Home Is Where you Hang Your Hat

     My husband and I have been blessed with a very rich life, full of love, health, happiness, and a few houses.
     One of them is still in our hometown in Ohio.
     We have hung-on there so that we would have a place to hang our hat when we visit, for births and deaths, and parties. 
     But the party is over, mostly, and we just don’t use it enough to justify the cost, and the market has heated up, and we can stay at the Inn– literally, so I spent last week packing-up and giving away and putting to bed- the garden.
     However, not before I said goodbye… 

to a few of my favorite gals.
My Iris
‘Wake Water’
introduced in 1995
introduced to me in 2000
Class: tall bearded & included in my Northern garden- so that’s classy.

Two of several vining Clematis I have climbing up the exterior of the sunroom.
The single layer blue is ‘Silmakivi’
& the lavender tart in the background is

One of my favorite all-time flowers-
Double-Type  Peony
‘Raspberry Sundae’
right after a spring shower and perfuming our bedroom.
Goodbye- I will miss you.


  • Sharon Greenthal - Oh my gosh I would miss those flowers too if I were you. Alas, I have a black thumb, so the only flowers I have are the ones my husband plants and the ones I buy at Costco and Trader Joes.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I’m not a member of Costco but I do LOVE Trader Joe’s! They have the most exotic selections. First time I ever saw Birds of Paradise! The flower- that is.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Your photos remind me of the garden I had in Michigan, a million years ago.ReplyCancel

  • keithdubarry.com - Such beautiful pictures of your flowers! I’m sorry you have to see them gone 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - Gorgeous pictures – I hope the new owner will love the flowers as much as you have!ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - Beautiful pics. That last one is so gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It had just rained and the bloom hadn’t fully opened! I want to be buried in that flower!!! HahahahaReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Stunning photos — ravishing flowers! Wish you could just transplant them all to your other home!ReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - Cheryl, a difficult decision to pull up the roots that your house offered you for many years, I am guessing. The flowers are beautiful and probably seem like old friends. Glad you shared them with us as you said goodbye.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Actually- not so much. This is a second home we have and it’s time to move on- always with New Orleans as the MAIN BASE. Thanks for your sweet comment. Nicely said, ‘as you said goodbye” my friend. I wish I had used that line.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - Those are some really pretty flowers. It would be hard to say goodbye to them.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hi Jenny! It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to my flowers- and kids. Sometimes the Hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Home and Lifestyle Design - Your flowers are incredible and so is your photography! One big thing you have on your side is the ability to grow just about anything in New Orleans. My husband says he can spit out a tomato seed and watch the plant grow in front of him in the soil of New Orleans. Can you move your flowers to your home in New Orleans? I guess sometimes we just have to let go and move on & it sounds like you are doing exactly that. Enjoy!
    Thanks, PattyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hi Patty! Thanks for stopping by!
      It’s ALMOST true. A lot of things grow well here- even too well (if that’s possible) but some of my Northern favorites just wilt under the heat. Peonies are one of them. Oh well, I have a beautiful garden without them. And I will always have that picture!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - Awesome Cheryl

    You have a green thumb dear and would love to keep seeing those precious clicks.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - those are gorgeous Cheryl! (Must be hard to leave) Are you still going to live in New Orleans?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yes. These are some of the flowers in my garden at a second home we own in NE Ohio. New Orleans FOREVER!ReplyCancel

  • OhBoyMom - What gorgeous photos and flowers! My husband has worked very hard on maintaining our backyard garden and he says it’s one of the reasons he doesn’t want to move from this house. I can definitely understand how you felt here…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Your husband’s got a big heart. It’s always hard to leave the things/people/flowers we love- but another adventure awaits!ReplyCancel

  • Mëlissa Bakër - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love the pictures of your Good-bye flowers. If ever we move, I would take pix of some of our favorites around here too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I have sooo many pictures of the flowers of my life. I really should go up in that photo drawer that is such a God Damn mess and find some…. no, too much work.ReplyCancel

  • Petra - Oh how well chosen as a title, I couldn’t agree more! Your gals are beyond lovely Cheryl, true treasures! Can’t you take the roots out (and with you), at least for the peonies that should be possible? In any case I do congratulate you on your very green thumb and your beautiful taste!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - No- peonies don’t like to be moved, and anyways, this is only ONE garden I get dirty in. I have others. HeheheReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Gorgeous pictures, Cheryl. I hope the new residents enjoy the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - I hope they do too and can you believe I actually took those pic’s with my very own little camera and my awesome eye/hand coordination?ReplyCancel

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