Friday, 30 March 2012

Spring flowers and a bit of sewing

All this lovely sunshine has brought out the tulips in the garden, and very welcome they are too.  I love their bright, sweetshop colours after too many months of "greyness". The only downside to them being that most of them don't come back as big and strong the following year.  
These have been in the veg plot for about 6 years, after growing them in tubs first and some varieties have just disappeared, but others keep returning, albeit on shorter stems, which is fine for popping in mugs on the kitchen window sill.  I think they look gorgeous with the anemones, real "cheer you up" flowers!

I've been doing some more sewing, making some lavender hearts out of some scraps of vintage "comfy" quilts I've had for ages.  I love how they've turned out, decorative enough to hang up, but useful as a pin cushion too!  They'll be in my Etsy shop when I've finished sewing them up.

Lottie's been making the most of the sun, moving round the house to the warmest bit all day!  In the morning it's the back of the sofa.  I've given up trying to keep it looking tidy. At least she's happy :)

Have a good weekend


  1. Ahhh, bless Lottie, she really does look comfy. The little hearts are lovely, good luck with your shop.

  2. What lovely and inspiring photos. Thank-you for a great start to my day.

  3. Your windowsill is just divine. Here in Canada, the daffs are just beginning to bloom. My tulips are close, but the snow we are expecting tonight might put a damper on them! I guess I'll just have to gaze at yours all day long!

  4. I love your lavender hearts the material is so pretty. Dogs love lying in the sun don't they. Daisy follows the sun around too or will go out on the decking and sunbathe and then gets too hot and can't understand why she is sent inside!

    I love your tulips, it's such a shame they don't all return each year.
    Happy spring weekend!

  5. Your tulips look lovely but my favourites are anemones and they go so well with the tulips on your windowsill. Love the lavender hearts too.

  6. I adore all your assorted jugs on your header! What a lovely homely feeling. I have a soft spot for the spotted ones!
    The stuffed hearts are really very pretty. Your garden looks glorious too.
    I am a city dweller, but I do have a balcony with window boxes which make apartment living very cheerful in the warm months.

  7. Your spring flowers in the garden look just beautiful! Nature must be ahead in England, I don't have any tulips or anemones yet. They look really pretty in the vases on your windowsill!

    Enjoy your weekend,

    Madelief x

  8. Oh my all those tulips are just so beautiful, so much color & sweetness.
    Love your hearts also, smelling of lavender......perfect :)
    Have a great weekend
    Lots of love Karen x

  9. Lovely flower display and pretty pink lavender hearts - good idea, I'm going to use your little cushion as a pin cushion now. I still have it hanging next to my bed :)

  10. Great photos but the one of Lottie has to be the best! Love those lavender hearts!

  11. Beautiful lavender hearts!
    Beautiful garden! Beautiful flowers in your window!
    I love everything! ha ha!

  12. I do love to see a dog basking in the sun, she looks so content. The flowers and hearts are lovely.

  13. Beautiful!! Lovely blog ~ I'm now following! So nice to "meet" you!
    Anne ♥♥

  14. beautiful !!!! I love it please comment on my new post

  15. What a lovely blog, nice hearts lovely stories and I felt in love with you're pyramid-shaped trellises and the color just gorgious!!

  16. Your flowers look gorgeous and so pretty in your window what lovely containers. And how lovely to have all those fresh flowers in the garden to. Loving your hearts there so pretty. Have a lovely week, dee x

  17. thanks a million i love that song its my fave song out of all of them
    BTW i love the blog
    Ella xxx
    PS i hope u enjoy the Easter Holidays too !!!

  18. Your flowers are lovely, and your pincushions are very sweet.

  19. How lovely to have so many tulips in your garden.

    Fleur xx

  20. Hello! Have just found your lovely blog, though we do already have lots of blog friends in common I think! I love your spring header, it's gorgeous! Those tulips are beautiful too - they are some of my favourite flowers though I always find they droop when I have them in vases! Jenny x

  21. Hi Debbie,
    I don't know if you remember me, I'm the one who was asking you few weeks ago about your photography. You were so nice to answer me right back with all these helpful tips. Well, since, I haven't gotten the change to get a new camera lens but it is number one on my wish list! :)
    I just want to tell you (again) that your blog and your photos are sooooo gorgeous!!! I think it's the most beautiful blog I read (honest).
    About this post - I'm really new in gardening but very much enthusiastic. Am I understanding you right? Do you plant tulips under your veggies? And after they're gone do you plant the veggies over the bulbs???

    I wish you nice harvest,

    Berglind :)