Feb 22, 2012

Flowers on the Doorstep...


The planter on my doorstep
is always the first to get planted...

it's the easiest to enjoy
and the easiest to care for when skies
aren't very springy :-)


like today...
we have had wind, rain,  sun, and rainbows
repeat, repeat and repeat...
snow has even snown up on the weekend forecast...

yes it looks like spring has arrived!



another benefit of my close-by planter,
it's easy to sneak out and throw a sheet
over the plants on a cold night...


and whats not to enjoy?

oh,  happy pansies!


Hyacinth are the smell of spring to me,
what is your favorite?


these little tete a tete daffodil bulbs
were never lifted last year
and are coming up randomly...

I love random...


special delivery...

don't you wish the postman brought flowers!


today I am joining...

Thanks for stopping by
my doorstep today...

Feb 21, 2012

Ruffles and Roses...

I have joined the crowd,
and made a ruffled bed skirt,
into a ruffled tablecloth...

like so many bloggers before me,
I couldn't resist!

I thought the hard part was going to be getting
reacquainted with my dusty sewing machine,
but really it was finding
the ruffled bed skirt to begin with

I found mine at overstock.com
I just peeked and all sizes are avaliable
here is a link if your looking...


the ruffles remind me of petticoats,
so I made my table cloth small,
to fit my table without the leaf...
intimate...

and I made it square to fit my round table,
I like the way it falls into points at the corners
 this way...




piles of ruffles
laying on your lap...
swoon....


do you remember
my roses of a few weeks ago?


I made them into a little topiary...

they dried nearly perfectly
in place..

I added a half a florist foam ball underneath
to perk them up
and added a few roses to the skimpy spots...


even though the weather is nasty outside...

my shabby new tablecloth
has me dreaming...


of spring...


of floral china
and pretty tablescapes...


are you dreaming of spring too?

Today I am joining...
and


Thanks for stopping by today,
I always enjoy our visits...

Feb 17, 2012

Venturous Harbinger of Spring...

the snowdrops have been standing
in the garden,
holding their petals close...
waiting...

for just a bit of sun...


today,
I could wait no more...

and brought in a bundle...


their little heads popped open quickly...


To a Snowdrop

Lone flower,
hemmed in with the snows and white as they
but hardier far,
once more I see thee bend thy forehead,
as if fearful to offend, like an unbidden guest.

 Though day by day, Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops,
 waylay The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
Whose zeal outruns his promise!

Blue-eyed May Shall soon behold this border thickly set
With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;

Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years!

William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth was so inspired by his
Venturous Harbinger of Spring,
he wrote not one but two poems
to the Snowdrop...
(also "on seeing a tuft of snowdrops in a storm")

I know how he felt..

the promise of the coming spring,
wakes me up
and makes my blood move...

today I am joining...
and

Thanks for stopping by....

Feb 5, 2012

Breaking Ground...


Our weather has been
glorious!


icy mornings...


and
sunshiny days...


the garden is breaking ground...

the first crocus have popped up...


as have the first dandelions,
ready to start the race...


in the bare garden...

a mossy bench
 waits for it's leafy canopy...


maybe the birds know something we don't...


these little birdhouses,
with the oval openings are for Violet Tree Swallows...

their slim bodies and agile wings can maneuver
the odd shape...

this gives them a good safe home...


but each spring,
a contortionist male sparrow
will decide to make it his home...

he cleans it out...

only to find
the girl he has been building his little nest for
can't get in...

and the love birds have to move on
to find a new more accommodating home...



pink feathers
?

did you think we had very fancy birds?

I give the birds craft feathers each spring to nest with,
it is a delight to watch them
flying around carrying all the bright feathers...


the crocus eased open
as the day warmed...



does this mean
our winter is over...

probably not...

after last years crocus bloomed we had
piles of snow...


it does mean
we had a beautiful day :-)

I hope you did too!

Today I am joining...

a brand new party
Wild about Mother Nature
and


Thanks for stopping by today...

Feb 3, 2012

Sweet Box...

Today was one of those days...

those glorious winter days,
when a taste of spring is in the air...

a day to do some garden clean up
and prep for spring...

a day for little surprises...


the blooms of the Sweet Box
never cease to surprise me...

not because they are showy...



actually their tiny flowers
would never catch your attention...

it's their scent...

on these winters days,
when the earth smells alive,
damp and mossy...

the Sweet Box adds it's sweet scent...

the first smell of spring...


I bring in little bundles...

since they have very little visual appeal,
I tuck them into colorful china dishes...



pink rosy china entertains my eyes,
while I inhale the sweet smell :-)


I hope you find a bit of sweetness this weekend!

Today I am joining,
and

Thanks for stopping by...

Feb 2, 2012

Groundhog Day...


We have reached mid-winter...

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog
has risen from his hole
and has seen his shadow....

his verdict
six more weeks of winter...


but, 
 I am not sure....


I have seen the crocus breaking ground in the garden,
  the buds of the trees are swelling...


still to mark Phil's announcement,
I bought roses...


a little birdie
told me it was a good idea....


and well...
 truly,
roses are never a bad idea...


I hope you have found a little sunshine
on this mid-winters day...


Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for stopping by...