A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

February 11, 2015

Our Beautiful World ~ Colorful

Happy Day Hello!

Something different today ~ no card. I love this website called Our Beautiful World where the participants simply share photos of beautiful images according to a prompt. How cool is that? The only uncool thing is that I keep forgetting to play! 

But not today, today I'm playing along. The prompt is "Colorful" and it was chosen by the talented Manuela. Here is my photo of our beautiful blooming hardenbergia:
  1. Hardenbergia is a small genus of leguminous vines from Australia. The genus was named in honour of Franziska Countess von Hardenberg, by English botanist George Bentham, in 1837. There are three species as follows: Hardenbergia, comptoniana, and Benth. Wikipedia
Below are a few more photos. This photo is taken from the front of our house where the hardenbergia is planted and, as you can see, it vines its way along a trellis up to the top of the fence ...
... and over the fence and down the other side in the back yard.
That other side just happens to be visible from one of the windows in the Playhouse. Here is a view of it from inside the Playhouse looking out:
And here is a clearer view from outside the Playhouse. It's beautiful even on a rainy day.
Below is a close up of three more hardenbergia that we have planted on the side fence, next to the "Garden as Art" that I planted last April. 
Thank you for sharing my contribution to Our Beautiful World. I hope you check out all the other enchanting entries and play along!

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Some of you may remember how my succulent Garden Art wall looked when it was first planted last year:
And now, just look at how they've grown!
We didn't kill them! They are not only healthy, but it's fun to imagine faces and critters in the designs that are forming as some drape and others reach for the sky. Or is that just me and Hammy wot sees possibly a llama, and a spider monkey, and a ...

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New Friends Corner

I'm delighted to have you meet these five new friends of the Playhouse!

Gunsan of Crafts and Chatter. Gunsan is a busy mother who has been blogging since 2007! Holy cow! That's a whole lot of wonderful experience! Gunsan loves teaching and joining in challenges and she is very amusing. She has a tremendous reservoir of beautiful card inspiration waiting for you! 

Sabine of Bine's Cards and More. Bine is from Germany and she has been blogging since 2010. She loved to crochet, knit, and sew for many years and then in 2002, she made her first card and that began her love of paper crafting. Now Sabine is a Stampin' Up demonstrator, designer, and challenge participant who makes fantastic card art! 

Helen Frolova of Paper Heart. Helen is a Ukranian now living in Canadian. She is a challenge award winner many times over and a member of several design teams. Her pages and her cards are vibrant and extraordinary!

Kelly Szafron of Kelly's Papercrafting. Kelly started blogging in January 2013. She is a SAHM with one husband, three kids, two dogs, and one cat. Okay, right there, I need a nap! You mothers amaze me with your ability to run households and find the time to create AND blog!! Kelly's cards and tags are top-notch, adorable, and impeccably crafted!

Dena J. Hughes of Stampin' Mim. Dena has been blogging since June 2010. She is a retired high school teacher, mother to three boys, and proud Mimee to two grandsons and one granddaughter. Her card art is clean and simple and clean and layered, really crisp, and wonderfully designed. Give Dena a sketch challenge and she nails it every time!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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68 comments:

Sue said...

Beautiful flowers.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Ксения Phedra Ли said...

Your garden is amazing!

Lizzy Hill said...

LOL....I see a dog!! Love that photo...been following Our Beautiful World for about 3 years & [SHHHHH!} still haven't quite got around to playing. EEEK! Good on you for doing what I keep MEANING to do!!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

LOL....I see a dog!! Love that photo...been following Our Beautiful World for about 3 years & [SHHHHH!} still haven't quite got around to playing. EEEK! Good on you for doing what I keep MEANING to do!!!!

Vanessa said...

Beautiful! Thank you for making my day brighter, it is so gloomy outside in my part of the world...

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful flowers and such stunning colours...your garden looks stunning and such a pretty view from your window...thank you for sharing..

Anne

Lucy said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!
We have snow all over the ground here, so
there's a lot of white!
Thanks for introducing me earlier this week in your
"New Friends" corner. I felt so special :-)
I hope to get crafty this Friday when I'm off work.

Valerie Nolan said...

Beautiful flowers Darnell and not one I recognise, fab colour:)
Val x

Ros Crawford said...

Oh such a beautiful garden! Love that patio area and love these colourful photos Darnell and I'm soooooo glad you could share with us at OBW!
BTW I received your lovely card today Thank You! I saw the back of the envelope first with the lips and as it's DH's birthday tomorrow I thought it was a card for him .. I'm think hmmm who is sending my husband a card with a kiss on ...Lol!
Have a great Day!

Sandy said...

I really enjoyed this tour of your garden Darnell. The hardenbergia is lovely. It was also fun to see how much your succulent garden has grown.

Susanne Vargas said...

That is a breathtakingly beautiful plant! And your Garden Art is thriving under your care! Love it! So glad you played at "Our Beautiful World"! I haven't participated in a long time! Need to get my act together!

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness, such beauty and inspiration in your garden. That vine is gorgeous and I'm so thankful you shared it. Your succulents look fabulous. I'm a bit biased as my daughter loves them, but I thought the one looks a lot like a giraffe. :) Do you work out there a lot? It's so very pretty!

Brenda in IN said...

What a beautiful view you have from the playhouse. These are gorgeous flowers. Your art garden has developed into a true work of art. I'm so impressed. I laughed so hard when I saw you slapped me. That was so funny. Thanks, I needed that. And yes, I do remember a slap to grow on.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous colour that vine is Darnell and I adore the succulents too. I thought at first you had trimmed them into shapes like topiary, and I can definitely see that llama! x

Georgie C said...

Beautiful photo Darnell xx

Redanne said...

What a lovely post Darnell. The Hardenbergia is gorgeous (I have never heard of or seen those before) and such a beautiful colour too. Your Garden Art wall is looking fabulous too - I saw an Alpaca because they have tufty bits on the head like your plant... I will go back later to see if I can spot the monkey! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, what gorgeous pictures!! Your Garden Art Wall is amazing!! And the Hardenbergia is stunning!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell, gorgeous flowers, in fact your garden looks wonderful, you must have really green fingers, hugs Kate x

conil said...

Well clearly, you have the brightest green thumb I've ever encountered. Your pictures are gorgeous. Your garden must birng you hours of enjoyment. Lovely.

Helen Frolova said...

Darnell, so nice to see my name in your New Friends Corner;)
Flowers really are great, they are inspired to do something wonderful!

Sarah said...

Ah...I see....that is where you get your inspiration from for your amazing cards!! xx

Kara Lynne said...

How gorgeous! I would love to see that out my window. Before you mentioned it, I saw the llama!

Birgit said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I love the rich purples and you are right! The one does look like a llama:). I love that you shared this because we have grey skies and lots of snow and tomorrow it is supposed to be a high of -15C

Carol said...

Beautiful photos Darnell, what a lovely garden....and yes I can see the Llama too! Carol x

Jacquie Southas said...

What a beautiful vine. I can hardly wait for my grape and bouganvillea to bloom. Your succulent wall is an inspiration (and I do see the llama)>

Carole said...

Oh my Darnell your garden and patio are enchanting. I thought I saw a giraffe...but your right it's a
llama. Love the vertical garden. Thanks for the sweet valentine I felt a hug around the envelope and sealed with a kiss. Thank you. I don't know how you keep up...but you sure do make a person feels special. I'm inspired. Hugs C

Chriss Blagrave said...

What a beautiful post Darnell! It seems you must be able to grow everything in Cali! You must also have extra green thumbs :)
I would find it hard to leave the Playhouse with views of beauty that surround you. Thank you for sharing!
Oh, I see the Llama and a moose!

Linda Davis said...

I saw the llama right away, then thought you would think I was crazy if I mentioned it. For some reason it makes me feel better about myself knowing that you and I think alike 😃

Bonnie said...

No wonder you're so creative being surrounded by all that beauty! Thanks for sharing a walk in your garden!

Kathleen said...

Some fantastic photo's here Darnell, love the gorgeous purple flowers and the plants are growing wonderfully.

Thanks so much for my card that arrived today, I am so sorry that I have not returned the favour as I didn't expect one and we do not really do Valentines to friends in England, well I hope you are still my friend now.
Hope you get lots of hugs and kisses too.

Love

Kath x

Kathleen said...

Some fantastic photo's here Darnell, love the gorgeous purple flowers and the plants are growing wonderfully.

Thanks so much for my card that arrived today, I am so sorry that I have not returned the favour as I didn't expect one and we do not really do Valentines to friends in England, well I hope you are still my friend now.
Hope you get lots of hugs and kisses too.

Love

Kath x

Susan said...

Beautiful blooms! I can't seem to grow anything...I think I have a "brown" thumb! LOL!

richardbreaks said...

The color here is WHITE! Your purples are amazingly brilliant. Thanks for the smile!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

We are sure lucky to have a chance to peek into your colorful garden, thanks for sharing your lovely shots with us at Our Beautiful World, and I am happy to see you joining us this week!

OH Babs said...

Wonderful, amazing, and beautiful.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

OH Darnell these vines are just GORGEOUS!!! My favorite color and what a peaceful sitting area! LOVE the wall art too ... aren't you the clever one! WOWZA

oldpunca said...

Lovely photos of your plants, dear Darnell. :-) In my country there is a snow in this days. Not especially colorful :-) Thank you for the link to this amazing challenge.
Have a nice day, Sonja

Craftychris said...

Such beautiful photos! A real pleasure to see - thank you! xxx

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

I am so jealous of your weather! YOur flowers are so beautiful! and YES...I DO see a llama! Still trying to see the spider monkey. haha

Robyn Oliver said...

Darnell, your Hardenbergia is beautiful - I do remember this growing wild around my childhood neighbourhood (we edge the bush) and I didn't realize it was native to Aus. It looks magnificent at your place and so does your succulent garden, amazing much nicer than a fence. Thanks for sharing your colourful photos with Our Beautiful World, Robyn

Bobby said...

One of the benefits of living in California I propose. Those flowering vines are gorgeous, Darnell. As for the succulents, they're like clouds. It's fun to see what you can make out in their shapes.

Jen Mitchell said...

What a wonderful view you have outside the playhouse. Must be very inspirational. From my crafting room I've got a view of my neighbors house and there's never anything interesting going on over there! And I've always been intrigued with succulents. I've got a few in low pots on my patio and they seem to do okay, but I don't know how many of them would over winter here in Massachusetts. Some day I'll live in a warm place like you and have the garden of my dreams!

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous post Darnell!
You are so fortunate to have such beautiful vegetation!
Thank You <3

Lisa said...

What a way to end my day...beautiful Darnell!!

Kim Heggins said...

Darnell...just a beautiful post. Love all your gardening, so so pretty. What a wonderful green thumb you have. I love it all, maybe on your off day you could help me??? Love the sweet giraffe you have growing too.

Lili Sulastri said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely colours. Love your hanging garden idea.

Tracey McNeely said...

You have lovely gardens, come fix up mine please?

sandie said...

Gorgeous photos. Just checked out that blog, will be following, thanks for the tip x

Inkyfingers said...

That is such a beautiful plant Darnell, and I'm going to show it to John to see if it will thrive in our part of the world.
Have a great day.
Hugs
Carol x

Taunya Butler said...

Wow, I think you are a very lucky lady to have your playhouse but also to have such an extremely lovely view from inside!!! You seem to be surrounded by beauty in all ways of your life!! Makes me so happy for you - enjoy!!!

maria f. said...

Got that llama right away. I thought it was trimmed to that shape! Be careful or that creeping vine might eat you up.

dottielottie said...

Beautiful! This is a gorgeous vine and such a lovely colour. How clever of you to have it grow into a heart shape especially to show us for Valentines (pic 6). I spotted the Llama in your garden art wall straight away lol, but then I've always been able to pick faces and creatures out of clouds and patterned curtains etc.(not sure I should have admitted that!)Anyway a worthy entry for Our Beautiful World blog.
Hugs Lottie x

Shari Trumbull said...

Gorgeous, Darnell!! I miss the-almost-year round growing season in California! XOXO-Shari

Geri said...

OMG! I instantly saw the llama! Your yard is beyond breathtaking! The photos are like looking at a yard & garden magazine! I look outside and see a nine million foot high snow bank. You look out your playhouse window and see beautiful blooming flowers! Wanna trade houses?

Brenda said...

Wow!! Your flowers and succulents are just beautiful Auntie!!! I would to see beautiful flowers and plants like this in Feb. around here, but that will never happen unless I just look at your blog and dream that I'm in your nice sunny garden! lol Your gardens are just beautiful and what a view from the playhouse. I don't think I'd ever come in if that view was mine. I can only dream....Hugs, Brenda

Shelly said...

Pretty flowers, Darnell!

Deepti said...

I am so jealous! Fed up of seeing all white around :(

Carole Z said...

Thanks for cheering up a dull winter's day with these gorgeous colours! Hugs Carole Z X

Anita in France said...

Oh my, Darnell, what amazing photo's ... and such beautiful surroundings! Your plants, animals (including the llama!) and garden look perfectly ready to receive visitors ... transporter at the ready! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Arnell (and any other A's lol!)
What a stunning plant. I'm guessing its not suited to the English climate but will have to investigate further.
I'm not saying what I see in your succulents in case any visiting psychologists treat it like one of those ink blot things lol!
Have a great weekend.
Ang x

Greta said...

I saw the llama right off! Beautiful pictures!

Greta said...

I saw the llama right off! Beautiful pictures!

Manuela said...

Great post Darnell and great that you join in :-) the hardenbergia is a wonderful plant with so many blossoms. A beautiful sight from your Playhouse! your succulent garden grows a lot in this short time, it looks super!
Thank you for sharing all your photos with us at "Our Beautiful World" Have a good weekened, Manuela

Kristi said...

What a beautiful garden you have! And in February no less. We still have just lots of brown here in CO. Until tonight when it will be white for a couple of days. This is the time of year I crave color. Guess I better go look for it in my craft room!

cm said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, Darnell! Wow! Spring has certainly arrived for you; we'll see spring flowers in, ohhhhhh...July...maybe! Until then, I'll delight in yours.
Hugs~c

Donna said...

Gorgeous! And what a great post, fun and educational.

ionabunny said...

Love your flowers. The succulents are amazing. Hugz

Petra Swart said...

Love your beautiful flowers, Darnell!!!! TFS the lovely photo's!!!