Hello, lovely friends. No, I’m not dead. I’ve just been hibernating apparently, lol. As spring approaches, however, I find renewed interest in all of my creative outlets & thought it high time to dust off my blog. I hope this finds all of you healthy, whole & happy. Much love, s. xoxo
“Fair-handed Spring unbosoms every grace; throws out the snowdrop and the crocus first.” ~James Thomson
Let’s just say I have greenhouse envy. I have neither the space nor the amount of sunlight needed (big trees, lots of shade) for one, but oooh! they look so nice! I hope that in another life I not only had a greenhouse, but people that made it all fabulous for me and did all of the work, so I could just pop in and admire the orchids and perhaps take tea there. I mean, come on… If I’m wishing & whatnot. These are a few of my favorites… Enjoy these & your lovely weekends, my friends. xoxo
I’m making this snappy today as it’s Friday and it’s been a crazy busy week. As our weather has fluctuated between bright & crisp to blustery & wet, I’ve only managed a few magical moments in my garden this week. I planted a few bulbs and made sure to mulch my hellebores. They are looking very sturdy and dull at the moment, but I know that they will repay me in the next few months with big drooping heads of lovely blooms (that I will share on Instagram, as usual). The following images are some of my very favorites, a few of which I actually have. TGIF, my friends! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo
I frequently get comments on my gardening pins tinged with sadness that they don’t live in a plant hardiness zone that will allow them to grow the loveliness portrayed in the photo. Whether it be hydrangea, peonies, wisteria – someone somewhere can’t grow it. Now, usually, I pin my own garden favourites so this isn’t an issue for me. There are a handful of exceptions, however, and the lovely vine bougainvillea is one such exception. If it could run wild up the back side of my house or take over a corner of my garden, pure joy would beam out of my eyes. Here are a few of my favourite shots… (And have a lovely weekend, my friends! Do something you’ve never done before and report back on Monday! xoxo)
I can guarantee you that even one small year ago, I would never have written a post on the color yellow. It was the only color in the spectrum that I disliked. (I’m tempted to use the “h” word, but it’s the only word I’ve forbidden the kids to use, so hey, rules are rules.) Even now, you won’t find it anywhere in my house. Or garden, for that matter – except maybe in the center of a bright pink peony. But, what the heck. It’s a new day. I’m wide open to new possibilities. With that thought, here are a handful of fabulous photos featuring a color I’m warming up to… Enjoy your day!
Poolside is one of my very favourite boards. It is also where you would have found me this week, if you’d only known where to look. I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer every bit as much as I have. Please reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram and share your summers with me. I’d love to connect! xoxo
“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ~Claude Monet
My love affair with dahlias began much later than with other flowers. My dad adored them, but I always found them a bit… tidy. I tend to prefer flowers that sprawl a bit or self-seed or just generally misbehave. Dahlias do none of these things. They are particularly particular. However, two things changed my mind forever – one being the dahlia border at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, which is beyond stunning; the second being a little self-serve roadside stand (also in Victoria) that sold fresh bouquets of dahlias throughout late summer and into fall. At the time, you could get a single bunch for $3 or 2/$5. They came in such an array of colours, shapes & sizes, I couldn’t help myself. I used to buy them by the armful. And, between the two, I was hooked. As I live under massive trees, surrounded by tall hedges, I don’t have a spot at present that would accommodate these sun-lovers so I have to be content with pretty pictures like these… (Have a lovely day!! xo)
Who wouldn’t want a secret little getaway from the world? A place no one else even knows exists. And, perhaps, a place that once stumbled upon, can’t be entered as it’s not only secret, but private. I’ve been enamoured of this idea since I was a child. Maybe that’s one of the many reasons my current home appealed to me so much – the backyard is 100% private. It’s fenced & hedged entirely, but obviously it’s no secret as it’s a backyard. It is all ours though and we’ve been doing what we can to make it our very own private oasis. Here are a smattering of shots that have inspired me (These are all taken from my Secret Garden board on Pinterest. I do, however, share snaps of my own garden on Instagram regularly.)… Enjoy the weekend! xoxo
Universally admired, the lupine is a true work horse in the garden. Amazingly easy to grow (seriously, I’ve grown them from seed), highly drought tolerant and available in a stunning array of colours. Every time we’ve visited Newfoundland in the summer, the sides of the highway are literally painted by masses of wild lupine. So gorgeous. (And, if they can grow in Newfoundland, they can grow anywhere!) Have a colourful day, my friends! xoxo
With summer well upon us, it is high time to take our plates (& glasses… Cheers!) outside. Whether your ideal meal outside is a picnic in a scenic locale, lunch at the beach, dinner in the garden or a moment spent outdoors at a food truck in a hustle-y bustle-y city square, I hope you take the time to indulge well and often this summer. The fresh air will do us all good.
I’m going to make a tiny leap and assume that dining outdoors is a popular thing as my Al Fresco board is one of my most popular boards. The shots below are just a sampling. Enjoy your weekend, my friends! xoxo
“Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.” ~Danish Proverb
Having lived in the same plant hardiness zone (8) since I was six, hydrangeas are such a garden staple that it wasn’t until reading comments on Pinterest that I realized that these lovely plants don’t grow everywhere – or at least not easily. I seriously can’t imagine my garden without them. And between hydrangeas & cherry blossoms, it would seem that a trip to Japan is eventually in the cards. Until then, my own garden will have to do. (Btw, several of mine will be bursting soon & I will be sharing those snaps on Instagram. Join me!) xoxo
“Inside plum trees stood in a row, flowers lifted their pale throats to the moon and stars, a magnolia held its tight-closed buds like white candles in its green hands.” ~Marisa De Los Santos
Mine is just so, with large white candle-like buds about to burst into saucer-sized blooms of creamy white. I’ve shared a snap on my Instagram account, but for here I’ll share some shots via Pinterest. Enjoy. xo
Further to last week’s post on all things white (including the White Garden at Sissinghurst), I thought I would pull a few of my favorite images from my Pinterest board, The White Garden, to share with you. Please note that these are merely inspired by the famed garden and not necessarily of it. Enjoy!
“She walks among the loveliness she made, Between the apple-blossom and the water – She walks among the patterned pied brocade, Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.” ~Vita Sackville-West
I must have blinked because it seems that just yesterday my lovely wisteria was blooming and now there is one last lonely panicle. As a reminder of what I seem to have (mostly) missed and an inspiration to another weekend in the garden, here are a few truly extraordinary wisteria pictures I’d like to share…
“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen
With my daughter home from university, my son finishing finals in a week, & the weather being positively glorious, all of my thoughts throb with one word… summer, summer, summer. And with that siren song, I find myself writing two lists, one a summer bucket list for me & mine, the other a summer reading list. Now, this list is recommended reading for you, being favorites of mine. I’ll make & publish my own in the next day or two. Until then. xoxo
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~Oscar Wilde
You could say that my love affair with all things white began when my best friend gave me a copy of “Portrait of a Marriage” to read. Compiled by their son, Nigel Nicolson, the love letters of Vita Sackville-West & her husband, Harold Nicolson, stand as an enduring testament of their love & partnership. This collection also first introduced me to their lovely garden, the White Garden at Sissinghurst – a garden, I might add, that I missed due to poor planning on my part (Sissinghurst is only open sporadically throughout the week and I missed it by a day. Don’t make the same mistake.). White, to me, is the colour of possibility & eternity. What are your associations with the colour white??
“White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” ~Gilbert K. Chesterton
Today I thought I’d add a few photos to inspire your weekend gardening plans. Whether your plans involve getting your hands dirty, sipping a cold drink, or taking a picnic to your favorite park or beach, have a lovely weekend, my friends. I will definitely be raising a glass to all of you! Cheers!
“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.” ~Rumi
Was there ever a more feminine or lively shade of blue than turquoise? For me, the answer is unequivocally no. I know that smell is the sense that is most often associated with memory, but it is color that evokes memories for me. And all of my turquoise memories are good. Very, very good.
“The tones of gray, pale turquoise & pink will prevail.” ~Christian Dior
What a lovely spring we’re having here! I have been out and about in my garden for weeks & weeks now and am no longer waiting for things to grow as they are already blooming. It’s always nice to have a vision to inspire you and below are a few images pulled from my Envy board on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me.
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James