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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Spring Gardens at Last!

DSC_0154We thought it would never arrive, but Spring has come to stay! It’s been a while since the holiday decorations have been taken down and my window boxes and urns have sat empty for months. So, I was thrilled that the weather finally warmed up.

This year, the vision was soft and storybook. Cascading ivy with pale yellow pansies and ferns. The plantings need to coordinate with the tulips….which are beginning to bloom! So, a good deal of thought goes into what to plant in the window boxes and urns. Cindy Mills and her team at Gardens bring this vision to life and working with them is a highlight of maintaining our landscape.DSC_0180DSC_0153 DSC_0163 DSC_0164 DSC_0167 DSC_0176Hopefully the sun is shining where you are this week and it’s the beginning of a beautiful week!

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Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung…and not a moment too soon!! I have long time friends arriving this week for a visit and I want everything to look its best. Inside and out! But, first impressions start at the curb, so I am particularly excited about how our Spring pots have turned out.

For years, I’ve worked with Cindy Mills of Gardens. She and her team of trained gardeners have helped me lovingly care for our landscaping so that it compliments our house to its fullest potential. 

Pots are essential for creating color and drama when Mother Nature hasn’t provided it. My tulips won’t bloom for a few more weeks and my pear trees are on the verge of exploding….but not yet. 

So, we crafted a plan that would work on it’s on, provide a nice backdrop for the tulips and then stand alone once they have wilted.

Yellow forsythias, pansies and ivy were the plan. Cindy thought the red lacquered wreath we used for holiday looked so great that I should consider a Spring/Summer color. We settled on Key Lime from the Magnolia Wreath Company and I love it!
Another element that was new this year, was incorporating the metal orbs that my mother-in-law had sent me. I first broke them out for holiday and loved the structure they provided. Post-holiday, when I didn’t have any greens, I put the lanterns inside and loved that effect. With the ivy wound around, they feel very organic and storybook.
These smaller orbs are on the back patio, flanking our back door. Super simple, but impactful, I think.
Each season gives us an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Spring really made us wait this year, but I think it was worth it!
Do you decorate with outdoor pots? What’s your plan for Spring?