Feb 21, 2011

First Spring Planter...

Time for a confession?
I am Bella and I have had
the world's very worst kitchen floor....
(Well really.. the whole kitchen)

The kind that when Oprah had a search
 for the worst kitchen in America
I would not dare show it:-)

I have been procrastinating ripping the floor out for years,
because I knew it was gonna be a horrible job..

A long long weekend
two layers of very old linoleum,
 a sub floor,
gallons of chipped up glue
and I can see the original wood...

there is still a long way to go...

So during trip number three to the hardware store
to buy more scrapers....

(click photos to enlarge)

I gave in and bought spring plants...


To fill the old laundry tub by the front door,
yes,  it's a bit early...
but they are so welcoming to come home to...

and they are easy to throw a sheet over over at night
if it gets a bit too cold...


The cheery colors of spring!


brighten my soul...


A nice sunny morning....


even coaxed the Snowdrops
to unfurl a bit today...


a Rose just because :-)

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!

I am joining
and
at FishTail Cottage


Thanks for stopping by...

40 comments:

Vintage Gal said...

How beautiful the flowers are~ I can't wait for spring to arrive in Ontario ;-)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks so pretty and springy! I cant wait. I have a pink front door too!

Cindy said...

Lovely.So ready for Spring!!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Bella, I love the planter you bought for the front door. A beautiful welcome home. You must show how the floor looks when it is finished. Take care and enjoy the week.

D said...

Ahhhhhhh! Spring! Beautiful pics!
D

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Your Spring blooms look wonderful! Good luck with the ole' floor too, been there...

Bernideen said...

I love your house colors too! We are a long way from Spring in Colorado so we will just watch yours!

Rob said...

From what I can see the plants you have in your planters look hardy types also they should be a bit sheltered where they are. It certainly makes for a pretty picture.

Cheryl said...

What a lovely post... oh those snowdrops...love 'em!

High Heeled Life said...

Oh I can't wait for spring like weather to come our way..good luck on the kitchen reno..xo HHL

ANGIE said...

Sometimes when we're doing a hard task, it's wonderful to stop and treat ourselves to something pretty. I so agree with you that flowers are the way to go! Yours are really beautiful.

Sheila said...

I love your door!

Shirley said...

We had snow today and going to be in another deep freeze all week so I'm not holding out any hope for any "REAL" flowers here for a long time..we start to see hope for any growth around April. If we are lucky. Our true spring is more like early May. That's a long way off!But once my Lilacs are in bloom all my memories of winter are now just that!

Good luck with the renovation. We are going to start tearing off wallpaper..Yuck!
~Shirley

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I see you love your white wicker as much as I...and your lovely, lovey rose image...just too beautiful.


Rose

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Bella, your planter is so lovely. I went antiquing today and was totally unlucky in the hunt, so I went to the garden shop and bought some primroses, LOL!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh that is soo beautiful! I love your front porch, the colours, the chairs and the laundry tub of pretty posies!!! Thanks for brightening up my cold winter day! Blessings, Pamela

Lisa said...

What lovely pictures. It was a pleasure looking at pretty flowers. Glad spring is finally thinking about showing up for everyone there. All the best with your floor. I feel your pain.

Cheers,
Lisa x

FOUR ALL SEASONS said...

What a nice tiuch of spring! I love spring flowers. I love your door also!

Leslie said...

Lovely Bella... The flowers you chose will be OK unless it gets below 38'. After they're done blooming plant them in your yard and make way for more spring bloomers. I can't wait to see your kitchen floor.. While I know it's hard work, I'm sure it will look beautiful just like the rest of your home.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Is that SUN I see? Hooray! I thought you were probably busy with your garden and here you are slaving away on your kitchen floor! Well, good luck with that! Your front porch is so darling! I love your valances peeking through the windows. Your flowers just complete the picture! Sweet!

Marilyn said...

I love to see snowdrops! You did select such pretty flowers to enjoy. I am waiting to plant the poppy seeds that you sent, but it is too early here in Colorado. Thanks for sharing your springtime! ♥♫

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Beautiful porch! and I love those chairs. Glad I came to visit!!!
Have a lovely day!
Blessings ~*~Wendy~*~

NanaDiana said...

I can't believe you can plant outside already. Do you know that we can't plant outside until AFTER Memorial Day because there is always danger of a frost or freeze? I am envious of your wash tub planter by the front door...seriously jealous!

I have rehabbed a few houses and I KNOW how hard it is to get that old floor up. Are you going to be able to sand down and salvage the old wood under the linoleum...or are you going to have to replace the flooring? Well, your kitchen may be awful but the rest of your house (that I have seen) balances that out! Hugs- Diana

Amy Kinser said...

Oh how beautiful the flowers look. I have an old white washtub on a stand that I have never thought about putting outside like that and filling with flowers. What a great idea. So unique!

Sherri said...

Those flowers are just beautiful!!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bella
I wondered where you were when you hadn't posted for a few days and now I know you've been on your hands and knees - such a dirty job.
Your spring planter is cheery looking and I love the pastels of the outside door and trim.
What will you lay for a new floor?
Judith

Marianne said...

Bella, the floor sounds like a job beyond my expertise. But I'm sure when you're done it will be wonderful.

The flowers are so pretty and inviting. When I enlarged the photo of your front porch it was as if I could knock on the door for a visit - how charming. I love your porch and the color of your door.

Thank you for visiting and your comment on my site. I'll look forward to seeing you next Tuesday. The tutorial will be photos and descriptions, but it's so easy and fun that it will be very easy to follow.

Have a wonderful day,
Marianne

Susie said...

This lifts my soul too Bella. I love the photo of the front porch! I had my flower fix in San Diego last week-end. I spent the day at Balboa Park - aaaaah.

Farah Muzaffar said...

What a beautiful front porch Bella, love the overall soft touch of the place, and your bath tub looks great... your creativity fill the colour in it beautiful... and obviously the flowers are the best thing...
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Kim said...

Bella,
How lucky you are to be where spring is already happening. The flowers are so pretty. I love your pink front door. Have a wonderful day.

Kim
Letters from the Shore

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Your spring plantings are so inviting... I love the rose "just because".

rosarod said...

Hi Bella, How beautiful your entry to those spring flowers that are sure to brighten your life will be after struggling with the "giant" in your kitchen! ji, ji, ji. The important thing is that you are always motivated. saludos, Rose Marie

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
Ah, so lovely! The spring colors look perfect on your pretty porch. I remember seeing those awesome wicker chairs last year.....they are so gorgeous...!
I'm dying for spring but it's still winter here. We just got more ice and snow this weekend. :-(

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Bella!

Your flowers look lovely! Your porch is so pretty, and I adore those chairs! I can't wait for Spring! I am right there with you on the floor project. Our house is 85 yrs old, and we ripped the floor out last year, and had to rip out the sub floor too. Same thing with the glue. It was easier to just rip out the floor and put in new boards than scrape all that glue off. Good luck, I'm sure it will be beautiful when finished.

Debbie

Olga said...

Your first spring planter is very beautiful! It sounds like you kitchen floor project will take lots of effort, but I'm sure once it's finished, it will be very nice. Good luck with it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The floor job does not sound like fun, but your plants in that tub are perfect. I think we all have spring fever. Thanks for joining WUW.

Jess said...

I'm sort of glad to see another garden blogger has my same issues of 'old house' stuff. My kitchen is done, but man, every single window in the whole place is rotting out. sigh.

Light and Voices said...

Your blog post brightened my world. It is gray here again in the mid-west.
Joyce M

Dawn said...

That's it I want your address I intend on moving in your house is beautiful ans I love the front SO welcoming

love Dawn xx

Cathy and Steve said...

Bella, As always, such a wonderful trip into the past to visit your blog! I love your planters!