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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FEBRUARY GARDEN JOURNAL


Hi everyone, 
I hope you are enjoying the last week of February. I'm starting to record my yearly garden journal on my blog. I didn't take any photos of January, because it was a mess.  February the garden has been cleaned up and the bushes have been pruned.  We hired three high school kids for three hours to help with the clean-up and it really helped my poor old back. I pruned and they loaded the brush in the trailer to haul to the dumps. I  think I've said this before but "I love every month of the year in the garden".  February is amazing with the new growth on the plants and the bulbs poking their leaves out of the ground. 
The daffodils are blooming in the far garden under the plum tree.
The white metal bench is waiting to have a vignette set on it for spring time folly. The grape vine is pruned and the little pots are waiting for some annuals to be planted in a week or two. 
Lambs ear, day lilies, artichoke and my yellow David Austin roses are beginning to show signs of growth. 
Lenten Rose and my praying angel. I love my angel.

Looking towards the pergola in the side yard.
Another grape vine and  roses.
The cuties in the bird bath and a weathered bird house. Daffodils and day lilies are surrounding the bird bath.
Purple Lilac and Butterfly bush against the fence. 
My park bench waiting for someone to sit awhile.
The wild violets I have had in my yard for 47 years. I cannot get them out of my yard. I read that if you plant them in a pot they will die. They just move around my yard from place to place. The yellow daffodils are so sweet. They are a little short variety. 
This sweet angel started my love affair with angels in the garden. 

Thanks for visiting
Joyously,
Betty
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No Minimalist Here for Show Your Style Thursday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
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 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday 
The ROSEGARDEN for Showoff Saturday
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Creative Country Mom for Garden Party Tuesday

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garden Anticipation


Hello sweet friends,
I'm busy preparing for a yard sale next weekend and preparing our taxes for the accountant. Two crazy awful jobs, but I do have the wonderful, delightful job of preparing for my spring garden.  I was shopping at Walmart and found some seeds and bare root roses. The 1st of March I plan to be playing in my garden and greenhouse Go Here.
I picked my daffodils from the garden because I was afraid they would be blown to bits if we have another storm.  I think I will plant more yellow daffodils this fall. I purchased a hundred mixed bulbs in the fall of 2013 so it's time to plant another hundred or so. I buy the bulbs from 'White Flower Farm' and they are a fabulous bargain. 
I have a variety of annuals and perennial seeds to start. 
I also have a new pair of garden gloves and pruning shears I received as a Christmas gift. The glass jars have some seeds I harvested from my hollyhocks and foxgloves last year. I need to get them in the 36 cell seed starter soon. 
My straw hat with a little yellow ribbon is ready for me to wear out in the garden. I put everything together on my table to take out to the greenhouse and it turned into a tablescape or vignette.  Don't you love it when there is a photo moment in everything we do. Oh my goodness I even have my work boots 
waiting for me.
 
The little wooden handled box is perfect to carry my goodies to the greenhouse.
I have some seed starter mix and some white peonies and new dutch iris tiger eyes to plant. Cherish and Patchwork are my new bare root roses. I have a rose bucket list and I'm waiting until the rose bushes in the pots are available and I would like to buy Hot Cocoa and another David Austin The Squire
I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up this box of zinnias. 
Daffodils from my garden in the watering can. I have the February Garden Journal post to write tomorrow and you will have a better look at the garden before it's in full bloom. The Rose society says my garden has "good bones" and I'm very proud of having good bones. LOL.
A little recap: 
We are having some blue bird weather here in California this week, but we will be getting more stormy weather in a few weeks. Winter isn't over for another six weeks. Well, I must get busy and take care of business. 
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to: 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
A delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday 
No Minimalist Here for Show Your Style 
The ROSEGARDEN for Showoff Saturday
Rustic and Refined for Table It Link Party - Sunday
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Saturday Roses


Greetings everyone,
It's a wonderful weekend here with sunshine and warm weather I'm sharing some beautiful roses I received as part of my Valentine gift.  Tea is served and I have some sweet verses from my Valentine Card to share with you.
Our LOVE Has Been a Journey
I couldn't have known when we first met that everything in my life before then had been leading me to you...
But looking back, I realize that every decision led me to just the right turn, and that every road, taken or not, brought me one step closer to you and the love we share...
Today, I know for sure that when our paths came together and we found one another, it was really only the beginning of the most beautiful journey of all... the journey of two hearts that beat as one.
My old favorite Tea Set...'Winrose Collection'
The most beautiful roses with a hint of pink on the edges.
I love to have a mosaic in my collection.  
Bless you all for joining me today and during this week. I do have some garden photos to share with you, but my income tax preparation is taking precedence over blogging. I know everyone understands what I'm taking about. 
Have a wonderful week
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Table It Link Party - Sunday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Valentine Cookie for You♥

Hello everyone, 
I baked some Valentine cookies for you and I would love if you would sit awhile and enjoy some tea, cookies and the pleasure of a camellia bouquet from my garden. 
I love to bake.  The valentine cookies are sugar cookies with a powdered sugar glaze and sprinkled with red and white candy decorations.  
February is the month I have the most beautiful camellias blooming. 
Debutante and Pink Perfection...
Tea and cookies under glass.
The napkins are in the shape of hearts and vintage loose tea spoons are ready to steep in hot water. 
The weather is warm this week. We had a week of rain and now it's feels like spring outside. I have a post next week with some fun garden things to show you. But today, tomorrow and Saturday it's all about the romantic day. 
Valentine's Day
I think the cupids on the vase are reminiscent of the romantic day. 
Happy Valentine's Day



Have a wonderful weekend.
Joyously, 
Betty 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The ROSEGARDEN for Showoff Saturday

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Mantel

Hello everyone,
Red and White decor is so refreshing to see after my dreary and boring January mantel. I decorated the fireplace mantel with a little Red, White and Green. And
I decided to use plates this year on the mantel for monthly inspiration. Each month I would like to change the plates out to express the season. This month is a Valentine theme.
I love my square boxwood wreath decorated with a red ribbon and two red cyclamen plants as the centerpiece.
During a shopping trip to Macy's after Christmas I found these white felt hearts trimmed in Red for one dollar each. With some satin ribbon and little red clothes pins I have a bunting or banner for Valentine's Day. Simple and fun to make. 
Just enough  decor for My Cozy Corner.
The Before Photo of the mantel is Here.  It was Christmas time and featured at Katherine's Corner. You can also see my Christmas Banner too. 
I have several different salad plates I've collected to set my tea time tablescapes. And I think this is going to be fun to change the plates, candles, center decor every few months. I will need to change the colored ribbon on the wreath from time to  time. We will see if this works out for an easy mantel display during the year of 2015.
As soon as I spotted these cute heart ornaments my heart skipped a beat. I knew the minute I saw them exactly what I was going to do with them.
The heart plates are a set of four and I found them at Tuesday Morning when I worked there a few years ago. I love Tuesday Morning. They have the cutest stuff and at great prices too.

Brass and Gold goes so well with our new living room furniture. 
I love a mosaic to recap my post. I hope you love them too.
Have a wonderful weekend. 
Thank you so much for visiting and Happy Valentine's Day.
Joyously,
Betty
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Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden

 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
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