My Ugly Garden

My Ugly Garden

Monday, June 14, 2010

And the winner is....Weekend Wanderings

My daughter, Sophia.came up with this little gem for my travel diaries.  Thanks to everyone for the many wonderful suggestions!  This weekend was a busy one for us.  Work sent me up to the beautiful Napa Valley on Saturday, so I dragged the "fam" with me and thought I would share some photos that Sophia and I took of our "Wanderings" around this lovely area.  Welcome to Cliff Lede Vinyards in Yountville, California.

A picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony, don't you think?  The only down side was 97 degree temps and gusty winds that toppled the flower urns.  During the ceremony the resident vineyard cat decided to make an appearance and walk directly in front of the bride and groom during their vows. He had an audience and he knew it, it was very funny.

I loved these rose covered arches, They led to a very nice patio area with fountains and sculpture.  The reception was set up there.

Some beautiful flowers in the garden.

Baby grapes.  I forgot to see what varietal this is.

More vineyards.....

I love the palette of pinks and purples in this window box.. We ate dinner at this charming restaurant, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, just a few minutes north of the winery. A one hundred year old fig tree was growing in the courtyard.  I didn't want to disturb the guests eating at the table in front of the tree to take a picture of it.  But I was all excited to see it since I have my little figlet trees growing in the Ugly.  There is hope for my little trees!  Our waiter said that their fig tree produces 2 to 3 crops a season and they use the fruit in their dishes.  

I hope you enjoyed our little jaunt into the Napa Valley.  Cheers!


  1. Outdoor weddings are so nice-that was a lovely setting. I imagine mr.kitty caused a few giggles1
    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog and no,we do not have deer on Prince Edward Island(Canada)so our garden is safe from them.I have heard the Japanese beetle arrived here last year not far from us so I am dreading their arrival in our garden-do you have them?

  2. Nice pictures, and that restaurant looks very yummy! We are leaving this Thursday for a couple nights to Napa. We are staying at an inn on the Napa river. We have reservations at Meadowood, and then Bouchon the next night. It's our 27th anniversary this year.
    We hope to just wander around, and I really want to go to St. Helena to shop.
    Sophia picked a good title :)

  3. Christine, go to this blog, you are gonna love it!