When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Friday, March 11

Bringing Spring Inside

Leen over at Leen the Graphics Queen did a fabulous post about forcing Forsythia.  I’ve always wanted to try this and loved her easy explanation.

But when I went out into MY orchard, we live so far south that this is what I found on my trees.



plum and pear

plum outside1

The pear and the plum trees have already started blooming!!  Well maybe next year I’ll get to try forcing, but for now, I have beautiful flowers to put around the house.  And just in time for my parents to come visit.  We’re celebrating the baby’s 1st birthday and my dad’s 77th birthday this weekend.


plum cut1

vase blossoms1

vase blossoms2

vase blossoms3

pitcher blossoms2

pitcher blossoms1

pitcher blossoms3


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  1. Love the ones in the white pitcher! Happy Birthday to your baby and Dad. Enjoy :)

  2. These are gorgeous. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas

  3. It's always lovely to bring nature into the home, it makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside, hehe. The white flowers look so cute and pretty.

    Tnx for linking this up as well!!

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  5. Well Happy Birthday to all. All my trees are blooming too here in NC so I guess I need to start earlier next year.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and I love your board and batten..doesn't it just scream fresh? I love ours.

  6. Beautiful! I love the branch in front of the Board and Batten. Makes me ready for spring!

    Thank you for sharing with Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

  7. Lovely blog here...so nice to meet you :)


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