White Tulips

Flowers are always on my mind... how I can arrange them, where I can find them, what vessel to best display them. White tulips are one of my favorites.

Balance is a major component in any design, including flower arrangements and placement. A very simple stoneware pot balances the more stately tulips, while showing them off beautifully at the same time.

Dogwood Blooms

Dogwood Blooms are among the prettiest! I love to clip a few branches to freshen the house every spring. These particular blooms are from the Florida variety, which are presently in bloom. My favorite is the Kousa dogwood that blooms the week of my birthday- the first week in May. They have a much darker green foliage and have creamy white saucer size blooms!! Another big plus is that they are more disease resistant than the Florida variety.  My family planted a Kousa in our backyard for my birthday several years ago, and curiously, up through the middle of the Kousa, a Florida variety began to grow. The trees are fused together and these are the branches from the Florida. I love the presentation in these re-purposed thermos liners sitting in custom metal stands.
Will share the Kousa blooms in early May:)

Lovey Dovey...

A few weeks ago, this sweet dove nested on our fence, where she continues to keep a watchful eye on her babies. It is so fun to walk down the stairs, look out the window and be greeted by her  every morning. She built her nest on the top rail of our wooden fence, with only a camelia japonica as a canopy,  and some confederate jasmine trailing the fence below her. It didn't look like much shelter, so we were very worried that between the elements (some unseasonably cold temps for the beginning of spring and heavy rain a few nights), and the precarious placement she chose for her nest, that her babies wouldn't make it- so, so glad they did. Thanks to my husband, Scott for taking this picture.
Love this happy family:)

April- A Time To Plant

This spring planter at the cabins at Inn at Half-Mile Farm, is full of favorites.. Lemon cypress in the background looks & smells delicious, while gorgeous red & green hues of heuchera take center stage. Mix in some white impatiens, autumn fern, sweet potato vine & parsley for a divine planter that will dazzle from April-October.