It doesn’t happen very often but all my energy this past week was devoted to working outdoors in my gardens. Not one day was spent in the studio. Springtime does that to me and I just can’t seem to get enough of watching everything come to life. The days are getting warmer but the nights are still cool, so I’m holding off planting my containers and hanging baskets until later this week. This weekend is a holiday weekend and traditionally, that is when seeds are sown and tender annuals are planted.
I won this biscuit barrel at a country auction last winter and to me, it epitomizes our Spring garden.
Daffodils and violets are among the first flowers that bloom in our gardens and these hand painted ones are beautifully done. It sits on a tea cart in front of the patio doors that lead out into the back yard.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee and join me on a tour. Here’s how things looked this morning at around 7:45 a.m. Let’s enter by the side gate, shall we?
I won’t say too much more. Let’s just walk about and breathe in the fresh air, take in the heady aroma of the lilacs and listen to the birds singing.
The last photo above is of the front of our house. Last Spring I planted the creeping phlox, thinking that it wouldn’t do very well but they are flourishing beyond belief so this past week I planted more in the other raised bed on the left. The two black iron urns will look a bit more colorful later this week with the addition of some annuals.
This week I hope to get a start on my mini Irish Chain quilt. I recently joined a “Small Quilt Talk” list which I am thoroughly enjoying. If you have an interest in small quilts, please visit Kathy’s blog, A Sentimental Quilter, for more details. Kathy is the author of the small quilts book ‘Remembering Adelia’, amongst others. And if you’d like to join the list, you may click on the button ‘Small Quilt Talk’ on my left sidebar. There is also a link on Kathy’s blog. The Irish Chain is the 9th Challenge Quilt that Kathy has designed for us.