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My Petite Garden

Have you ever walked into a space and felt like there is just a lot of love inside of it? When I bought my little home in Arizona last year I experienced what I will always call the best buying experience ever. I found myself back in Arizona after being in Europe for the summer and wanted to buy something I could renovate myself so when I found my little secret garden and home I was smitten. Before me, the original owner lived here her entire life, she was 98 when she left and I wanted to take care of it for her in a way that she would be pleased. The garden was in need of some care and it was the best part of the property for me. The space was compact and quirky with so much potential. Before I moved into this space I lived in a house with two acres, an orchard and a swimming pool the size of a supermarket so this cozy home was just right for me. I remember saying to my realtor the moment I walked in that I wanted it, I walked in the front door and immediately walked outside to the garden where I felt the love and the warmth of the sun. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and you will know why at the end of the post.

The olive tree had to be craned in over the houses next to me so she was high in the sky dangling from a cord before she was planted. I will say, I love olive trees not only for their symbol of peace but for the presence they offer. I learn something new every single time I walk into my garden and just look at her.


Growing herbs was important to me mainly because I cook a lot and enjoy the fragrance of rosemary, thyme and lemon verbena wafting through the air. These herbs below were very small when I planted them a year ago and look how big they are! The mint grows very well in the AZ sun and the rosemary doesn’t mind the 115 degree days we get in the summer. WOW. rosemaryplant

I used to spend tons of money on outdoor furniture and you know what? I am done with that! For a long time I only had two chairs to sit on which was fine for a little bit and then I thought I needed to spruce it up a bit. Ikea always makes nice and affordable outdoor pieces so I found exactly what I needed there. Popcorn loves his garden as well, obviously. The-Inner-Interior-garden-The-Inner-Interior-Garden-Days-Popcorn,-the-whippet.

My parents gifted me these bronze whippets many years ago and I think they flank the doors quite nicely, don’t you think? With the lemon verbena in full bloom this vignette is extra special to me.

Off the side of the garden is a window that looks into or out of the guest room. I specifically designed the garden this way so that my guests would have a nice view. The way it is now my friends can see orange and lemon trees as well as a vintage bird cage from a California. Vintage-Bird-Cage-LIMONKumquatPopcorn-and-a-Bunny

Are you ladies and gents familiar with creeping fig? It is a staple here in Paradis Valley and especially in my neighborhood which is called Casa Blanca. All the houses are white and most of them have this green lush vine crawling all over the walls. My friend, Charlie gave me these driftwood pieces to help the vines a little, it loves the support and it looks cool too!

Ok now brace yourselves, here are the photos when I first moved in, September 2013. I know, right….wild. I loved the tile and wanted to save it but it was beyond repair and ALL those trees were mosquito havens so they had to go too.


Needless to say, the love and  soul of the garden has always remained and will continue to live and breathe life into my little outdoor space. I am grateful for my peaceful space and if you are ever in Arizona please do stop by and I will make us some mint tea!

Wishing you a lovely day filled with meaningful moments,



All photography by Jocelyn Casey, use as you may.

  • April 2, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Will @ Bright.Bazaar - It’s so great to see more of the outdoor space at your place – WOW! I really like how you’ve given the garden a fresh yet cozy and comforting feel. The gravel and stone give a nice mix up in texture, and the olive tree is a total winner for me. Tobes and I have a small one on our balcony here – he’s in an azure blue pot and is named Enzo. We love him! xReplyCancel

    • April 5, 2014 - 3:10 am

      admin - Thank you so much, Will! It is certainly cozy and with all the nice weather we are having it is nice to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. I want to meet Enzo! I love him already. We are looking forward to seeing you very soon xReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Igor - What an absolutely fantastic and beautiful garden, Jocelyn. Not to mention your flawless photography! I am in love with all your plants, colourful plantpots, fruits…just oh so dreamy. One day I wish I’ll have a small garden our outdoor space at least. Particularly love your kalanchoe, have the same at home, too:-)ReplyCancel

    • April 5, 2014 - 3:12 am

      admin - Dearest Igor, thank you so so much for saying such lovely things! Thank you for reminding me of the kalanchoe, I always seem to forget her name. I think it is sweet we have the same plants! take care my friend xxReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Judith - Wow Jocelyn this looks fabulous! I totally see why you fell for this place, it had so much potential and you’ve outdone yourself here! The colors & choice of greens are so pretty and right, such a nice collection of beautiful sun loving plants, making it look so cozy and relaxed and warm. Big wow! xxReplyCancel

    • April 5, 2014 - 3:13 am

      admin - Thank you, Judith! You are right, my plants are so loving! Big hug to you and all your green “friends” in France! xxReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2014 - 3:08 am

    Athena - Perfection! I enjoy your peaceful space so much…the love you’ve put into it is evident the moment one steps in…ReplyCancel

    • April 5, 2014 - 3:14 am

      admin - Hi Athena, thank you for your sweet comment! 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Anja - Your backyard looks amazing, a perfect place to relax, wind down, rejuvenate. True inspiration! Enjoy all your moments there.ReplyCancel

    • April 7, 2014 - 3:32 pm

      admin - Hello Anja, thank you for being so thoughtful! I do love to wind down in my little garden every evening when the air is still and the birds are singing away. I will enjoy a few moments for you too! xxReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2014 - 12:47 am

    mel - What a gorgeous sanctuary to rejuvenate! The succulents on the steps are such a lovely touch… I had to smile with the story of the olive tree being lifted over two houses – means even more after your beautiful Vivre la Difference contribution! Mel xReplyCancel

    • April 9, 2014 - 2:25 pm

      admin - Hi Mel, you wouldn’t believe how nervous I was seeing “her” so high in the sky! She seemed so small way up in the crane. It took a good 30 minutes to get her situated and now she seems to be flourishing at her own pace. I love this little space and tend to retreat there when I need some peace and quiet. I loved incorporating her into Tina’s series, Vive la Difference! Ms. Olive is nearly famous! ha! xxReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 7:15 am

    tina @ colourliving - No wonder you fell in love with this space. How very intimate and beautiful. I love what you’ve done with it.

    The bronze Whippet is the best!!! LOVE!

    Olive Tree, Lemon & Orange… Fragrances to die for.
    I’m glad you feel the same way about Mint Tea:-))) xxReplyCancel

    • April 11, 2014 - 2:11 pm

      admin - You know Tina, I thought of you while I was breathing in all that mint! I remember you had a mint tea the day we met 🙂 I really do love this space, especially before the 116 degree days! Right now the lemons are abundant and the orange blossoms are filling the air in a way I cannot describe with words. Thank you for your kind words, I do my best when I am faced with what appears to be a challenge and this was no easy project! xxReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Anya Jensen - Dearest Jocelyn, your garden is absolutely fantastic, I love the plants and the light, such a great space <3
    A xxReplyCancel

    • May 5, 2014 - 9:26 pm

      admin - Oh, thank you Anya! It is quite warm right now….I think it is 100 degrees out. The plants will enjoy a little drink later 🙂 Big hugs to you! xxReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Alexandra Evjen - I adore your private oasis so much. You are so talented.ReplyCancel

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