Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hot July 4th

After an intensely busy May and June, then a nasty stomach bug last Saturday and Sunday, John and I enjoyed a laid back, mid-week 4th of July.
 Early breakfast on the patio before the high 90's temp with matching humidity, included Cream Biscuits with jam and strawberries from a recipe shared by Kitty @Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.
We made plans to head to my favorite nursery for a break from chores and responsibilities and maybe pick up a few new plants to fill empty spots in the gardens.
After the thirty minute drive my head was beginning to clear and I got excited to see all of the selections offered at this beautiful nursery.
Owners James & Joan Pope are very friendly and helpful.
Rosie, the goat was at her usual place, perched on a bench shaded by a trumpet vine. 
 Rosie seems to be keeping an eye on the bunnies in the cages nearby.
She was cool and comfortable and looking dapper in her purple bandana.
 There are a lot of animals to see here but it was just so hot we visited only a few located up front.
This young emu hatched in February and a couple of cute ducks quacked for our attention.
 I came home with more than I wanted but who can resist... I wanted one of everything!
 Bees, butterflies and moths were as happy as us with so many beautiful blossoms.
A peek out the back door of the shop revealed a most beautiful space!
Since it is the Popes' private backyard, I asked Joan if we could look around and take some photos and she graciously gave us permission.
 What an oasis of well designed and abundantly blooming plants
 I love walking the path with the various ground cover growing among the stepping stones.
Looking toward the back door of the shop.
 Keep cool, Rosie...
See you next visit!
James & Joan Pope
1146 Old White Horse Pike
Waterford, New Jersey 08089
Phone (856) 767-3343
Remember my post on the birds nesting in the patio lantern?
Look what's peeking out these days.
Linking to Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper


my cup of tea said...

What a special place to get your plants!!! I would shop just about anywhere where a goat was the greeter! The baby birds are so very sweet!

d~ said...

I loved Popes Gardens. I lived right by there over 10 years ago now. How it has grown! The flowers are thriving as I hope their business is. Beautiful...such a treat to see.
Thank you~

Brandi said...

Glad you and your husband enjoyed such a wonderful day. Your pictures are always so pretty.

Purabi Naha said...

Absolutely beautiful backyard pictures and Rosie is such a cutie. The flowers look so colourful! LDH, you look beautiful...particularly loved your hairstyle!!

Maple Lane said...

Love the photo of you with Rosie and the baby birds are so cute stretching their necks!

The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful post. Looks like you had a perfect 4th. I'd love to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Buttercup said...

Love your photos! My favorite is you and Rosie. Glad you and John are feeling better and wishes for a blessed and cool Sunday!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a great day! Rosie's a cutie:@)

Sue said...

A beautiful, relaxing day, enjoyed the photos so much, and your new friend Rosie is adorable! One of my favorite outings is to visit garden nurseries! Enjoy! thanks for sharing.

Debbie Huffaker said...

Gorgeous flowers and great fave is the one of the little birdies at your house. So precious!!! HOPE you have a great SONday, my friend!!!

Snap said...

Pope's Gardens looks like a marvelous place ... animals and plants ... can't beat that. Love your photos with Rosie! Fun. Hope you are well from your bug. Breakfast sure looked good!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Oh my ... those baby birds are totally adorable!

Loved seeing how you spent the July 4th. I'm curious how you stay so slim and trim, with all that marvelous food you prepare. Maybe you eat like the little birds? :) Serioiusly, you always look so mahvelous, dahling.

Cyn said...

Oh those baby birds are just singing away. How adorable! Looks like you had a good time picking out flowers. Very beautiful.

Robyn said...

What a wonderful day you had. The photos were beautiful! I can't pick just one because I loved them all..What a great nursery and so beautiful.. Thank you so much for sharing these :)

Barbara F. said...

Hi Lorraine, that farm looks wonderful, it is way down in NJ :) going towards AC, if I am correct? I love the photo of you and the cute goat. Great shot. xo

Ann said...

What a great day. That nursery look amazing and what a gorgeous garden. Rosie looks like a real charmer and I love the picture of the two of you

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Now, you just have to shop at a place that has a goat for a mascot!

Maryann said...

Popes Garden looks like a wonderful place, I would have a hard time coming out empty the baby birds, what a blessing

Laurie said...

I loved going on this visit with you! It is so hot and dry here, with the humidity level in the single digits, so seeing the lush gardens boosts my spirits!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

The most beautiful photos are taken by YOU! Simply gorgeous! Looks like a beautiful place to visit and spend some time gaining ideas for the garden. Enjoy your Monday.

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NanaDiana said...

Your breakfast looks wonderful, Lorraine. But...your trip to that garden center really made the day, I bet. Gorgeous, gorgeous place...LOVE the goat- Who said you wouldn't get caught kissing some old goat?;>)

I hope you had a blessed Sunday- I can see you had a wonderful 4th. xo Diana

Debbie said...

Sounds like such a fun day Lorraine! And you've become quite the blogger with your camera always with you. I'm the same way. People always know I'll be taking photos and writing about it.

I hope you're feeling better.

Blessings and love,

Beth said...

Your photos are all wonderful, but the baby birds are especially delightful! Sounds like you had a great day.

Maggie Ann said...

What a wonderful post....and the grand finale with those adorable birdies. They were like the prize in the cracker jack box. I know what you mean about wanting one of everything lol....we planted way more flowers than I thought we would, and they are putting on a beautiful show for us...but for how long with the lack of proper rain. Have a nice day, I'm glad you are feeling better.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Breakfast looks so beautiful and yummy. And what a lovely trip to the nursery. My kids had a nasty stomach bug while on vacation last week. They spent an entire day in bed vomiting and then another day recovering (as we traveled 7 hours on bumpy roads). :/

Abounding Treasures said...

What an amazing photo of the baby birds peeking out of their tiny nest!!

I always enjoy your posts and love your great photos!

kitty said...

What a beautiful day you had at Pope's Garden. I was perusing your blog and saw that you had a shout out to my cream biscuits. Thank you so very much! Aren't they easy? Yours look beautiful.


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