The Pretty Pink Tulips

DSC_0329I literally wait all year for this.

The two to three weeks that my pink tulips are in bloom! As with most of the past 8 years, they bloom just in time for Mother’s Day. I sneaked in a few shots of the pink tulips that are in the backyard (first year for those), but overall this is the front and side of our home. I noticed that the tulips appear lighter or darker in some photos…this is just based on the light and time of day I took the photo.

The tulips in the front are called Menton. The smaller ones in the back are called Angelique. Enjoy….the pretty pink tulips!DSC_0332 DSC_0338 DSC_0363 DSC_0365 DSC_0371IMG_2441DSC_0367 IMG_2462 DSC_0370 DSC_0346IMG_2443We plant over a 1000 bulbs each year. If you are considering tulips for your garden, I encourage you to plant more than you think and to plant them in clusters, not in a row.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who are nuturing the coming generations, in the weeds of parenting or enjoying an empty nest and the fruits of their efforts! These flowers are for you!

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Drenched in Daffodils

DSC_0264The sun has finally come out to play! We are warming up and the daffodils have bloomed just in time for Easter. Yellow is everywhere between the daffodils, which are mainly in our back yard and in the front pots, and the forsythia. You can see the tulips starting to come up, but they won’t bloom for another 2 to 3 weeks. No complaints here, though….Spring has finally sprung!DSC_0275DSC_0267 DSC_0268DSC_0278 DSC_0271 DSC_0273 DSC_0277 DSC_0279Hoping it’s sunny and bright for you this weekend and happy Easter to those who celebrate!

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A Garden Party

This week, some friends and I hosted a garden party for our garden club…and we couldn’t have had a more beautiful day. Sunny, no humidity. The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather, so once we knew we had that…the rest was easy.

My friend, Julia, allowed us to have the party at her beautiful home that has a bucolic, English style garden. Lush and welcoming, it was the perfect entry point for the party.

Using the invitation as a starting place, the focal point for the decor became these bright, printed Scalamandre tablecloths – which had been purchased at last year’s Central Park Hat Party (also known as the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon) by a few of our friends.
One of our garden club members with a really bright green thumb did all of the flower arrangements to complement the linens…each prettier than the next. Thanks, Chris!
We had tables set up inside as well, but everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather, and chose to sit outside, on the patio or the lawn.
At our planning meeting, we were drinking out of mason jars, so someone had the fun idea of everyone buying a set for themselves and that’s what we used for water and iced tea, punctuated with coordinating orange striped straws.
We served a chicken salad, a shaved brussels sprouts salad, spinach strawberry salad, tea sandwiches and deviled eggs. We were amused that the sandwiches and eggs were the first things to disappear! 
Copper mugs have been the rage, primarily for Moscow Mules, but they also make darling containers for smaller flower arrangements.
And, as with all good parties…we had a sweet ending. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, iced with flowers that mimic those in the invitation.

Wishing you a sweet weekend, in the garden or wherever you may be!