Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away -- Please . . .

Tuesday I was yearning to dig in the dirt in my front yard garden, plant new bulbs, weed, spruce up for spring but the News said there were 2 more storms heading for Northern California.  This morning we had rain off and on and I hoped the worst was over . . . until I heard the pounding on the roof!!

I ran to the window and . . . saw this

Hail the size of peas!!

The News is continuing to say more storm systems to come.  There was even a tornedo just to the North of us.

My daffodils and tulips are naked stems now.  It came down hard for about 10 minutes straight.

For all my Blogger Friends in Northern California, stay safe out there!  More storms are coming. 

Take care and thanks for dropping by for a visit. 

P. S.  Make sure you drop by Brambly Home and Garden Blog -- visit Ann-Marie, her amazing home and enter her give away.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I've Got Spring Fever -- BAD!!

 For years I have hated lawns (unAmerican, I know) but I just didn't see the point and I adore the look of English Cottage Gardens.  So after checking the CC&R's for our neighborhood, asking neighbors-both sides and across the street.  We proceeded to rip out the lawn (read: rent large "Toys" for my DH and DS to drive around what was the front yard).  All this happened preBlog so I do not have pictures.  After ripping out the lawn we, DH and I, entered the "negotiate" about relandscaping the yard phase.  I wanted a water feature, shrubs, bulbs, annuals, perennials, dwarf citrus, olive tree . . .are you getting a picture??  DH not so much; so the yard sat as we discussed various new landscape options.  Until . . . .Code Enforcement showed up!!  Apparently next door neighbor decided dirt was not to his liking and called them!  The Officer was very nice -- told me he couldn't say who called (the whole time shrugging his head toward next door neighbor).  He said the front yard had to be "green and growing"  and suggested weeds are green and growing!!  I explained all this to DH and he gave me the green light on my plans

For months I would purchase plants in gallon tubs, bring them home, stage them in the front yard then stand and stare at them, then move them and repeat.  Day after day I was out there drag, stand, stare. Drag, stand, stare.  Until I found an arrangement that was most pleasing, I thought.  I did get the water feature -- at Home Depot on sale!  I was gifted iris bulbs from a friend in Santa Cruz, purchased baby Olive Trees, Daffodil, Tulip bulbs and Daylilies.(The Daffodil in my header is one of the varities in my yard).  My DH and DD installed the slate path.  My DD has a gift for choosing just the right stones to fit together.  We put a little "fence" and a garden gate, with arbor which stays open to be more welcoming! 
Dwarf Alberta Spruce and Iris
Butterfly Bush - waaaay to big -- it's going to move and be replaced with a dwarf varitety
Water Feature -- timer has not been changed to reflect Daylight Savings Time and I'm NOT gonna mess with it.  I'll ask DS to fix it for me : )

Dwarf Citrus, Bird Feeder, African Iris, Foxtail Ferns, Mugho Pines, Azalea
and my shadow!

I love it, but the winter rains have taken their harsh toll on my Front Yard Garden.  I am longing to get out there and work but we have heavy clay soil that  takes forever to dry . . .so for now I'm planning the new additions and praying for no more rain!!  The News says 2 more storms are heading toward Northern California -- say it isn't so!  It's also time again to repaint the house, dark colors fade so quickly.

I want to play in the yard and plant more of these . . .

But for now I'm waiting impatiently and planning more color, plus resting in anticipation of the mulching process

As always; thanks so much for stopping by.  I love the company and I would be so honored if you would consider following my blog!

I'm linking to Kim at Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesday -- come join the fun there are so many inspirational post! 


Monday, March 7, 2011

Top O' The Morning To You!

I was so inspired by all the amazing tabletop displays last week I found another area to add St. Paddy's Day cheer. The top of my dryer!  (Does it count as a tabletop??) One of the links from last week was to "Today's Fabulous Find" Blog, she creates wonderful subway art (and let's us download it).  I printed out the one I liked best, framed it and added it to the vignette. 

A Boston Fern in a thrifted pot, a Leprechaun Hat plant pick, my bottles of Laundry Accoutrements on a thrifted silver tray with  their (e-bay find) decanter tags, and the shamrock runner I made several years ago.  Makes tossing in a load (or 10) so much more fun!  I just noticed the tear in my Rabbit border -- weird, I go into that room a gagillion times a day, how did I not see that????? 
Close up of those lovely silver tags.  I have since ordered 8 more from the same seller, after a little mishap with cooking oils in the kitchen, all the oil is labeled NOW!!
How does something so simple bring so much pleasure?  That's why I love shopping the house and using what I have.  I always feel so frugal and creative after (I hope I'm not the only one!)

AND NOW . . . .(changing the subject)

In celebration of the beauty of Northern California's weather today . . .

My Daffodils are blooming! I have 3 other varieties, these are the early ones.
And so are the Iris.  The rest of yard still looks a little bare.  I need to get more mulch soon.  Ugh, that's one job I really dislike.  I like the results, just not the shoveling and wheel barrow loads, then rake, rake, rake.  But, I do enjoy the finished product, so . . . .I'll add that to the "To Do" List.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  I love the company and I would be so honored if you would consider following my blog!  I'm joining Marty at "A Stroll Thru Life" for Tabletop Tuesdays and Courtney at "French Country Cottage" for Feathered Nest Friday   Why don't you join us to? It's always so much fun and the inspiration out there in Blogland is priceless!  I constantly find new ideas.


PS I have a question, so many of you have the blogs you follow on the sidebar.  How do you do that??  I can't figure it out to save my life.  Well, if my life was really in jeopardy I would probably work harder, I'm just saying . . If someone would let me know I would really appreciate it. 

****EDITED****  I FIGURED it out!!  I added ALL the inspiring Blogs I stalk visit often to my sidebar! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St. Paddy's Day Decorating

The Weather in Northern California has been so unpredictable lately.  Rain and Hail one day, sunny and warm the next.  Today was wonderful!!  Puffy white clouds, blue skies, warm temp.  I was motivated to get out my small collection of "St. Paddy's" I know I don't like the creepy, scary ones.  I look for the fun, happy ones.  Just a few touches to spread the cheer around the house.

The Front Door
My Husband thinks I have a wreath for every Holiday, in reality I use the same base and change the "accessories".

I found this fabulous guy at Marshall's.  I have another one I just haven't found the right place for him yet, I hope I find a couple more this year.  I just love them!!

Coffee Table in the Family Room

Family Room side table

Kitchen Table

Here is hoping your March came in like a Lamb all soft, warm and cuddly.  Brighter skies are ahead!!  The rain, hail, snow will be gone soon and spring will have sprung!  As always, thanks for stopping by, I love the company, and I would LOVE it if you would consider following me!!


I am linking to Marty at "A Stroll Thru Life" for Tabletop Tuesday, to Courtney at "French Country Cottage" for Feathered Nest Friday and to Cindy at "My Romantic Home" for Show and Tell Friday!