Moments in the Garden


(Early April in the garden)

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”  ~Claude Monet

This year, we are so fortunate that spring arrived early… and now it is practically like summer here! The garden is almost a month ahead of schedule.  A year like this is pretty amazing, and I feel so thankful to live here in the Pacific Northwest. Spring is a such delightful time of great possibilities as the earth renews, plants grow and flowers unfold.  Every petal is an example of the uniqueness and beauty that exists in this world. Time in the garden is sacred, and healing. My studio overlooks the garden, so I am often inspired by watching the changing landscape through the seasons.

Lately in the garden…

Bright rhodies fill the landscape.


The forest garden is aglow with Spanish Bells and Oxalis.

For the love of purple…  My irises that just came out.  ♥

Columbine in the fairy garden

Emerge magically….

Forest Fairy © Robin Phillips Studio

Last week, we discovered a baby hummingbird nest in our tree! It’s such a joyful blessing to watch them. The nest itself is just 2-3″ wide, and the baby birds’ heads are maybe 1/2″. Tiny treasures. 🙂

My favorite, Robin’s Song Columbine and my Miss Kim dwarf lilac bush are coming out

In the Rose garden, peonies and tea roses are out…

Our Japanese garden has azaleas, weigelia, and siberian iris about to bloom. And our koi are out of hibernation and eating eagerly again. 🙂


The studio from the garden…

And inside out…

In local gardens…  Last month, I spent an afternoon at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. This is such a fun place to visit if you are in the area! Everything was in perfect bloom,  the farm had charming windmills and even a Dutch wooden shoe carver.





Isn’t this cow train so adorable?

And a couple weeks ago, I strolled through the Portland Japanese Garden again- another stunning garden not to miss. I always treasure the peacefulness of this garden, allowing for quiet contemplative moments.  Cherry blossoms are over now, but the azaleas and rhododendrons create a colorful late spring landscape amidst the rocks.



Is anything as tranquil as watching water flow over stone?


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♥ Robin