The Promise of Spring.


It’s been one year exactly since we started re-doing our “new” back garden. Today, I’m giving you a little peek into the garden, and my blue Promise of Spring flower arrangement.


Thank you so much for joining me as we dream of the promise of spring!


Spring bouquet



Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!


Mary, Pam and I are thrilled to have you join us. Shirley is taking care of her Mom, and won’t be joining us just yet, but she’ll be back!



Monday Morning Blooms


Before we look at todays flowers, I’m giving you a tiny peek into our back garden. Changed from here > to where it is now, I can’t wait for spring to be in full force!



spring flowers


Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

Neltje Blanchan



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As you can see, the borders are filling in nicely.  The Rose of Sharon next to the fountain is still bare.  Can you spy a rope on our deck? {that line crossing behind the umbrella pole} we’ve had such high winds here that Mr. FGH felt it necessary to tie down one of our new little trees until the winds die down.


In the photo just above, you can just make out a little bird feeder. I didn’t crop it out, it’s become such a source of joy to see the birds joyfully fluttering around eating a full tube {!} daily.



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A flower blossoms for its own joy.

Oscar Wilde



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What a surprise to find such a huge variety of flowers at the market this time! I couldn’t help myself, I bought the long blue Veronica, the blue Larkspur, a mixed bouquet of blue Hydrangea, pink Roses, lavender Stock and little Wax flowers.  Added to some leafy eucalyptus, it made this big spring bouquet. I cut the stems, and arranged the whole big bunch in an antique French ironstone pitcher with blue thistles all over – I love it!



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spring flowers


The table is set with an antique French blue and white striped ticking, and my favorite blue and white Paisley tablecloth. In the photo below, you can see how we {and by we I mean Mr. FGH.} staked out the sweet climbing rose, New Dawn, on the side fence. It’s just beginning to leaf out, and we are hoping fervently that it will do well in this spot. Ever since we were first married, it’s a rose I coveted for our garden. We finally found a variety that is supposed to do well here in Southern Calfornia. I’ll keep you posted!


spring French country table


bistro chairs


Our smaller enameled plates are perfect for an outdoor lunch or snack, and the sturdy linen napkins with a soft grey stripe are always a favorite.


french country table

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I carried the wine outside {what is a French Country type of al fresco meal without some wine?!} in an antique French market basket, along with some bread from our local bakery.



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Here you catch a glimpse of the border along the back fence, the green is beginning to cover the wood, I think in one more year it will be a whole wall of green again. There isn’t all that much else to show in the garden right now. But the sun was shining, and I thought we’d all like to see some sun and flowers together today!



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Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.


blue and white arrangement



Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you have enjoyed this brief glimpse into the garden, where spring is trying, really trying, to break through.




I love this scripture. It is a reminder of God’s blessings, and that we don’t have to worry our way to a beautiful life. {sorry the text is a little wonky. Because we just launched our Spring Collection, I haven’t had time to fix it….we’ve been so busy shipping on the daily. Thank you!}


Let’s soak up the blessings of spring!  I hope the sights, smells, and sounds of this new season bring life and hope to you.  Whether it’s a walk on a sunny day {wearing a coat, or not} or running through puddles during an unexpected rain shower, let’s relish in spring, and its new beginning!


I hope you visit my dear floral friends, and soak up their flower therapy too. Just click on their links!


PAM at Everyday Living


Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


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and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse.





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