Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Garden Markers

My daughter Janelle has a wonderful primitive antique store and just got in these darling garden markers by Allison Cecil. I couldn't  wait to share them with you!

aren't these adorable? she will personalize them also!

for those that need a gentle reminder!

love them!

my daughter ordered this one. she sings this song to her kids when they are sick.
 Awwwwh how sweet!

(all photos by Allison Cecil)

she also has a cool jewelry line! I have to get this ring!
Allison has been featured in:
Country Gardens
Country Living
Southern Living
Uppercase Magazine
Design Sponge

You can find Allison here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeysalwayslook?section_id=6482728

You cand find my daughters store here: http://www.nellysnestantiques.blogspot.com

Happy Gardening!

Perennial of the Year

Every year the Perennial Plant Association choose a perennial to be awarded plant of the year. So without further adieu.......

Amsonia hubrichtii 

Amsonia hubrichtii grows 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows in hardiness zones 4 through 9 and is a versatile North American native.
Amsonia offers a variety of features throughout the seasons. From late spring to early summer, two- to three-inch wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the ferny foliage. The alternate-arranged leaves are bright green in spring and summer, but turn a bright yellow-golden color in fall.

Love the fall foilage!

Light – Plants thrive in full sun to partial shade

Soil – This plant performs best in average, moist well-drained soil but tolerates less moisture. Once established, it can tolerate drier conditions.
Uses – This perennial for the seasons is an asset in borders, native gardens, cottage gardens, or open woodland areas. It is best when massed. Arkansas blue star is attractive when mixed with ornamental grasses and plants that have attractive seed heads.

Unique Qualities – Light blue flowers in spring are followed by marvelous foliage in summer. Golden-yellow fall color is second to none among herbaceous perennials.
Hardiness – USDA Zones 4 to 9

Other useful tips:
When grown in too much shade or too rich of soil, amsonia will benefit from shearing back to 1/3 to 1/2 after flowering.  The plants will fill in nicely in 2-3 weeks. Pruning will keep the plants from "flopping at the center".
Plants may seed by the hundreds...but usually drop right at the base of the plant.
Cutting plants back after flowering will remove seed heads and eliminate this problem!

May be divided in late spring or fall but not necessary for 6-10 yrs.

Easy to grow!
Combine with: pairs especially well with larger leaved plants,like peonies and hosta.  

Happy Planting!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shout it from the Rooftops!

I Just was looking through some of the pictures I have taken in the past, and noticed several rooftop pictures. Here are a few of my favorites.

blue dormer
(yes the blue really was this bright) !

yellow colonial
I love that the light shines through the window. I can just imagine someone sitting in their favorite chair and reading a book.

rooftops of Annapolis

I always like black and white photos

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Fever!

Springtime is the land awakening.

The March winds are the morning yawn.

Lewis Grizzard

I spent my weekend at my daughters store helping with her open house.

She had a wonderful turnout!

Enjoy some pics from my weekend!

Come on in!

there is lots to see!

herbs ready for spring planting



veggies and folk art

You can find her here:

Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm Moving In!

Ever browse through magazines and find a design that makes you stop and take everything in? The photo that triggers your inspiration. Makes you want to change everything about your design style?

I thought I would share a couple that have just done that for me. LOVE them!

Now I am a cottage style kinda gal but......

LOVE this!

It's eclectic.

I love the juxtaposition of the formal and contemporary.

The formality of the table legs against the contemporary chairs,
the zebra rug,
the gold mirror (for a little bling),
the pop of blue

Did I mention the bowl on the table? 

photo from El Decor

This is more true to my heart.

Reminds me of my own style.

I like the soft colors. Again very eclectic.
And isn't the large photo of Katie Browns daughter darling?

photo from Cottage Style magazine

I would love to hear..What inspires you?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Miricle Products

So spring is just around the corner and I am gearing up for some heavy duty spring cleaning! I know I am weird but, I love to clean!  It's time to myself. I turn up my music, light a candle, pour my FIRST glass of diet coke, and concentrate on the task at hand.

It's the sense of accomplishment. Something I can check off my list! Satisfaction.
Afterwards I like to sit, read a magazine, and enjoy a clean house!

Word to the wise...do not bother me when I am cleaning!

Here are my top products I can't live without!

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
the all time grime buster!

What DO they put in this? It indeed is a miricle!
Removes scuff marks, all kinds of dirt and
even the magic marker my grandaughter so artfully colored on back of her bedroom door!

 simply said.....a must have

This all purpose cleaner does it all! Bonus is that it is biodegradeable, and non toxic. It also has a great clean fresh scent.

NO more dirty brushes!

I have old wood floors that are in bad need of refinishing. This product makes them look like I just had a coat of poly put on them! Fills in the scratches and makes my floors shine!

Note: Do not use this product if your floors are waxed, or already are treated with polyuryethene.

Micro fiber cleaning towels are a must have! No more lint left behind or streaks!

Happy cleaning!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Linky Party!


center of peony in my garden

I'm linking up with

This is my first try at this. Keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Today is a good day!

Yes! Today is a good day. I am enjoying my time at home. I am finally getting things done that I have been putting off doing. I admit I am a perfectionist. The BIG problem with that is that I procrastinate. I just can't seem to get started until I know I can do it perfect! Can anyone relate?