Today, my friend Deidra and I went to one of our favorite shops in OKC.
I remember going here for the first time about eleven years ago when I first moved back
to Oklahoma after living in Georgia for a long time.
I was so missing all the beautiful garden stores of Atlanta and a friend suggested
I check out this one.
As soon as I stepped inside I knew I was in an oasis in the middle of the city.
The weather was absolutely perfect today.
So they had the place wide open with the big garage doors open.
This building use to be an auto repair shop years and years ago.
That is why there are two big garage doors to open the store to the outside.
A wisteria covered courtyard greets you through the gate.
This wisteria has already bloomed and gone while my wisteria at home is now in
full bloom. But my wisteria always blooms later than many.
I'll show it tomorrow.
Fountains and larger pots fill the courtyard.
So many things I'd love to have in my garden.
Deidra wanted the little gnome but she resisted.
I'd be very happy with this fountain in my backyard.
I do wish I'd gone by when the wisteria was blooming.
They have these precious hand made cottages perfect for fairy gardens.
Now, moving inside...
Inside, looking out to the courtyard.
It smells wonderful in the store. Lots of candles and french soaps add to the aroma.
I'd love to look out at this view everyday.
The Wilshire Garden Market began fifteen years ago started by a mother and daughter team
who were unhappy with the quality of garden decor they found in Oklahoma.
They've definitely raised the bar by far.
Lots of candles and soaps and gift items here too.
Oh...I forgot to mention...you can order online through their website.
Pretty outdoor pillows
New pots that look vintage in colors I adore.
How about this for a fountain?
I want those big cement mushrooms.
There is much more to see. They have lots of pillows and outdoor furniture and outdoor rugs.
Just a lovely place to spend a spring afternoon.
After Wilshire Garden Market, we went across town to The Feathered Nest.
Deidra bought a table after saying she wasn't going to buy a thing.
Then we hit Whole Foods for a salad and then went to the new Anthropolgie.
Deidra bought something there too after she told me not to let her buy anything.
I reminded her that I was suppose to stop her...but she got quickly hostile.
That is how it goes.
Of course as soon as we get in the car, she starts in on
"You are such a bad influence on me."
"I always spend so much money with you."
"I told you not to let me buy anything."
I didn't buy anything....oh I saw things I wanted but I cannot buy right now.
At the beginning of her day she said..."I didn't even bring cards or money because
I'm saving all my money to go to New Orleans next week."
"So, don't let me buy anything."
"Ok", I replied.
Then she sees a table she can't live without at Feathered Nest and I remind her she's saving her money
for New Orleans and she has no money with her.
She snapped back, "I've got credit cards in the car!"
And off she went to get them.
Next time we shop she will remind me that I made her spend money,
and I should not let her spend any this time no matter what.
And then she'll spend some more.
It's a vicious cycle.