Monday, April 28, 2014

Hastening Spring

I don't know if it was the trip to Connecticut yesterday where flowering trees and spring blooms are abundant and lush or just my usual impatience at this time of year, but against my better judgment (and the stern admonishment from the owner of my local nursery) I went ahead and planted some annuals in the urns outside my door today.

We are still at risk for nighttime freezing temps up here but the plants aren't in any danger - I use plastic liners in the urns which can be easily removed and stored inside overnight. It's worth keeping an eye on the weather to get a head start on the season, and as it warms up and the plants fill in the liner will be obscured.

My choice of annuals is pretty similar from year to year; I have my favorites and tend to rotate them based on what I see at the nursery. This year I started with white impatiens (hmmm...), lobelia and trailing vinca vine. I added a small urn of pansies for instant blooms as those are readily available right now.

Usually by mid-summer I will have to swap something out and refresh. This year I am thinking geraniums as I would like to try to over-winter some. For now, I am happy to see something growing and am eagerly anticipating warmer days ahead.

On a virtual housekeep note...for those of you who subscribe to this blog by email, I have transferred the email delivery service from Google's FeedBurner (which has been giving me trouble) to FeedBlitz. Please add to your address book so new posts are not delivered to your spam folders and look out for a message from FeedBlitz advising that this change has taken place.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pursuit of Beauty

Though it was ultimately wonderful, the weekend got off to a bit of a rough start. In the course of collecting these willow branches on Friday I slashed open a tire on Mr. H's car which I had driven down to Rhode Island the day before. Not my finest hour.

Thanks to AAA it was all handled quickly and without much trouble; the car was loaded onto the back of a truck and taken off for a complete set of new tires and I had a very short walk home. Later on the telephone I explained the scenario to a curious Mr. H - that I had seen the the abundant stand of willows earlier in the day when out with the dog...

How I imagined them arrayed in a recent acquisition...

That I later saw some for sale at a farm stand, but decided I'd be thrifty and go back to cut them myself...

And finally, the treacherous concrete curb of a storm drain hidden in the grass beside the road. Admittedly, it was enormously careless of me but Mr. H replied, "Well, I understand. You love beauty."

I can't deny it and I will no doubt find myself in trouble for it again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pretty In Pink

As it was for many on the East coast, the long and cold winter here was a trial but the first signs of Spring are slowing showing up in Vermont. Of course, in northern New England we squeeze a fifth season in between Winter and Spring - that would be Mud Season. So while things outside are definitely not pretty, I'll tell you where they are - in the Main Street window of Simon Pearce's New Hampshire store where I have an installation on display for the month of April.

Using my favorite designs from the current collection at Simon Pearce and a few pieces from Henhurst's inventory, along with some newly purchased styling props, the setting invokes a Spring lunch party.

The seed of my inspiration was this charming glass bird. I imagined using a lot of them when I was conceptualizing the installation - I love the sense of whimsy they add.

Please stop by and see the store in person if you can! Simon Pearce at 15 South Main Street, Hanover, New Hampshire. Happy Spring!