The first thing to bloom in the garden this year were the Hellebores.   This was my first year growing them and arrival was so exciting, finally something blooming in the garden again.  Our peach trees also bloomed early this year.  Scattering their pink petals all over the ground like pink snow. Next up are the

This will be my second year year growing heirloom mums. The first year I had six varieties. This year I added 12 more new varieties to the garden, and fell in love with mums even more. These aren’t your typical store bought mums.

Autumn’s Bounty

With the end of October comes one of my favorites flowers — the heirloom chrysanthemums.  Just as all the other flowers are dying back, these beauties come on the scene filling the garden with color with their funky shapes and sizes.  I have been collecting brass (I have thrifted) and brown glass bottles this season

April in North Carolina is really when the flower season begins.  All of the cool flowers (hardy annuals) begin to bloom along with most of the bulbs and spring vines.  Its a riot of colors in the garden and a welcome excuse to finally be outside. Fillers for April: Bachelor Buttons Orlaya Love in a

Spring has to be one of the most anticipated seasons for a gardener.  Finally getting to get back outside with the flowers tending and growing things.  Most of the spring flower began opening up in mid-March and April this year with most of the tulips opening in April. The  thrillers for April include: Tulips Narcissus

A Floral Easter Brunch

This year Easter fell right  when the tulips were in full bloom here in NC.  All the gorgeous colors went stunningly with my clearance Homegoods tablecloth and Jadeite look accessories  (mason jar mugs and salt and pepper shakers) from Sur La Table. The garden was blossoming with tulips, narcissus, early rannunculus, anemones, peach blossoms, lavender,

This year spring came very early in North Carolina.  We had a mild winter and it seemed like everything woke up earlier than usual. In March there are not as many fillers or spillers as in other months, as most of the greenery is waking back up and there are not a lot of supporting

Heirloom Mums: Back in Style

After reading about heirloom mums on Floret Flowers and Love -n- Fresh Flowers blogs in 2013, I was excited to try these beautiful flowers in the garden.   Unfortunately in 2014, there was a catastrophic failure with the mums at King’s Mums and I had to put it on hold for a year.  Under new ownership

An Autumn Flower Crown

It is so fun to design flower crowns through the different seasons.  This crown was made for a high school senior, Hannah, who was having her senior photos taken by You Make Me Shutter Photography this past Halloween.  Almost all of the flowers came from the garden, mainly consisting of heirloom mums which are in

Summer Floral Bike Shoot

For the longest time I have been wanting to do a photo shoot featuring a bike full of summer blooms.  This summer I got the chance to do that with my daughters and son in law.  My daughters, who run You Make Me Shutter Photography, agreed to both photograph and be the model along with

A Whimsical Fiesta Birthday Party

For my daughter’s 21st birthday we pinned and planned a fiesta-themed party.  The weather had finally cooled down some and we were excited to have a party outside in the garden.  We planned an eating area, as well as a fire pit section for later in the evening. The invitations set the tone with an

I had been wanting to write a few posts this year that documented what flowers are growing locally here in which months in North Carolina.  I am going to seperate them in to a well-known classification of:  Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers.   Most commonly known as a way to fill containers in the garden, I think

Happy Cinco De Mayo

This weekend I decided to make a flower crown with all of the wonderful ranunculus in bloom in the garden.  All the bright colors reminded me of a fiesta. The anemones are still hanging in there despite the heat, but its exciting to see the roses are finally starting to bloom.  I also added some

Anemone Season has Arrived

Every spring one of the first flowers to arrive is the anemones. Their bright little eyes chasing away the winter and finally giving us something to play with.