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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Patti Becks garden tour

Back in June, I visited Patti Beck's garden and pottery studio.
My friend Marcia wanted to take me out that day for my birthday and go to a few garage sales.  I explained to her that I couldn't go 'sailing' because I have no willpower, but let's go to Patti Becks garden instead.  She had never been there, and loved it, by the way.
I've done posts on her garden before, but I always get so inspired when I visit, that I can't help but post every year.  Check out one of the old posts here if you want to see inside the camper.

She has two open houses every year, one in the winter, and one in the summer.

Garden bed
Her garden has changed a lot since the summer, I've seen pics.  If I can slow down from painting and extracting, I'd like to go there one more time before winter.

Adorable chicken coop.

Her yard is huge!

Why is it that some people can take 'stuff', put it in a garden, and make it look like something, while others take stuff, put it in the garden, and it looks like they need to clean the place up.  I fall in the latter category.  The above pic is shovels and rakes and such, made into an arbor.
I wish I had a better picture of this chandelier.  It has colorful flowers that she made on it and those flowers  just jazzed it up.  Remember she is a ceramic artist.  I have bought a few pieces of her pottery every time I visit and now I have quite a collection.  I cannot wait to have time to actually garden....and set up my camper...and spend time in the bee yard....and decorate.
Bottle bush and tree.

Now this is what I'm talking about....doors in the yard.....L.O.V.E. it.

Fairy gardens


This clock reminded me of Alice in Wonderland
Another back yard photo
Patti is so nice to me.  She knew we were starting over gardening so she gave me these plants!  When I got home, I planted every single one of them.  They are all doing great too.

This is a Laura Bush petunia (I think) and it self-seeds.  I want to put all self-seeding plants in my bee yard.  My bees would be so happy.
So, I bought this chicken/rooster to put in my little garden area.  And I took them out there and stood them in the garden, but I had this big blank space above my kitchen sink and I thought they looked perfect there!
I love them!
  So, on our way home, Marcia and I stopped at a sale, and they had these lights.  I thought long and them...don't buy them....  I was thinking about painting them brighter colors (because sorry folks, but I'm tired of green) and turning them so the flower faces up...and cutting off the wires of course, and hanging them somewhere outside to use as candle holders.

But I was wondering what ideas you might have?
And I was also wondering, what would Patti do with them!

Cindy Bee


  1. Hi Cindy, I love the clock and the scarecrow. I am inspired! I’ve dressed my scarecrow up as a pregnant lady and as a cowboy . . . but I love what she has done, and just might have to copy that idea.

    Butchy is doing better, he got his tube out Tuesday evening and now in about a week he can get his staples out. They were afraid that he might lose his skin. They said that it was pulled away from his body so badly that he might lose it and they would have to treat it like an open wound. That didn’t happen, praise God. Poor little guy, he has had it pretty darn bad, but we are seeing improvements each and every day :)

    Love the books you purchased . . . I see lots of homemade Christmas gifts ahead for your family :)
    Have a great day.
    Connie :)

  2. Thanks for the garden tour! Love it all. What a great fairy garden, it is the largest I have seen so far. Love it all. I need someone to turn my gardens into something just like this. I am like you, I buy things that I think will look great, whimsical, or something like that but only just sit there. I need the touch. Love the chicken and rooster where you put them, you are right they do go there. I like the candle idea, problem is I never put the candles in anything that I put outside for that purpose. Hope you share when you get them done!


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