Easter Decor, Dishes and Desserts

Easter decor, dishes and desserts hops to mind at this time of year.

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Vintage Etched Tumblers
Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand
The Pioneer Woman Jade Dinner Plate
Famille Rose Dinner Plates
Easter Yellow Glass Candy Dish by Place & Time
Cabbage Mug by Place & Time
Faux White Tulips
Martha Stewart Stoneware Sculpted Bunny Covered Oval Baker, 9”, Cream
Place & Time Easter 1/5″ x 12′ Green Bunnies Printed Linen Ribbon
24pk Tealight Candle Mint & Eucalyptus/Soft Cotton/Peony & Cherry Blossom
Linden Street Easter Bunny Wood Serving Tray

Carrot Art Giclee Still Life Print

Carrot Art Giclee Still Life Print

To look upon beautiful Easter decor as a work of art is no over eggaggeration of the term.

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Selecting items for show and tell comes with thought.

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Sure, a rabbit here and a bunny there is called for, but mostly my choices play to pastels, themes and dishes appropriate for the entire spring into summer season.

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Faux picks and bushes in ever lovely shades of pink were recently purchased with the Easter decor centerpiece in mind.

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On the Saturday afternoon before Easter Sunday I’ll stroll around the yard gathering assorted fresh greenery stems to fill in the spring bouquet.

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Transpac Resin 11.5″ White Easter Floral Bunny Figurines Set of 2

Easter company will love this fresh with full on color and nibbles spring vegetable board from My Moonstone Kitchen.

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Spring Vegetable Board

 Click on the link below the photo for recipe information.

Sevres Serving Platter

Sevres Serving Platter

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Country Living – Photography by John Kernick

Roast Pork Loin with Herb Stuffing

Ingredients

1⁄3 cup kosher salt

1⁄3 cup sugar

2 teaspoon juniper berries

2 teaspoon cardamom pods

2 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1 teaspoon allspice berries

2 bay leaves, lightly crushed

1 (3 ¾ to 4 pound) pork loin roast, trimmed, butterflied, and tied

3 tbsp. butter

3  stalks celery, finely diced

1  small onion, finely diced

3  garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage

2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

¼  cup chicken stock

Directions

In a medium pot, bring 2 cups water, salt, sugar, juniper, cardamom, peppercorns, allspice, and bay leaves to a boil.  Stir to dissolve sugar and salt.  Remove from heat and stir in 4 cups cold water.  Set brining liquid aside and let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

Place pork loin in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag and carefully pour in cooled brining liquid. Seal and refrigerate, 8 to 12 hours.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until sizzling. Add celery, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs, parsley, sage, and thyme, stirring to combine, and cook 1 minute more.  Add chicken stock and toss until breadcrumbs have absorbed all of the liquid.

Remove stuffing from heat and let cool to room temperature, 30 minutes. (Stuffing can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.  Bring to room temperature before using.)

Preheat oven to 500°F.  Remove pork loin from bag and discard brine; pat meat dry with a paper towel.  On a work surface, untie pork loin so that it lies flat, fat side down.  Spread stuffing mixture atop meat in an even layer. Starting from one of the long sides, roll the pork loin into a tight spiral.  Tie at 1 ½-inch intervals with 12-inch lengths of kitchen twine.

In a roasting pan fitted with a rack, place pork loin fat side up.  Roast 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 250°F.  Continue to cook for about 1 hour and 35 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the pork loin reaches 145°F.

Transfer pork loin to a wire rack to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

-Country Living Magazine

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Country Living – Photography by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Instant Pot Lima Beans

Ingredients

1 lb. smoked pork neckbones

1 lb. fresh or frozen lima beans

2  cloves garlic, chopped

1  sprig thyme, plus more leaves for garnish

2 tsp. onion powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Add neckbones and 4 cups water to an electric pressure cooker.  Set to meat/stew setting and cook until meat is fork- tender and bones easily separate from meat, 30 minutes.  Release pressure.

Add lima beans, garlic, thyme, and onion powder to pot.  Season with salt and pepper. Replace lid, switch to soup/broth setting, and cook until beans are tender, 20 minutes.  Release pressure.

Remove lid, switch to sauté, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced, 8 to 10 minutes.  Serve garnished with thyme leaves.

-Country Living Magazine

HONEY ROASTED CARROTS INFUSED WITH HONEY AND GARLIC

Honey Roasted Carrots Infused with Honey and Garlic

Carrots and Easter – a classic pairing if there ever was one.

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Edible-Flower Compound Butter

Ingredients

2 teaspoons green peppercorns

2 teaspoons white peppercorns

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

1 teaspoon pink peppercorns

1 pound butter, softened

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

1 tablespoon minced shallot

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano

Radish flowers

Society garlic flowers

Oyster leaf flowers

Directions

In a coffee grinder or using a mortar and pestle, grind green, white, black, and pink peppercorns until crushed.

Using a medium bowl, beat butter with a mixer at medium-high speed until smooth.  Add peppercorns, chives, shallot, garlic, and oregano.  Beat at medium speed until combined.

Transfer from mixer to parchment paper. Form butter into a log.  Press radish flowers, garlic flowers, and oyster leaf flowers onto log.  Roll in parchment, and twist at both ends. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Victoria Magazine

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Speckled Malted Coconut Cake

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Knock out roses coming into spring view serve vase and creations.

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Not all who decorate cake tops are cake bakers (and not all decoristas are pro photographers).

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Be it from the supermarket bakery or cake mix box, decorating the top of a  spring or Easter dessert cake with flowers or candies is an easy way to take  desserts to visually pleasing heights.

File this for Mother’s Day brunch ideas.

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Raspberry Cloud Cake

In the style of vintage is my go-to choice of serveware, and this house favorite cake stand in Jadeite fits beautifully with your Easter decor and spring motif.

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Jadeite Footed Loop Design Cake Stand

Buttercream frosting tinted to a soft yellow topped with edible flowers delivers a simply elegant result.

When decorating dishes and desserts and garnishing beverages with edible flowers you’ll want to pick the flowers early in the morning.

Gently rinse off your gathered flowers with cool water allowing to dry on a paper towel.  Add garnish immediately before serving. If using flowers at a later time you can place them in the refrigerator where they will keep for 2-3 days.

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Buttermilk Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Pansies offer loads of color, plant and prosper rather easily, and make a fantastic visual and flavorful splash when added to salads and spring desserts.

White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes

White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcakes

Cadbury mini eggs, chocolate almond bark shavings, and an egg carton display elevate these vanilla cupcakes to an Easter dessert eggstravaganza.

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Farm fresh eggs ready to go for Easter decor, dishes and desserts.

Cadbury Bunny Cocktail Napkins

Cadbury Bunny Cocktail Napkins

Super cute cocktail napkins rock the spring into Easter into summer cocktail hour all season long.

Claro Pitcher

Claro Pitcher

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Southern Living – Photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

1 bottle chilled brut rosé Champagne or dry sparkling wine

2 cans chilled club soda or sparkling water (such as Pure LaCroix)

1 cup elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain)

Ice

Directions

Pour chilled brut rosé Champagne or dry sparkling wine, chilled club soda or sparkling water, and elderflower liqueur into a large pitcher.  Stir until well combined.  Pour into wine glasses filled with ice.

-Southern Living Magazine

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Whole Housewares Colored Vintage, Mosaic Goblet Drinking Glasses Set of 6
Archie Wine Glasses (Set of 6)

Wild Rose Petal Sangria

Wild Rose Petal Sangria

Thoughtful touches and delicious treats dressed with visually impressive details invite charm to spring get-togethers and Easter celebrations.

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Spring In The Garden

Spring in the garden time is officially upon us.  On that note, happy first day of spring!

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Warmer and longer days set the tone for getting outdoors, back to nature, and into the green of things.

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House & Home – Photography by Janis Nicolay

“Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”

—Lewis Grizzard

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Spring gardening tips prove once again it’s time to ready, plan, and plant spring flower, vegetable, and herb gardens.

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Three-Piece Live Mini Tomato Heirloom Set

Tomatoes rate high as a spring into summer delicacy at Places In The Home.

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Give your tomato plants a good grow by feeding the soil with a small amount of fertilizer and compost at planting time.

Tomato tips:

Tomatoes at room temperature release more flavor compounds when cut up compared to the taste of tomatoes that have been refrigerated.

That deliciously explains why garden ripe tomatoes from the vine gathered, washed, cut up or sliced, and served bypassing the fridge altogether tastes so good.

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Consulting those sources in the gardening know for the answers to the gardening what, when, where, and how questions gardeners have gets it growing.

Maule Seed Book 1908 seeds cover print

The Maule Seed Book 1908 Giclee Matte Print

Gardening Apps:

GardenTags

Gardenize

From Seed to Spoon

Garden Journal from the Old Farmer’s Almanac

ground soil

All gardens grow in soil, but not all gardens grow in the ground.

Wood Raised Garden Bed with Lockable Wheels, Liner

Wood Raised Garden Bed with Lockable Wheels, Liner

Designed for a four-foot-square raised bed, here is a simple spring vegetable garden plan ready to advise and download from Better Homes and Gardens.

Simple Spring Vegetable Garden

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Costway Wooden Vegetable Raised Garden Bed Backyard Patio Grow Flowers Planter

Costway Wooden Vegetable Raised Garden Bed Backyard Patio Planter

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Burpee Early Italian Bush Bean Seeds

Supplying oodles of summer and spring garden goals plans is the
8 Vegetable Garden Layout Plans to Boost Your Homegrown Harvests.

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Better Homes & Gardens also offers plans for creating the perfect cottage garden suited to your taste, zone, and design vision.

Garden Plans for Cottage Style

Garden Plans for Cottage Styles

Knowing what and when to plant according to your planting zone gets gardening off to a growing start.

Here’s the link to the USDA Planting Zone Map for U.S. Growing Zones.

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Gardening is good clean happy fun.

Planting and potting in the soil gets your hands dirty which is believed to increase serotonin levels.  Research shows when our hands have contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, the release of serotonin in the brain is triggered.

Serotonin is not only a natural antidepressant but it strengthens the immune system.

“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

—Margaret Atwood

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House & Garden – Photography by Sarah Cuttle

Gardening nurtures mind, body and soul providing a relaxing, healthy, delicious and visually gratifying result.

I call it green therapy.

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Southern Living – Photography by Lisa Romerein

Vegetable and flower gardens grow well together, companion gardening if you will.

Flowers growing in a vegetable bed will attract bees and beneficial insects. Lending their natural way spreads pollen around encouraging vegetable plants to thrive in growth and the production of food.

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Markus Spiske

Composite shaped flowers such as sunflowers, cosmos, daisies, and zinnias attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

This helpful Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Lists from The Xerces Society takes the guesswork out of what plants best in your region.

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Herbs add the scent of spring into summer freshness and provide visual interest to the garden mix and the mingle.

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Rabbits do what rabbits do as in look so darn cute and nibble on garden growth goodies.

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Chicken wire cloches look as good as they cover and protect.

Chicken Wire Cloche with Extension

Chicken Wire Cloche with Extension garden

Chicken Wire Cloche with Extension

Deterring rabbits from feasting upon the harvest hints from The Old Farmer’s Almanac include the following:

Rabbits do not like the pungent smell of onions therefore these may serve as a the scent of discouragement.

Try dusting around the garden and targeted plants with powdered red pepper.

Forsythia, zinnias, daffodils, lavender, and snapdragons seem to work as rabbits do not find these flowers appetizing. Planting these flowers strictly to deter is not a guaranteed solution to a bunny issue, but it is a colorful suggestion.

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York Fable Wallcovering

Ever the decorista, garden trends grow gorgeous for spring 2023.

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Rabbit Cast Iron Door Knocker
Spring Aluminum Bee Wall Hook – Silver
Butterfly Door Knocker

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Chelsea Kimber Trellis French Country Wool Rug
SAFAVIEH Handmade Chelsea Rubi French Country Floral Wool Rug

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Antique French Garden Pot

Antique French Garden Pot

On trend for garden gorgeous this 2023 spring season, antique containers make a striking choice of planter complementing the beauty of spring flowers.

Estate and garage sales are garden supplies treasure troves for finding pots, planters, tools, and decorative garden statues in good and stylish curb appeal condition.

Vintage recipe boxes come in handy as a storage organizer for seed packets.

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Garden Answer is one of my most favorite Facebook pages to follow. Here Laura plants a stunning container display pairing yellow ranunculus with yellow violas, and voilà- it’s spring.

Counter Art Glass Cutting Board Our Farm

Counter Art Glass Cutting Board / Counter Saver 12″x15″, Our Farm

One of the best parts of the vegetable and flower garden process is the garden to table recipes and dishes reaped from the harvest.

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Spring Crudités Board with White Bean-and-Pea Dip

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Faye Dessert/Appetizer Plates

Welcome spring into summer blooms to grace garden, basket, jar, vase and ultimately tabletop.

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Pretty is as pretty plants.

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Strawflower, Tom Thumb Mixed Colors

Garden friends and finds~

Moon gazing hare statue

Moon Gazing Hare Statue

Decorative Resin Rabbit Bird Bath, Green Patina Finish

Decorative Resin Rabbit Bird Bath, Green Patina Finish

Sunflower Birdbath with Bunnies & Flowers

Spring Standing Sunflower Birdbath with Bunnies & Flowers

Resin Bird Bath with Frogs, Verdigris Finish

Resin Bird Bath with Frogs, Verdigris Finish

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Decorative Butterfly Stepping Stone Bronze Cast Iron Paver 17" Long

Decorative Butterfly Stepping Stone Bronze Cast Iron Paver 17″ Long

Turtle Stepping Stone

Turtle Stepping Stone

Spring Garden Tool Basket Birdhouse

Spring Garden Tool Basket Birdhouse

Spring Resin Bird Nest Birdbath - Gray

Spring Resin Bird Nest Birdbath – Gray

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Inspired by Nature T-shirt

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Easy Spirit Travelclog Women’s Clogs

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Spring Garden Picks

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Mark Lohman

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Take a seat for in full bloom gardening and decorating inspiration.

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Acoetes Black Armchair with Turned Legs

Little Books of Tips: The Little Book of Gardening Tips

Little Books of Tips: The Little Book of Gardening Tips

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The Pioneer Woman Mazie Embossed Patina Hose Pot

The Pioneer Woman Mazie Embossed Patina Hose Pot

We’ve now come to the how to build a wooden obelisk DIY project portion of this spring in the garden post. Find the tutorial here.

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Tools

Heavy Duty Steel Folding Shovel
3-Piece Set Black Iron Gardening Tools
Adjustable Impact Tripod Sprinkler
Expert Gardener Indoor Garden Tool Set with Carrying Case
Steel Bypass Lopper

Spring in the Garden

Expert Gardener Indoor and Outdoor Potting Soil Mix, 8 qt. Bag
Preen Garden Weed Preventer
Large Capacity Black Growing Bag Raised Garden Flower Planter
30 Packs Assorted Heirloom Vegetable Seeds 30+ Varieties

Supplies

Pink Garden Tote Storage Bag with 8 Pockets
The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral Goatskin Leather Gloves
ECO Rubber 5/8 in. x 50 ft. Garden Hose
Evergreen Metal Watering Can with Brushed Artisan Finish

Goodies

12″ Gray Willow Basket by Ashland®
Decorative Butterfly Stepping Stone Bronze Cast Iron Paver
Cool Summer Floppy Wide Brim Straw Hat with Ribbon
Cotton Linen Pinafore Square Cross Apron
Home Decor Resin Rabbit Outdoor Statue

Happy gardening!

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Spring Garden Goals

Spring garden goals are taking root with many of us who love to lawn and garden.

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Designing a garden begins with a spring garden goals plan.

Garden Journal

5 Year Garden Journal

Homesteading - (Back to Basics Guides) 2nd Edition by Abigail Gehring

Homesteading – (Back to Basics Guides) 2nd Edition by Abigail Gehring

I dig (ha!) spring garden goals advice from one of the top sources of info, Better Homes and Gardens.

8 Vegetable Garden Layout Plans to Boost Your Homegrown Harvests supplies oodles of summer and spring garden goals plans.

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Illustrations by Gary Palmer

Knowing what to and when to plant according to the area you live aka your planting zone gets things to growing.

Here’s the link to the USDA Planting Zone Map for U.S. Growing Zones.

Balance of nature best describes the early planting vs. late seasonal frost dilemma we face here in Louisiana and our neighboring states.

April-garden-checklist

Following Facebook friends and garden gurus such as Mississippi State University Extension Service and LSU AgCenter keeps me in the know when and what to grow zone.

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Safe bet vegetables to plant in March and April (early spring) include corn, cucumber, summer squash, tomatoes, radish, lima beans, mustard and collard greens, eggplant, cushaw, okra, snap beans and watermelon.

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Establishing what veggies to plant is easy, gardenistas!

Plant what you love to eat.

Crisp, colorful with the taste of home grown goodness,  vegetables fresh from the garden are ripe for the spring into summer grilling, roasting, stir-frying, sauteing and steaming season.

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Successful vegetable garden growth is dependent upon well-drained soil.

Raised or planter box gardens tackle the excess water issue well allowing water to properly drain out of the bed.

Ainfox Wood Raised Garden Bed Planter Box

Ainfox Wood Raised Garden Bed Planter Box

Essential to the harvest, sunlight aids maximum growth in plants and flowers.

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Factor this key component of garden growth success into the placement of your garden.

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Good soil garners a good garden.

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All-purpose garden soil establishes a good soil structure while aiding with drainage.

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For raised bed or garden box gardens, potting soil is a good fit as it enhances soil and encourages moisture.

Be careful in the amount you use so the garden will not hold too much water.

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Midwest Living

Fresh vegetables steal the spring centerpiece show, and put the wow in unique and easy arrangements.

Grab a vintage pitcher, woven basket, mayonnaise jar, bucket or watering can.

Arrange to please your eye with greenery clippings, raffia, ribbon, or simply arrange to showcase the shapes and colors.

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Decoristas who garden do so in stylish comfort.

For her

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Women’s Denim Overalls with Utility Pockets
Ross-Simons Italian Sterling Silver Bee Drop Earrings
Garden Trowel Charm Earrings
Tapered Oval Seagrass Basket Natural 

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Western Chief Waterproof Mid Rain Boot
Joules Navy Vegetables

For him

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Gardening Bee Whisperer T Shirt
SLM Mens Clogs Perforated Slingback Sandals Water Garden Shoes 

Spring garden goals include a producing vegetable garden complete with flowers planted within for dimension and floral arrangement beauty.

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Companion garden flowers perfect for planting in your vegetable garden include nasturtium, marigolds, zinnias, lavender, and catnip.

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Carefully collect the flowers, placing spaced apart in a box or on a tray. Refrigerate flowers until ready to use.

When ready to use, gently wash off your gathered flowers including any garden variety debris. Next, remove the reproductive parts of the blooms which house pollen.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Decorate your selected salad, dish or dessert and enjoy!

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Pansies offer loads of color, plant and prosper rather easily, and make a fantastic visual and flavorful splash when added to salads and spring desserts.

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Iron We’re in the Garden Sign

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Color plays a vital role in everything from the palette to plate to potting bench.

Benjamin Moore supplies garden green colors inspiration.

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Outsunny Brown Fir and Wood Potting Bench

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Gray Wooden Shed Potting Bench Work Table

Wooden Farmhouse Rustic Outdoor Workstation Potting Bench Table with 4 Storage Shelves and Side Hook

Wooden Farmhouse Rustic Outdoor Workstation Potting Bench Table

DIY potting bench table project ideas are plentiful, and here’s another one to ponder.

Befitting the overall outdoor garden vibe, I find a rustic style table in your choice of height and finish a good fit.

Simma 59 in. Rectangle Rustic Oak Wood Top Counter Height Table

Eva Rectangle Rustic Oak Wood Top Counter Height Table

Add gardening theme wall hooks to the apron of the table (front, back, sides) to hang and house garden tools, supplies, and the like.

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Bee Metal Wall Hook

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Turn this helping hands planter into a potting bench container perfect for housing garden supplies.

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Abbott Hands Planter

Planting, potting, and playing in the dirt is good clean fun, but messy all the same.

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Carrots
Lemons

Drop in a hammered copper sink, plumb it all up, and say hello to my little anything but garden-variety potting bench friend.

garden sinkPremier Copper Products Oval Vessel Hammered Copper Sink with Handles

Handmade 20 Vessel Hammered Copper Sink

How fabulous are these personalized planting tools in a copper and wood grain finish?

Personalised Luxury copper garden tools

Personalized Luxury Copper Garden Tools

garden-cart-rolling-work-seat-storageCostway Garden Cart Rolling Work Seat for Planting w/Extendable Handle

Easter basket goody for the gardenista.

Rabbits Potty Feet, Set of 3

No yard, no problem.

Plant and pot veggies and herbs in a decorative planter.

White Washed Brown Composite Faux Woven Planter

My mint harvest is a treat for the senses.

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Iced tea with mint.

Green peas with mint.

Carrots with mint.

Mint sprigs floating in a bowl.

Looks, tastes, and smells like spring into summer.

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Another centerpiece idea in play with your food fashion.

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Tools

Ozark Trail Heavy Duty Steel Folding Shovel

Floral Duck Canvas Glove – Smith & Hawken™

Fiskars Designer Stainless Steel Pruner and Snip Set

DeWit Tulip Trowel

EG Expert Gardener 12.6 inch Steel Cultivator

Get to Growing

Expert Gardener Tomato & Vegetable Garden Plant Food Fertilizer

Preen Garden Weed Prevent + Plant Food

Large Capacity Black Growing Bag Raised Garden Flower Planter

30 Packs Assorted Heirloom Vegetable Seeds 30+ Varieties

Supplies

Patina Steel Hose Pot

Costway 50 FT Expanding Garden Hose

Gilmour Heavy Duty Multi-pattern Circular Sprinkler

Metal Watering Can Copper – Smith & Hawken™

Goodies

Wind & Weather Decorative Metal Butterfly Hose Guide

Summer Bow Straw Foldable Hat

Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural

12 in. x 12 in. Leaf Decorative Garden Stone

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As I sliced into a fresh tomato this afternoon the freshness jumped off the cutting board.

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This tomato smells so good brings the tomato lovers running.

Duke's mayonnaise

In our house the perfect tomato sandwich is a spring into summer delicacy.

Fresh sliced home grown tomatoes, Duke’s mayonnaise, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of fine black pepper- it doesn’t get any better.

Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart

Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart recipe from Foolproof Living

Indulge in fresh vegetables featured in delicious recipes perfect for the best of the season menu.

Click on the link under each photo for the recipe.

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Asparagus, Chicken, and Green Pea Salad with Mint

Asparagus, Chicken, and Green Pea Salad with Mint

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Roasted Carrots Recipe – Southern Living- Photo by Jennifer Davick

Flavors from the Garden Heirloom Vegetable Recipes from Roughwood

Flavors from the Garden : Heirloom Vegetable Recipes from Roughwood

Season seasonal dishes and drinks with the fresh taste of spring and summer herbs fresh from your garden.

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Get it growing activities work up a mighty thirst.

Permasteel 80 Qt. Furniture Style Patio Cooler - Green

Permasteel 80 Qt. Furniture Style Patio Cooler – Green

Roll out this patio cooler to the garden, pop or twist a top, and enjoy a cool beverage while taking in the fruits and vegetables of your labor.

Into The Garden I Go To Lose My Mind And Find My Soul Poster

Into The Garden I Go To Lose My Mind And Find My Soul Poster

Gardening is a beloved tradition of master and amateur gardener, an exercise in fruitful happiness.

Container, patio or parcel of fertile ground, what are your spring garden goals?

Love your style!

2022 Accents and Accessories

Spring season 2022 accents and accessories are creating quite the buzz.

March arrives and just like that busy bees and designing decoristas thoughts turn to seasonal updating their abode with touches of the corresponding season.

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Count me in as one of the new season, new look loyal ready to let the sunshine in and the spring color, texture, and pattern seasonal updating begin.

Spring season 2022 accents and accessories

Today’s post is a first of the season show and tell tailor-made to excite those of us ready to refresh, renew and pretty up around the house for a new season.

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Late winter camellias floating in a vintage tureen serves up a preview of garden party blooms soon to come.

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Mother Nature has been giving us a preview of warm afternoons to come, and the talk among local meteorologists is we are now in a pattern of after 6:00 p.m.  sunsets.

Things are looking positively sunny, friends!

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Speaking of positive outlooks…

My mother took a tumble last week which resulted in her breaking her hip.  She will be convalescing at Places In The Home, and we’ve got all kinds of fun activities planned to make the best out of a less than wonderful situation.

Discovering new playlists, popcorn and movie viewing classic favorites compliments of TCM 31 Days of Oscars, new recipe development and taste testing (the best part of the process), and perusing retail and vintage sites for what’s new spring 2022 finds.

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I spy with my decorating eye a preview of spring 2022 décor finds that have my decorating interest piqued, present colors that typify the season, and prove to be show and tell worthy.

As the fictional character Bob Ryan asks, “is that something you might be interested in?”

If so, you’ve come to the right places in the home.

Updated for 2023

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Scallop Basket – Threshold™

C. Wonder Women’s Conversational Smoking Flat

Place & Time Spring Sweet Bee 20 Count Beverage Paper Napkins

Gingham Kitchen Rug Light Blue

Blue and White Mini Dragon Jar

Large Ceramic Bunny – Threshold™

Tall Terracotta Vase – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

24″ Faux Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Mainstays, 2 Pack Hello Spring Floral & Some Bunny Decorative Pillows

Boy with Dog Garden Statue

Mainstays Mini Table Lamp with Shade 12.75″H 

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Handmade Chelsea Aubree French Country Trellis Wool Rug

Cement Buddies 8 in. Rust Cement Rabbit Planter is wonderful in its intended use as well as a charming addition to a spring themed tablescape or home bar as a flatware or garnish holder.

Cement Buddies 8 in. Rust Cement Rabbit Planter

Cement Buddies 8 in. Rust Cement Rabbit Planter

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No new season color, texture, and pattern revival is complete without the fluff and fresh of favorite in house or new to your linen closet linens.

Floral & Paisley Patterns Sheet Set - Extra Soft, Easy Care - Becky Cameron

Floral & Paisley Patterns Sheet Set – Extra Soft, Easy Care – Becky Cameron

Linens of crisp comfortable cotton in pastel palettes and enchanting patterns remind me of springtime visits to Minden, Louisiana to spend a week with Dave the Builder’s aunt.

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Laura Ashley 300 TC Cotton Bed Sheet Set

Aunt Rush’s decorating aesthetic was the personification of what is referred to in today’s design world as cottagecore.

Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Light Blue Toile Bed Sheet Set

Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Toile Bed Sheet Set

Unpretentious.

Cozy.

Delightful to eye and heart.

Cottagecore to the core.

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Southern Living – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

Spring may not be here yet, but I’m ready for it in all its splendor to arrive.

Until it officially makes it presence known, I’ll enjoy sourcing and sharing spring forward finds sitting pretty at the ready to update your home for the season.

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Spring On The Beauty

Spring on the beauty time is here, and my heart is full of expectation for the best of the season to show up and beautifully show out.

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Speaking of time, when I started blogging ten years ago one of the suggestions from those in the know was to be 100% truthful and transparent with your readers.

Based on this expert advice and my truth is key philosophy, I find it necessary to share with you all a realization.

This spring forward daylight savings time thing is kicking my 50something tuchus.

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It’s one of those there’s not enough café au lait in Louisiana to caffeinate the moments of my life days.

Raise your hand and coffee cup if you know what I’m talking about.

The silver lining of the time change is more daytime to enjoy the sights of the season.

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Saturday officially marked the first day of spring on the beauty, and I greeted the day full of vim and vigor.

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”

– Bernard Williams

in full bloom azaleas

New spring blooms provided a pretty in pink backdrop for a front yard picnic with family old and new.

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Meet the newest additions to the Places In The Home family.

Our nephews and niece-in-laws traveled to Louisiana to introduce us to one month old Oliver and six month old Beau.

Three year old Wyatt was masked up and ready to hunt Easter eggs.

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The biggest baby in the family, Beaux the Wonder Shepherd, posed pretty for the camera on the not so ready for spring time good times patio.

Beau Shepherd

Our front yard picnic-Covid responsible-spring time is here gathering was a bright spot in the post winter ice storm aftermath.

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Signs of spring in the beauty is slowly coming back to life.

Red Diamond Loropetalum Shrub with Burgundy Foliage and Bright Red Blooms

Red Diamond Loropetalum Shrub

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Cleveland Select Flowering Pear Tree Bare Root

 Cleveland Select Flowering Pear Tree

Spring suppers tend to run a little later and a little lighter.

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Spring fresh green, fruit, or pasta salads.

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Colorful Vegetables

Garden veggie plates.

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Chilled Louisiana Gulf seafood platters.

Tory Burch Home lettuce ware dishes

Tory Burch Home

Many evenings we’ll eat on the patio or porch.

Cabbage Oval Platter

Cabbage Oval Platter

I prepare each of us a tray set with spring themed dinnerware in keeping with my firm belief you eat with your eyes first.

Set Of 12 Franciscan Desert Rose Dinner Plates

Set Of 12 Franciscan Desert Rose Dinner Plates

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Gardenia Salt and Pepper Set

Wares and decorative pieces inspired by spring set the loveliest of tables and trays.

pink lettuce ware dinner plate

Ceramic Cabbage Plate

So pretty!

Stoneware Chinese Cabbage Jug - White

Stoneware Chinese Cabbage Jug – White

Color, texture, pattern and taste repeats throughout chosen spring favorites.

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Braised Artichokes with Shallots & Peas

Ingredients

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

6 large artichokes, about 1/2 lb. each

3 Tbs. olive oil

2 large shallots, finely chopped

1 sprig fresh thyme

½ cup (4 fl. oz.) dry white wine

1 ½ cups (12 fl. oz.) low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 small clove garlic, chopped

Leaves from 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

6-8 leaves fresh mint, cut into slices

1 lb. fresh English peas, shelled

½ cup (4 oz.) creme fraiche

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions

Have ready a bowl of water to which you have added the lemon juice.

Working with 1 artichoke at a time, pull off and discard the tough outer leaves until you reach the tender, pale yellow-green inner leaves.

Cut off about 1 inch from the top to remove the prickly tips.  Using a paring knife, remove the tough outer layer on the stem.

Cut the trimmed artichokes lengthwise into quarters.

As each artichoke is finished, drop it into the lemon water.

Warm a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oil.  Add the shallots and thyme sprig and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Drain the artichokes, shake off the excess water, and add to the pan.  Raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the artichokes are lightly browned in places, about 5 minutes.

Add the wine and cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.  Add the broth and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the artichokes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 12-15 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, parsley, mint and lemon zest.

When the artichokes are done, there should be at least ½ cup (4 fl. oz.) of liquid left in the pan.  Add a little more broth if needed. Add the peas, then stir in the creme fraiche and mustard.

Cook, stirring, until the peas are warmed through, about 2 minutes.

Gently stir in the herb mixture, taste and adjust the seasonings, and serve. Serves 4-6.

Williams-Sonoma Taste

This Helsa Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes accent immediately caught my eye, and the thought is how lovely a focal point piece for an entry table or tablescape this spring appropriate accent will make.

A&B Home Helsa 16-inch Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes Accent

A&B Home Helsa 16-inch Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes Accent

What’s your spring on the beauty plan?

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Blooming Good Spring Finds

Signs of blooming good spring finds have arrived.

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Daylight savings time begins this weekend.

Pollen: the amber yellow tint beginning to cover the outdoor world.

Pretty little things for home, lawn and garden tickling your spring fancy.

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This back in stock and delivered to the door just in time for the season willow cloche is marked gorgeous for a garden decoration or tabletop accent.

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22 in. H Willow Cloche Protector

22 in. H Willow Cloche Protector

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So Fine by Electric Light Orchestra providing spring (and summer) hum and buzz sweet inspiration.

♫ People walking hand in hand,
Everybody’s singing to the band
I want to be where the stars shine bright
And hear sweet music on a summer night ♫

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There’s nothing quite so delicious as the first bowl of extra large Louisiana strawberries to kick off the spring tasting season.

fresh spring asparagus

Well, perhaps a fresh bunch of garden asparagus.

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The seasons of Louisiana vary from minute to hour to week.

Ice storm damage is throwing our planting into wait and see mode, but the warm days signal planting and patio time is near.

Nature awakens in color and bloom to remind us dark and barren times never last forever.

Burchett Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chairs with Cushions (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

The Burchett Outdoor Acacia Wood 4 Seater Chat Set with Cushions by Christopher Knight Home sold out faster than you can say Oprah Winfrey’s palace patio sit-down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but here’s two other options from the line to pretty up your patio, porch or perch.

Linwood Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Wicker Accents (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

Linwood Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Wicker Accents

“Peter Brady” is a mover and a shaker in the home furnishings business, and the line’s options offer a good look at a good price.

Aston Outdoor Modern Acacia Cushioned Club Chairs (Set of 2)

Aston Outdoor Modern Acacia Cushioned Club Chairs (Set of 2)

Flowers infuse color into our homes with all of the beauty and scents of the spring season.

Blooming Good Spring Finds

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Harsh late winter storms combined with multiple days and nights of arctic freezing temperatures zapped the life out of many of my plants, buds and blooms- most notably the hydrangeas I’ve babied for the last three seasons.

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A jaunt to the big box store garden center will replace what was.

I believe I’ll add a couple of packs of dusty miller and begonias to the mix for filler and balance.

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Spring flowers come in many shapes and forms.

Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor 15in Metal White Flower Wall Art

Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor 15in Metal White Flower Wall Art

Jordan Manufacturing Lessandra Outdoor Square Toss Pillows Rosewood Set of 2

Jordan Manufacturing Lessandra Outdoor Square Toss Pillows Rosewood Set of 2

Pressed flower notecards, set of 6 assorted cards, blank notecards

Pressed Flower Blank Notecards, set of 6 Assorted 

Much to my surprise and joy I’ve proven to myself no formal florist skills are needed to create a seasonal floral arrangement.

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Blooms and greens from my lawn and garden or the clearance buckets perched in a local grocery store floral department display become the stars of the window seal or tabletop spring flower show.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Keeping it simple is the key to DIY flower arranging.

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It might be a dollar store glass container, vintage Mason jar, ironstone creamer pitcher, the antique rose bowl Dave the Builder gifted me with years ago, or these eye catching-soon to be in my buy now pickup later cart- pretty in pink vases that becomes the vessel of choice.

pink vases for spring

The point is whatever you’ve got and whatever suits your floral arrangement fancy is perfect.

Fill vase with tepid water, add one teaspoon of vodka and one teaspoon granulated sugar.

Tepid water allows for quicker water absorption, and the vodka and sugar combination delays wilting.

Drop a copper penny in to the vase to help deter the growth of fungus or bacteria.

floral arrangement tips

Although the decorative post courier mailbox wall accent is not new to the home decor accent market, its popularity is ongoing.

Give it the wall pocket effect and fill it to the brim with your favorite spring floral and greenery stems.

Post Courier Mailbox Wall Accent by Ashland®

You know it’s spring finds time by the scents and sights of spring in full bloom.

I do love a season that shows out.

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Spring Break

Spring break is not canceled on the beaches of Places In The Home.  Reality of late is some serious stuff, which brings us to the necessity of taking a spring break to calm these choppy seas.

The wall to wall pandemic coverage is informative and needed, but my goodness can it be overwhelming.

As it is in design and decorating, balance is key.

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To keep the windmills of the mind turning in a positive manner, give yourself permission to take a daily spring break.

Something so simple as wildflowers blowing in a virtual breeze cancels the noise better than a pair of Bose headphones.

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Truer words, Lord Byron.

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At home and on demand music stations and smooth jazz concerts inspire the inner DJ in all of us to create live in-house concerts and dance parties to beat the band.

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Cooking, baking, discovering new recipes and brushing off old cookbooks combats boredom in the most delicious way.

white chocolate bread pudding recipe

vanilla bread pudding with vanilla sauce

For every evening I indulge in my famous vanilla bread pudding with vanilla sauce, there is a day of slim fasting.

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It’s amazing what you can learn in breakfast round table coffee talks.

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Architectural Digest – Photo by Luke Wilson 

Reading a good book and the Good Book transports the mind and eases the soul.

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Spring is a time of renewal- a season of reminding.

Nature awakens in color and bloom reminding us dark and barren times never last forever.

Now more than ever it is vital to our overall well being to see the good, the beauty, and the best in our every day.

how-to-brew-teaSugar and Charm

Taking a spring break from the everyday, if only for the time it takes to brew and enjoy a cup of tea, is a relaxing and renewing indulgence.

Floral "Love" Decorative Pillow

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Spring Garden Buzz is Building

The first day of spring is right around the corner, and spring garden buzz is building.

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“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need
to be walking in a garden to know it.”

—Rumi

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Green is the color of spring- a back to nature neutral that lushly complements all shades of green and spring related colors.

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Hydrangeas bud, bloom, and beautify the Southern flower garden.

The blue hydrangea bush Dave the Builder planted for me last spring bit the dust this winter.

Although our winter was mild compared to our northern friends, yours truly failed to properly protect the hydrangea bush during the one below freezing blast we did have.

Guess what’s on my spring garden buzz list to plant.

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Fliers from local nurseries and garden centers are beginning to arrive in the mail, and I’m plotting the potting garden path to full bloom color.

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Local farmers are preparing the fields, ready to plant, water, and harvest the sweetest corn and tomatoes soon to be the stars of the local farm stand.

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“Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”

—Lewis Grizzard

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There’s no two ways about it, getting garden ready involves getting a little garden dirty.

Enter the garden workstation.

Opening a bag of potting soil, filling a pot or planter with it and working the soil, adding the seeds or gingerly removing a plant or flower from the nursery pot, and placing the plant or flower into the pot is a relaxing therapy session of sorts.

Spring Garden Buzz

Country Living – Photo by Tim Street-Porter

Garden workstations, potting tables, and potting benches make life in the garden so much easier.

 

Outdoor Garden Wood Storage Furniture Box Waterproof Tool Shed w/ Potting Bench

Outdoor Garden Wood Storage Waterproof Tool Shed w/ Potting Bench

There’s plenty of options of both the retail and DIY kind.

The chippy chic farm table I found at a curbside boutique (trash) worked for years until it disintegrated.

Before that, two saw horses and a sheet of pressure- treated plywood got the job done.

The point is a garden workstation is garden potting, trimming, storage hub.

garden theme cabinet knobs

Customizing a potting bench is as simple as a gallon of paint and garden perfect hardware and hooks.

Bee Metal Wall Hook

garden-accessories

Simplicity Floppy Hat Women’s UPF 50+ Straw Sun Beach Hat
Large Market Basket – Threshold™
Galvanized Steel Watering Can
Joules Mid Molly Welly

Container ideas for early spring planting from Garden Answer.

Isn’t this gorgeous!

 

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Distressed Copper and Verdigris Metal Round Drum Planters with Handle

trowel gate handleBetter Homes & Gardens

Estate and garage sales are garden supplies treasure troves for finding pots, planters, tools, and decorative garden statues in good and stylish curb appeal condition.

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Flower Magazine

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Garden cloches help to keep cute garden visitors from feasting upon plants and flowers.

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Stepping stones add instant flair and function to lawn and garden.

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The first hint of spring comes through longer days and first traces of pollen in rain puddles along the driveway.

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Wind chimes doing their spring thing, early morning into afternoon serenades from the feathered choir and full blooms of back yard azalea bushes remind me of early Aprils spent in Texas lazing around the sleep porch at my great-grandparent’s house.

sunroom-LDa-Architecture-Interiors LDa Architecture & Interiors

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Ticking Stripe Blue Decorative 20-inch Throw Pillows (Set of 2)

Emails, E cards, and online greetings rule the present day communication preferences, but there’s something about the handwritten note that is still so special.

Vegetable Greetings Card Pack

Vegetable Greetings Card Pack

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In keeping with the ever popular bee theme, I’m sharing these spring garden buzz appropriate and ever stylish dish and decor options.

Safavieh Hand-hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool RugSafavieh Hand-Hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool Rug

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H&M

The taste of spring in a bottle becomes a recipe project ready to bee keep and gift.

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Photo by Jose Picayo 

Rosemary Honey

Ingredients

8 cups mild honey

10 sprigs of rosemary

Directions

In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook honey and 6 sprigs rosemary just until honey begins to bubble around the edges.  Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

Using tongs, remove and discard rosemary sprigs and any stray leaves.  To decant, divide honey among 4 clean 16-ounce jars.  Let cool completely, about 40 minutes.  Insert 1 fresh sprig rosemary into each jar, and tighten lids to seal.

-Country Living Magazine

glass honey jar with lid2Studio Silversmiths Beehive Crystal Honey Jar
Free Printable Bee Tag

bee tagsFree Printable Bee Tags

Embellish the jar with a free printable bee tag of your choice secured with natural raffia or bee inspired ribbon for a fun and festive look.

bee ribbon Etsy

After sourcing and sharing these spring garden lovelies, I know I can certainly see what all the spring garden buzz is about.

With one week to go until the first day of spring, it’s time to plan your get it growing garden.

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