We've been enjoying some beautiful, beautiful spring days these last few weeks. I think everyone is so relieved that winter is finally over. Buttercup meadow is in bloom along with the violets and these pretty Star-of-Bethlehem that I photographed below:
I think the Star-of-Bethlehem are so pretty and I wonder if someone planted a few bulbs at some point in the past or if it was an independent squirrel project. Either way, each year they're spreading further and further across the park under the huge old trees. So lovely. I must remember to order some bulbs this fall. And thank you to Margie for helping me to identify them. She's always so helpful and knowledgeable whenever I have a question about plants.
I'd love to be able to identify this springtime flower, too:
Yesterday's celebration was perfect. I received sweet gifts and was treated to yummy meals, including a lobster dinner at home. So good.
I spent a lovely Mother's Day with my kids, my husband, his sister and her husband at Ladew Topiary Gardens. As you probably know, one of my favorite things to do is to wander through pretty gardens taking photos... and my family cooperated and let me indulge myself. I took a lot of photos...
Hope you all had wonderful and relaxing Mother's Days, too.
The past two weekends have been a wonderful whirlwind of egg hunts, walks in the woods looking for new life, and time spent wandering through gardens, enjoying the new blossoms as much as possible. My dad came to visit last weekend and we kept him busy with all the activities. He's probably glad to be home in his quiet and serene house.
My very sweet and thoughtful friend Stephanie arranged things so that I could get a copy of this book from Switzerland. She happened to have a friend who was traveling there recently, and she generously bought this book for me. Thank you! Thank you! It's fun to see it in person and I'm so happy to have a copy of it. The kids love it. They think they're famous.
And I've discovered two more books using my photos! This one that seems to be in Korean, it's for sale in numerous Korean shops:
Hello, dear friends. I'm sorry I've been absent... I've been in a sort of uninspired funk these last few weeks. I'm blaming it on the winter. It was entirely too long and too cold with too much snow. Just ridiculous. I'm hoping that if I start posting here again, I'll start to perk up and feel like making again.
I've cleaned off the coffee table and strategically placed the watercolors next to fresh paper in the hopes of inspiring the kids. It's worked. We've been having some nice painting sessions, the three of us, these last few days. The kids are always creating, but their projects usually involve scraps of cardboard and tiny little cut out figures on paper. These creations quickly spiral out of control and add to the general chaos and messiness of our house. I like painting on large, neat, stack able sheets of paper more.
Yesterday, we planted a hummingbird garden. It's similar to the fairy garden that we planted last year. This packet contains Lupine, Zinnia, Hollyhock, Rocket Larkspur and many other pretty flowers. I hope the hummingbirds that visit our garden will be pleased. I can't wait for everything to start growing. We've had such a late start this year. Our grass is so dry and weak and sad looking. I can't wait for lush green.