Feb 26, 2011

Resiliency...

The force of nature
is something I marvel at..

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The tenacity
of the seemingly delicate Crocus...


to stand tall under it's blanket of snow...


this group of Crocus in a sunnier location,
pushing forth
in the frigid weather...


Some may find the tattered beauty of the Primrose sad,
but I admire it's persistence...

fresh blooms already on the way...


I live in a state full of evergreens
but it is the softer green foliage of early perennials
that speak of spring to me...

giving me the resiliency to keep waiting,
spring is but around the corner.


I am joining...

and


Thanks for stopping by...
Bella


Feb 25, 2011

Spring on the Brain...


Here it is late winter,
and spring can't come fast enough...

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My bulbs are up,
some are blooming....

It's all looking good....


Then Mother Nature
proves she is not done yet,

and turns my garden into a big snowglobe...
several perfect pristine inches...


So today
 I thought it was time to begin to build my own
snow free snowglobe...

That is the joy of cloches,
an empty space to build your very own little world...


A world where the birds are singing...

A world under glass
climate controlled by me :-)


I hope you have found your bit of spring today?

I am joining...

and

Thanks for stopping by...

Feb 22, 2011

Miniature Roses...

Last Year
I picked up a Miniature Rose Bush
at the grocery store...

I planted it last summer
and was surprised to see it thrived...

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So I was thrilled to see them in the grocery store
again last week...

and picked up three...

I will have perfect tiny blooms all spring,
then to the garden they go...


a clever friend asked last fall if
the beautiful leaves of Dusty Miller
could be dried?

I had to try it...


yes... Jacqueline,
they dry perfectly!

You must go see what other clever ideas Jacqueline has

Besides it is White Wednesday
her favorite party of the week
and she never fails to delight you!


Of course Pink Roses are my favorite!


the pure romance
of just a wisp of pink blush....

Tonight I am joining
White Wednesday at Kathleen's...
and

Thanks for visiting me today!

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....

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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...

Feb 15, 2011

Hellebore on a Rainy Day...

I had planned
 to take you into the garden today.....

Snow is in the forecast
and I wanted to share the little spring blooms
before they were buried...

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But...
It is gloomy and rainy...


the Hellebore's usually droopy heads,
are pointing firmly downward...


even with a little propping up
they are not up to par...


So I brought a pair of pink blooms inside
 to share instead...

besides,  it's much warmer in here :-)


they are too pretty not to have their
moment in the sun...


I am joining
and


Thanks for visiting me today!

Out of Focus...

One of the things
I most enjoy about blogging
is the photography...

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I am always excited to get a good shot...


 

 To create a mood..



Be taken to a place
where the point of focus
between real and imagination blur...


I am crazy for a photo
with an ethereal mood...







I was thrilled to find and join
Tracy's Bokeh Party...

So today
I dug through my files
and shared some of my favorite shots
from the last year..

Come join the fun at...
and
 visit Kim's new party

Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 14, 2011

The Key to Love...

Happy Valentines Day!

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I hope everyone
is enjoying a wonderful Valentines Day
with the one they love...

I am joining
and
Kathlenn for White Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by...