May 31, 2012

Old Dresser Planter...

I love unusual,
repurposed
 planters...

and have seen some wonderful
dressers turned into planters...


I had been wanting one to call my own...


when I found this beauty
:-)

for free...


I lined her drawers
with heavy duty garbage bags...

this will keep her glued joints
from breaking down...

and keep me from watering so much...



I nailed a couple drawers closed,
extra crooked...
for extra character...

planted her
and waited for her to fill in a bit...


she was looking pretty today...

so I thought
 it was time to share...



the small spaces
in the cracked open drawers...

are perfect for tucking little frilly plants,
that are easily lost in a bigger pot...


having a tabletop for my rusty urns
is also fun....


Happy Planting :-)


Today I am joining...
and



Thanks for stopping by today...

May 8, 2012

It's Happening so Fast...

We have been having a much warmer
and much dryer spring
than usual...



the garden is moving
much faster than me...

I can hardly keep up!

wanna take a stroll
on a sunny day?
(Yep,  another sunny day,  I could get use to this!)


a view from above...

the Lilacs are in full bloom...

you can just see the  first blooms
on the Crab Apple in the foreground..


the Tulips are fading...


the Woody Hyacinths
are filling in...


tender Deutzia blooms...



the FIRST ROSE!

Therese Bugnet unfurled today,
beating out my old reliable English Lady
 Gertrude Jekyll by a few days...

she is but a tiny thing,
but it is wonderful to inhale her perfume...


Cosmo has been busy exploring the overgrown bog...


Iris has earned the nickname Mouse,
because her ears are usually BOTH inside out...


Daisy has been loving watching the fish...
or maybe her own reflection?

(Iris,  Randy,  Daisy, Berry)

most of all
they love sunbathing...

I haven't even put the nice covers
 on the ugly cushions yet...


the Akebia is dangling and twining
over the bench swing...


it's subtle flowers in bloom...



It's going to fast!
I want to bottle it up :-)

Today I am joining...

and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

May 7, 2012

A Small Tea...


Spring feels like a time for small things...


mix match china,
clustered on a small platter...

easy for a spot of tea
at in impromptu picnic...


the best spring flowers are the smalls,
easily displayed in a creamer...


my teacup is not so small,
but the little teapot is...

really only suitable
for a warm up...


even though the mug lacked the petite qualities
of the other pieces...

I couldn't resist
it's casual spring pattern...



a pair of bite size cookies,
just a nibble...



a nook...

to laze away
a bit of time at the end of the day....



soaking in the sweetness of
small things...


Today I am sharing tea with...

Thanks for sipping with me today...

May 6, 2012

Opening Day Weekend...

It was a beautiful weekend,
it was a sunny weekend..

It was opening day weekend...


the Lilacs burst open all around the garden...


and garage sales started opening up...

I picked up this round mirror
with beveled glass edges
for a couple dollars...

perfect for a centerpiece...


I popped into a little antique store,
to indulge my new intrigue...

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...

I spied this big beautiful pressed glass
 basket vase...


you gotta have sparkle :-)


 I knew the Lilacs would be a perfect fit,

I am sure roses won't be shabby either...



I hope your weekend was sweet too..

Today I am joining...

Thanks for stopping by today... 

May 2, 2012

Aprils End in the Garden...

April has been a busy month in the garden...

the weather has been beautiful,
and I have been reorganizing beds...

Everyday it seems
 something new is blooming,
it's happening too fast!

Come along
and I'll show you some end of April favorites...


English Daisy...



the blue bells
of the Woody Hyacinth
ring in the spring...


Jacobs Ladder is already beginning to bloom...

it's grape juice scent
wafting on the breeze...


here come the Columbines too...




there has been a lot of work...


and puppy play...

Cosmo is glad his sisters are past the baby stage
and more fun to play with...

yes!   he needs the exercise (shhhh :-) )


the bog of the pond is bursting in bloom..

and Buttercup (shhh :-) )


fishes are swimming...


I bought new flowering baskets for the gazebo...


Fushia and Bacopa,
what a fun pairing!


the young Clematis is climbing...


Forget-Me-Nots and Violets...


a pairing Monet would love...


a shady resting spot,
 a place to breathe in all the goodness of spring...


Today I am joining...
and


Thanks for joining me in the garden today...