Mar 31, 2011

Out Like a Lamb...

As the old saying goes
"March comes in like a lion and,
goes out like a lamb" ..

That didn't hold true in my neck of the woods today,
the lion is roaring here...

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So I dug out my favorite Easter Ornament
this little lamb...


and created a soft springy world,
under glass...


I have never put fresh flowers under a cloche before
today I wondered why...

since cloches were originally designed
 to protect plants in the garden from frost...

So why not...



yesterday when I was out for a drive..

I saw the first sweet newborn lambs of spring,
on a little farm down the road...

Precious!




Speaking of sweet...
This darling little rose cottage arrived in my mailbox
this week..

Cindy from
sent it to me...


She said she thought of me
when she found it in a lot box from an auction...

How sweet is it to be thought of?
I am keeping it in my little office space
to use as a nightlight,
where I am sure to enjoy it!
(lots of late night blogging happening here:-)

Thanks Cindy!
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Mar 30, 2011

Faux Sugar Bunnies...


Rain, rain and more rain
afforded me the perfect excuse to play...

besides my hobby room
 is a room with a view,
 it overlooks the garden and it's a perfect place
to watch it rain and daydream...

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I am crazy for those sugar eggs that you look into
with the little Easter scene inside...


so when I bought a bag of these glittered rabbits,
who's colors were a bit too bright for me
I knew I wanted to sugar them :-)

there were sixteen in the bag for two dollars
so I'm gonna have to come up
 with some more ideas for the  rest!

first I painted them white,
then glittered them using plain white glue...

nothing fancy...


I am so happy with the sugar sweet pair...


she with a paper rose tied around her neck...


he with a pretty bouquet...


hopping down the bunny trail.

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Mar 29, 2011

White Basket Planter & New Roses...

I had planned to plant my new Roses today...
but it's not so nice out there :-)

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So instead I planted this little planter
for the side of my front porch...


I don't make a lot of planters
in the back garden,
but like to do a few on the front porch...


I love to do this basket style...
and am hoping to get a bunch planted this year
for the back patio...

They are super easy and inexpensive,
I just line a basket with a heavy plastic trash bag.
I hot glue the top in place to keep it water tight.
They last for years...


I filled the basket with
Fairy Primroses..

They are one of my favorite spring flowers for planters...

last year we had a long cold spring and they lasted for months
this year our forecast calls for a similar spring...


white Pansy with deep purple veins...


bits of Alyssum tucked in for their sweet smell...


Since I was on the front porch
I couldn't resist sharing a photo of my Camilla....


I told you yesterday
I lost a few roses to the cold winter...

It's always sad to lose a plant,
but it's always fun to try something new too :-)

One of the joys of cottage style gardening
is the garden is always evolving..

One year there is an abundance of one flower
another year a different flower thrives,
and there are always the volunteer plants
produced by wind and squirrels...

each year is fresh and full of it's own surprises...


I don't always buy the most expensive roses
or really care about name brands...

some of my favorites are just bagged roses
from the grocery store,
bought much cheaper than a bundle of cut flowers...

But,  last year with our cold wet spring
the David Austin Roses excelled,
and had no problems over the winter...

not to mention I bought a Mary Rose
last summer
and have fallen head over heels in love with her..


so I picked up these four to add to my collection
this year...


My heart is pitter pattering in anticipation:-)


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Mar 28, 2011

Violets at Play...

I hope everyone had a fun weekend?

I had a busy weekend...

I bought new appliances for my kitchen
and had a gas line put in for the range.
I have always had an electric stove
 so I am excited to take that baby for a spin:-)
delivery is Wednesday!!

I bought a few new roses to replace some that were lost
 to  record low temperatures over the winter.
We got down to 9 degrees eeek!
I'll tell you more about those tomorrow..

 and I found a bit of time
 to do some spring clean up in the garden...

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playing in the garden is always good for my soul...


I have this little wall statue
that I picked up at a garage sale last year...
it has yet to find a permanent home in the garden,
I am always moving it here and there...
strangely I don't think I have shown it to you before...

It's little bowl is too shallow to hold much...


but perfect to hold a few tiny Violets
and a bit of Thyme...


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Mar 23, 2011

Breathing Deep...

Today we hit the big 60
(degrees that is)....

For the first time,
it felt like spring!
it smelled like spring!

glorious and sweet...

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morning sun on a hyacinth
with another happy garden rabbit...


it was a frosty spring morn
the frost had just melted when I arrived outside...
(I am not an early riser :-)


The Primrose are producing
sweet untattered blooms...


the first ladybug I have seen this year
came out to bask in the sun...


and along came a fuzzy spider
to sit down beside her....


the are little bits of this and thats around
like this first English Daisy
beginning to unfurl...


the still nameless white flowers...


the first Grape Hyacinths popped open...


Sedum bursting up like green roses...

I keep a big patch,
because it's good to be good to the bees :-)


the climbing Eden Rose
is crawling toward the blue skies...

it will still take quite awhile
to have roses...


one of the most exciting plants to unfurl this week
is the King Edward Currant.


It usually opens in late February,
it is a major source of spring food for the Anna's Hummingbirds
and they are a buzz with delight...


Oh what a joy spring is....

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Mar 22, 2011

Floating Camillas...

I've been enjoying a beautiful day of rainbow weather...
sun then drizzle, 
repeat...

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my front porch Camilla bush is just starting to bloom...

the blooms start a so soft blush
and fade quickly to almost white...


With their short stems
I think the best way to display it's flowers
is to float them...

besides isn't it so serene?
perfect for the centerpiece of a lingering meal...


and a great excuse to use my shallow Limoges bowl...



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