Gardens possess personalities

A garden lined with flowering plants, carefully lined, and color coordinated makes me admire the gardener who invested time and patience to create it.

How we choose Our flowers, herbs, and even the flower pots in our garden is a reflection of our personality. Colors of our flowering plants, the shape of our garden, choosing perennials or annuals sends a signal of how we think and see the world around us.

When I choose to create a garden I pay attention to how the sun will pour over the space, and how they are placed with the older plants. When I figure that out I start visiting my nurseries and purchase my plants based on what I fall in love with. Color, shape, how rare they are, or replacing an old plant that didn’t survive the winter.

Gaura lindheimeri, is one of my most favorite large flowering plants. They have a free-flowing, angelic personality that my eyes crave to see.

Geraniums are my trustworthy plants; they are bold, resilient, long lasting, and beautiful on their own in any pot. No matter how wilted and unkept they are, I grab them from clearance racks and bring them back to life.

There are many annuals I repeat every year like impatiens for my shady corners. They spread and bloom all summer and their colors add a pop to forgotten corners.

Next time you walk by a garden after you admire the hard work it took to create it, you can try to guess the personality of the gardener behind it.

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Unexpected Snow

Daffodils

Every year it only takes a few sunny days in mid forties to encourage the daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs to sprout and show off their blooms unexpectedly. Since we all expect this unusual change in temperature in late winter, to save the blooms from the freeze we have to cover them with fabric and towels. This morning we all woke up to a beautiful steady snow shower that covered our spring blooms and reminded us that winter is still here and spring has to wait it’s turn.

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Early Spring Blooms indoors

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Bring the blooms indoors

We can bring early spring indoors, by cutting a few branches of trees and shrubs, and have them bloom early indoors.

Here is what to look for:

Azalea, beauty bush, crab apple, flowering quince, magnolia, pussy willow, redbud , serviceberry, witch hazel, forsythia, rhododendron, spirea, and fruit trees : cherries, pears, and apples.

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Rhododendron buds

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Redbud, look for younger ones these are already ready to bloom

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Redbud

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Rhododendron buds

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Azalea blooms

If you can cut the branches in a warm day look for swollen, plump buds. Cut branches at an angle and be sure you cut them long enough to stand out in your container. To get water quickly to branches smashing the bottoms of your branches gently, will make it easier for the branches to take up water. For these young buds to go through the transition place your container away from sunlight, in a cool location.

Whitin 1 – 6 weeks you should see the buds swell and begin to open, and ready to be placed in sunlight.

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Quince buds

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Tulip tree buds

 

Spring Break Destinations

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Phoenix, Arizona

Temperatures in high 70’s and even low 80’s during spring break time making it perfect to be outdoors in “The Valley of the Sun,” the perfect nickname for the Greater Phoenix area that also includes Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler.

Great fun for the entire family.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Enjoy water sports, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and local history by oceanfront or near the harbor.

Great fun for the entire family.

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Tulip trees in bloom

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Check out Hilton head visitor sit for Accommodations from hotels, inns, motels, and resorts to home rentals, perfect for families or groups. There is biking, golf, horseback riding.

Enjoy water sports that include fishing, boating, parasailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and sailing. 

Great fun for the entire family.

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Destin, Florida

Our families favorite gateway is the emerald coast of Destin. Swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and plenty of water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, and more. There’s also a zip line, rock-climbing wall, and boat tours.

Tons of options for logging.

South Padre Island, Texas

Who would say no to an all day music? Beach parties, concerts during the month of March when it is spring weather. And of course water sports are also available.

Fun for the entire family.

Palm Springs, California

For early spring break travelers & that would be our family since spring break for us  is very early in march. Here days are warm & attractions are the Living Desert Zoo, Gardens,

a ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Night life in down town Palm Springs is live music great restaurant & bars while enjoying walks in great spring weather. 

Park City, Utah

You can still enjoy the cold weather sport, skiing in part city mountain & Deer Valley.

Hiking, mountain biking, and strolling along Main Street are perfect end of season activities, too. Families can enjoy bowling, indoor ice skating, and Park City Mountain Kids Activities, with a kid-only zip line, rope course, and tubing. Nightlife activities in town include pubs and bars.

Spring 2019 nail colors are beautiful pastels & ….

 

Spring 2019 Nail colors will add sparkle and shimmer to your nails. Of course with spring comes pastel shades like blues, yellows, pinks, and lilac. Also White nails are great for emphasizing your spring and summer glow and adds to the super fresh and clean look.

 

 

 

Spring 2019 jewelry is shiny, chunky, and colorful

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miu miu crystal cuff

Dripping crystals, long earrings, hearts and seashells, spring season’s hottest jewelry trends are playful and very shiny. 

Pearls our favorite the classic piece is also very much in fashion, but set in large sizes in very large necklaces for a modern update for spring

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Pearls in chunky sizes

Hearts shape earrings  are also dangling from necks in chunky oversized necklaces. 

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Carolina Herrera, heart shape earrings in colorful beads and pearls

Shell jewelry is beautiful and so appropriate for planning for the beach. Swim suits and drinks with umbrellas.

 

Decorating with spring colors

 

Easiest way to incorporate these colors to every room in your house would be adding pillows, accent pieces throws and flower arrangements .

Any of the following color combinations are a subtle transition to spring .

1- Yellow and green the classic spring combination 

2- Peach, ivory, Chocolate Brown 

3- Lime Green, Tangerine, mixed in with white or khaki, for balance. 

4- Powder Blue, Birch

Light and airy mix of woods the natural look and cool hue 

5- Robin’s Egg Blue, Bubblegum Pink

6- Aqua, Navy, Flamingo Pink

The 2018 Floral prints are unique

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Balenciaga, Sun shade skirt

What makes the 2018 floral prints different is the color and shapes all mix with images of flowers. It is not just flowers and beautiful colors on fabrics, but geometric shapes, and graphics mixed in with bold and vibrant colors.

 

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Anna Sui, Fairey Fields Crepe & daisy

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Burberry, men’s Floral print shirt

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Miu Miu, Faille pouch

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Acne Studios, Kymi gum fantasy sneakers

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Ralph Lauren, 872 straight leg jeans

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Tadashi Shoji, sarahi gown

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Gucci, Flora snake print silk dress

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