My Stab At Spring

http://www.shopterrain.com

2 of my faves: blue murscari (grape hyacinths) + ranunculus. http://www.shopterrain.com

So, maybe you’ve noticed that every single blogger has posted something festive about Spring . . . + yet, I — the novice blogger — have not.

You ask me why not?  Well, one reason is that it was 24 degrees here overnight!  (March = cruel!)

And besides, I really don’t DO Spring decor, or so I thought.   Why not give it a stab, if only for the morale boost? I asked myself . . .

. . . and SO, I brought home these beautiful + fragrant hyacinths from the grocery store.

Fragrant hyacinths from the grocery store.

‘Nice’ switchplate, no?

Yes, I bought my hyacinths at the grocery store.

 How I wish we lived closer to one of my favorite garden stores, Marguerite Gardens, in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.  It’s not far north of Wrigley Field!

Marguerite Gardens, 5059 N. Clark St., Chicago

Marguerite Gardens, 5059 N. Clark St., Chicago

Every Spring, my friend, Alan, + I head to Marguerites to buy ourselves at least 1 of their awesome topiary houseplants (usually rosemary),

 + sadly, right on schedule, each Winter,

both Alan’s + my cherished plants perish.

Jasmine topiary.

Jasmine topiary.

I also make  at least 2 cool + inexpensive topiaries of my own — using my 2 favorite Guy Wolff pots**, a wire hanger + some ivy.

Last year’s versions, with variegated ivy, looked fantastic.  You’ll have to to take my word on that, because they, too, did not survive our Winter.

**Guy Wolff pot from the late, great Smith + Hawken store.

**http://www.guywolff.com/ — from the late, great Smith + Hawken store.

 This pretty blue glass ball + the vintage floral bowl upon which it is resting, both came from http://www.rubybegoniastrinkets.blogspot.com/, right here in our town!

**Another Guy Wolff pot from an awesome shop in the Berkshires of western Mass.

**Another Guy Wolff pot from an awesome shop in the Berkshires of western Mass.

And now, for more morale boosting, let’s view a few closeups of my Spring happiness in the kitchen.  Stay tuned!  More photos will be taken after my trip to Chicago.

Small greenhouse from the late, great Smith+ Hawken.  The sponged pitcher was my Grandma's, + the faux bois cutie was purchased in L.A.

Small greenhouse from the late, great Smith+ Hawken. The sponged pitcher was my Grandma’s, + the faux bois cutie was purchased in L.A.

Sweet floral plate, also purchased in our town from http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Feathered-Nest/413933821964336

Sweet floral plate, also purchased in our town from http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Feathered-Nest/413933821964336

Vintage bird prints in faux bamboo frames, from -- where else? -- the Morris Antiques Emporium.

Vintage bird prints in faux bamboo frames, from — where else? — the Morris Antiques Emporium (my hometown.)

All my old garden magazines + a NY Times gardening book from my stepdaughter, Marnie.  Good giftage!

All my old garden magazines + a NY Times gardening book from my stepdaughter, Marnie. Good giftage!

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