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Gosh what a beautiful garden, so pretty. I too love topiary and would like more in my garden. I have just sent off for the '100 flowers to..... book' so wait patiently but my crochet and knitting skills may not quite be up to standard.

Beth P

Oh my, Vanessa! What a lovely, lovely garden. I hope you do get to enjoy lots of wonderful summer garden evenings.

And that book looks wonderful. Thanks for the recommendation.

kitschen pink

Your garden is so elegant. I feel sure cocktails would be the most appropriate drink! Perfect. Love the topiary - any peacocks planned?
We were given some very large box and they are not at all happy, they were bought for hedging but never used so were pot bound. We're hoping a bit of t.l.c will bring them back to glory....but it might take a few years before we know if it worked! All tips welcome! t.x


What a pretty garden you have Vanessa a perfect place to sit and crochet flowers in the sunshine. I love that book but each time I check Amazon its out of stock also I have only just learned to crochet in the last two weeks so it may be a wee bit ambitious. I love violas and have a pot by our front door which makes me smile each time I see them. Looking forward to seeing a pic of your finished bedroom. Karenx


Your garden is fantastic, well done. Its the thought of hot sunny days and balmy evenings lazing around that keeps me working in mine at the moment, plus now the inspiration from your post.


I have the book, it even made it on holiday with me recently and I've been wanting to give the auricula a go. Love your garden, it's just beautiful and even more impressive that you have grown the box on yourself.
Hen x


your garden is beautiful!


your garden is looking gorgeous, and I love the thought of immortalizing all the flowers in crochet x


I knew you would have a lovely garden, are so multi-talented, it doesn't surprise me at all. Now I now where you get all your lovely water-color painting inspirations!

graceful mice and gentle moons

I've been thinking about getting thet book.
Your garden is blooming lovely x

Term Paper

Vanessa Your garden is so elegant.Having a small garden of fresh flowers, the fresh flowers in your backyard garden is a beautiful extension of you. I like it

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon