Saturday, April 30, 2011

I Do bElieVe In FaiRy tAleS

I Just had to watch the Royal Wedding. I admit....I taped it so I could watch it again!



just stunning!





Dreams do come true!

Monday, April 25, 2011

PlaYinG in tHe rAin

 It's another cold and rainy day here. As I'm sitting in the sun room making out my sons graduation announcements, I can hear the sound of the rain as it hits the skylight above me. I start to reminisce about my sons playing out in the rain, and it brings to mind one of my favorite  pictures that I took of them playing in the rain. UGH do you think I could find it?
so.........I browsed on line and found some from National Geographic.
I hope these bring a smile to your face as they did mine!





I love this one!



This one reminds me of my boys. Everyone busy around them trying to get thinks done yet he is so carefree!


only love,
can bring the rain,
that makes you yearn to the sky.

only love,
can bring the rain,
...that falls like tears from on high.
love, reign o'er me.

love, reign o'er me, o'er me.
 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

HaPpY EaSteR!

I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday with family and loved ones. Last night I was looking on line for some festive table decorations and thought I would share with you some of my favorites. I have a large family and we always set up our meal "buffet style". I have always thought it would be fun to sit down to a wonderfully decorated table for the holidays.


I love these little egg cups!
I have seen them at Pier one and Walmart for around a $1.00. You can also find vintage ones at antique malls. I own some Lu Ray Pastel eggs cups that are slightly larger and are great for decorating in the spring. You can sometimes find the Lu Ray egg cups on EBay.


very cute!
 Hmmmm....could I keep my grand kids from eating the chocolate bunnies!

(all above photos from Martha Stewart)

Love this one too!
I would love to sit down to this Easter table.

(photo from Better Homes and Garden)

I thought this was also a cute idea.
The possibilities are endless. All you need is a little inspiration and imagination!

I'm linking up with;
ENjoY!

Until next time......

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gardening untill Sundown

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir


I finally got out into the garden today. The sun was shining and the weather a little warmer. I raked leaves, cut back old growth, and pruned my roses.

When it finally got to dark to see any longer, I came in and looked over pictures from my garden last year.

I am looking forward to sitting in the garden with a good book or having a cold diet coke with a friend.




This is a picture of part of my garden from last year.
 The cupola at the back of the garden was a Christmas gift from my husband. It used to be on the old Ethan Allen furniture store. When they remodeled it was sitting with all of the construction materials and a friend of ours was driving by and ask what they had planned for it. They ask him if he was interested in buying it. Of course he knew I would love it so.... he bought it and sold it to my husband!



                                                                                 
another view
                                                          

I love my lilies!
I can't wait for them to bloom.
They will get up to almost 6 feet tall!



 
Just one of my many daylilies.

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of my garden.
Untill later....

happy gardening!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Great Finds!

While browsing through and antique store the other day, I looked up and behind a pile of things I saw this cute little concrete dog!


My heart started to race as I carefully took him down from his resting place. I looked him over and found no price. I told myself not to seem too interested and not too anxious as I asked the owner the price. I couldn't believe my ears! Did I hear her right? $15.00? Sold! 
My darling little frenchie now has found a home in my kitchen where I can admire her.


I also picked up another bread board for my collection for $6.00!



Where is the Sun?

I have had a week off of work and I was really wanting to get out in my garden. There is so much to do. I still haven't even started my spring cleanup in my main perennial garden. This whole week it has been cold, rainy and the sun has disappeared.

I want to add a mixed border on the south side of my home. I have a large side yard that is on a busy street. The mixed border will add some privacy along with some curb appeal.

So far here are some of my shrub choices.
These are not all definite, but gives me a good place to start. 



What could be better than lilacs?
I had a large established shrub at my old home just outside the kitchen window. The fragrance coming through my window in the spring was heavenly!



Forsythia
When I see the forsythia shrubs starting to bloom, I know spring is not far behind.
The branches can be cut and brought in early and forced to bloom.



Star Magnolia


Red Twig Dogwood

 


I love the color of the red twigs in the winter. These are great for cutting and using in arrangements too!


Whipcord Arborvitae
and of course I will need some evergreen. I found these at a local nursery and loved how unusual they look.
and.....



for a real stand out..Giant Fleece Flower


This shrub is so impressieve in a aborder and reminds me of astible. A word to the wise though it's fragrance is not so pretty! This shrub also makes me sneeze like crazy but...the beauty of it is worth it!

happy gardening!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Potting Places

Looking for more inspiration for my future potting place. Here are a few more I found on line today.



I need a potting place so I can be more efficient, a place to pot, divide, and to keep all my supplies in one place.
Making one out of old windows is a charming idea!


I not only want one for the mere function of it...I want to decorate it! A place to keep all of my garden collections.  My McCoy planters, sap buckets and my watering cans.  


I admit I think everything should have a place. I like to be organized. It drives me crazy when my husband moves my garden supplies in the garage and then I waste time looking for them.


Isn't this cute? I love the bright yellow and the way the manarda  jump out against the yellow.


As every gardener knows, dreams nourish the soul as well as the garden.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blooming Today

I went outside today to start my spring cleanup and found a few flowers peaking out from under all the leaves!


Grape Hyacinth
My granddaughter's Scout's favorite.
"Oh grandma, I LOVE these, they look like little berries."



Bleeding Heart
According  to my grandson Sterling these are his favorite.
"Grandma this is my favorite. Look at the little hearts!"



Blooms from my clump Red Bud



Friday, April 15, 2011

Potting Places

So I have a week off from work and I decided to get out in my garden and start my spring cleanup. Only problem is that it is cold and rainy today. So once again it will be put off until another day. In the meantime I will enjoy some virtual gardening! 

 
One of my goals this summer is to make a potting area for myself. I have always wanted a greenhouse or potting shed, however I don't have the room in my small yard.


I have been looking online for some inspiration and came up with these ideas so far.

 

love this!


I would love to find a table to use. I really would like it to be in the garden but it wouldn't have much protection from the elements. Maybe I can talk my husband into a small space in the garage.

I would love to hear from you. What works for you? Please share your pictures and ideas!


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring has Arrived!

Spring has arrived at Trader Joes and I see sprouts of green in my garden!


I think I will spend the day in my garden tomarrow. Lots of spring cleanup to take care of.


I need to buy mulch and set up a potting area. Maybe I will do a little shopping and buy something fun for my garden.....hmmm....I'll keep you posted!