Our front door and windows are in the midst of a renovation, but that didn't stop me from decorating our porch for the season. Of course, that means having to move everything while E is working but I'm happy to do so!
Pumpkins do not seem to be in abundant supply in our area this year, so I visited a few places to hunt down what I was looking for. To the helpful employee at Trader Joe's who helped me dig down to the bottom of the huge bin - thank you!!
A new addition to our porch this season are a set of beautiful lanterns by Luminara, The candles look like the real thing and they came with a remote control. So happy with this purchase! I'm already thinking of how I'll use them in my decorating throughout the coming holiday season.
I'll have to take some more pictures once the renovation is complete. The door is looking so beautiful and I love the new color, Hale Navy, by Benjamin Moore.
Autumn - my most favorite time of the year. I love this quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”
Recently came across a tip for prolonging the life of cut hydrangea blooms and my last two arrangements still looked beautiful after two weeks. Simply, smash the end of the stalk to allow the water to flow more freely. How simple with amazing results!
Planing on returning to more regular blog posts now that most of our traveling and projects for the summer are winding down. In the meantime, you can see what I've been up to over on my instagram. @juleseab.
Our English Garden roses began blooming about a week ago. This is my favorite time of the spring season, for once the hot & humid days of summer arrive, the blossoms are few and far between.
Expecting heavy rain today, I woke up early to cut some roses to enjoy indoors. I must admit, I treat my rose garden like a cutting garden - not many remain on the bushes for long. (My mom gifted the above antique oak serving tray to me for my 21st birthday. While watching Downton Abbey, I noticed the servants use trays just like mine. So now I think of it as my own little piece of Downton Abbey.)
With the roses from this morning, I was able to make three beautiful bouquets.
Peonies are my favorite flower. I love everything about them, except for their very short season. Wouldn't it be great if they bloomed all summer long? When we were married, I chose pink peonies and allium for our centerpieces - so pretty!
Working on a slip cover today for a chair in our bedroom. Wish me luck. Have a wonderful day.
Hope you all enjoyed a lovely mother's day weekend. The weather here was beautiful and I was able to finish planting the remainder of our garden urns and containers. Here's a few snapshots from the weekend.
dark purple calibrachoa, candy cane verbena & ragtime petunia
sweet potato vine, cream petunia, white torenia & bacopa
Happy May Day! After enjoying days of rain, I'm looking forward to spending a few sunny hours at the nursery today choosing our annual flowers and herbs. In the meantime, I've been enjoying these beauties around the house.
It's always a joy to search for the perfect pumpkins for our seasonal decor. With the official arrival of fall, I've happily started to decorate our front porch.
Once we bring home our pumpkins, I would normally remove the summer flowers in our urns to create pumpkin topiaries. However, even with chilly evenings, the flowers continue to thrive so I decided to keep them for a while longer. Flowering cabbage and mums were nestled in here and there for a touch of fall.
I love how the sweet potato vines make the pumpkins look like they are still growing in a patch.
As in previous years, I disguised the mums' plastic containers with some burlap wrapped with jute twine. They'll add a great pop of fall color once they bloom.
With a touch of fall in the air, I've made a jump start on changing over some of the plantings in our garden and front porch containers. I'm keeping it simple this year with the same plantings in a favorite combination of mine.
Flowering kale and black scallop bugleweed with mini white pumpkins nestled in.
Did you notice my twin white pumpkin in this container sharing the same stem? As soon as I spotted it at our local farm stand, I knew it was coming home with me.