily remove them to reveal the toile again. 8-]

Lisa said...

I love your new blog look. These photos are wonderful. Now, I must know, any idea the name of those long skinny gourds mixed among the others? I have never seen ones like this and would love to try a few here if I knew what they were.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Rhoda; I really like your new blog redo congrats on winning it. Love all the photos of the garden, such beautiful flowers and plants the that arbor oh my ... thanks for sharing.

Hugs;
Alaura

Amber said...

Hey Rhoda! I've been reading your blog for awhile now and love it--just started my own, also. I live in B'ham, too, and the gardens are lovely. Great place to take family pics, too!

PamperingBeki said...

Those are all so beautiful, but I LOVE the dragonfly picture! Great job.

Bella Casa said...

Wow, I can almost smell and feel those roses! What great pics, I really enjoyed the tour...I am also going to check out that new blog site you posted about, thanks!!!

Bella