Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lets Party Among The Flowers...






What could be better to chase away the gloom of dark winter skies, than to engross ourselves in sunny pictures of gardens and flowers? It was a pleasurable time, this afternoon, going through my pictures revisiting last summers blooms! Even though it only got to a chilly 20 degrees today in my part of Michigan, I could feel the warm sunshine as I enjoyed these pictures. They gave me that happy, hopeful feeling knowing that it would not be too long before we saw the first blush of green on the trees .... the the first tips of tulips and daffodils pushing up through the soil. Images to remember as we are shoveling snow and dealing with the cold.

So, please join us at ETSY COTTAGE STYLE for a sweet party in the gardens of our members...Guaranteed, it will lift away the winter blahs and remind you what is not that far off...I have already begun my list of flowers and plants for my spring trips to the nursery! One of life's true pleasures. ♥ Enjoy!

Look at those beautiful healthy buds! And, petunias, pink and white, waiting to be planted....

And one of my sweet Columbine plants. They are so special, I always imagine fairies playing among their pretty leaves....foxglove in the background is one of my favorites...

A few raindrops from a passing spring shower....

And, of course, beautiful bearded Iris...

And bright pink Carnations with a spicy fragrance...

More Iris that came with the house...

This was a "curbside" find. Hubby found this and spoke with the man that had put it out to be sure he was really giving away this treasure....the man told him it had belonged to his father long ago. The paper is still on the front with the name of the company that made it. That was a bonus day, as he also surprised me with a beautiful olde wicker rocker for the porch from the same house ....It is our most comfortable porch chair!

One of our beautiful Spirea bushes in bloom....

Beautiful Baby Blue Rose...she did not do well last year and hope the year to come will be better for blooms!

Our gorgeous Bleeding Heart bushes among the Lily Of The Valley! They get twice this size and are the prettiest things! I wished they bloomed all summer long!

One of my new Star Gazer Lilies....they were huge!!

Dainty Bleeding Hearts and Wood Columbine among the
Ferns and Violets...

Flowers in one of the hanging baskets on the front porch...

Our daughters home by Lake Champlain...
And I will end this little trip down my memory lane of last years flowers with my beloved Eden Rose:

I hope you enjoyed your visit and that all the flowers and their loveliness, warmed your heart!
Now I am going to go and enjoy yours...
♥ Jil

14 comments:

Sares said...

Oh, Spring sweet Spring, where are you! Have a lovely week!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Simply gorgeous!! Love your bleeding hearts..I just can't get them to take here.
Do I dare say you gave me Spring Fever!!
LOL
*hugs*deb

Marydon said...

Can hardly wait ... bleeding hearts & columbine are my early fav's in our garden. Yours are all just breathtakingly beautiful ...

Have a lovely week ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Lori said...

Beautiful! I think you like Pink! I absolutely love that vintage wheelbarrow--what a wonderful find. Your gorgeous flowers brought a warm glow to my heart. TFS!

Mari said...

What beautiful flowers Jil, such lovely pictures you have, I love that pink rose, soooo gorgeous ;)
I just could smell that sweet spring air now.....

xo~
Mari

Doni said...

I can almost smell them...especially those gorgeous Iris!!! Oh you've made me want Spring to be here already!!!
Thanks so much for the stroll, and for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!!
Blessings, Doni

Fishtail Cottage said...

love your photo's! makes me anxious for the garden to appear again! Cottage Flora Thursday's will appear again in May...hope to see you link up! xoxo, tracie

Melody said...

WOW Jil! Welcome to the Cottage Garden Party! What a fantastic garden you have. I cannot decide on a fav..I love it all. Thanks for a 'warm' tour on this chilly day!

cottonfieldfarm said...

Oh Jill, it doesn't matter how large or small your yard is, you have a show place of beautiful blooms! Your pictures get me wanting to clean out the flower beds! What lovely inspirations you have! Thank you for visiting my blog. I truly love your creations in your shop! Stay warm and safe. Blessings, Regina

Leann said...

I sure could use some summer warmth today. We have no heat! The repair men are here putting in a new system. UGH!

Enjoy your planning!
Leann

sissie said...

Hi Jil,
It always lifts our spirits to go back and look at how lovely spring and summer can be. You have a lovely garden and I know it will once again flourish.
Love the wagon too.

hugs
Sissie

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my goodness you have all the plants I have been trying to grow!!! Spirea,bleeding heart... Your garden is beautiful and making me wish for Spring which, like you is a long time coming to Colorado.

I do have lots of beautiful bearded iris in a variety of colors, my favorite being a beautiful pink one!

Come by and sign up for my fun giveaway!

bee blessed
mary

Debbi said...

What a fresh breath of spring in your pics Jil! I can't wait o get out of this wind and rain.
The flower you asked about on my blog is a Plumeria, so very fragrant! I know I am in Hawaii when I smell those!

rosesandpink said...

How is your Eden rose bush this year? Mine has really "grown" but still in about 4 years has not produced a bloom. I am wondering why not?