21 February 2014

Ravishing Blooming Colors

Happy Friday and welcome weekend-you know it is going to be a 

good day when the sun is shining and the wind is not blowing.

We had winds up to 27 miles per hour yesterday and they were a 

bit brutal. 
I did spend a few hours in my greenhouse-I have planted various

vegetables and flowers from seed and now the waiting begins.

Of course, there aren't many flowers blooming in my garden except

for my sweet pansies. 

The daffodils and tulips seem to be a bit slower this year-no pretty 

blooms from them yet.


A few ranunculus, but not nearly enough to make this stunning

arrangement, so I will be going to the market to see what I can find.

In the meantime, I am using my Pinterest board, for inspiration on

how to put together some springtime arrangements.


Don't we all adore hydrangeas? 

What bothers me is that I am unable to grow them-I try every 

Spring, and every Summer they die.

Texas is in a wretched drought and we are always on water 



So, I guess I will have to be a creative gardener and continue to 

grow most of my plants in pots. 

At first this seemed so odd to me, it seemed as though I really 

wasn't gardening. 

But each Season I have become more reconciled to the idea and 

actually have good success.  

A couple of big problems with this is the expense-you know I 

have to purchase so many pots and soooo much potting soil. 

Growing up on a farm we didn't buy soil, so you can see why this

tends to irk me.


Aren't Dahlias an amazing flower, I grew them one year and they

performed just like the Hydrangeas, they squeaked out a few 

blooms and acted as though they were going to go into full throttle 

glory and then poof...the heat set in and they withered away.  

I will make one more stop while I am out and about today and that

will be to Callaway Garden Center, they have a Friday sale going on

buy one orchid, get the second one for for free.  

I cannot pass up on a deal like this one, especially when the sun

is shining...

Please Join Me~


Cedar Hill Farmhouse

The Dedicated House

Natasha In Oz

Jennifer Rizzo

Common Ground


Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. I have had to start growing in containers also - partly due to the drought and then because of our puppy who digs up what I plant.

    I have also had to get creative with flower arrangements in the house. I am using greenery which is abundant, and adding a few flowers.

  2. You certainly have wet our appetite for spring flowers. I can hardly wait to see the beautiful colors forcing themselves through the soil rather ground or potting soil...I think many people have gone to container gardening. It seems expensive getting started but once the pots are bought the cost is much lower..I will be watching as your starter plants in your greenhouse start to bloom....

  3. Oh our hearts are singing just looking at those lovely blooms! I think we've gotten your wind today...wowza!! But, the snow is melting and that makes us very excited...and longing to see some spring flowers that want to poke out of the ground...not yet ~ but soon :)

  4. You are so creative with your floral arrangements and photos. Your post is so welcoming after the very long winter in New England ~ thanks, Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

    artmusedog and carol

  5. What a breath of fresh air. Beautiful photos!

  6. Such beautiful flowers! I'm so excited for spring, and your post is inspiring!

  7. Any color in this bleak time before spring is welcome. Those are gorgeous photos...


  8. Beautiful bouquet, all of them, Jemma. I sincerely hope you have better luck this year with your hydrangeas and dahlias and can totally relate with regards to paying for soil when you already have enough of it, but due to drought and water shortages, it cannot perform for you! In the meantime, a few pretty store-bought bouquets will help while you're waiting for your own lovelies!

    Happy Monday, my friend!


  9. I have trouble with hydrangea's too. They grow and get very big and then white fly sets in and ruins the plant. My neighbor has a huge star pine that infests all my plants. The dahlia's do very well in my garden and the first bloom of the roses is always a success! Don't roses do well in the heat and sun? I wish I had a green house! Nothing wrong with loving flowers!

  10. You've put me in such a sping-like mood just looking at your lovely photos Jemma. It's so fun knowing that everything is going to start turning green soon. It's been a long, cold winter but I know that will make us REALLY appreciate spring. :)

  11. You have a greenhouse? No signs of spring here (northern IL) yet at all. :-(

  12. Wow you have a greenhouse! I would so love one.

    Hydrangeas are really tricky to grow. We had killed many over the years and wasted hundred of dollars. What a shame. We now leave them in pots instead of planting in the ground so we can easily move them around to shady spots if we have to and it seems to be working!

  13. all those wonderful images are really getting me in the mood for Spring!

  14. Wow, what a beautiful post! I'm so thrilled you joined in with my Say G'day Saturday link up and shared these gorgeous flowers.

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz


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