Today is a beautiful spring-like day here in California, and you just have to be inspired on days like this.

It has been such strange weather here, we’ve gone from summer temperatures to winter temperatures, but today, it’s spring!

The perfect mild weather, with a soft breeze, the birds are singing in the garden.

I so enjoyed styling a few of the “new” French Country garden antiques for my shop FrenchGardenHouse.


This is one of my most favorite pails, ever. It has just the right amount of blue left on it, it was used for decades in France as a minnow or bait bucket.

But I prefer it holding a great big bouquet of spring flowers in pinks and purples. How lovely this will look in a French Country home.

Aren’t the Ranunculus so pretty? They open with so many layers of soft, paper thin petals.  The Lisianthus is a deep purple with pink high-lights, when they open they look like roses.

Together, they make the perfect color combination for this blue and grey bucket, don’t you think?


These clay pots are old, they come from an estate conservatory in France, I love their years of patina.



They have five drainage holes, I’ve never seen those before, have you?



Some of these were painted a dark, forest green, some are a lighter green. I wonder if the gardener painted them to hold a certain color of flowering plant?



There is something special about these pots.

I am glad that I was able to buy the whole lot of them for us! {Some for our garden here at FrenchGardenHouse, some to sell to you.}



I can’t get enough of these Ranunculus, I especially love the striped ones!  I put a huge bouquet of them in the new French Hare jardiniere … these are a smaller size per your many requests.

The large French Flower Buckets are always so popular, but many of my customers asked for a smaller size to showcase their prized orchids. Or to display on the entry table for Easter. So these are a smaller size.

Aren’t they beautiful?



I’ll be working in the garden this next week to style some photoshoots of all the garden antiques I just bought from France, while the sun is still out!

In a few days we should get some showers, but Spring is undeniably here.

And I am so happy, I love the soft breeze, the roses beginning to bloom, and the birds. I wish my blog had sound, so you could hear them!



You can see all the latest garden antiques in the shop.

I wish you all a HAPPY SPRING!


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16 thoughts on “WELCOME SPRING”

  1. We’ve gone from fabulous Spring like weather back to winter since the start of spring yesterday! It is pouring with rain and decidedly chilly once again; how fickle the weather can be! But still the plants are thriving, the leaves are sprouting leaves and all is well.

  2. You always have such pretty things, styled so beautifully. I love the bucolic scene on that plate; I wonder which château it depicts. I think of you when I am out on antique hunts and wish I had your knowledge.
    We still have sun and warmth–the freshly laundered sheets are flapping on the line outside, that makes them smell so delicious–but rain is forecast. It’s now or never–summers here are hot and dry.

    1. Thank you so much! Oh! How I wish I could go travel with you on the French antique hunts!

  3. Lidy, such pretty photographs. Your have such lovely things. Spring has arrived here in Oklahoma too. I am so excited to be outdoors again working in my flower garden. I hope that you have a beautiful day!!!

  4. A wonderful collection of pots displayed beautifully. This is the time of year when thoughts turn to potting.

    1. Thank you Linda, for visiting FrenchGardenHouse today! I agree, I so enjoyed yesterday’s spring weather.
      Today it’s cold and windy again, but soon, very soon, all of us can play in the dirt again!

  5. Ginger Valdes

    So glad you’re finally getting some good weather. Those photos are inspiring! Have a beautiful day.

    1. Ginger, thank you! Ha, it was a beautiful day, but today? Cold, and rain…spring, it’s a fleeting pleasure this year!

  6. Lidy, the blue pail with Ranunculus is stunning. What a beautiful photograph! I love old clay pots like the ones you have. I’m so looking forward to the crabapple trees blooming and the birds playing in the bird bath again. Have a lovely day.

    1. Thank you Nancy! It’s a cold, rainy day today, so I’m happy I captured a day of spring outdoors….
      I can’t wait for the spring days to come and stay. The crabapples sound beautiful!

  7. After multiple 30 degree days last week, we are back in the high 70s and low 80s here this week. It is just crazy, but I am so thankful for the sunshine. The outdoors here today are screaming SPRING!! I love your pots — ALL of the colors — and the bunny container is just wonderful. And the ranunculus are so lovely and graceful in those containers, especially the blue minnow bucket! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Christi! I am looking forward to high 70’s again, too!

  8. Julie Watson

    Such lovely spring blooms in charming containers. I am amazed that these clay pots have lasted so long. I am always dealing with broken clay pots. These must be made of special sturdy, well-fired clay. Maybe its the five drainage holes that keeps them from absorbing too much moisture. So fun to see your creativity. 🙂

  9. Every photo here is gorgeous!!!The Ranunculus look stunning in the blue bucket….sigh…! Your styling is like no other my dear.
    You select the loveliest things for your shop. You have an amazing eye for beauty Lidy!
    I think the thing I’m looking most forward to spring for are the crabapple trees to bloom and to see the robins repairing and building their nests again.
    Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!
    Hugs from me….

    1. Oh, you are all so kind, I am so happy to hear that these spring photos bring inspiration to your heart! Crabapple trees in bloom and robins building their nests, the spicy scent of carnations, don’t these all make our spirits soar?

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