Need a Break …

stone patio in the woods

This little patio in the woods is a good place to start.


Who needs a little break from the heat right about now? It’s time to escape to the mountains for some cool air.

You all know how much I love a good garden or home tour to find new ideas and inspiration. The biennial Joy Garden Tour was held last weekend here in Cashiers, and luckily a friend invited me—I had totally forgotten about it!

After the tour my brain began to overflow with new ideas for my own back garden.

Have a break from the sweltering heat and enjoy a green shady garden escape!

dry creek bed

Hydrangea and hosta line this nearby creek bed.


front of storybook cottage

I love this storybook cottage and its front entry.


boxwood and hydrangea

Boxwood and hydrangea line the gravel entry drive and that appears to be creeping fig on the stone wall.


Annabell hydrangea

More Annabelle hydrangea and boxwood fill the side entry.


tall arborvite

These tall arbotvitae mark the side entry to another courtyard.


boxwood courtyard

Love this little courtyard!


apple and pear espalier

What a perfect place for an espalier.


stone fireplace

The stone fireplace on the porch is inset with an old millstone—great idea.


mountain porch and view

What a wonderful place to enjoy the cool mountain air.


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit and link the source.


July 28, 2017



  1. Reply

    Melissa Harper

    July 26, 2017

    Beautiful photos Lissy! I feel so refreshed!

    • Reply


      July 26, 2017

      Melissa, my pleasure!

  2. Reply

    Cathy Garrett

    July 26, 2017

    I hated that I missed the garden tour. Glad you posted this beautiful garden. Love the story book cottage!!! Would love to see the inside I am sure it would be beautiful. The porch is wonderful and I love the fire screen on the stone fire place.

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    Cut The Wood

    July 31, 2017

    I always love so much garden or home tour to find new ideas and inspiration. That’s relay impressive thanks for your post.


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