My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Good Morning !

I know I had promised a trip out to Tinker...but the rain has been relentless today and I don't see any change in sight!
I did however spend a few minutes this morning out in the garden just before the black clouds rolled in!

This is the potager from the porch of the cottage.
Everything is starting to come up and it so much fun to go out each morning to see what's new!

This is the view coming down the path from the house....
To the cottage and Tinker!

As you can see the sunshines through the windows of Tinker every morning!
(You can also see...I have a mess right now!)

But it's just the matter of a day without rain
And all will be as it should be!

I did get to pick my very first flowers this morning....

White Peonies!

I put them in a little vintage milk pitcher so that I could take them upstairs....
to the bathroom dresser!

They just seem to say "Good Morning"

I am off the prime and paint the millwork in the NEW HALL!
I will return soon to show you what hubby accomplished while I was away!

I am also linking up with the always Fabulous Kathleen at Faded Charm
for her #101 White Wednesday Post!

Until next time....


  1. Even with all the rain...still beautiful. Love your sink area....and I so miss peonies. They do not grow in Phoenix!

  2. I'm loving that bathroom vanity! Love the sink on top! I can't wait to see the whole house finished! You will have to throw a open house party!

  3. Are you really cutting peonies already Donna? Mine are a month away from blooming here. (insert frowny face here) I LOVE your garden and the beautiful landscape around you. There's nothing like country living! I saw the silos in the background and smiled.
    Your bathroom is so lovely my friend!
    sending hugs...

  4. Everything looks wonderful in your yard. The weather here looks like rain for the rest of the week:-( It's so hard to get outside and get anything done.

    I love your peonies and they look perfect on your vanity. Mine are still just tiny buds.

    I hope you had a nice visit with Rebecca last week.


  5. Your yard looks gorgeous Donna! ENjoy those gorgeous roses;

  6. Your grounds are just lovely and your bathroom is simply perfect! You have a wonderful sense of style and your home is so inviting inside and out...
    can't wait to see more! :)

  7. hello donna,
    i love the color of your steps and chairs. peonies are so pretty, in any color. take care, susie

  8. Your yard is just beautiful! Love the dresser paint color.

  9. Be still my heart! I want to move right in. :)

  10. Those peonies are so beautiful, and I can almost smell them....

    I just love that sink of yours. In fact I think the whole bathroom is very pretty.

  11. Oh, oh, oh. So lovely... the white peonies for sure and the pretty soft blue bath dresser.

  12. Donna I loved looking at thispost! I want to know a couple of things.!. How did you make the iron trellis archway? Can you share? And tell me about your sink and vanity, the paint color, and the type of vessel you have. I love how it all looks. I think the stone path is enchanting and I loved the adirondack chairs~!

  13. Seriously! This is your bathroom??!! I totally envy you right now, and I've just begun to read your blog!

  14. Your gardens and grounds are just beautiful. I don't see a mess anywhere in sight! I too, love, love your color scheme both outside and in.

  15. Your garden looks lovely and you already know how much I love Tinker!

  16. Everything is absolutely beautiful! Your yard, white peonies, bathroom is gorgeous. I could live there. More, more please.

    Connie (akalou)

  17. With a house and garden like that, you must be the calmest person in the world. You have as a dreamlike place . Just heavenly!

  18. OK so after I pick myself up off the floor and wipe my face from the drool, that made it's way nicely down my chin, I must say the home and garden you have produced is awe inspiring.

  19. Your yard is lovely as is your bathroom.

  20. So beautiful everything you have done!!! just adorable!!

  21. Beautiful..everything looks beautiful. I just found you at Flora Thursday and so happy I did..I love Peonies too and can't wait for mine to open..any day now.
    I will have to come back to find out more about Tinker! I cant wait!

  22. Beautiful Garden (& Tinker too)! & that bathroom is to die for! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

  23. Everything is gorgeous!!! And you already have beautiful peonies. Hope ours are open soon.
    ~ Julie

  24. Great style and presentation! Love the little house with the sliding doors.

  25. Hi
    I left a comment but don't see it here... blogger is a bugger lately. I got an email from Dorthe saying she couldn't leave a comment on my post too.
    My phone is dead... it hasn't stopped raining since I got here! But talked to Keith and he said it was in the 40s yesterday, yuk.
    I am sewing aprons today for FC, Jody has a party to go to but i opted out and I am working. Yesterday we shopped and ran errands. Still haven't gotten a tent but will tomorrow.
    Will keep you posted, hopefully this comment will go through
    Blessings today

  26. PS Your yard looks lovely, I supposed I will miss my peonies this year... at least I got to enjoy most of the lilac.

  27. Hi Donna...I just love your bathroom vanity! How stylish. The room doesn't even look like a bathroom.
    Thanks for showing it. :)
    Have a great weekend!

  28. Oh... love that bathroom! I love the style and colors and flowers...
    so lovely.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  29. Hi there~ Just found your beautiful bog over at Debra's ~ love your inspirations! So lovely! Following along~ stop by and say hello sometime!

  30. Donna, I love your blog! Thank you so much for visiting and opting to follow. We are mid-western neighbors, I see. I am planning on driving up to Horton's sale next month, so I will look for you among all those pretties that will be for sale. Can't wait to go. Your white peonies are lovely. I sure wish I was a gardener. I have to enjoy everyone else's flowers because I tend to kill all of the things I plant. LOL
    ~ Sue

  31. I am installing the same sink on a cherry wood countertop. Do you mind advising if you had issues with it wobbling and if you fixed that with caulking when you installed? I am ready to hook everything up but there is a slight wobble and now I am worried.

    Love this room of yours! I keep staring at all the beautiful details.


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