A Walk Through Our Garden…

2016-4-14 Back Yard

Let’s take a little break from painting and walk though our garden. It is incredibly beautiful right now, this is in the back yard. Remember, you can click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

2016-4-14 Snoopy Garden 1

The purple tree is a Forest Pansy Redbud, her name is Ruby. Rosie, a Texas Redbud, is on the left. Both were covered in deep pink blooms in early March. Dear friends gave us the Snoopy birdhouse!

2016-4-14 Tomatoes

TOMATOES! Jack is already dreaming about devouring fresh Celebrities this summer.

2016-4-14 Sissie and Rose Arbor

Sissie, one of our rescue kitties, also has her eye on the Tomatoes. The arbor behind her is covered with Peggy Martin Roses. They were discovered in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The tough rose had survived being submerged under salt water for over a week. Commercial growers decided to propagate them for retail nurseries. We love these, especially since they have NO THORNS!

2016-4-14 Rose Arbor Fountain Courtyard 2

The path under the arbor leads up to our Fountain Courtyard.

2016-4-14 Fountain Courtyard 1

Here’s the view from the other end of the Fountain Courtyard. The wall behind the fountain is covered with Star, or Confederate, Jasmine. It’s just beginning to bloom and the fragrance is wonderful.

2016-4-14 Sissie on Railing

Sissie loves to stretch out on the deck railing and soak up the sun.

2016-4-10 Poppies along street 1

Last September we seeded this area with Red Corn Poppys and BlueBonnets. Now we are reaping the visual rewards! That’s some of the Confederate Jasmine popping over the fence. Our neighbors can enjoy the fragrance as they walk to get their mail.

2016-3-20 Rock Purslane 1

Rock Purslane blooms along the front walkway.

2016-3-21 Iris 3

And my Irises are showing off their bearded glory.

2016-4-14 Amaryllis

At Christmas we always have Amaryllis in the house as part of our decorations. After they bloom I plant them in the garden. The second spring they begin producing blooms outside. So each year we get more and more of these gorgeous flowers inside and out!

2016-4-14 Kitchen Garden 1

Last, but not least, the Peggy Martin Roses are putting on a show in our kitchen garden. Those are African Daisies in the blue containers. Jerusalem Sage is just beginning to burst out in yellow blooms at the far left of the picture. NOW…..if you’d like to see how it looked when we moved in almost two years ago, as well as some transitional pictures, CLICK HERE.   Thank you for joining me in the garden today. We’ll be back at the easel in our next session. HUGS,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



14 Responses to “A Walk Through Our Garden…”

  1. Carol Landry Says:

    Beautiful garden Mikki. Lots to paint!!

  2. blanchardart Says:

    Hi – lovely garden and thank you for your postings. I find your blog very informative and I love the color recipes! I’ve painted awhile now but a bit new to oils and find plein aire to be rough going but getting better. I also deal 19th century (mostly French art) and I’m going to make a word press site soon – best, Chris

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. bonita austin Says:

    You have done such a marvelous job! The cats seem to appreciate it too. We don’t even have any leaves on our trees up here in the north yet. I’m jealous.

  4. John Says:

    Beautiful garden and your paintings are lovely too. I especially like the one you did of Capri Italy a long while ago. I live in the U.K and I don’t think you ship to here. Shame. Take Care. x

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi John,

      We ship worldwide! I paint the art on unstretched canvas. When it dries we roll it up, pop it in a Priority Mail Tube and it’s off to its new home. I’d love to paint a special piece of Capri for your collection!


  5. Janet Zeh Says:

    How beautiful! You are seriously a great landscaper – I wish I had that skill. Here the daffodils are finally blooming and the buds are on the lilac bushes! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous flower gardens.

  6. Dora Allen Says:

    Thank you for sharing your precious garden , it is the reflexion of who you are. God bless you🙏🏻

  7. Peggy Says:


  8. dawnblair Says:

    Thank you for sharing. It’s beautiful. It inspires me into how I’d like to shape my life and reminds me that it is possible. I love the archway and the flowers. I also have a black cat who would enjoy the sunlight. 🙂

  9. Shirley Says:

    Mikki and Jack, Thank you for the tour of your garden! You have created a beautiful paradise and what a wonderful time of year for Jack to have had successful cataract surgery. You both are an inspiration!

  10. judy wolford deems Says:

    Thanks for sharing, no wonder you paint such beautiful paintings of gardens and flowers, I have been painting for 30 years now and have just finished my first real flower mural. thanks for all the help and inspiration.

  11. Wendy Says:

    You did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing! ❤

  12. lori landis art Says:

    Lovely Mikki!! What a wonderful way to enjoy nature at home!

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