Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hello March!

Hello everyone! Although I know it is still really cold in many parts of the U.S., signs of spring have been in the air over here in Southern Cali since March came along! :)

I went to the Garden Center the other day, and saw so many pretty flowers in bloom including these fluffy hydrangeas in hues of pinks, blues & purples!

Some sunny tulips & cheerful calendulas even greeted me throughout my walk in the nursery.

The pretty pansies in rich shades of violet bid their "hellos" as I perused around looking for what to plant in my garden this spring.

You see, I am starting a new landscaping project from scratch and have spent the last few days studying the lighting in my front, back, and side yards throughout the day to see which flowers would bloom best in certain locations.

Surprisingly enough, after admiring much inspiration from various blogger friends - I actually have a plan as to how it is all going to unfold, and I'm quite excited about it!

Of course this long awaited gardening project is now happening after about a year and a half of moving into our fixer upper home!

But that's ok, because the house did come with some eye candy around the property - even if only a few citrus trees.

For example, there will never be a shortage of organic lemons that seem to bear fruit nearly all year long.

Even the orange & grapefruit trees are starting to ripen, which is a perfect addition to any weekend breakfast or brunch!

And while I was walking through my side yard, I was excited to see that the calla lilies were in bloom! Which is kind of funny, because I really don't even pay much attention to that area and it looks like some roses and some "berry bushes" are starting to sprout up.

There is still a lot of cleaning, pruning and trimming to do in that part of our yard, so hopefully I'll be able to take photos when it's a bit more tidy! :)

On another note, I visited my family in Central California over the weekend and was pleased to see that spring was in the air over there too! These maple cherry tree blossoms greeted us with it's lovely shade and sweet scent!

And although it started off sunny on Saturday, there were some gray clouds and slight rain come Sunday. But I thought the pink blooms looked quite lovely against the muted background. :)

But here in Southern California, the weather has been quite warm for the most part. Though it can be moody at times with chilly mornings and warmer than usual afternoons!

But I'm a bit excited about fluffing up my porch this time of year!

And with that I leave you with a last image of my double primrose flower that I purchased at Trader Joe's. It comes with a vintage Italian pot that was found on a California Ranch dating back to 1908! I forgot to take a picture of the french shaped pot and slight patina that is has ~ perhaps next time then! :)

Well I hope you are all looking forward to a season in bloom! Thank you all once again for still hanging around, as I know I haven't been blogging regularly for over a year now {sigh}!

But until next time, enjoy the rest of your week!



Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

I love hydrangeas, and those ones are gorgeous.

Down Raspberry Lane said...

Up here in snowy Minnesota (8 inches yesterday!) I am craving both flowers and Southern California. But for now I think I'm off to Trader Joe's for those primroses, and maybe an armful of some lovely cut flowers.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Very pretty. Your citrus trees are amazing!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Jessie, those tulips and hydrangeas are gorgeous! I'm itching to get out in the yard as well. But, will have to wait maybe about another week here in Texas. Thank you for sharing. I would love it if you would share this lovely post at my Make it Pretty Monday party. Here's the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Wishing you a pretty day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

okcamp said...

What I wouldn't give for my own lemon tree! It's snowing here as I write....local schools were on a two hour delay this morning because of black ice. Please let it be spring.

Brenda Pruitt said...

There's a lot of cleaning up that needs to be done in this yard. Oh, I just adore yellow roses! You're very wise to look at your area at different times of the day.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

We are so lucky to live in Southern California where spring arrives so early and with so many lovely things to plant. A very pretty post.

Thuis Thuis said...

Hello, just stop by your blog.
Great photho's.
I wil follow to see your garden growing and bloom this year.
Lovely week.

It's me said...

Yeah...spring is just around the from

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh this is just what I need to see as we have rain/snow outside my window. Sigh...I can't wait to see blooms like you've shared here. Thanks for such a pick-me-up. How exciting about your landscaping plans - enjoy every moment Jessie!

Susan Shull said...

Oh my goodness! Your pics are really giving me spring fever. Thanks for the breath of spring fresh air!

SLR said...

you are so lucky to live somewhere with a warm climate year round! we are piled with snow in chicago still :(
love your citrus trees...wish we had those too in IL!
hope all else is well...see ya on instagram ;)

Melanie said...

So pretty! It's nice to see some color & Hydrangeas are my favorite! It's so dull and muted in MI still, I can't wait for spring to finally & fully reach us!

June said...

I love going to a garden center Jessie. I loved that you took us along with you while you shopped for ideas :) I am itching to get in the garden and even though it will be awhile until all the snow is gone I have been making plans for a a couple more beds I want to put in.
sending hugs...

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Sounds like you could've been in my neck of the woods on the Central coast (sunny then gray skies). Thanks for the "sunnier" images!

Tricia said...

I can hardly even look at this! Ugh...I want some flowers, not snow!!! I can't wait to go to the garden center...I wish I could come and go with you :)


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