Out and About ~ Neighboring Gardens + Upcoming Visits

Just a  little out and about today and a mini tour of our neighbor’s side garden…

Planted  where we can easily see the garden beds from our kitchen window, this garden sits between our two houses and is lovely to look at throughout the day.  Two long flower beds have changed flowers like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace ~ with fanfare and applause!

Earlier at Easter time several types of lilies were in bloom. Now just the summer yellow lily is still flowering but it has some companions who have since sprung up! These feathery fronds with blue-topped tips co-mingle in this front flowerbed. 

Since I am still learning about plants which bloom in Texas and perhaps this is a “nepeta?” 

Not sure but if it is then it takes the summer heat and humidity! Would be good in our yard…


Aren’t these blue beauties pretty as they bob in the
windy late afternoon sunshine?
I haven’t been to any big gardens this year unlike when I visited
the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago with former neighbors from Wagon Master RV Park.



Or the Japanese garden, also there.

Or the incredible rose garden of the Biltmore Estate…

And I need to remedy this soon! I have been spending way too much time at home but next week I’ll be heading down to visit our daughter for a belated birthday visit (her birthday is today, actually). 

More of our neighbor’s front bed in the late twilight…


I should be able to persuade her to come with me to visit a couple if only for short visits…

Like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  or this public garden called the Sunshine Community Gardens.

Until then… A short visit to the neighbor’s will have to do.
😉






Happy gardening,

Garden Shows to Watch and My Own Petite Jardin

This week as I have been thinking much about our new gardens what I’d like to plant and how to do all this, I have been drawn to gardens old and new…

                      Watch Rome. Episode 1 of Season 1.

Netflix has given me a wealth of programs to study and recently this one was recommended for me: Monty Don’s Italian Gardens. Monty begins his tour of Italian gardens in Rome with a study of classical Renaissance gardens. The series moves through the ages since the 15th century with gardens originally created by different Catholic cardinals all competing hopefully to be chosen as the future pope ~ their gardens created to impress and show their wealth and ability to rule the Catholic church.

As the series goes on, Monty shares how styles of gardens have changed and I am up to the Romantic garden style ending in episode 3.

Monty Don's French Gardens

He tours around a few properties on a Marconi bicycle which I found charming and the gardens are absolutely stunning! Do look up this series and afterwards check out Monty Don’s French Gardens (which is where I will head next!).

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A Little Chaos ~ Also seen this week twice as I absolutely fell in-love with this story about a widow who is bestowed with the gift of gardening. This film from 2014 stars Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman plus features the every funny Stanley Tucci as the brother of France’s Sun King Louis Dieudonné, Louis XIV. 

As Sabine De Barra, Winslet is wonderfully understated and humble working in a time when very few women held jobs let alone one as out in the public as a landscape artist. Very good film and I highly recommend it!

Sceptre d’Isle blooming in all its glory.
Then of course I have been over to the David Austin Roses website as I wanted to study which roses would work as climbers on our south wall which is all brick but would look fantastic with an enormous rose climbing its walls! 
Sigh… 
🙂



Sceptre d’Isle is a rose I had back at our last home in California and I am so glad I bought another here for our Texas garden! It is loving its new home and looks stunning in its pot.

These pictures don’t do it justice and I need to find a better spot for it where it can really shine but this year is its second or third year planted and it is blooming madly and I shared a couple of pics on my Instagram.




It is absolutely loving its normal 5 hours of sunlight but being shaded from the really hot afternoon sun.  This area where I was thinking of planting it and the other roses is just under our bedroom window and two very large oak trees provide lovely afternoon shade.

The iris having been blooming too and all seem to be a yellow with some brown bits ~ pretty and soft with their pale yellow blooms.

We need some defined pathways and this past weekend Mr. Ethereal and I went to a friend’s open house party ~ check out his lovely backyard walkway and the sweet Texas paver!

Love love love brick pathways!
And I am thinking about a semi-circular stacked stone small planter wall for the roses and a matching one around the first oak tree, which will then be underplanted with some of these iris and some vining plants. Love these that Yoda and I found out locally on our weekend walkabout.
*Here’s a link to a cement pathway I laid out at our last house (this was the redo after fixing the pool equipment).


But right now it’s all about removing baby oak trees… They are everywhere in back and outfront! 

Planted either by the local squirrels (whom I love anyway!) or buried by the massive water gushing off the roof eaves during storms (hence the mud splatters here and there) we are working on drainage and gutter fixing next.

So I leave this post as it is ~ a bit mud spattered but real life.
😉


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A bientôt,

Short and Sweet ~ A Simple + Quick Vignette Using a Statue

Want to create  a quick and easy decor vignette but you’re not quite sure what to do for a little refresh?
Here are a couple of quick + simple ideas you can do
to create a lovely new display and update your
home decor…


Welcome everyone!  If you are new here I am Barbara and I am happy you are here ~ welcome!!!
As part of today’s Short and Sweet hop hosted by Benita of Chasing Quaintness we are excited to bring you some quick ideas you can do in your home. Thank you Benita for being our gracious host!
🙂

For my post today I thought I’d share how to use a small statue in your home decor…

Depending upon your season start with a favorite statue you may have ~ a bust of an angel or a patriotic figure from history, perhaps.  If you find a vintage angel no longer used at a church that would be a fun piece to use in your decor too.

In this Christmas shot I created angel wings from a bird ornament I bought specifically for this project as I was decorating with mostly all white this particular holiday season.

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I love small busts and fell in love with a Napoleon Bonaparte statue which the designer and author Charles Faudrée used in his country homes’ decor.
I had seen it a number of years ago in one of his books that I have in my library collection. When I spied my little maiden in a local thrift shop I grabbed her and ran!
😉

A Valentine’s post from a year ago…

Statues add that je ne sais quoi quality and aire to a room which always looks rich and fancy. We may not be wealthy but we can add a little fanciness to our decor for not much money. My Grinam Niam bust is a copy but I love her just the same as if she were the genuine thing!

A little photo taken with my iPhone 7.


Add in a candle or two and decorate your little statue with your favorite jewelry or strands of pearls. Use a bookmark pinned around your statue’s neck or draped on her head like a headband then place a small pedestal or vintage piece of lace underneath.


Finish your look with a vase or display of dried flowers and you have a quick and easy vignette to grace a window or table anywhere in your home. Simple + quick to do!
🙂


Thank you for stopping by today

Please follow the links here to see what all these lovely ladies are sharing today as part of their
Short and Sweet posts.Thank you again to Benita for putting this
all together!






A bientôt,

A Soft Romantic Thanksgiving Tablescape…

Thanksgiving  is a lovely time every year to spend celebrating the day with our families and friends.
 This year we are blessed that our daughter will be flying up from Austin for a few days to spend the holiday with us.
We have so much to be thankful this year and on this happy note I’ve set out to create an ethereal romantic table styling to share with y’all…

courtesy of Courtney Allison
This is my inspiration
A photograph I happened upon while out visiting another blogger led me to an older photograph created by my friend Courtney Allison for her blog French Country Cottage a few years ago.
I just love this gathering of storybook pumpkins and roses and you absolutely must stop by and see the rest of her photographs.
Simply stunning!

Courtney recently published her first home decor book titled French Country Cottage and if you haven’t ordered her new book yet you’ll love it when it arrives! 
{hope that links works for you.}

A lot in common
We have a lot in common as I like soft tablescapes roses and chandeliers as Courtney does, so today I thought I’d share the makings of an easy-to-create Thanksgiving table setting you can use for your own holiday table.

The loveliest pink roses with green outer leaves… sigh!  Very similar to Eden roses found at Heirloom Roses.com.
Setting the scene
Pick out one of your prettiest vintage embroidered linen tablecloths and lay it katycorner across your table ~ almost as a runner ~  then add in a vase of your favorite flowers.  
These store bought pink roses with just a hint of green in the outer leaves grace our table this time.

Use a beautiful vase for displaying your bouquet then
begin surrounding your vase with softly colored
mini pumpkins and sprinkling in a few larger
Cinderella pumpkins for added oomph.


Pretty place settings
Bring out your most romantic china pieces placing them atop a woven grass placemat.
This gives such a nice contrast of textures to your  Thanksgiving table.
Next with the addition of some pretty silver tucked into a floral napkin ring along with a cute checked napkin you’ll have a table set to inspire.
Pretty. Romantic. Ethereal.


Here is  a list where you can pick up these same or similar items to help you recreate this table styling:

buffalo checked napkins 
woven braided placemats
vintage silver water pitcher
vintage silverplate flatware
crystal stemware

This is not a sponsored post ~ just sharing links I think you’ll love. 
🙂

So what are you doing for Thanksgiving?
Having anyone special coming over to
share the meal?  Hope so.  🙂

This little gold pheasant or quail I found last year at a local thrift shop and I think this little feathered friend adds a nice gilded touch to the tablescape…
😉

As an added bonus here is another table styling I created using the same pumpkins and place settings just moved to a table pour deux.

I’ll share more on that next week.
😉

Do stop by  again tomorrow to find out more about the little craft project you see here on the table.
A hint?
See those pumpkins… they aren’t all real.
😉

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Hugs and blessings,

Summer Roses and Structures That Support Them

Regal roses…
The flower queen of the garden with hundreds of varieties
and a pedigree dating back 35 million years to the
oldest rose fossils, structures to support them came about
as an off-shoot to growing fruits and vegetables
in ancient times.

Today these structures continue to add support
but also their beauty and no where is this
so true as in the rose garden…


The rose  is the quintessential flower of any formal or cottage garden and as such we want to showcase these beauties
in the best way possible.
We do this with a variety of structural supports such as large
arbors as seen in the photograph above.

Arbors

I shot this massive four-hoop arbor at the Biltmore rose gardens
last fall and went inside it to “measure” as best I could
how big each of these really are.
Each arbor was approximately 8′ wide by 8 – 10′ tall and
each was wired to its neighbor, four in all.
Impressionist painter Oscar-Claude Monet made these arbors famous through his paintings and gardeners have been
applauding their supporting roles in the garden ever since.




Often climbing roses need some support as they do not cling to walls and structures like other climbing vines do as they bear
only spines and no winding tendrils.
Summertime is a good time to access your garden’s needs
to see where a new support might be needed to hold up our
beloved roses and climbing vines.
Creating a plan to restructure the garden by adding a pergola here or an arbor there will give your garden added height and added
beauty in addition to offering roses the support they need.


A lovely backyard pergola or patio cover ~ photo taken at my friends Cindy and Bob Ellis’ garden.

Pergolas

Pergolas or patio covers are usually beamed open ceiling structures often with lattice or shade cloth on top to help filter the sun.
They can be free-standing structures but are often built against a house or building for extra support in the high winds.

Pergolas are perfect for tying-in monster climbing rose canes
as they are built to take the weight of canes as they mature.
Wisteria is another climber that especially needs a solid structure
to support the future weight of its canes as it tends to collapse arbors and other supports that are too light to carry
its eventual weight.


Trellises and Towers

Trellises are smaller light-weight structures often made from
wood, wrought iron, aluminum or woven caning from
bamboo or tree saplings.
They are perfect for leaning up against walls in a garden
and growing smaller roses up against their frames
to add interest and light support.



I love small towers too as they can be added into a large rose pot
to create a mini arbor.
This type of trellis was really popular during the Victorian and Edwardian era when tea roses and climbing roses with smaller
4′ – 6′ canes were first introduced with their
repeat flowering abilities.






Other supports

PVC pipes connected together to create towers are great for their ability to be strong supports for roses tall vegetables and small trees.  Small 1″ x 2″ boxes nailed or screwed together are make great light-weight square support structures in the garden.

Sometimes even a series of eye bolts screwed into a cement garden
wall and strung with wire or jute twine horizontally across from eyelet to eyelet can create a lovely support to espalier a rose bush
and especially fruit trees.


In a small garden espalier trees against a wall gives the small garden height but also allows the gardener to have a tree
that otherwise wouldn’t fit in a small space.
Espalier takes specific branches of a tree and runs them horizontally tied in along wires much like grapes are
out in the field.


Here is a young tree at Magnolia Market formed into an espalier showing many limbs removed.
The branches that won’t fit into the espalier are removed
and only those that grow in the preferred direction
are kept ~ I’ve seen photographs of trees also run on
the diagonal and they look spectacular and elegant
when a number of small trees are set out
along a wall!

Here is a small arbor made from young saplings wound
around each other and tied with jute in the center.
A company sells these to Chip and Joanna Gaines
to use in their gardens in Waco, Texas.

Here is another one of the large arbors at Biltmore Estate.
When these roses are blooming in summer and the
days heat up I can imagine that walking under these
arbors would be a scent-filled cooling delight!
Lovely roses at dusk…


One or two rose bushes were planted around each of the arbors’ “corners” which I found very interesting.
I imagine that is to get the fullness needed to make the
arbor the most beautiful when in bloom.
Plus the intertwining rose canes create a criss-cross support
as they are twined together overhead from one side
to the opposite.



Some of the David Austin roses blooming madly in the early cool October evening.
Ethereal
Just a few last rose blooms as this post closes…
So if you haven’t tried adding some structures to your
garden then consider these ideas.
Who knows ~ your garden might be the
next Giverny!
😉

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à bientôt,

Spring Tablescapes ~ A Tulip Tea

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Last week’s trip  to the Texas Tulip Farm was a
step back in time and also an inspiration to redecorate
a bit and share a new way to set your tea table…


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I love redecorating  the window every couple of weeks
and adding the bouquet of candy striped tulips to the
windowscape really inspired me to get creative!


The striping on these ruffled tulips and the deep pink color
spoke to me saying, “Bring out the pink transferware!”

I think this is my absolute favorite photograph from
this day’s photoshoot ~ I love the toile like bowl set on a
stand I rescued from when we were cleaning out a
closet at the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s hall.
Plus I love bringing out the teapot with its bulbous
shaped bottom and the little creamer which mimics
that shape.
Kinda like those tulip bulbs I pulled up when picking
these tulips!


There’s something about tulips and playing with decor
that just really says springtime to me!
When I was taking these photos it was such a pretty
spring day outside.

For this step back in time tulip tea add some decorating
accessories that look antique or vintage to your
tablesetting along with your china pieces.
Here I’ve used a vintage white ironstone sugar bowl with
light pink faux roses and a couple of other ironstone
pitchers and one of my “Girls” to add to the
vintage feel.


I also added in the little Shabby Chic mugs I used in a
bridal shower tea at our California camp host site ~
a Target find from a couple of years ago.
Bringing in the little “Annette” sugar bowl by Theodore Haviland keeps the J. Broadhurst “Constable Series:
Bicentennial 1776-1976 set from getting
a little too twee.


I love layering china for each course during a meal and this
tea setting is no different!
Little bread plates for the first course of scones are set on top
with a white ironstone salad plate next for the
salad fresh from the garden.
The vintage Limoges plate for the main course of
tea sandwiches and fruit is the final plate
and also acts as a charger.


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Today’s tablesetting  was the first time I’ve played with
creating a different napkin style and this little
napkin pocket is fun and perfect for our spring tea table
and yours.

I’ll share more from this little napkin folding book and
a lot more about creating the perfect napkin creation
for your upcoming tablesetting
in a couple of weeks.
🙂




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Happy tea to you,

Garden Roadtrip ~ Welcome to the Texas Tulip Farm and Gardens

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Today is all about tulips!   It was very late in the
Texas spring season when I learned about a tulip farm
quite literally that was not but 10 miles away.

So today we are talking tulips and hopefully we will be
sharing some new favorite tulips with you.
🙂

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Texas Tulips  is what they call themselves online this time
of year and you can find their website on Facebook but they are really Pecan Creek Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas.
Right across the street from Waggin’ Tails RV Park ~ sister park to Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm ~ oddly enough
where I currently live.
🙂

Pecan Creek is currently advertising that their strawberries are in season so here’s the link if you are somewhat local and would like
to take a trip out to pick your own!

Looking over the wall in this shot from just inside the road.  Love the drifts of tulips!!!
When I stopped by last week a “Closed for the Season” sign
and cones were set up outfront
however a man was driving out and said that they were
still selling tulips and to just replace the cones as I
pulled in ~ this was wonderful news!


After pulling in and putting back the cones then parking
I walked towards the little entry shack and asked if it was
alright to come in.
The young blonde Scandinavian high school girl said yes
it was alright and just to the left after passing this kiosk
there had been a field of iris.
Two rows remained for customers to come and pick.

I just photographed… sigh!

My first fiancé’s mother had given me some purple
iris bulbs for my mother years ago
{really another lifetime, at this point}
and I have loved purple iris ever since.
🙂

Aren’t these stunning beauties?  No wonder Tulip Mania occurred in the 1700’s!!
Heading now back towards the right hand field where a man
was plowing some rows under and spreading manure
for future crops
there remained just a few rows of tulips…


Purples and dark pinks and yellows and reds
frilled and unfrilled
many withering away
but still with bright and cheerful tulip faces
reaching for the sun…

Waving gently in the mid-afternoon winds we had
that day ~ visually stunning!

The first time I had ever seen ruffled tulips was during
the spring of 2005 when I went thriftshopping with
my sister-in-law Linnea around to the city of
St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.

Tulips similar to these yellow ones above were planted in
small looking planters next to trees in front of shops
we saw and visited while in St. Ives.
I remember too the many fields planted with drifts of tulips
daffodils and jonquils.
Often these fields were right next to old stone churches
in the center of small towns and bigger cities.


You can just see the wind blowing here in this photograph ~ love this beautiful tulip!

London and Huntington were especially beautiful that spring!
It had been a good rainy year and cold so the bulbs
performed at their best.

This was the sweet candy striped tulip I picked this day…

They were the freshest and must have bloomed last
as they were all perfect!

Tips on how to pick

I learned from a young girl who had been out picking tulips
with her mother just how to pick a tulip ~ reach down to the
base and just pull up.

I brought three bulbs with me but I learned that that was
okay.
The high school girl I met in the beginning just cut off
the bulbs to compost as next year new bulbs would be
ordered from Holland by the owners.

Did you know that tulips can continue growing in a
vase even after they are picked?

I learned this years ago from my mother
I think it was.


Just a parting shot of these lovely tangerine iris planted in an urn out by the front gate ~ part of bidding adieu while putting
back the cones.
😉


One of the photographs I put out on my Instagram.

Around 5pm when I arrived home I thought I might
snap a few photographs…
Just loved them wrapped…

Tulips to treasure…
Later this week I’ll share a little more from a new
spring tea post with you.
🙂


Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It
Create Bake Grow and Gather
Over the Moon ~ Gwingal
Wow
Feathered Nest Friday
Sweet Inspiration
May Garden Party ~ LifeandLinda


ps ~ Save this post as a visual reference for when you
put in your tulip bulb order next fall.
😉

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Happy Sunday,

Wildflowers and Gardens ~ Austin and Magnolia Market

Last week   the beginnings of another Texas spring
bloomed everywhere my daughter and I drove.
Today I’m sharing a little of those beautiful Texas
wildflowers and also the gardens at Waco’s
Magnolia Market.


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Let’s begin   our garden tour in Austin where I found
this beauty ~ I think this may be a flowering redbud
but I’m not 100 percent certain as it could be a type of
cherry tree too.
If you happen to know what type of tree this is
will you let me know in the comments?
Thank you.
🙂

It sure was lovely in all it’s pinkish purple beauty!

Guess where I found it and a lot full of others just like it?
Costco.  
Yes really.
Beautifully sculptural and not overly trimmed is just how
an ornamental tree should look
to me at least
and these were perfect!
😉


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A close up shot of the buds and blooms on this tree ~ ethereal purple goodness!
I drove over to say goodbye to my daughter as she had
to go into work before I had woken up
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and I was blown away by how pretty these trees are.


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A beautiful red beauty blooming on a greenbelt at my daughter’s apartment complex.


Another of my flowers finds ~ everywhere we drove in Austin
these red roses were blooming and I’m sorry that they look
more neon than the real red that they were.
I didn’t have my Canon camera with me so I used my
iPhone and red just isn’t this phone’s favorite color
to reproduce.
😦
These roses were beautiful none the less and the plant
grew to about 5′ wide and tall.
This rose bush is really healthy and I am guessing that
this is a Knockout rose as they are planted everywhere and
do really well here in Texas.



Of course  what is spring in Texas without sharing
the state flower ~ the purple bluebonnet
or lupinus texensis??

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Isn’t this greenbelt incredible??  I posted a little video on my Instagram feed so you can see more.    

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Last spring I went crazy photographing bluebonnets and
I used to have them growing once in a while in my
gardens in California.
They don’t like a lot of fuss and really prefer rocky soil.
If you try growing some just toss them out on your
meadow in the fall and leave them be.
No feeding and the winter rains will water them.
🙂


Magnolia’s gardens  are pretty in all seasons and
at only two years young it’s amazing to see how mature
the gardens are now.
I love how there is something for everyone at 
Magnolia Market at the Silos.
I did several write-ups beginning with this one sharing
shopping finds I found at Magnolia two years ago
just after the shops opened.
My husband, daughter and I were on our way to our
son and daughter-in-love’s wedding
from Amy’s new home with a friend in Kyle
{where she was before moving to Austin}
when we stopped in Waco, Texas.


Later in the fall I wrote a second post sharing more of the
actual insides of Magnolia Market.



Last spring about this time I stopped and shopped
but the gardens weren’t as filled in as they are now.

I love the espaliered trees along the fence and the
little greenhouse!


Someday I’d like to have one in my next yard speaking of
greenhouses.
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This one is about 16′ long by 10′ wide or so and
has built inpotting shelves ~ perfect for putting
small to medium
sized pots up on it to trim and plant plants.
Glass windows cover all the walls and ceiling and side
windows do open to let breezes in on warm winter days
and to let hot air out on late spring and summer days.
The floor in here is tile with a/c and heat set into the
Versaille pattern.

Love love love these small sapling arbors ~ they are created for Chip and Joanna by one of their vendors.
Back out in the garden raised planter beds are filled with lettuce
and early spring annuals like snapdragons and tulips.
The flowers are mixed in with edibles which is pretty cool.
Here you see strawberry plants paired with snapdragons.
*If you choose to plant vegetables and herbs with flowers
make sure those flowers are non-poisonous.
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🙂
This is out in the lunch truck covered eating and park area.
Lovely lamb’s ear is sooo soft ~ here planted with white snapdragons and ivy cascading down the left side of
this tall planter.

Have you ever planted lamb’s ear?  We had a different
variety that grew well in the desert heat of So Cal
and wasn’t as soft as this variety.
Lamb’s ear adds a lovely green-grey to the garden
that mixes well with other plants.

A couple of the gardeners working the soil in a vegetable planter, rear of photograph.
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And of course there must be roses!

While out in the garden I saw several garden employees
so I went to ask some questions about a particular rose.
She ended up giving me a couple of clippings as she
was trimming it that day!


Later this week I’ll share how to root a new rose bush
from a clipping.
🙂

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Happy spring,

Peonies and Pink for Christmas…

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Pink peonies and Christmas
With touches of red in a plaid tablecloth
and matching napkins
is just a lovely soft way to decorate
for the holidays…


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Mixing in just some touches of blush pink
with Christmasy transferware mugs
holding chocolaty cocoa goodness,
cups of holiday tea or a
frothy coffee drink
along with your favorite holiday dishes
create a relaxed atmosphere for hosting
small parties when guests drop by.


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This Christmas I have been baking
muffins and breads to give as gifts to friends
where we live.
These goodies were found at Starbucks
but most of the time I bake my own.

When I picked up these peonies a
couple of weeks ago
thoughts of a small tea party
danced around like sugarplums
in my head.

This little breakfast tea included a cranberry scone
a cinnamon muffin, and another of blueberry
to make the party extra special.

Other touches of pink were sprinkled
thoughout
making things
merry and bright!

Like this rose strewn stocking and
dried and faux roses tucked in like a child at bedtime
nestled amongst the greenery.

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And little pink Christmas trees

 decorated with silvery baubles
in a later display…
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How are you decorating this year?

Pink for Christmas…

Pink snuck into my Christmas decorating
last week when I was in the middle of
creating a Nordic Christmas around here.

First it was Pink Santa…

And some small pinkish Christmas trees
over to the right of the t.v. above the fireplace.
One of these small trees
migrated over here and can just be seen
peeking out from behind the
barely blushing bouquet.

These beautiful pale pink peonies were found
while I was out getting some groceries at
Whole Foods
three days ago, so I came home and took a few
photographs to capture their beauty…


And a little pink for breakfast is what’s
on the menu today…
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Happy Friday,Everyone!