Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Springtime in Asti


It's Springtime in Asti.
The birds and the bees are very busy!
The flora and fauna are beginning to emerge.

The workers in the vineyard are busy.....

.....and we got busy too, planting herbs, tomatoes, geraniums and succulents in the garden.

I'm just discovering succulents and am hoping this is a good choice for these urns that don't get water on a regular basis.

I think they look nice all grouped together.


Red geraniums and Bacopa went in the two urns by the pool.

They are on a drip system, so hopefully they will grow....

The Mulberry tree is beginning to bud.

It will provide much appreciated shade for al fresco dining when temperatures can reach 100 degrees in the summer.

Walking around, I noticed the first white roses blooming on the "Iceburg" rose bushes.

The volunteer Nasturtiums are spreading out.

The Rosemary bushes are covered with little purple blossoms.

And again, the bees are very, very busy.
What a glorious First Day of Spring!

It's Outdoor Wednesday over at A Southern Daydreamer. Susan hosts this party every week, so be sure to visit and see other outdoor photos.
I'm also joining Heidi at Heart and Home for Wednesday Gratitude. Be sure to visit her too for much appreciation and inspiration.
I'm joining Gina for Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage also. Check it out!

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33 comments:

Debbie said...

That was a beautiful sentiment to Spring! Your flowers and gardens will look spectacular.....on a drip system...good thinking:) Have a great night!

Kathysue said...

Oh Delores, you are as busy as the little bee in your picture. All of your images are so beautiful and you view is absolutely breathtaking. What a lovely place to sit and just ponder about all we have been given. Happy Wednesday to you!! Kathysue
PS Be sure and come by my blog today and look at the post, I think you will enjoy it!

Sherry said...

What a spectacular view! With this view I don't think I would ever leave.

Popcorn Served Daily said...

With that gorgeous setting, just short of planting weeds, anything would look beautiful. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world through your eyes.

Lisa

Sonia said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! I love spring when everything is starting to emerge and grow again...makes me get busy cleaning and organizing and my favorite...planting flowers! Enjoyed the tour of your lovely grounds!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Atticmag said...

Beautiful, the plants and the view. Our weather here in the Bay Area has been hinting of summer and I am just loving it!

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
I loved taking a springtime walk around your garden. Everything is so pretty! I still can't get over your magnificent view! WOW! I can imagine some really great afternoons sitting out by the pool under that pretty tree. Everything is like a perfect wine-country dream!
Thanks for linking up!(I don't know what I can do to get this party going, it just takes time I guess!)
Have a good Wednesday!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

kim said...

Delores, what gorgeous photos. How fun working outside. The picture of your table and chairs outside by the pool looks like a magazine photo.

Bella said...

What A Gorgeous patio veiw!! The urns are also very beautiful! Stunning bee photos :-) Bella

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I enjoyed your beautiful photos very much.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, I want to come sit in one of those gorgeous chairs at that gorgeous table on your gorgeous veranda and look at that gorgeous view! I'm so in love with everything you do. laurie

Patriotic Mom said...

It is all so pretty! I love your pictures and especially the ones with the bees. Thank God for bees. Joan

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Oh wow! Such clear, detailed photos! Beautiful.

Mmm said...

Incredible photos as always.

Self Sagacity said...

What gorgeous views! Love the bee picture. :-)

Light and Voices said...

What a glorious view you experience daily. I like your idea for succulents in the planter.
Joyce M

Kathysue said...

Hi Delores I just read you comment about that last room pictured. I just love you, I love that you are really thinking about this a lot!! I guess you could call that room more earthy since it does have some brown undertones in the wall. What I love about it is the light airy feel and all the fun elements. It is fairly monchromatic but with some greenery it comes alive. I would probably add more green but all the elements I love are in that room and the value of the colors more than the colors themselve. It does have a linen/color to me. I know your home is all in earthtones and I can say nothing but OMG how wonderful and inviting it is. I would love to sit in your sun room for hrs. You have amazing taste and you are very observant and insightful. Like I said, I just love you!!! Thank you for making me feel like I did a good job on my post, You are the BEST!! Kathysue

luna miranda said...

WOW, what a fabulous place to live! all gorgeous shots. the al fresco dining had me dreaming. thanks so much for sharing!

Ariadone said...

Good morning Dolores, How beautiful and tender. I feel like I am with you in the garden and on the terrace.
Lieve groeten
Godeliva van Ariadone

Acanthus and Acorn said...

The views are just stunning....love to sit in one of those chairs and take it all in!

Joan said...

Everything looks beautiful! I live on the opposite side of the country and can't wait until we have the weather that you are getting to actually do some planting. Last year I started working with succulents and made a succulent garden in an apple-shaped birdbath.

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Delores!

You are living in heaven! How amazing...wine country! Your al fresco area
is stunning.... your spring is one solid month ahead of us in the midwest.

Thank-you so much for visiting!

love,kelee

Low Tide High Style said...

Every day must feel like a vacation at your beautiful home. Each time I see another glimpse of your gorgeous home and gardens through your wonderful photography, it makes me want to come and stay awhile!

Kat :)

once in a blue moon... said...

magnificent, great way to start my day with your big beautiful pics!

Jemsmom said...

Your pictures are divine! And if you don't mind me asking... may I move in with you?!? Your home is stunning and I mean stunning! I love the vineyards and miss our home in German where we looked up the hill and saw the vineyards. I even got to clip grapes one season with the family! My in-laws lived in Italy for a while and these pictures reminded me of their home. Just so lovely and your eye for photography is just gorgeous!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Fabulous shots and what a magnificent view! I think you made great choices for the urns.

~ Tracy

Mimi said...

Delores, how lucky to see this beautiful scene every day, I can almost smell the rosemary and lavender from here!

Lana said...

Your photography here is just amazing! Everything is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing alfresco dining experience that must be, surrounded by such splendor!
Hugs, Lana

Really Rainey said...

Hi Delores! fabulous photos of your gardening day... Hubby and I are still on vacation in SPI (I'll post more photos of the beach for you this week) but when we get home we will be doing the same as you guys... planing our pots... I love the succulent garden in the urn... They should do fine. Most of my pots are on drip too... So I feel free to travel all year long and never have to worry about watering... Keep those photos coming... I love them.
~Rainey~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the photos - what a beautiful view!!!!! I have not had a lot of luck with succulents where I live now. To soon to plant a lot here just yet, however, I did buy some ferns and a few petunias today. May end up bringing them inside a time or two.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Delores, what an inviting view you have. Your break of Spring is gorgeous. We are starting to get closer to Spring time temperatures in our area, although the trees and flowers are still being quite shy of showing off their beauty... would love to sit with you on a lazy Spring afternoon on your beautiful veranda.. hugs ~lynne~

Scribbler said...

Your photos are fabulous as always. I always love to visit your blog, because it is like entering another world, so different from my own.
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niartist said...

OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those outdoor dining chairs! GORGEOUS! I wish Spring time in WNY were this nice.

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