Jan 26, 2011

First Blooms of the Year...

It was an exciting day in the garden...

(click photos to enlarge)

I was surprised to see
the early Crocus opened today...


We have had an unseasonably warm
couple of weeks...


what a joy to see their bright happy faces!


bathed in a bit of sun....

I am sure we will still have more snow
February is usually our snowy month...

but, what a nice mid-winter break this is!


On Monday... I went to Half Price Books.
I saw on someones blog they had found some great books...
(I wish I could remember who?)

I was wanting
Pierre-Joseph Redoute's
books of Rose plates....


I plan to collect frames at garage sales this summer
and fill my house with a rose garden
of these amazing botanical color plates...

When I got to the store
they had two books of good quality prints...

The first had larger plates and a white background
the other smaller plates on a linen colored background...

I couldn't resist buying both ;-)


They make my heart sing!


I took a quick peek in the gardening section of the store
and found this giant book!!

The Ultimate Rose Book
Stirling Macoboy

No kidding, this book features 1500 roses,
with lovely color photos,
and weighs in at over 7 pounds!!


Today I will be joining...

the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
and

Thanks for visiting me today!

39 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I can't believe crocus are blooming in January! How wonderful-enjoy:@)

Sherry said...

Oh Bella,
There are a welcome sight. How beautiful.
I love that book of rose plates too. Nice find.
Sherry

Leslie said...

Oh Bella, I am SO jealous and excited for you to see those beautiful crocus! Mine are deep under about 3' of piled up snow now. I loved seeing yours.. thank you.. Don't you think that crocus should smell pretty? Just like so many other sweet flowers that have no pretty scents.

If you get a chance, can you give me your advise on my latest find from my house.. Maybe you can tell me if you know what it is, or what I should do with it, restore it, and what you would do with it? I love all your makeovers and would love your advise.. See my last post on my blog called, "Finding Beauty in the Things Left Behind". Thank you for the sweet reminder that Spring isn't too far away for us Zone 6'ers...

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
Wow! Crocus already you lucky girl!!! It is hard not to be a little bit envious as mine are still months away.
The books are beautiful also and will make lovely prints.
We are getting a snowstorm tomorrow.

Enjoy your crocus,
Carolyn

High Heeled Life said...

Wow !!! I want to live where you live.. we are still snow covered!!! ..Thanks for sharing your beauties, it sets me dreaming of the warmer days to come..

How wonderful to find those books! I can't wait for you to find the perfect frames and see the finished product ..I just know you will inspire us with some wonderful technique for the frames...xo HHL

Shirley said...

Dear Bella, Everyone is so awaiting for the great weather and all it's spring flowers. My post was on my garden too. But we have snow falling and will have 9" by the time Old Man Winter is done with us! You have Crocus and not far from the other spring blooms! Lucky Lady!
~ Shirley

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Bella
I love Crocus,but they never grow in my garden I think they need more cold weather
Sometimes I have seen them in a Garden Center... then I have bought them inmediatly !
Redoute´s Roses are the most beautiful,I have a book too and I made a post about them
Love

Marydon said...

Bella, not fair! They are just gorgeous & touch my gardening soul ... BUT ... We are in a blizzard literally right now ... YippEE!

Have a wonderful day ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

NanaDiana said...

Bella- I am SOOOO jealous! You have crocus? Is the plural of that corcuses, corci..or just plain old crocus? Well, whatever it is..I love them...and I can't believe you HAVE something blooming already. Your book is beautiful and I can't wait to see some of your frames that you will find...filled with rose pictures~ Hugs-Diana

A Garden of Threads said...

A fabulous find. The pages will look so pretty in frames, a garden on the wall, sigh:) Jealous of your first spring blooms.

Deb said...

We could certainly use early crocus's here. We are covered in a blanket of snow and it's getting old now. Time for Spring. Loved your photos. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5 Ottawa Canada

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Bella, They are sweet and cute little flowers. I have been working in the garden today and noticed that our winter Iris have bloomed here for So Cal. Now I am just waiting for the roses to kick in for early Spring. Have a good evening............Julian

Olga said...

How pretty and delicate these flowers are. I can't stop looking at them. Just looking at the pictures fills my heart with warmth and joy.
And what great books too. The prints are so beautiful.
Enjoy the warm days before the snow hits again.

alla logia said...

How beautiful little flowers you have!
I started my day with a smile.
Greetings from Greece...

mariettesbacktobasics said...

Dearest Bella,

You're lucky for having found these precious books. They certainly will work great inside some special frames. You will manage to find some unique ones... just wait.
Your crocus are very early, they must have a spot that might be protected from the cold wind in some way. Enjoy them, they're the first messengers of SPRING!

Lots of love,

Mariette

KruJiab said...

Wow!What a beautiful color (the Crocus)! I love this colour. This reminds me that the nature is so amazing.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Bella spring is on the way to us.....lovely... beautiful and a sign that hopefully 2011 will be the year of flowers, colour and happiness...
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

What a great idea ,also love the crocus :)

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Sorry meant to say I am a new follwer now ,would love for you to pop over to my blog if you get the time!
~Sharon~

Vintage Gal said...

Beautiful ~ I long to see my crocus ~ but it's not to be for a while. I can dream and look through my garden books ~ they make me smile ;-)

Lavender Cottage said...

Bella, you are so lucky to have this hint of spring already, thanks for sharing your crocuses.
The framed rose plates could create a conservatory effect where you hang them and I think they will look fantastic. I think you were meant to find those books, glad you were able to get the one you'd been wanting.
Judith

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella, oooh how exciting your first crocuses are blooming!... we had a major blizzard here two days ago, and once more my little garden is under piles of snow... love your new books on roses too... those will look so beautiful framed and I want one of those big books!... xoxo Julie Marie

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for the photos of early spring! Mine are still buried under a foot of snow.

Maleviks Rosenträdgård said...

Hi Bella
So wonderful.....the first Crocus of the Year :)
Soon there is summer....and ROSES :)
Hugs from Håkan

Ann said...

I can't wait to see a bloom in my yard..another couple months or so. I have that rose book too!

FourSistersInACottage said...

We have about 12 more weeks before we get to see anything come up, including grass.
Thanks for sharing as it gives me hope that spring is just around the corner.
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Kathy said...

Oh, you are so lucky---what I wouldn't give for flowers about now! Our winter has been way too cold. Thanks for sharing this loveliness.

Masha said...

Your crocus flowers are lovely! Those Redoute books are a great purchase, I think those pictures are still used to identify old roses whose names are lost.

Linda said...

What pretty crocus...I noticed my first daffodil this morning...it seems early, but it's been warm here!

Mary said...

Love those sweet crocus...your books are really making me drool, what gorgeous illustrations!

Custom Comforts said...

Thank you for sharing your crocuses with us. Ours are still weeks away from showing their sweet little faces. Until then ~ I'll enjoy yours.
Cindy

chubskulit said...

That's gorgeous!

My flower, have a blessed Sunday!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

The flowers are very nice but I have to give a bit of an ugh because they won't be blooming here for months. Books look good too.

ester said...

These are so beautiful!

My entry.

Sarah said...

Bella, how nice that you found your books. The inside rose garden sounds like a terrific idea.
The crocus are gorgeous with their delicate hint of lavender.
~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, how I love your beautiful blossoms bursting out of the earth and such glorious roses.

- The Tablescaper

lulumusing said...

My goodness, don't your crocuses brighten the day for all those who are snowed in! I'll keep an eye out for books you might like and think of you as I do.

Judy said...

Those prints are gorgeous! Your house will look lovely! And I love the crocuses! I still have more than a month to wait for mine to poke their little heads out of the ground! I had never thought to pick a couple of the blossoms, and photograph them!! I will have to try that!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I bet you were excited to see these, Bella! :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)