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This and That…
Happy Easter Sunday. I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend so far.
It was all about the flowers this week. As I made my way around town after PT and other appointments this week, I fell in love with all the flowers that seemed to be everywhere I went.
So, let’s start with Trader Joe’s. Yes…this is my FAVORITE place to shop. I don’t get to go very often. It’s almost an hour away, so when I go, I go BIG! I always have so many things to stock up on, like olives, salsa, green sauce, pasta, tomato sauce, and of course, flowers.
And being that it was Easter week, there were even more amazing flowers than usual. So bright and colorful, like these gorgeous ranunculus blooms. It warmed my heart.
I was heading out of the parking lot after my mammogram and noticed an unusual amount of flowers at the Fred Meyer garden center, so I decided to take a look.
There were so many summer annuals. So many.
I was surprised because we are still too cold to be able to plant these out in the garden right now. The woman working there said they had just received a truckload of these beautiful blossoms the day before.
I only hope they will bring them into the store every night so they survive. I wanted to buy every single variety here but knew I didn’t have any more room in the greenhouse, so I walked away sadly.
But at least we have this inspiration to look at.
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Around the Garden and Greenhouse
Yesterday was a big day! I had two garden helpers working with me to get some April gardening tasks done. There was a lot of rain, but we survived.
The dahlia tubers were dug up and divided, the fish compost started to be spread into the garden beds, and we did some perennial dividing and transplanting. It feels so good to have gotten some of that done.
The daffodils are looking pretty impressive in the spring garden now.
Sadly we are going to have to remove these barrels soon. They are breaking down, and I don’t know how long they will last.
I’ve decided I need daffodils in every pot in the garden next year. You can never have enough.
The tulips are almost ready! I will keep you updated.
I’ve been trying so hard to spray Liquid Fence on them every time it stops raining for a day.
The greenhouse looks full and alive. It will soon be time to start hardening off these summer seedlings, and then they will be transplanted to the raised bed garden when the tulips have died back.
I hope to harvest every last tulip before that happens, though.
The sunflower seedlings grew like crazy while I was in Palm Springs last week.
Around Our Cottage
While I was at the garden center, I did find some pretty spring flowering bulbs at a reasonable price, so I took them home to make this spring flower arrangement.
This vintage enamel container has been sitting around for a year or two, and I was so happy to finally put it to use.
Grape hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips are a winning spring combo.
The colors made the entire space pop, and the house looks so pretty for Easter.
My Favorite Finds and Deals This Week
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From the Blog
Are you looking for design and decorating ideas and inspiration to help refresh your kitchen? In this post, I’ll share 15 tips and ideas to transform your space into the beautiful kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Do you have a hard time finding a rug for your living space? I’ll share some tips on selecting the perfect rug for your home and the one-of-a-kind Revival vintage area rug I found to refresh my living room for the spring season.
Have you ever thought about growing your own cutting garden but aren’t sure what you might be getting yourself into? I’ll share some of the cut flower garden “dos and don’ts” I’ve learned along the way.
My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week
No one freshens up their spring porch like my friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill. See some creative ways she uses her flea market, and thrifted finds to decorate.
These 7 tips for painting furniture without brush marks.
How to make a DIY painted rug.
My friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra has the most amazing property in Arizona. See how she rejuvenated her charming guest cottage.
These 7 small porch ideas on a budget.
5 scrumptious quick bread recipes.
The talented Leslie at My 100 year Old Home shares the prettiest DIY spring cocktail napkins with flower embroidery. They are the perfect budget-friendly spring craft.
These kitchen organization and decorating ideas.
This fabulous over-the-top ice cream cake.
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.
Until next time,
Wishing a week full of joy, kindness, and peace.
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