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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Country Style Deck

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The merry month of 
has been exceptionally
mild-mannered in temperatures
this spring.

The temperatures stayed 
in the 80s or lower
humidity played along.

The hostas bloomed on delicate stems
 above their greenery and the garden fairy bell. 

Cool breezes blew from the north across the east deck. 

In the afternoon the deck was a shady place to sit 
for a while in the French-style chairs to enjoy the 
unusual balmy May temperatures.

French-style topiaries kept inside 
during the winter months enjoyed regrowth 
outside during May.

The French semi-circular wire table holding 
rejuvenating ivy on the bottom shelf is perfect for outdoors.

Olive tree topiaries, a ball ivy topiary, and a large conical ivy topiary 
surround the old redwood bench that 
holds a blue ceramic bowl that provides water 
for birds, cats, and wildlife that live in the woods around our house.

I love looking out a living room window past the deck 
to the garden shed with a French-style blue roof in the east yard.
 This May the view was especially lush with green plants and trees.

The French-style urn on the south deck holds 
a white Shasta daisy plant. 

The other pots around the ivy topiary hold 
white lantana, blue lobelia, blue sage,  
lavender, and pink snapdragons.

What is it about French Country style gardens 
that appeals to me?

I think I now know one of the reasons.
Vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange
flowers weren't brought to Europe until 1730.

The colors I love...white, pink, blue, and mauve... 
were the only colors available in the 
17th century when French Formal gardens 
were created.

Merry May 2013 was 
a month long reminder of 
French summer weather that 
nurtures white, pink, blue, and mauve
 flowers amidst sculpted topiaries.
The French-style wooden folding chairs are 
from HomeGoods.
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  1. Beautiful and I agree those soft colors are perfect. I use both but I am more drawn to the soft muted colors.. hugs, Cherry

  2. You have a lovely relaxing deck! Love those wooden chairs and the enormous rocks! This looks a perfect shady place to enjoy a good book in the hot afternoons of summer ;) Wendy

  3. Oh, what a lovely spot to relax and enjoy your pretty plants. I adore those chairs and all the topiaries. Makes me want to make a trip to HG. '-) May was absolutely perfect here too!

  4. So soothing, relaxing, and so French! Love this little wire table-such a darling piece!
    Happy Hugs-my Texas Friend!

  5. Looks like a lovely place to sit and sip a cool drink and read a book or visit with friends! Love the Hosta! We had them in Alabama, sadly, the deer loved them as much as I did! One day we would have a lovely bed of Hosta and the next -- nothing but stems! Love the French look of your deck. Hope June treats you as kindly! We have had at least one 109 degree day so far this week!

  6. Your deck looks so nice, and I love the fairy bell. I have a thing for fairies, you know. It looks like you live in the country? We are deciding whether to move to the country or stay where we are. The country always gives me peace. Your plants that surround the deck are so pretty.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  7. What a beautiful view you have and a lovely deck you've created from which to enjoy it!

  8. Your yard and sitting areas are just heavenly!

  9. What a heavenly spot. It does remind me of the French countryside. I used to love the vibrant colors in the garden, but since I switched to the milder color palette of the whites, blues and pinks the garden is so much more restful. Enjoy your garden. It is beautiful.

  10. Hi Judith,

    If I hadn't known that you lived in the US, I would have sworn that this green and serene space, with its potted petals and woven wired jardiniere was, indeed, embedded in the French countryside!

    Hope you are taking in the sights, sounds and scents from your lovely deck this weekend!


  11. How I would love to be sitting at your deck right now, drinking wine, eating french cheese on crusty french bread. It all looks so idyllic. Thank you for your comment on my blog, I have returned the favour, and so glad I popped by. Take care. Chel

  12. This reminds me SO much of our old home, in the woods. We just moved in Oct. to this new home. I love your deck and all the plants and TOPIARIES! Just beautiful. XO, Pinky

  13. I just found your blog through Our Home Away From Home, and I am your newest follower. Your deck looks lovely, I absolutely love topiaries. All the greenery around your home looks very relaxing and peaceful. I would love for you to visit my blog at
    Thanks, Patty

  14. Your deck and chairs look so inviting, but the topiaries have me totally drooling. I just have the faux kind, yours are amazing. Love them all. Great pictures. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. How beautiful! Your deck looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a good book. I'm stopping by from Tuesdays at Our Home. Blessings, Dani

  16. What a beautiful backyard.
    Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  17. So charming~ your sitting area and yard are gorgeous. Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  18. Judith, you've certainly brought the essence of French country living to your surroundings. I was interested to see so many perennials in pots and the number of pretty topiaries you have.
    Your chairs look comfy and the term 'balmy' is something I look forward to for our summer.

  19. What a sweet spot to sit and drink Tea and laugh with family and friends...just lovely!

  20. Your French themed space is just lovely. Or should I say: J'adore les chaises et les fleurs!

    I'm visiting via Fishtale Cottage.


  21. Your deck looks like such a great retreat!
    oooh...loved your blue door post too.

  22. I enjoyed the tour of your deck and gardens. So lush and beautiful! I hopped over from Dwellings feature and became a new follower!
    Cindy @

  23. Gorgeous!!! You've made the top three!!!
    Such a pleasure having you share at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  24. Woo Hoo!!! Featured on A Stroll Thru Life! So proud to know someone with such a flair for decorating; both inside and out! Love it!


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