Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 4 - Make it Colorful

What do you think about color?

Although I can appreciate black and white photography for it's beauty,

I do like my garden with a bit of color.

Which brings me back to the idea of a garden journal.  Wouldn't you love to be able to add beautiful hand drawn illustrations, like the inside cover of Martha Stewart's Gardening Book...

or perhaps the simple sketches sprinkled throughout Country Gardens magazine?

I don't have the talent for either of those, but I can add color.

And you can too.  Today's addition is a set of beautiful pastel hued color pencils, a Sharpie in the most fabulous shade of aqua, pastel post-its for marking pages, a fun little binder clip, a pink ink pen and of course, just to pretty it up, a vintage unused seed packet from a local nursery... which still exists I might add.

Let there be color,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2 and 3 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on Monday, January 24th.

Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.

And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.


  1. love the colour~ you have inspired me to start a garden journal if I'm not the winner!

  2. Oh you are a clever one putting this giveaway together. I love seeing how all the things go together. What will tomorrow bring? :)

    Thanks again for this opportunity!

  3. When I saw your colored pencils and the arbor drawing, I remembered that years ago I did plot out a 'dream garden' on graph paper and finished it with colored would be fun to try it again.

    You are sure are getting me in the mood for garden planning!

  4. I have spent hours....yes, hours looking at Martha's garden sketches inside the cover of that very same book. It was my very first gardening book, and I think I know the whole thing by heart!
    p.s. your azalea and rhody pictures from yesterday were drop dead gorgeous. I so miss being able to grow them here. And hydrangeas. Really miss hydrangeas.

  5. I LOVE those botanical sketches...I have some framed in my guest room. Your little seed packet is gorgeous and I love all the journaling supplies.


  6. Day 4's part of the giveaway is such a great idea! I can sit for hours sketching and colouring and doing all my diagrams, whether it be for outdoors or my ideas for indoors! Cute seed packet too!

  7. I love colour too and what a great idea!

    Happy Friday!

  8. How fun! Glad I finally found time to stop by. Love that vintage packet of seeds!

  9. I love color, and I've often thought about doing a sketch of my garden ~ it would be perfect in a garden journal.

    This is my first time visiting your blog, which it seems we have a lot in common, and I want to thank you for visiting my blog and for your order at Whimsytwo! I'm so happy to meet another dachshund lover!


  10. I love flowers, and when it comes to an outside oasis of garden beds I am completely at a loss of ideas..I have been on garden tours and find them inspirational and when I get home to look at my sticks or leaves or pathetic garden I have no idea where to begin... maybe you should give us a garden tutorial, for beginners.

  11. Chris

    Yes the previous owner did do an incredible job on the crown..but our ceilings have been dropped and I just am aching to see what is above them...Maybe in the living room we can see because the walls just have some weird paper backing and they need to be revealed!

    Go for it in the would be so serene!

  12. Day 4! Love colored pencils!
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    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* Lori Lynn *

  13. I’m loving it Chris--can’t wait to see who wins :)

  14. What a great giveaway! I particularly enjoyed this post, because I always rip out those garden sketches from Country Home, dreaming of one day creating one of them. It's always good to have dreams!

  15. OOps! Didn't get on the comp all day yesterday and thus, did not enter day 3!! I'll be going back, but don't know if it counts!!

    Loving that pink sharpie!!! Have you ever looked at the books by John Seymore??? Beautiful I wish my garden looked like those in the pictures!!

    Your flowers are so beautiful!

  16. loving the color!!!!!! can't wait for spring! you'll have to come visit my garden part of my blog too! i'm in Washington as well! xoxo Not sure about where you are, but our winter has been mild here...Great giveaways!

  17. Hi Sweetie...
    Another gorgeous share of color. Love the photos, are the not beautiful. You truly do add color everywhere you look. So pretty.

    Here in Phoenix, I have quite a few flowers in full bloom. My petunias, pansies, geraniums, snapdragons and a few others, are screaming with color right now. It makes my heart "HAPPY" to see the beauty in the yard.

    Thank you again for another wonderful opportunity at such a great prize/s.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry


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