Sunday, April 25, 2021

The First Blossoms in the Spring Garden

Hello and welcome to the spring garden! My favorite season in the garden is spring, with its wonderful exuberance of shapes, colors and textures that is especially welcome after the challenges of winter. For spring blossoms I rely on trees and shrubs, carpeted beneath by perennial bulbs.

The photos below are roughly in their order of bloom, spanning the end of February through the end of March.

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Hopping into Spring

I can always tell that spring has truly arrived when I see bunnies hopping through my garden! They have already begun nibbling my flowers and the fresh green shoots growing through the mulch. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Medley of Easter Tablescapes

Welcome to a medley of my Easter tablescapes! 
I had intended to set an Easter table to share with you, but my plans for the last couple of weeks were drastically changed by a trip to the ER with Greg, followed by his emergency cardiac surgery. From the time I dropped him off at the ER until he was released from the hospital eight days later, I was unable to see him due to the COVID-19 visitation regulations. I am so glad he had been vaccinated before this happened!
Thankfully we could text and eventually talk on the phone. While I certainly understand the need for the hospital's policy, it made waiting so much worse. But Greg is home, healing and feeling better each day! So I'll be back with new tablescapes soon!

In the meantime, click on the title just above each pair of photos to see the full post.


Friday, March 19, 2021

Year of the Dog

The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16, with celebrations that can last for two weeks. Last year it began in January. Each year it falls on a different date because the calendar is based on the cycles of the moon.

Monday, March 8, 2021

A Table in Green and White with Pops of Color

Early spring is all about the fresh new greens in the garden and on the table! I decided to celebrate with an abundance of greens, using fresh flowers from my garden and a variety of green-toned tablewares.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Song of Winter

When you listen carefully, you can hear the song of winter. More muted than other seasons, winter nevertheless is full of sound, except perhaps when a new blanket of snow is falling. Birds sing and ruffle the leaves and needles of evergreens. Squirrels and chipmunks rustle the fallen leaves, and chitter and bark to defend their territory and food caches. Branches creak and thump against each other in the wind.


Friday, February 12, 2021

February Decor throughout the House

February can be a letdown after a long season of warmth, color, good food and wonderful celebrations. It is a mixture of days – days of winter, days of hopeful spring sightings. It's also a strange mixture of holidays – the renewal of the Lunar New Year and the heady excitement of Valentine's Day.
I often find it difficult to develop a cohesive look for February decor throughout the house. So I decided this year not to try, but to decorate vignettes in all the facets of February!


Monday, February 8, 2021

Pretty in Pink

To celebrate Valentine's Day I set up a tableau on the kitchen island that's pretty in pink!

 And decidedly girlish!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snowdrifts on a Plaid Table

We've had several beautiful winter days this week. Gorgeous blue skies, brisk winds and (relatively) cold temps. Absolutely heavenly! All that I'm missing is a sparkling blanket of snow! While there's only a slim chance of that, I can dream. 

And I can build a tablescape featuring drifts of snow down the center.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Deck Update - Railing Installed!

I suppose this should really be entitled Part 3 of the backyard renovation, since it has had its own saga. If you've seen my previous posts, you may remember that we started demolition of the old deck on May 11, then progressed through demo of the rest of the backyard and then construction. The deck was the most straightforward part of the renovation. Both demo of the old deck and construction of the new was accomplished fairly quickly.