Sunday, March 27, 2011

Garden In Bloom

Thought I’d share some garden photos as everything is starting to bloom!
That’s my one lilac bloom so far! I envy those of you who are able to easily grow this shrub. I had a huge old bush at our house in New Jersey. So fragrant and beautiful!
That pretty spoon marker was gift from my bloggy friend Clarice.
My Knockout Roses are blooming!
I bought a little $30 greenhouse from Big Lots last month and it’s doing surprisingly well. It comes with two solar lights that you can clip on to any shelf. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it’s very light weight (easy to take apart and move) so I have to add some rocks to keep it from falling over when it get’s windy on my porch.
I’ve been able to start quite a few seedlings! Which I never do (I’m more of a direct sow kind of girl). It’s also a good place to hold some veggie starts that I bought that I can’t plant outside yet.

Thanks to all of you that came by to get cinderblocks and rocks. It was fun getting to meet you! I have about 20 cinderblocks left if anyone wants to come and get them.

I’ll probably be having a garage sale in April and I’ll let you all know when I have a date. I’ll be getting rid of lots of decorative accessory type things. I’m also selling quite a bit of my transferware collection. So if any of you have a store/booth and would like to come and have a look at all the transferware just email me and I’ll give you details. I’d like to sell it as a lot and not piece by piece.

I should have photos of my downstairs bathroom makeover in another week or two. I just need to get a shower curtain and a few accessories for it. Haven’t found a shower curtain that I like so far. Everything else is done and it looks good!

Hope you all have had a good weekend! It’s been a stormy one here!


Vee said...

This is the time of year when you really enjoy your garden so I'm glad that it's blooming so beautifully for you to enjoy. Looking forward to seeing the new bathroom redo. Your selling off some things and your collection of transferware reminds me of an expression I'm finding cute these days... "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" All the best as you continue the process.

The Old Parsonage said...

Beauty abounds where you reside my sweet friend. Love all of God's glory shining through.

Can't wait to see the update.

Enjoy your week!

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for sharing your spring garden. We had another 4 inches of snow here overnight:{ Mimi

Tanya said...

So many early bloomers. Your garden looks great. It got cold on us here (NW Arkansas) so I can't really work outside today. Looking forward to the bathroom reveal. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your gardens and yard look so amazing with all the pretty blooms. I can't wait!! It's nice to see you here again too! Wish I could go to your yard sale ;-( Pamela

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...


You've made me anxious for my garden to be in bloom! So beautiful!

Thanks for sharing your photos with us!


mizdarlin said...

You are so lucky to have such a good start this season..nothing here, yet, even the cherry trees, usually in full bloom by now, haven't even started..been a cold, damp Spring...
I used to have that very mini-greenhouse..same price but no lights..doesn't work that well without lots of sun (or lights) so gave it to someone are doing quite well with it..send some of that good sunshine up here to the NorthWest Coast, please!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your garden looks so pretty, Manuela! I saw a grape hyacinth blooming in my back yard, but that's about it at the moment. Hope everything is well. Things are slow here although we had an open house last weekend. I'm thinking we are probably going to have to have another in a couple of weeks.

Unknown said...

Yes things are starting to come out here too. It seemed like suddenly there were trees blooming and then I started to notice other things. We are getting lots of rain. I love your forget me nots, or pansies or whatever they are. I always love those kinds of flowers and they are so easy. Linda

E. Charlotte said...

Those or lovely photos! It makes me long for blooms! We have awhile to go before the flowers show out here. :)

Scrappy quilter said...

Makes me so long for spring. It's still cool here with lots of snow. Beautiful photos. Hugs

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

It was good to hear from you, stranger!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I am soo glad the spoon is cute. Enjoy it sweetie. Selling your transferware. Oh why, oh why could I not be your neighbor? I would clean you out!!! xoxox Clarice

Debbie said...

It was great to see an update from you. Everything looks so colorful and pretty at your place. This is definitely the prettiest time of the year in Dixie.

My mom carried lilacs from own house in New England to transplant in Georgia and tended them for about 7 years before they bloomed as beautifully as she wanted.

I think she lost the bush in the recent drought, though. I'll have to ask her.

terricheney said...

I've been exulting in my purple iris this year. They've not bloomed in years but suddenly they are blooming in every place I planted them!

Everything looks so beautiful. And it's such a treat to get to 'see' you once more. I've missed you terribly!

Salmagundi said...

I can't believe you are selling your transferware collection. I've always enjoyed your various changes with it in the past. Sally

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have a lot in bloom. I noticed the azaleas - I have lots of buds and only a couple that have opened as of today, but the temps have dropped here also. :( Would love to be there for your sale, but a little far away - Hope you do well.
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, look at all your pretty blooms! It's just gorgeous!
Hope you're doing well.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Leo said...

Very pretty flowers. Love the photos. Glad Spring is in the air.

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

Spring to me is HOPE!
Thank you for the stunning pictures!

Bonita said...

Your garden always looks like heaven in spring! Oh how I would love to buy some of that transferware, but we won't be your way until we come down for my son's birthday in April.

Victoria said...

Your yard/garden is beautiful! Seems like someone would feel lucky to buy a house with such great plantings!

Please let me know about the yardsale! I would love to try to drive up with my sister. :)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing your garden - I needed a little dose of spring on this cold NY day!

Cindy said...

Your garden looks lovely! I have a lilac bush, it blossomed the first year we were here, but not last year. I read somewhere on line that you can talk to Lilac bushes and it sometimes works, so I did. Hopefully none of the neighbors heard me threaten to cut it down if it did not bloom. We shall see if that helped in another few month.
I wish I lived near you, I would be at your garage sale.
Hugs, Cindy

Jen said...

I am always so envious of your gardens. You have such a way with arranging flowers in your gardens so that they are so lovely in bloom.

I hope things are going well for you all as you are preparing to move. As often as we have had to move for Audley's job, it is never easy, especially when you have made a place yours. It's always bittersweet.

Thinking of you,

Melanie said...

I love seeing your signs of Spring! Not much going on here in northern IL yet. :-(

Angela said...

Hi, I would be interested in any Thanksgiving type transferware. Thanks, Angela

Stacey said...

Beautiful! Isn't spring just the best?

Maria Wheeler, Simply Cool Stuff said...

I so envy your lovely spring and that Pink Impression Tulip, standing proud and tall..Surrounded by remnants of dirty snow our Hamamelis has bloomed a sweet orangey-yellow; the one harbinger of spring around these parts, these days. Thanks for the cheery photos - they bring HOPE of nicer days ahead for me!

Gumbo Lily said...

Spring has truly blossomed where you live! O Joy! Thank you for sharing


Christy said...

Your pictures are wonderful! Such beautiful colors and varieties. We're not seeing much color here yet, but you've helped me get excited for when we do!! Thanks for this post, and have a great weekend. :)

bikim said...

love it all!
those photos and flowers are just lovely!!!!!!!!!
so simple and yet ...
so pretty!
take care,

Betsy Brock said...

How beautiful! You're a good 6-8 weeks ahead of us up here in Ohio. Can't wait!

My Cottage Diary said...

Thank you for sharing photos of your pretty spring flowers! I bet everything is getting gorgeous in your backyard by now. You have a lovely backyard! The Bradford pear trees and redbuds are blooming in our area now. Sure is a pretty time of the year. Hope you are taking some time to relax as you get your house ready to sell. (I'm glad it's not me: I remember how much work it was to get my mother's house ready to sell!) Bess

Karen said...

Hi there my friend!
You know - I used to have a lilac bush at one of our old houses and it did phenomenally. My MIL told me an old trick. Water it with ice. Don't know why but it worked. I'd empty the ice maker on it's roots every couple of days. (Course it could've been my imagination that this did the trick) but I had more blooms than I could cut.
Just a thot!
Have a great day! Karen

Mz V said...

If you're planning on selling the china that is red and blue floral, with crossed flags, I'll buy everything you have! I didn't know if you were getting rid of that pattern, or what, but keep me in mind if you decide to sell it. Thanks from Sherman,
Mz V

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

Spring still hasn't arrived here in the California mountains. But, your lovely pictures sure cheer me up. Gorgeous flowers and all! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

When might you be having your yard sale? Atlanta's not too far away and I'd love to come!
~ Vida

Anonymous said...

Hi Manuela,

Wondering how things are going with the sale of the home. Hope all is good.

I'm in love. I'm moving. And I have a new blog design.

God bless,

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

i love your garden!!!
this time of year brings such excitement with the anticipation of newness and renewal in the garden. love your little green house!!


Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

Gorgeous! This is the first year my lilac has bloomed profusely. It's wonderful! I've read that you must have a very cold winter for it to bloom properly the following spring, and that was the case this year, but it's also it's third year since planting, so maybe it just didn't feel comfy quite yet. :)

Etcetorize said...

I'm so jealous. I still have snow in my garden. Hopefully by this weekend it'll all be gone. I'm especially inspired by your little bench area with the mirror. Thanks for the pics~

GlorV1 said...

Looks like I missed this post too. Where have I been. Either they are not coming up on my list or I have just been missing them. Sorry Manuela. It's really bursting out in color at your home. Looks great. Beautiful. Have a great week.