Are you yearning to get back outside to the garden and continue work on that ever-evolving plan you’ve envisioned all winter? Spring is definitely in the air when the sun decides to show itself and bulbs begin to bulge out of the ground and bloom their little heads off. Our annual show of cheerful, yellow daffodils and tulips is just days away….
There is nothing like a spot of color to brighten the dreariest of winter days.
Our winter home needed an awakening! I decided to employ the lost art of natural decorating with things common and inexpensive, and yet true works of art.
(The operative word here is inexpensive).
The simple red apple by the not-so-old blue bowl holding part of my garden’s garlic harvest drew my eye and cheered me. It made the savage winds blowing outside our windows not quite so chilling.
At this time of year, life can be tough for our backyard birds. A cold snap can mean they need more energy – just to keep warm – and the short days leave less time to find food.
Even if we only place out a few holiday decorations at Christmas, it is interesting to see what others are doing.
Here are some simple, inexpensive natural holiday decorations I found quite lovely for the homemaker adorning her home….
A new generation of gardeners are appreciating gladiolus and valuing them for their tall, colorful flower spikes. They are especially useful for cutting and bringing indoors, and for creating the trendy ‘tropical look’ to beds and borders.
This summer I will again be growing gladiolus for cut flowers. My grandmother has always called them ‘glads.’
You might have seen the bulbs for sale in bunches in the summertime at the supermarket or at a farmer’s market. They have an almost exotic feel in a tall vase, and you will feel very pampered when you adorn your family table with them.
As a child, did you ever find a shady place in your yard to build a tree fort or playhouse? We used old sheets and blankets. It was great fun to create a special hideaway with pretend doors, windows and some furniture. This image evoked all those old memories.
Now that you’re an adult, do you still desire to create a little getaway in your yard?
As a continuation of Part One, here are some other simple and clever ideas to think on as spring and summer approach.