Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hello March!

March is one of my favorite months. Just a few reasons why I like March:
the end of winter
tulips and daffodils
birds return and begin to sing
baby bunnies play in my garden
trees bud and flower
spring officially begins
spring break /the beach
longer days
aquamarine gemstone

Happy March!

Aquamarine ice.


I'll take this for my birthday.




A place just for me.



 


A beautiful Easter egg.


Not me, but fun.

Yum!

 

  
 Spring tea parties.



Images
Southern Living, Cottage Farm Villa Blog, GoggleSearch, Perennial Passion Blog, Nest Living, RayBan

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Helleborus

Helleborus. Such a name for something so beautiful
and delicate. Maybe that's why they have been
given a second name - Lenten Roses.

According to Barry Glick, owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens,  "No matter where you live, whether you make your home in the snowy American Heartland, warm subtropical Florida, the frozen mountains of Maine, sunny southern California, or the moist Pacific Northwest, you can grow flowers like these in your own backyard. Even if you believe that you're cursed with a "Black Thumb", you will succeed. That's how easy they are. Not only will they grace your table with beautiful cut flowers, they'll provide color in your landscape at a time when there virtually is none. And....they're such long lived perennials that they'll still be thriving when they plant you in the ground"

This all sounds too good to be true, but I personally know gardeners who attest to the claims Barry makes regarding these little beauties. Not only are they beautiful, but they essentially require little care once planted.


Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), originally from the Caucasus mountains, bloom during the Christian celebration of Lent, hence the name. To me, the most amazing fact is that they bloom in late winter - March through May, when very few other flowees can take the frigid temperatures.The shiny foliage of the plant creates a wonderful ground cover during the non-blooming months. Needless to say, these will be on my shopping list for spring planting.

 
 


 

  
  
Imagine having six acres of these beautiful flowers in your backyard.  
Sunshine Farm and Gardens has a great sale on mature plants and will ship.


Image Sources - Southern Living   Sunshine Farm Website

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Fever

The sun-protected patches of snow on the north side
of my lawn remind me that it's still winter - and more
snow is predicted.  Needless to say, I am more
than ready for spring.

One of my favorite ways to coax spring to come a little
earlier is to bring branches from my flowering shrubs
and trees indoors.  With a little nurturing, I can mimic
springtime and the branches will provide weeks of
beautiful blooms to help me survive the final days of winter.



Most flowering woody plants are out of dormancy and beginning to form buds by early March. Once you see the formation of buds, the branches are perfect for cutting.  Pick an afternoon when the temperature is above freezing.  Use clean, sharp pruning sheers to cut branches.  Make cuts at an angle to help branches draw water. I like my branches to be at least 18 -30 inches long.  Immediately place cut branches in lukewarm water.


Once branches are inside, use a hammer to gently smash the bottom inch of the branches to help with water absorption.  This can also be accomplished by cutting vertical slits in the bottom inch of the branches.

Remove any buds or leaves that will be underwater.  Place the container of branches in a cool room, out of direct sunlight for a few days.  Mist branches or wrap with plastic to help branches stray moist while they adjust to the new environment.  After a couple of days remove the branches from the water, re-cut ends and arrange in a vase of cool water.  Change the water in the vase regularly.  Once the blooms are out, the vase can be moved to a sunnier location.  Enjoy!




 Images GoogleSearch  Country Living

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Diamonds From A Ruby

A few weeks ago, I humbly accepted a blog award from Julie at Being Ruby. She is one of the most talented and creative photographic artists I have met in the blog or real world. At the same time, Julie has a wonderful gift with words. 

I love what Julie wrote on her blog as part of her acceptance of her award, "It is always such a delight to find a fellow blogger has generously passed me an award. An acknowledgement that in some small way I may have amused, entertained or struck a chord of familiarity, and that's what it is all about right? Sharing our thoughts and interests with others and discovering theirs too."   

I suppose, in some way a blog award amounts to little more than an intangible cut-and-paste decorative logo, and maybe that's why some aren't accepted. But I see them as a sincere thank you note, stamp of validation and appreciation. I cherish the fact that for a few moments in someone's day, in some small way, I have given reason to smile, been a source of inspiration or amusement, or somehow "struck a chord of familiarity".

 

For my gesture of gratitude I'm passing The Five Diamonds Award to:  

Melissa at Heart and Home. Melissa is one of the most sincere and sweetest bloggers I have met. I'm not sure how she does it, but somehow she makes a personal comment every time I visit her site. I know I'm not special, so I can only conclude that she does this for all visitors...and she has hundreds.  

Tish at A Femme d'un Certain Age.  Tish is polished, chic, and sophisticated. She goes beyond making me smile, she makes me laugh-out-loud with her wit and humor.  Tish and her 'friend' Cherie give advice to keep me in style and looking fabulous, all with a French twist.

Simone at The Bottom of The Ironing Basket.  Simone posts the most beautiful and fun images - everything from runway fashions and flowers to sunsets and cupcakes. Simone is a woman of few words, but when she speaks, listen (read).

Marianne at Haven and Home. Marianne is a profession interior designer with a wonderful sense of style. I relate to Marianne at many level, but especially with her Sunday Quiet Time posts.


Amanda at Oliveaux. Amanda always has beautiful images and allows me to view style and life from the other side of my world.


Like most bloggers, I have a list of blogs I regularly follow, and in my book they all deserve a diamond or five or fifty. They all 'sparkle' and make me smile for one reason or another.

                                  These Are For All The Bloggers I Follow

Monday, February 15, 2010

Night Lights





Did you ever wish you could live in one of those high-rise penthouses with a terrace view overlooking some beautiful city? The reality of life is that many of the dreams and fantasies we have are just that...things and places that are not possibilities in our life. However, as the eternal optimist and one who takes the old adage
about 'having a will/finding a way' as a challenge, I believe that almost any dream can come true...even if it's only for a few moments. With that said, I now share how I fulfill my "I always wanted to live in a high-rise with a skyline view" dream/fantasy.

Anytime I stay in a hotel, I ask for a room with a view of the city skyline. In making this request, I've discovered two things; 1) getting a room with a fabulous view of the city skyline doesn't always include an upgrade charge, but if it does, it's worth it, and 2) at night, almost every city  - big or small - has a beautiful, view-worthy skyline. For a few brief hours or a few nights, turning the lights out, throwing the curtain wide open, and going to sleep pretending I live in a beautiful high-rise with a fabulous view of the city allows me to live a dream. In a very small way, I get to do something that otherwise would be impossible. These special nights are perfect moments in my life that I cherish and treasure...they make me smile.
These make me smile.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love

I would love the opportunity to sit down with each of my 'virtual' friends and share these 
lovely little delights. I can't, but I can tell each of you how much I have loved connecting with you.  Happy Valentine's Day!
 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Making A Statement

Turquoise - Is this old classic becoming a new again?

Traditional Home Veranda House Beautiful Southern Accents Country Living

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Want One



I have a thing for - an attraction to- old barns. Their history and secrets intrigue me. In my mind's eye, I see endless possibilities and wonderful potential for these sturdy old structures. Oh, the things I would/could do with an old barn.