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August 05, 2010


karen cox

What a beautiful place Kim. Your photography is stunning, I love how lovely everything looks against that blue sky. I love to visit gardens, and this one looks beautiful.


Lindsay O'Keefe

Your photography is beautiful and inspiring.

I have only just discovered your blog, through purchasing the "Blogging for Bliss" book, and I'm so glad I did, as I have popped by everyday since.

Thank you for sharing this with us.



So pretty! Our skies have been so hazy lately. Have a superb day, dear Kim. La


Good morning, Kim! I enjoyed my walk with you...and the quiet time? It was much needed, life has been super busy lately! Thanks, and you have a good day, too!


Good Morning, Kim,
It looks like a beautiful summer day there...I enjoyed going on your Garden Walk with you.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, ~Natalie


Another day of God's beauty as seen through your eyes, Kim. Thanks for sharing and have a wonder-filled, blessed day.

Alice from Arkansas


How beautiful! thanks for taking us along and sharing these gorgeous images. How blue is that sky?!

Jo Anne

I just read the article about you and Daisy Cottage in Cottages and Cabins Magazine. I accidentally stumbled onto it. I saw all the bright colors and thought, "That looks like Kim's house." By golly,it was...You're famous. And talented. And I love that we saw Miss Maggie.


Oh I am so ready for a vacation. Next year I hope to get to Savannah. I keep seeing all these beautiful pictures that people post for there and FL. I think I will wait until fall so it is cooler. I'm making my list of things to see and do.
Dreamer, I am. Thanks for another beautiful post.


Lovely...would love to be there...

Donna Rae Barrow

Ah... a lovely visit in a cool garden. THANK YOU!

Susan Freeman

Just lovely Kim!!

Susan and Bentley

Pom Pom

Wow! So fancy!
I hope you had a sweet lunch with your buddy.


What a beautiful place, your photos are amazing!



It looks like a wonderful place to have lunch with a friend. Great photos!


Oh, please say that those knotted limbs are Wisteria! I cannot find the telltale purple anywhere, but it just has to be.

It's so reminiscent of one on our block when I was a child---it was as big and strong as tree limbs. I'd step up into the sway of the huge vines, climb high as I could, and just be able to see the lucky people having their dinner in the dining cars of the Southbound train.

Rachel from A Cupcake For Moose

Oh, how lovely! The braided branch is especially interesting. I may need to snack on a Snickers and take another look at your pretty pictures! :)

Cindy S

What a lovely walking place. Finding that quiet time is so important for me, solitude, where it's just me and it.
Lovely photos, my friend, love and hugs, Cindy S


Thank you. That was lovely! Your blog is so refreshing. I always look forward to a visit here.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Wish I was there to stroll with you, dear friend! Thanks for coming by to take a peek at my new office space & for those very sweet comments.


Thanks so much for sharing is lovely!



lovely flowers -thank you for sharing them with us - and yesterday i took my snickers - cut it into bites - and put it in the freezer - that way i have a piece of chocolate when i NEED it!! i do this with muffins too...
so - if you ever need a piece of chocolate i have one in the freezer for you.!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

What a beautiful location, Kim! I actually feel a little cooler. : ) The dreaded humidity is back here today with our temps in the 90's!

Shannon Olson

Absolutely lovely!! I just love your photography! What a serene walk.

Kathy Martin

Lovely! Was a beautiful day and the garden is spectacular! Thanks for sharing! :)

My Blessed Serendipity Life

What a pretty garden to daydream in.



Oh Kim it is absolutely beautiful! Looks like you had a fantastic and special day. How could you not! Hugs!! ~ Laura


Thank you for the wonderful walk through the gardens! You always lift my spirits, girlfriend.
Bliss to you,


I can never get over just how green everything stays on your side of the country. You must have some humidity there as well. So beautiful! I wish I could one day come your direction and see all the beauty you all are blessed with! marcia
ps I'm so excited to have lunch with a mutual friend, Becky (sweet cottage Dreams) tomorrow. We are going to make banners!


I hope that you had a lovely lunch! How sweet of you to follow along and see the beautiful sights. It was so loverly!


thank you for the wonderful stroll - i just adore the scenery - it takes my breath away - my cup of tea for sure. you are just great to share so, so much - you are trully a Blessing.
love ya, maria - cottage feel -


Ahhh....I now feel like I can take on the day! ~Michelle


Hollis Garden and the Garden Bistro are two of my favorite places when I am in your fair town visiting my sister. It's been too long since my last visit so thanks for the tour. It brought back lovely memories.

Curtis & Sherrie

Wow you are so blessed to be able to have lunch in such a beautiful place. Thank you for taking us on a stroll with you. And you take amazing pictures, I am still trying to figure out my digital camera... thanks again
blessing to you and yours
Curtis & Sherrie


Just gorgeous! Hope you had a great lunch with your friend (and had some dessert too!).


Hi, Kim,
How kind of you to take us with youon the stroll through the beautiful garden. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Thank you for the beautiful photos as always. I enjoyed our stroll as I love nature. I hope you enjoyed your lunch.


Hello Kim, I found out about you in Flea Market Style. I live in Oklahoma where it has been 100 degrees plus the last few days. (Whew!) Your garden photos with their cooling green colors, are refreshing and lovely to look at on a hot summers day! Hugs...

Barbara Anne

What glorious flowers and lovely vistas! As hot as it is here today, I'm ready to jump in the water!!

Thanks for sharing this with us and helping walk off that Snicker's bar. Truth be told, I had peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream for dessert last night! I need to walk more - when it's cooler, of course.



Thanks for taking us along to this beautiful beautiful place.


Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, thankyou for the stroll through this beautiful garden the pics are amazing, now I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day, I hope that you had a wonderful lunch with your friend Lori. Trish xox ')

sally holland

i visit your community every year and never miss going to hollis gardens. it is beautiful no matter which season i choose to visit. thank you for a little extra visit.


kim you have a keen eye. - just want to share that, hollis was recently voted "best of class gardens" - by the gulf research and education center. you sure have a touch of class -

love ya, maria - cottage feel-

Linda Larson

What a magnificent place - wow, you are so blessed to live near such a place.

Carol Adams

Breathtaking.... Love love loved it, Kim!!!



This sure is a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures. What a peaceful setting. Love & blessings from NC!

Alison Gibbs

What a beautiful place to walk off that snickers.
Brilliant blue sky

Mary Lou

So pretty! Thanks!


I love your blog - it's on my list of favorites and I am so excited when your updates come to my mail folder. I know that I will be treated to a lovely collection of photographs that have the power to soothe me in whatever turmoil at that moment... Thank you!

Mary Miele

What beautiful pictures Kim! What a delightful, beautiful garden. Thanks for brightening up my day!


I love your pictures! I spent a lot of years around Deland, Florida, so your pictures remind me of lots of happy times!
Thanks for posting.

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