Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Le Petit Pont

This little bridge, petit pont in the rear garden leads to the gazebo; on one side is the drystream, on the other side the pond. Here it is in May covered with the wonderful rose Climbing Pinkie.



In early May I set out all the umbrellas in the seating areas. I love the splash of color that they add...what I don't love is scrubbing them down for storage at the end of the summer. But it is worth it.



Here is the view of the bridge on the pond side. In late April I put on my waders and get into the pond to dredge and clean it out. Yucky! I wish I had a couple of 'minons' like Sunny at Life in Rehab has to help me out...maybe they would like to come to California for visit.




Yes...I do have fish in the pond, at least when the raccoons and egrets leave them alone. But my favorite pond occupants are the waterlilies. Both the pond and the bridge were built by my talented husband, Raleigh, he was an excellent craftsman both with wood and stone.



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43 comments:

  1. Your sweet rose covered bridge and pond look so wonderful and tranquil.
    You are a gifted artist in the garden.

    Have fun pottering about in your sunny patch!

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  2. Oh you have a beautiful garden - lovely captures, the light reflections are perfect.

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  3. What a lovely bridge. I would adore having a pond in our backyard. Maybe someday we can make that happen. I have a friend who keeps a few koi ponds on her 11 acre property. I love going there and watching them swim around. She has problems with predators too....so there aren't too many fish to watch.

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  4. Adrienne your yard has wonderful views at every turn. It is so picturesque!! I love it , Kathysue

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  5. Everything is so beautiful and lovely here dear Adrienne, such a beauty you have created!!!! Wish I could walk by that bridge!!!!
    hugs dear

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  6. The rose, the bridge, the pond...everything is just beautiful!

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  7. What a beautiful and tranquil setting. I'll be showing off this post to my husband tonight.

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  8. Such a peaceful and gorgeous garden. The red umbrellas are a nice touch.

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  9. What a magical garden you have! Very lovely, and in summer it must be even more special to be at. thank you for sharing!, and for letting the mind wander and imagine oneself in such pretty places...instead of being at work, locked in a-wall office :o(
    have a lovely day! :o)

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  10. This would make a perfect wedding site, don't you think? How do you ever leave?! XOL

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  11. Your yard is just amazing! I love the beautiful roses and the little pond.

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  12. Adrienne, how do you do it all? You could command a cover charge for a tour of your gardens! That bridge is so beautiful. I love the unexpected pop of the umbrellas. And you are the Mistress of the Roses.

    Thank you for the sweet shout out as well. Name your Minion.

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  13. Wow how beautiful that most be wonderful to sit and enjoy ~Great pictures ~Love Heather

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  14. This is all so beautiful! Looks like a great place to spend the summer. I love the rose.
    Thank you for all your kind words on my blog too.

    Carolyn

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  15. Cara Adrienne il tuo giardino è stupendo! E quella rosa sullo stagnetto la trovo così romantica! Un bacio Ornella

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  16. What a beautiful gareden! A lovely place for day dreaming and tranquility. Your blog is gorgeous also. I have enjoyed reading your other posts. Thanks for sharing so much loveliness. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Hope you will come back again. Hugs, Karie

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  17. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing at WUW.

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  18. Hi Adrienne...I just commented on this post, only it is on your May 17 post. Been having off and on problems posting comments so switched to Firefox...so far so good.

    I showed this post to J. We both enjoyed seeing your bridge across the pond and dry creek. Gorgeous!

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  19. Beautiful setting and your 'Pinkie' looks fabulous on the little bridge!

    Thanks for joining the party,
    Candy

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  20. Oh, could I come an stay with you for awhile in your beautiful garden? You and your husband have truly orchestrated a heaven on earth.

    Have a lovely Memorial Day!
    Cindy

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  21. Soooo dreamy!!

    I'm sure it must warm your heart to be able to go into your garden and see all the things your wonderful husband built.

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  22. Seriously, seriously, is that your home? Oh my goodness. It's so beautiful. I must come by for tea in your garden one day :)

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  23. Gorgeous gardens and pond! We too have a pond, but I've never cleaned it out....maybe I should get on that =)

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  24. Beautiful backyard! We used to have a pond with fish too, and cleaned it out every spring. Yuck is right. But it was so worth it. Is that an orange tree in your yard?

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  25. What a lovely spot in your garden! It will be just wonderful for you to sit here all summer. You really should find you some minions!

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  26. OMG I love the bond and the bridge. You are so lucky to have garden that big and the bond, it is my dream:)

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  27. The little bridge could be a Thomas Kinkade painting.

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  28. Hi Adrienne!
    Every time I stop by here I feel like I am entering a romance novel's English garden scene... though i don't read them... this is the perfect garden I envision.
    Sooo lovely.
    Sooo dreamy!

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  29. What a stunning garden Adrienne! J'adore the petit pont - tres jolie Madam! Love how it's surrounded by your pink roses.

    Happy Cottage Flora Thursdays!
    -Marie

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  30. Oh my goodness. That is so pretty. Like looking at an issue of a Country Living or something.

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  31. What a wonderful place in your garden! I love the little bridge.
    ~Adrienne~

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  32. Oh my, this is just stunning. I would love a place like that!

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  33. Gorgeous bridge and roses - so very romantic,
    Kathy

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  34. This is so dreamy...... Just love it. Ok so now I want to add a pond to my garden.... I need to make a list!

    Kelly

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  35. very nice,lovely view like at Giverny!

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  36. What a beautiful place! If my garden looked like yours, I would never go inside!

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  37. Hi Adrienne! I just wanted to come over again and thank you for sharing your pretty post at Photo Feature Friday! Hope you're having a good weekend.

    ~tricia

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  38. I would absolutely love to tour your lovely gardens in person, Adrienne! You have added so many beautiful flowers and such interesting visual elements, I'm sure it's a delight to wander the grounds.

    Thanks for linking this beautiful flora and fauna to Time Travel Thursday.

    Hugs,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  39. Your bridge and pond look wonderful! Those roses growing on the handrail are fabulous! So many blooms too! We gave up on our small man made pond and put in a fountain instead! I miss the fish and the frogs!

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  40. I love your little bridge & pond hide away. I wish I could come & stay! I never had much luck with roses?? It is nice to have such a handy hubby too ;) ~Faythe @GMT

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