Tulips Are Blooming

I can almost set my calendar by the tulips. 
Usually the 2nd week of May. It may seem ridiculous to get so excited about something like a bunch of tulips, but I do. Planted in November, there is the wait, the anticipation, the hope for Spring and the knowledge that they will dot our landscape for a scant few weeks. And, I’m just as eager as I was the first year we started planting them.
This was a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend and most notably because my own mother was able to spend the weekend with us. The tulips were just the icing on the cake.

What was the icing on your weekend? 

Bunny Williams – On Garden Style

With the promise of Spring this weekend (yes, things still haven’t bloomed here yet), I have gardens and gardening on my mind. 

I have been fantasizing about time in my garden for months. It was only last year, that our back garden really took root and I’m anxious to see if it is what I remembered, what made it through our long, harsh winter and what still needs to be done. Gardens are never ending and always evolving. That can be exciting or frustrating‚Ķ.but never boring.

In anticipation of time outdoors, I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Bunny Williams’ newest book, On Garden Style. The cover alone has made it one of my favorite coffee table books, but it is chock full of inspiration and practical information that will appeal to the novice or experienced gardener.

In this stunning love letter to gardens, Williams visits impeccably designed gardens around the world, shedding light on the key components that make a garden so appealing and idyllic. Bringing her eye for design (both indoors and out), Williams also deconstructs the process of creating a garden that fits with your home, your neighborhood, your climate and your personal style. 
In addition to swoon worthy photographs, Williams includes practical information such as plant lists, a reading list and recommendations on pathways, fencing and containers. If you want to see some of the components that Williams prefers, check out the home and garden shop, Treillage Ltd., that she co-owns with her husband, antique dealer, John Rosselli.
This is a book that will be referred to time and time again, thus making it one of the best kind of coffee table books. Beautiful to look at but truly valued for what’s inside. A great gift for your favorite gardener, aspiring or expert!
Here’s to getting outside this weekend!

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A Favorite Garden – Give Away Winner

Hopefully the weather will improve across the country and families will be able to enjoy the many beautiful public gardens, in the days and weeks to come. One of my favorite gardens is the Dallas Arboretum. 

And, speaking of gardens, I’m excited to announce the give away winner of the Angela’s Garden’s mother/daughter garden set. 

Pam, #17, wrote: “Elizabeth, I love pretty gardening gloves and hats. These are the cutest I’ve seen. Would love to win. Thank you!!” Pam, please email me with your mailing information, so we can get this darling set out to you!

Yet, as the mom of 2 boys, I love that Angela’s Garden also has adorable hat and glove sets for young boys. Denim and camo are just 2 of the patterns.

Here’s to strolling or digging in the garden in style!