Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cottage Garden or Garden Cottage

~ another print from the under the bed collection ~
Our rainy weather is preventing me from puttering in my garden today.

  It isn't, however, stopping me from puttering indoors.

 During my recent (never-ending) decluttering mission, I found these little garden miniatures tucked away in a drawer.  I think they would be charming in a fairy garden, but today they became a part of my indoor garden.  The one in the little cabinet in the powder room. 

By now you've probably noticed that the garden seems to wind it's way right into my house.  If I had to dream up a theme around here, it would most likely be Cottage Garden.  
Recently I was thinking it might be time for a makeover in this little powder room.  I was envisioning the wallpaper coming down and being replaced with beadboard.  Around this time my sister-in-law presented me with these petite garden boots, which are actually soap.  That was all it took to make me decide I really do still like this wallpaper and it fits into the cottage garden theme just fine.

 Thinking the indoor garden could use a boost from the outdoor garden on this rainy morning, I wondered what I might be able to clip while still in my pj's.  Thank goodness for those pansies right outside the front door.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Morning

Well, look who I found peeking into my window this morning.

I couldn't help but ask him why he wasn't at work today.
After all it is Monday.

 Hmm... let me think a minute.

Ya see, it's like this...
My coffee maker is on the fritz and I just can't seem to get going this morning.  It's a long walk to the office and I thought I smelled coffee as I walked by your house.  A peek in the window affirmed my thoughts.  I think if I had a nice hot cup of coffee I'd be able to make it to work today.

  I never knew geckos were partial to coffee.  I'm not sure I'm buying this story.
However, just to appease you, here's a cup for the road.
Now get going before you're fired.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho... it's off to work I go.

 I guess we all have those mornings once in a while.

 Happy Monday,

(all images from here except the first 2 which are (unfortunately) mine).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Strolling Through the Spring Garden

 While enjoying my lunch on the patio today it occurred to me that it was time for some new material on the blog.  The only problem is I'm having trouble coming up with new material when really right now it's all about springtime.

 Every day there is something new happening right outside my door and I fear I'll miss it all if I stay inside too long.  The thing about spring blossoms is that they need to be appreciated promptly.  Procrastination in this area may mean missing the show entirely and that would mean waiting an entire year to see it all again.
To that I say... No Can Do.
So, I hope you'll join me for a springtime stroll through my garden.

 Most of my daffodils have come and gone already.
Thankfully a few of the late bloomers are still going strong.

For the most part tulips perform as annuals here.
This lone beauty came back for a repeat performance, much to my delight.

Hostas popping up here, there and everywhere.

A glimpse of the quince.
I planted it many years ago.  It didn't do much for most of those years.  It just sort of sat there... not growing, yet not dying.  Two or three years ago I dug it up and relocated it.  It seems to be very happy in it's new location.  It has doubled in size and is filled with blooms this year.  Had I not decided to stroll the garden today I might not have even noticed it as it is in a somewhat out of the way spot.  All the more reason to make it a point to stroll the garden in springtime :).

The dogwoods are always such a welcome sight to my eyes.
Sadly three of our trees seem to be nearing the end of their lives.  Much of the tree is now dead wood.  I'm choosing to crop that out and focus on the beautiful blooms that remain.

A stop at the bluebird nestbox revealed the work of a busy little Carolina Wren family.  Recently I set some of my dryer lint in amongst the branches of the butterfly bush.  It made me smile to see it appear in the base of the nest waiting to offer a soft place for the baby birdies to begin their new lives in.  I also spy bits of moss and some hair in there.  It seems there are lessons to be learned from the tender care our bird friend's show in preparing for their babies.  Amazing little architects they are.

Thanks for joining me in the garden today.
Perhaps you are still waiting for spring to arrive in your part of the world.  If so, I hope you enjoyed an early peak of what you have to look forward to.  If you are living in a southern location where spring is in full bloom, you will no doubt relate to the picture of my foot.  Notice the pollen covered toes and flip flops.  It was so thick out there today it looked like a yellow haze in the air.  We really could use a good rain to wash it all away.  I had to blow it off the picnic table before I sat down to eat. 
Oh well, I guess that's the price we pay for this profusion of blooms.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Is ...

 Tulip Magnolia Trees
Easter Egg Hunts
Cherry Tree Blossoms
Grape Hyacinths
Redbud Trees & Bright Blue Skies

Sharing a few spring favorites with you today.
Any favorites you'd care to share?


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Big Shelves, Little Shelves & Wild Onions

 The sweet little vintage print which showed up in my previous post is one I've had for years.  Previously it was on display in the guest room. Once the guest room became a nursery for Jaxson, the little girl prints were relegated to the place where pictures that I love but don't know where to hang languish. . .  under the bed.  Are you shocked by that admission?  I must admit I don't really like it, but I'm at a loss for where else to store them.  I don't like the idea of the attic as it gets sooo hot there in the summer and we don't have a basement.
Recently I was reading a blog and the author said that she has a rule in her home... NO storage under the beds.  I love that idea, but seem to be at a loss for how to achieve it.  So, I did the next best thing and brought out all of the pictures stored there and did a major edit of the collection.  It gave me the opportunity to use my favorites in a new context.  Previously I might have thought the little girl pictured above didn't look like she belongs in a family room, this year I think she looks right at home with the other vintage spring-themed items.  So once I got done decorating the big shelves, I carried the theme over to the wee little shelves.

 It gave me a spot to display another little vintage print.

A little boy enjoying the wonders of the spring garden.

I spent a few hours in my own garden yesterday.
I was on a mission to eradicate wild onions from the landscaping around the waterfall.  It seems there were a lot of them buried in the mulch and now they are popping out everywhere.  It's a "fun" challenge to dig down far enough to remove the entire bulb.  I considered it a major score when I was successful :D.
Today I'm happy to stretch the aching back muscles.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Are you seeing any signs of spring yet?

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Spring Welcome

 ~ Happy, Happy First Day of Spring ~

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dividing and Multiplying

 There it sat harmlessly,  throwing me into a quandary.
That darn poinsettia.
Welcomed home so readily before Christmas, it was a lovely and festive arrangement.  Having performed nicely throughout the season.  Nary a leaf was dropped.
But now, all these months later, it is still performing nicely and therein lies the problem.
After being so faithful to me, how could I ...  um... relegate it to the trash heap for no reason other than I don't think it looks quite as festive for the Easter season.
I know there are different ways of thinking on the whole subject.
For some it goes promptly and swiftly along with the Christmas tree.  For others it's a challenge to see how long it can be kept going.  Usually I find by the time Christmas has come and gone, the poinsettia has dropped so many leaves that I'm sick of the whole mess and out it goes.  Promptly and swiftly.
Perhaps because it was so polite and well-behaved this time around I felt a twinge of guilt about snuffing it out.
But, it was time for spring decorating so I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.

The poinsettia clearly had to go.
However, I could easily see that a bit of dividing and multiplying was all that was needed to change the look from Christmas to Springtime.
I tend to collect these vintage flowerpots and then they spend most of their time in the attic.  Silly I know, but that's the way it seems to work around here.  So, I pulled them all out of storage and got busy.  One little plant for the plant stand.

Another little plant for the plant stand.


 The plant stand looking happy and springy.
 The plants will be happy here too right next to the window.

 A new home for this plant too at the edge of the bathtub.
It should enjoy the humidity from our daily showers.

 Yet another plant to keep me company as I wash the dishes.
That Christmas arrangement is now a distant memory as these subtle signs of spring take root around my home.

Only 2 more days until Spring is officially here!
Ready, Set, Grow!!