Happy Spring Everyone!!
The last two days have been simply gorgeous – fierce sunshine accompanied by light breezes. The daffodils broke out from their winter’s nap and are doing their very best to produce flowers in a few weeks…. which won’t be easy since, last summer, the guy who mows my lawn simply mowed over all the naturalized daffodils living under my big oak tree. Spring flower bulbs need to absorb a good amount of sunshine through their leaves so they’ll have enough energy to push through the ground the next spring.
++ There’ve been years I’ve made fencing with small twigs and twine to protect (from my lawn mowing guy) the daffodils after they’d bloomed. Those leave may not look like much – but they should remain until the tips begin to brown. Only then can you be sure the bulbs will bloom in Full Force for the next spring.
++ I’d really love it if you shared some of your summer decorating ideas in the ‘comments’ section below. (If you don’t see the comments section, click on the title of this post – which will bring you to another page.)
This morning the sun is hidden behind misty grey clouds and rain is soaking the thirsty perennials and bulbs. So – I am forced to forget about working outside in my gardens. Instead, I perused some of the great summer decorating ideas I’ve saved on Pinterest. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of these ideas, and that they might inspire you as they have done for me! Enjoy !!
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Mason Jars are so versatile… but you already knew that! You can wrap them in twine and use them as vases – or as utensil holders for buffets or barbeques. You can have the kids paint flowers on the outside, put a battery-powered ‘candle’ inside and, using florist wire, hang them from the nearest tree. I’ve also tied raffia or ribbon to the tops of small mason jars and used them as candle holders.
Whiskey Barrel Tables – easy and inexpensive. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea !!
Eighteen inch Whiskey Barrels, sold at Home Depot, topped with 20′ glass table toppers from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Viralnova.com is loaded with tons of excellent D.Y. I.outdoor ideas, including these tables. I suggest you ‘drop by’.
I know the idea of placing a pot of flowers on an old chair is nothing new, but I’m finally going to do this with an old ‘ladies rocker‘ I’ve had for years. A ladies rocker is smaller than most old/antique rockers and there’s no arms on the rocker.
It took me awhile to be able to ‘save’ the photo of the chair on the right – but it was worth the effort. I love the delicate lines of the back. And I’ve been inspired to use yet another item from my barn – an old dining room chair. Which means, if I actually get to it, I may have the ladies rocker in one area of my garden and the old dining room chair on my back porch. (I’ll post photos of both, I promise.)
++ Follow link for directions to turn an old cane-seated chair into a flower display. http://tparty.typepad.com/the_tcozy/2008/04/a-chair-of-flow.html (Uses chicken wire and sphagnum moss.)
To get the effect below, I suggest buying a hanging planter & removing the hanger.
And don’t forget, occasionally, to give all your potted plants a good dose of plant food !
I hope these ideas have inspired you a bit – especially on a dark and dreary day such as today!
++ Woman in (Ladies) Rocking Chair – courtesy of www.wikiart.org