Friday, April 27, 2012

A Small Project and Blossoms

Hello everyone,
      It is wet and windy here today but each day brings new growth to the garden and more and more blossoms. I have been busy getting garden clean up done and  a few little projects so I missed posting for a couple of days.

We have several different varieties of Daffodils coming into  bloom now. I am also enjoying watching all the birds in the garden. The Goldfinch in the centre is so pretty with his yellow spring coat.
It is so good to see the garden centers well stocked again for the season.I will have to get in to see what is new this year.
Now to show you my little project for this wet rainy day. I finally found a new white  umbrella and I had a thrift shop bedskirt that was trimmed in crochet lace-so I cut it off and sewed it onto the umbrella edge.

I have always loved umbrellas with the lace edging but have only seen them in pictures so now I have my own romantic lacy umbrella. I still have a little work to do on it as the pole etc. needs to be painted white I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of this umbrella over the summer in several settings! Now as,you can see the garden is just starting to grow but soon it will be filled in with lots of color. We are actually a little ahead of last year.

Our Stellata magnolia is in full bloom and has such a sweet gentle fragrance.

I picked a bouquet for you!

Sorry,for the empty post earlier today-The change in blogger has me confused and I thought I was just enlarging some photos on an old post and reposting but I accidently posted an empty post instead.

I am joining My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday , The Rose Garden in Malevk for Show off Saturday and Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage.

I am also joining Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Bernideen said...

That umbrella looks lovely and your flowers must smell the same!

Pondside said...

I imagine the that the umbrella will preside over many wonderful festivities through the summer!

Linda said...

Wowzers, Carolyn, my darling! You never cease to amaze me with your talents! Umbrella designer to top 'em all off! Haha That is absolutely beautiful.

Midge just cannot believe all the blooms in your garden already. Few garden centres are open here yet. I'll tell you all about the Garden Show when I get a chance to breathe next week...

Best wishes to you and Andrew for a fun spring!

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your lace edged umbrella Carolyn. A great idea. It's nice to see some colour in your flower gardens. It is cold and wet here in Alberta and I know it has been there as well. Hopefully May will bring warm and sunny days. Blessings, Pamela

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Lovely, Carolyn!

And I *esp* love that finch!!!!!

Your blooms are gorgeous too, and very clever with the lacey umbrella.

Maybe paint the wood too, for a certain look on it?

Can't wait till it warms up just a little more here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Susan said...

Oh Carolyn...Glorious, glorious finch with daffodillies! And the umbrella? Delightfully charming. Oh, I soooooo loved that. You are SO CLEVER.

Your garden is WAYYYYYY ahead of the gardens here. We are experiencing winter tonight. brrrrrr. HOPING my pansies, tulips and muscari won't die from frost tonight.

Thanks for your very lovely post today. Susan

Heaven's Walk said...

Ok...I just had a "Why didn't I ever think of that....?" moment when I saw your gorgeous umbrella, Carolyn! I LUV LUV LUV it! I'll have to hit GW this week to see if I can dig up some pretty trim! :)

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh....forgot to ask you...did you use a special type thread to sew the trim on?

xoxo laurie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am loving that umbrella--how beautiful! Maybe you can help me? I have an old huge lilac bush that this year has blossoms but almost not leaves and is looking almost dead. Do you know what I should do to try to revive it? We had snow recently and my husband thinks that caused the problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the umbrella! It will looks gorgeous in your beautiful gardens.

Jen Beaudet said...

Your umbrella is so beautiful!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Carolyn: How pretty the umbrella turned out. The flowers are so bright and in tune with the little bird..Happy Weekend..Judy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Such a great idea to add lace to an umbrella like that, Carolyn! I'm amazed to even see a white one and the lace just makes it so romantic looking. I can't even imagine the work you must have to do to get your gardens in shape for the season ~ clean up mostly up sure as really, they are already "in shape".

I had started to dread the clean up of our beds in our old house. It just became overwhelming trying to do it {on my own} after working a 40 hour week. Now that we are in a condo, I can still plant some flowers and pots to get my flower fix, but don't have to deal with the maintenance aspect.

My Little Home and Garden said...

A warm summer day and a glass of lemonade would go well with your romantic spot in the garden.

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hi Carolyn,
Your flower photography is just wonderful.The little finch among the blooms is a lovely touch.
Your lacey umbrella is very pretty.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Leslie's Garden said...

Love the trim added to the umbrella, what a great idea. It always surprises when I see the different blooming times, I must be 2-3 months ahead of you. Kind of nice to relive the daffodils and spring blooms on the trees!

Betty said...

I just love your pictures. How do you make your mosaic ones?

All Things Chic 2 said...

WOW Carolyn,
The umbrella is precious, you did a fantastic job !!! Love all the fresh blooms too !!!
Blessings Lori

Angela said...

I truly love your blog and the pictures are excellent!

Deborah said...

Carolyn I adore that umbrella!
You have made it so beautiful..what a great idea!
I cant wait to see your gardens!
Love to you!

Deborah xo

Rowan said...

I love your lacy white umbrella! The daffodils and magnolia have finished in my garden but it's been too wet and cold to really appreciate them. Everything is growing fast but it's a bit like a jungle out there at the moment as I haven't been able to trim the edges or do any weeding because of the awful weather we're having.
The goldfinch is a beautiful little bird and quite different, apart from his size, to the goldfinches that we have here.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Your photos are always so pretty they just take me away. So lovely. The little bird is so pretty. Love spring and the awakening.

Tretswelt said...

Oh wie wunderschön die natur ist...wunderschöne sind auch deinen Fotos...diese Schirm ist traumhaft schööön!Schöne woche wünsche ich dir.Bussi.Lu.

Unknown said...

I just shared one of your picture on my Facebook.


Rae said...

Oh how lovely your photos are!! I love goldfinch's but they only show up every so often! Beautiful Spring post, makes me what to get outside!
Much love, Rayanne

Kimberly said...

Love it!

Kristen Whitby said...

This is ADORABLE!! So stinkin cute! How fun that will be to enjoy all summer long!

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Michele said...

Love the lace on the umbrella, Carolyn! How very clever of you to think to do that.

Anonymous said...

Carolyn, I came over from BNOTP. This is *your* garden??? WOW! I love it! i was so happy last week to plant a few pots on my teeny tiny patio. This is spectacular. I look forward to browsing the rest of your blog. Truly stunning!


Elaine said...

It's pretty and delicate and romantic, and how wonderful that you created it yourself! You have opened up all sorts of ideas in my head--thank you for sharing!

One Shabby Old House said...

Oh my dear friend, You now have me on the hunt for bedskirts and white
How beautiful this is and your garden is just amazing.

April D said...

It's beautiful! Your garden looks so fragile and sweet right now...we already have high summer flowers blooming!
Happy Met Monday!

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