Blessed are the curious...for they create a better world.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Fabulous Day at Summers Past Farms

My friend Patti and I embarked on a "girls day out" field trip today to Summers Past Farms in the east part of San Diego County.  Patti and I used to take our kids here when they were little, and it has been a number of years since we have been there.  Well, boy were we in for a treat today!  The weather was beautiful and the gardens were absolutely stunning.  Unfortunately I didn't take my camera so all of these photos were taken on my phone, but I still think you will be able to see what an amazing place this is.

They have a wonderful selection of items in their shops to create Fairy Gardens, and Patti and I discovered a number of these little creations on their grounds:

There are two shops and a nursery on the property.  One shop is filled with handmade soaps, and you catch a wonderful whiff of lavender and other flowers as you walk by the door.  The nursery sells many of the species of flowers that you find in their gardens.  They also have a sweat pea maze and you can cut a bunch of sweat peas for $3.  The barn shop houses many fabulous specialty garden and home decor items.  And an espresso bar beckons with specialty coffee drinks and ice tea.  Patti and I took a small picnic and enjoyed it at a table in the gardens.  This really is one of the most pleaceful and beautiful places in San Diego County.

I had to bring something home with me so I chose a lovely basket of flowers and a bouquet of status that they pick from their gardens and sell in the shop.  It was such a lovely day, and so much fun to share it with my friend Patti. Welcome White Wednesday visitors - my first time linking with you! I hope you enjoy this little trip with me.


Lorraine said...

Great photos, what a lovely day!! I have so got to go there sometime! Lavender and sweet peas...swoon!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Atelier de Charo said...

What a wonderful day!!! Love your pics.

Happy Pink Saturday!


SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely pics :)
Happy Pink Saturday!
Greetings from Australia♥

Isabelle Thornton said...

I think it is gorgeous even with your cell!
I would love if you link this to the Monday French party!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

The poppies are so gorgeous. My Mom always grew poppies but I have never had much luck with them. Love that photo of you! HPS

My Crafty Little Page said...

Marti you are so adorable! Loved your picture and the flowers are just breathtaking. Love your post today. xo Nancy

Loui♥ said...

What a delightful day the two of you shared..with Us!!
loved the photos so much during the first devouring..I went back for seconds!! just wonderful..
I shall be a follower!!
thanks for visiting me earlier!!
Warmest hugs from Denver!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Hi there! popping over from How Sweet The Sound 'Pink Party' to invite you to join in Fishtail Cottage's Garden party! (Thursday's - Saturday)...hope to see you! oxox, tracie

Marydon said...

Wish I were there ... what is the first flower?
Have a beautiful weekend ~

Rinkly Rimes said...

Rather far! Or I'd be there like a shot!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Thank you for sharing your trip with us, it looks beautiful and your photos are wonderful.
Happy pink Saturday !

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Marti Sweetie...
OMG what a fun and beautiful share this evening. I so enjoyed the wagon for the selection of the flowers picked to take with. Stattice will be fun having to arrange with. A wonderful selection.

I simply adored the little fairy garden. The neatly tucked fairies were so delightful.

Loved that little bench outside of the garden gate. I could have sat there and just watched the traffic stroll by while I took in all the beauty surrounding me. SO lovely.

Your camera took really great photos sweetie.

Hope you have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Heather said...

Marti~ You took some fabby photos with your phone!! What a fun day out! I love the Delphiniums, peonies and Not sure how they got the geraniums planted in that one photo..but they are gorgeous!! My mom and I went to a local nursery this week and I got some flowers to plant! can't wait!! Hugs!! Thank you for the visit..and of course...Happy Pink Saturday!!

Terri said...

Happy Pink Saturday and thank's for the visit...your post is just lovely!!!

Lisa said...

I SWOON! What a fabulous place!

Diane said...

What a lovely day you had - good friend and beautiful gardens. Lucky girl! Happy Pink Saturday. Diane

Suzanne said...

Oh Marti...your photos are so beautiful!!! I'm so clueless...How did you get your photos to look that way? I'm so happy I came by. Made my day:)

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh it looks so amazing there! I can almost smell the flowers and feel the sunshine through your pics! Beautiful!
Erica :)

DearHelenHartman said...

What a magical place to share with a friend. Your photos are just lovely. Happy Pink Saturday.

Ann said...

Walking through a Fairy Garden, that would be such a fun day to spend with a good friend. The top pic of flower is beautiful.
Happy Pink Sat.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love all the touches of pink!

Happy pink Saturday, Happy Derby Day and ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Please stop by and enter my celebrate spring/moms giveaway.

Schotzy said...

WOnderful day out... gorgeous blog... and thanks for stopping by my site today! God bless!

Carolyn Robbins said...

I love these photos Marti. Thank you for sharing them. Happy Pink Saturday.

The Tablescaper said...

Ohhh...ah....such gorgeous images.It would be great to have you join Seasonal Sundays. I have a $100.00 HomeGoods/TJMaxx gift certificate going on that you might want to participate in.

- The Tablescaper

Michele said...

what an excellent day in such beautiful surroundings! happy pink saturday! xo

monah said...

I love your field trip to the cottage gardens. I live in Long Beach & never heard of this lovely nursery.

Tanya@takesix said...

Gorgeous day and pictures. I wish my phone took pictures like that!! Thanks so much for stopping by Take Six, Marti!! Have a great day!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Sounds like a wonderful girl's day out! Beautiful pictures - even from your phone!

Custom Comforts said...

What beautiful flowers and photos. My brother lives in Encinitas, but near the ocean. I'll have to get my sister-in-law to take me there next time I go visit. It looks wonderful.

The Tablescaper said...

What an amazing place. Almost dream like. I host a weekly meme called Seasonal Sundays. I'd love to have you link up.

Also, would you mind telling me what method you used to put the words on the photographs. I'm particularly struck by the pale blue delphinium.

Picking sweet peas sounds idyllic. Happy Mother's Day.

- The Tablescaper

Jeanie said...

Oh, indeed -- you were in for a treat! A fairy garden -- how perfect!

It's good to catch up with you after my travels and the death of Gypsy. I've missed blogging, though I've managed a few posts -- but it has been hard. Yet I realize how much I miss seeing such other creatives!