HAPPY FRIDAY!  I hope that you all had a lovely week.

 

 

It seems like this week simply flew by! Our Easter Sunday was wonderful, filled with our kids, our little people, good family friends and their kids and little people too! {I admit, I am in my element when gathering all the people I love here at FrenchGardenHouse.}

 

Are you in need of some Flower Therapy? Then you’ve come to the right place, since I’m joining my talented blogging friends Shirley, Mary and Pam today for another beautiful Floral Friday! You’ll find the four of us here every first and third Friday of the month, bringing you alluring floral beauty and inspiration.  A special thanks to Shirley at Housepitality Designs for being the mastermind behind Floral Friday.

 

 

Now please join me outside in the back garden for some Spring!

 

 

We are trying to have spring here in California. Trying. really.  My California garden is leafing out, but if it wasn’t for the pansies that are putting on a dazzling show, and a few foxgloves that Mr. FrenchGardenHouse planted for Easter, the garden would still be bare.

 

 

Luckily I was able to find some beautiful blooming hydrangeas at our local nursery in my favorite heavenly blue color, and cerise pink, too! Planted in large clay pots and strategically placed on the patio, they went a long way to cheer up our outdoor “room” for the holiday.

 

 

Our theme for this Floral Friday was canning jars.  I just love these old French jars, with the clamp down lids. Each one has an enchanting paper label, and they add such charm, don’t they?

 

 

This arrangement echoes our favorite colors for the back garden, pink, blue, lavender and purple, mixed in with a dose of soft chartreuse green and white.  Looking like I just picked them from the garden, the Bells of Ireland, Wax Flower, Queen Anne’s Lace, Statice, Mums and Dianthus mix and mingle in this glorious country bouquet.

 

 

Although I have several different antique French jars with gorgeous fruit labels in our FrenchGardenHouse online shop right now, I chose this one with the Prunelles Label, the colors are perfect!

 

 

 

Prunelle’s are blackthorn or “sloe” berries, they are kissing cousins of plums.  When the sloe berries are ready to be picked in the fall, adding France’s wonderful Citadel gin and a few spoons of sugar, sealing the jar and waiting for 2 or more months will result in a wonderful sloe gin concoction reminiscent of the southwest of France. The French drink it in tiny, tiny aperitif glasses, but it’s also delicious spooned over ice cream.

 

VINTAGE FRENCH PRUNELLES JAR

BLUE LINEN NAPKINS

ANTIQUE WHITE IRONSTONE BOWL

BLUE TRANSFERWARE PLATE

FRENCH BLUE & WHITE STAND

 

 

You can make your own Spring Floral Arrangement in one of your canning jars.  Here are the “ingredients” for you:

 

 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope that you will sign up to get my blog in your “in box” so you don’t miss a thing! {*top right corner of this blog*}

 

 

Be sure to visit my friends to see what they can do with a canning jar. {Magicians, each one of them! They have so much talent to create beauty.}

 

Shirley from Housepitality Designs

 

Pam at Everyday Living

 

Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is

 

Don’t forget about the GIVE AWAY I’m having at FrenchGardenHouse this month. Simply follow FGH on Instagram and leave a comment on any FrenchGardenHouse post. {If you don’t have an IG account, just leave me comments on all my posts. 🙂 I love hearing from you!}

 

 


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