A Walk Through Their Garden

My parents both have super green thumbs (I’m pretty sure they combined to give me a brown one), and I just love what they’re able to bring to life in their backyard. It’s part floral, part vegetable patch and part grass for the dogs, plus several fruit trees thrown in. Which all adds up to the perfect place to relax in once the hot summer days have turned into cooler nights.

My mom always has baby succulents everywhere, because they make great gifts…and she’s addicted. Even I have trouble killing them!

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Succulents

I just love how she saves odds and ends and uses them as garden decor. This candle holder was part of a lovely set of delicate tea light stemware sent by Norwegian friends. The bottom broke off and wasn’t glue-able, so now it has a new life! 

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden

We were sitting out one night earlier this summer and noticed that the vine had grown through this little lamp. So cool, right?

I really love never having to buy lemons or limes (or tomatoes and cucumbers this summer, they had a bumper crop). I just always bring a batch home when I visit them!

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Lemon Tree
Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Globe Light

Naked Ladies! Oh, sorry. If you insist on being formal, amaryllis belladonna. These were grown from bulbs given to my mom by a client years ago. When the family moved here in the 90s, she dug them up and brought them to the new garden.

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Naked Ladies

Don’t believe everything you read. As with everything else, this garden is a true partnership between my parents. :)

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Papas Sign

Something else you nearly always find in their garden? Dogs! I love Cassidy’s big smile. She’s really the sweetest. If only she would stop licking my pant legs…

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Cassidy

And her big sister Anja is never far behind…

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Anja

That day my other brother’s dog Sprocket happened to be visiting while his dad was working an extra long shift. He doesn’t think much of the camera.

Ellingsen Photography Walk Through the Garden-Sprocket

Now, if only this heat wave would pass so we could enjoy the garden more…


Here Comes Summer

Summer is pretty much here (it’s supposed to be 80 degrees again today), and I’m eagerly awaiting the deliciousness that is fresh tomatoes off the vines in my parents’ backyard.

Ellingsen Photography Moms Tomato Vine

Once they’re ripe (in the summer), I love to go pick a handful and throw them in a bowl with a Persian cucumber chopped up and some Vidalia onion vinaigrette. Yummm…

My parents are both amazing gardeners – mom has a magic thumb with succulents and the vegetable patch, and my dad’s roses are in full bloom all across the front yard right now.

Ellingsen Photography Moms Seedling Labels

Speaking of the front yard, I grabbed some shots last week of my parents’ decorations for Syttende Mai:

Ellingsen Photography Syttende Mai Norway National Day 2011 Decorations

Happy Huldra here (named for the Norwegian mythical creature) is a stone troll my parents had shipped home from Norway; she was made by a well-known Stavanger artist who passed a few years back. They’ve collected several of his awesome trolls – he used a formula that makes them slightly sparkly and I believe the story is the recipe died with him.

Anyway, dad dressed her up and of course put out as many flags as possible. Dante could care less. ;)

Hope all you US kids have a wonderful long holiday weekend! Any fun plans? I’ve got a crazy schedule going – a vintage sale Saturday morning (mistakenly thought it was last weekend), photographing a new pharmacy my mom helped design, the aforementioned day trip with the girls Sunday and then Monday we’re doing a joint Mothers-and-Fathers-Days BBQ.

Woohoo for the start of summer!