Monday, March 16, 2009

Signs of spring!

This gift set on the bench by our front door by a friend gave me the idea for my post today. She had called me on Thursday after I got home from the hospital to ask how I was and said she was leaving me a little something at the door. What a cheerful sight to open the door to!

When I came home from the hospital, the first of these miniature daffodils was starting to peek its pretty yellow bonnet out to say hello. Since then, they are starting to flower well. The air has really taken on a change here in the last few days. Spring seems to have sprung!

We have placed our large pot of daffodils in a sunny spot to encourage them to start to grow even more. This year, I planted four kinds of daffodils in the one pot. I am looking forward to seeing them bloom.

This area right beside our front door is all in pink this year. I normally don't use much pink in my garden but decided to use it by the door this year.

We brought our little bench which is normally at Cranberry Cottage home to use here. I just love the hearts carved out of the side of the legs.

Our jasmine needed to be planted up in a larger pot with taller stakes this year. I am hoping it will grow much taller this year. If you peek in the background, you will see a project waiting for us. We got the heavy wrought iron table leg and the mismatched tabletop both for really great bargains. We plan to repaint it all black and refinished the chair beside it. I think it will be a cute little set once it is redone.

Our table on the terrace is fun to dress for various times of the year...

Don't mind this snail at all. He never seems to bother any of our plants. *grins* Spring has definately come to our garden and we see things awakening slowly. I hope you find a glimpse of spring here a cheerful part of your day even if you are still in the throws of winter's end.

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

I wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day if you celebrate it. This is my last day of isolation and a friend and I are off to see an art exhibition tomorrow. I am excited to get out and cannot wait to see the paintings of Waterhouse up close. I have been looking forward to this since I found out the paintings would be coming to Holland. Thank you all for your comments on my last post! I appreciate all of your good wishes.


Caroline said...


It is great that you are up and about again and do not seem to have suffered too much from the treatment.
Have a great time at the art show in Groningen tomorrow, I went there a week or so ago, it is really marvelous. Make sure you get the magazine as well, it is only 1 euro and is has the most wonderful information and pictures.

Tam said...

Heidi thank you so much for sharing some of your Spring! Your flowers are beautiful and I think your "new project" will be pretty once done also. It is still winter's end here in PA....
although I was excited to see a tiny little bit of the Columbine and Snowdrops making an appearance in my garden.
Have a wonderful day out with your friend while visiting the museum.

Nancy said...

Ohhhhh Heidi, don't overdo it your first day out. Be careful. I hope you have a fun day.
Love you, Mom
Your flowers are really pretty.

Elizabethd said...

So pleased to 'see' you are back, but do take it slowly for a while.
Your Spring plants are a joy!

Susan in SC said...

What pretty pictures! Daffodils are my favorite flower! I am so glad that you can leave your home tomorrow and you already have a nice trip planned! How wonderful!! I am excited for you!

le ciel flamand said...

Blij te horen dat het toch goed met je gaat. Geniet van de tentoonstelling, we krijgen wel een kort verslag hoop ik?

Andylynne said...

Thank you for sharing spring. Our Daffys are just about to open. I can feel spring in the air.
I'm so glad you weathered your confinement and are hope safe and sound. I can't begin to imagine how being isolate must be. You showed that handled it with charm grace and good humor. Lessons I know that I will most assuredly benefit from. Thank you for sharing your world, and showing us yet another side to your good nature.
Has Dagi recovered yet?

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What a lovely gift. And how wonderful your flowers look. I can hardly imagine it, yet. Since there is still snow, here and there.

Soooooo happy you get out tomorrow! And to see paintings by Waterhouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my, how lucky you are!!! Please gaze extra lovingly at them, for me. :-)

Have never seen the 'Larkrise' series, but it sounds so delicious. Thank you for the suggestion. I'll have to look into renting, earlier seasons.

Aunt Amelia

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a lovely surprise and such sweet flowers. Glad you are almost out of isolation - enjoy those paintings!

Ginny said...

Such lovely flowers! We have snowdrops in bloom, and the tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses are pushing their heads up through the warming soil. I need to think about pruning the Rose of Sharon, too.

Enjoy your outing! It'll feel good to get out after being in confinement.

Tracy said...

Deliciously beautiful post, Heidi...all these signs of spring make my heart sing! Such treats you came home to--splendid! Enjoy your outing...Happy Day ((HUGS))

the homely year said...

Helo Heidi,
Such a pretty gift...hope you're feeling much better. Your flowers are looking gorgeous!
Margaret and Noreen

Melanie said...

I love all your spring decor and flowers. It is making me ACHE for spring flowers here (northern Illinois/US)! All we have are some green shoots (lilies) coming out of the ground and just today I saw some green buds on a neighbor's tree, but that's it. Still way too cold to plant any flowers; even pansies.