bringing spring inside

Spring is slow coming this year.  With very cold nights and brisk days, everything is hesitant to make an appearance.  Usually by now, at least the forsythia are starting to bloom. Since, it is still brown and drab outside, and the calendar officially says it is spring, I decided to bring out the spring decor and make it cheerful inside.  I started with the kitchen, … Continue reading bringing spring inside

bedroom baubles

As I age, every year, I do a little less decorating for Christmas.  I still enjoy doing it, but my tastes have become much more simple with time.  I have slowly parted with many decorations that had been collected down through the years, and replaced them with items that make a more subtle statement, take less space to store, and less time to get out … Continue reading bedroom baubles

this week’s bouquet

As the garden winds down, every week I think this will be my last bouquet.  We haven’t had a frost yet, and the trees are still unseasonably green, but the temps have turned noticeably colder, which seems to have intensified the color in these flowers. In truth, this bouquet looks more like spring than fall.  The roses look lovelier now than in the heat of … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

holding tight to summer

I did some dead heading in the zinnia garden last evening.  It is hard to watch the precious blooms losing color and going to seed. They are looking tired and worn, falling over from wind and rain.  The leaves have lost some color, looking very faded, and covered with a powdery mildew. Although smaller, they are still loaded with new buds, and dead heading will … Continue reading holding tight to summer

this week’s bouquet

Simple is this week’s bouquet. Simple, sweet, and so easy.  These are simply cuttings from a hanging basket with a single begonia plant in it. This is an area I created behind the fence in my back garden with a wrought iron table and chair, where I like to sit when I need a garden break. It’s quiet, peaceful, and most importantly shady. This basket … Continue reading this week’s bouquet