This is exciting! The first garden post of the season. I feel like I could write one a day right now with the way things are growing around here, but for your sake I’ll try to contain myself..
I bought this primrose on sale toward the end of the season last year – couldn’t resist the pretty colors. I didn’t think it would live through the winter, but it lived and also explosively bloomed, a very happy surprise.
Ever since we lost our giant
privacy screen pine tree in the backyard last fall, we’ve been trying to find ways to spy on our neighbors a little less. When they tossed these clumps of tall grasses over the fence for us a couple of weeks ago we were more than a little excited. This stuff gets expensive! And I’d rather spend my garden center cash on flowers, personally.
This, Friends, is the crown jewel of my post today. You’re looking at my yellow flowering tree peony, which I have inordinate amounts of love for, and which you’ll be seeing lots of once it blooms. It sent up a shoot! Does that mean it’s spreading? Or maybe I could transplant it? Have you ever seen this before with a tree peony? Regardless, I’m overly thrilled.
So there you have it, Garden Post #1. What’s blooming in your yard so far?
Last year when the forsythia were in bloom, I skulked down the street with some clippers to the very busy (and by that I mean visible) intersection near our house where a huge forsythia resides to chop a few branches for my mom. It was Mother’s Day. Yes. Mother’s Day.
Friends, the forsythia is already blooming! In fact, these photos were taken last week, after I
skulked brazenly walked with Josh down to that same intersection for an early Mother’s Day present for my mom.
This year we upgraded to the loppers. I like to think we’re doing community service. I mean so many people drive by that bush all year long, and I’m pretty sure a well-trimmed forsythia is more appreciated than an overgrown, neglected one. I’m just sayin’.
Oh, and here’s last year’s escapade, if you missed it.
Oh, Friends, I almost forgot to do this post today! I don’t know about you but we’ve got some of the best weather you could imagine going on here. We’ll be busy bees this weekend, enjoying the sun and celebrating another special birthday every time we turn around. So fun!
By the way, do you agree with this quote below? It sure is pretty.. But I don’t know if I agree. I guess it depends on what you call “adventure”. What do you think?
I think it’s time for a little springtime adventure inspiration!
These poppies. Oh my word. I think I need them. Neeeeeeeeeeeed.
And I’m sorry if “macrame” is a bad word in your world, but I am just falling more in love with it all the time! Look how pretty this ombre plant holder is! It’s official. I need to learn how to make these.
This is admittedly weird, but prepare to be addicted – Cornell University has a live webcam going on their titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) - “corpse flower” which is about to bloom. This bizarre flower is almost as tall as a person, and when it opens in bloom, well, its nickname makes a lot more sense. After a google images search on them, I found several photos of people plugging their noses. Kinda funny, huh?
Anyway, check out the live webcam and some photos of this blooming event here!
Also, are you planting anything today? Me too! And after I read this article, my “to plant and stick on the windowsill” list just got even longer.
No time to sit back, sip my coffee, and ignore the sunshine today, Friends! I’m off and running to the garden!
Happy weekend! It feels so good to be home with the windows open. This is the life!
So here we are. Not really winter but not quite spring.. And every time we turn around there is another floral pattern in our face. Because although the weather isn’t very aware of it yet, spring has hit our hearts. So today I thought it would be fun to highlight a few spots around our house where the floral motif has arrived – loud and proud.
Bedroom wall art:
Wallpaper framed in the hallway:
Mini wall hangings next to our TV:
Poppy Painting in the bathroom:
Snuggly warm blanket in the TV room:
Should we keep going? ..Why not. Check out this article for some outlandish outdoor floral displays.
What about you, Friends? Have the florals hit your home yet? Or your wardrobe?
source (not sure of original source for this photo, so if you do know please inform me)
This time of year can feel like it just drags on and on – we don’t have real snow but it isn’t spring yet, we get cabin fever but we’re fighting off seasonal bugs (at least at our house we are). Josh was out of town working this weekend and I was home with a stuffy head. I found myself staring blankly out the window, waiting for change.
Eventually the fog in my head started to clear and a sense of purpose started sneaking back into my thought process. I began making plans and putting things around me back in order. I did the dishes. Yup. Things are definitely on the mend.
Grandma is out of the hospital and in a rehab facility, Josh is back home, my cold is losing it’s power over me, and we’re making plans to fly south like the birds. And then east. And then home. At which point spring will be here and we’ll be acting like the sheep in the photo above.
Click your heels. Change is in the air!
summer and winter and springtime and harvest
sun moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love