Better Than Provence

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We traveled all the way to Provence last year with the hope that we would see lavender in bloom. We saw fields of poppies and lavender with ever so tiny purple tips. I could only imagine how beautiful the fields would be in about two or three more weeks.

I had no idea that lavender blooms in Washington and Oregon every spring. It’s a long drive or a short plane ride from California to see these wonderful sights. The people are friendly and most everyone you bump into is there to see the lavender too. Being a transplant from Santa Cruz, I’ve got begonias growing in my backyard. I was surprised that they would grow in such a warm climate but they seem to thrive here. I think there will be lavender in that same backyard next spring. It will be like a little piece of Provence, Oregon, and Washington for me to enjoy almost all of next years summer season. Some times one of the best places you can be is in your own backyard. You can make it into, anything you like.

Delightful Colors

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I decided to share my favorite photo from my vacation and it has grown into seven.  I am not one to take photos of my food, but on this occasion it seemed something that I must do.  You see, the kitchen brought a bit of the garden to the table and it was as beautifully done as the garden itself.

From Garden to Table

From Garden to Table

This dessert was so delightful that we wished that we had not shared it.  We wished that we had each consumed our own.

Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake

Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake

The colors in the private garden were amazing and it gives you a glimpse of the overall feeling of the entire garden.  It is so thoughtful that the tourists can only peek into this area.

Jennie Butchart's Private Garden

Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden

All the colors continue throughout the sunken garden.

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden

Those colors that came to our table, must have been inspired with the dahlia garden in mind.

Dahlia Garden and Bees

Dahlia Garden and Bees

Another favorite of mine, was the begonia garden, as it reminded me of Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens when I was a child in Santa Cruz, CA.

Beautiful Begonia

Beautiful Begonia

This is the stairway leading to the overlook in the sunken garden.  I realize that I seem stuck on this place, but the colors, those wonderful colors, remain with you for days after you have visited.  With Fall in the air, those colors make me look forward to Spring.

Sunken Garden Stairs

Sunken Garden Stairs

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour.  Have a splendid weekend and go out and drink in the colors that you find, they’re everywhere!