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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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Heirlooms

DSC_0350One of the keys to effortless entertaining is to use what you have. And, to use things in ways that they weren’t intended.

For this Mother’s Day, I decided to combine the beautiful, baby pink Angelique tulips in my garden (they are reminiscent of roses when they open up and smell like honey) with my great-grandmother’s crystal sherry glasses and our silver baby cups. Theses are cherished family heirlooms that seldom get “used”. I love how I can bridge generations at one table.

Here are a few other ideas on how to incorporate heirlooms into your celebration. Consider using each family member’s baby cup as a place card, either filled with flowers or candy. Bring out your grandmother’s china, crystal or silver and mix it with your every day dishes. Use baby spoons in candy dishes.

A friend of mine collects silver baby cups and ties them on her stair garland at Christmas. I think they’d be darling hung from the dining room chandelier with ribbons, too. DSC_0355DSC_0353 IMG_2412DSC_0365 DSC_0356DSC_0363 IMG_2411 IMG_2414IMG_2417 IMG_2415Hop over to my Instagram account (@prettypink2lips) to see if you won the Tulip Nouveau pillow by one of the coolest moms I know…Kerri Rosenthal!

Do you have any traditions for celebrating Mother’s Day?

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Tulips….Just Not The Usual Ones

DSC_0318You know that feeling when something new comes into your life and you can’t imagine being without it? Or how you managed before? Well, that’s how I feel about the new addition of tulips in our back yard. Two shades (white and pink) and two sizes (tall and small) are layered together to create a new happy landscape in our backyard. Who knew that having these little pops of color would bring such joy.

The daffodils are fading and the hydrangeas have yet to take hold…so these tulip beauties are the perfect bridge for mid-Spring. Our pink tulips out front are beginning to bloom, but won’t be peak for another 2 weeks.DSC_0319 DSC_0321 DSC_0326 DSC_0297 DSC_0300So, if you’ve been thinking about adding something new into your life or changing things up…I say “go for it”. You might be surprised at how a little change can brighten your day!

Tip-toeing through my new tulips!

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