Thursday, January 06, 2011

Show and Tell Friday!

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This time of year, right after the holidays, my mind is on Spring!  Luckily for me, it starts looking a little like Spring around here in Northern California by the end of February! That's when the daffodils start blooming!  For now, the anticipation of Spring is all I have!  My garden now, in the dead of winter, does not look anything like these photos from previous years but I'm thinking about what I want to plant when the weather gets warmer and feel inspired just looking at these!



Are you dreaming of Spring too?

I'm dreaming of cutting flowers to bring in my home.










I hope you enjoyed this little escape from winter to Spring/Summer for Show and Tell today!

If you are joining in on Show and Tell Friday, please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden. Please read the Show and Tell Guidelines for step-by-step instructions on how to participate. If you would like to join in, please enter your name and leave your exact Show and Tell blog post link, not just your blog link and as a common courtesy link back to my blog. If your link has been removed, please re-read over the guidelines before re-posting, or e-mail me with any questions.

Thank to all of you that join in every week!

I'm linking up to Cottage Flora Thursdays this week!
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66 comments:

Lindy said...

Yes, I'm dreaming but it's just not happening. Lovely pics!

NanaDiana said...

I am SOOO jealous. Our winter is full force and we won't see green until well into April...maybe even May. I am a warm-weather flower loving kinda gal...and this just GETS to me to have all this ice and snow!

Your "tour" was beautiful...guess I will just have to live vicariously through you! Hugs-Diana

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Breathtakingly GORG. Your dinning table with those soft pink roses.. WOW! thanks for hosting. Jen

Sherry said...

How beautiful your flowers are! I am so ready for flowers to pick.
Sherry

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What beautiful photos. I long for spring...it will be a long while for me though :)

Sarah said...

Cindy, I'm dreaming of spring bulbs in bloom. We are expecting a severe freeze this next week, so guess my garden will look pretty bleak after that. TX has pretty mild winters, but the occasional deep freeze stops for a visit, leaving ruin behind. Thanks for sharing all your lovely flowers. ~ Sarah

Shirley said...

Oh my that WAS refreshing!! We are having a blizzard here at the moment!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cindy, How I wish it were Spring. We are expecting snow this weekend through Tuesday! Your garden is beautiful.
xo,
Sherry

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Lovely pics, but I'm not quite ready for spring. It's been super cold, but we really need some snow here in Maryland!

Love the Decor! said...

Love your pictures but loving the snow right now too. Love hibernating and feeling warm and cozy in January
Happy New Year Cindy

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Beautiful flowers!! Spring doesn't come here until about mid May; we have a long way to go! thanks for hosting this party.

HoosierHomemade said...

Beautiful! I have Spring fever already!
Love the lilacs and delphinium!
Thanks for hosting Cindy!
~Liz

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Cindy! Your garden is so pretty...and what beautiful flowers! I am afraid I am one of those people who enjoy winter, though! It's sooooo hot here once the seasons change! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Ashley said...

I loved this post! My favorite season is Spring, I cannot wait!!!! Xoxoxo

Serendipity Chic Design said...

I really need to move to California...I have been dreaming of spring since the day winter started. Thanks for sharing those photos. It will temporarily keep my mind of the snow storm we are supposed to get tomorrow....

Take care,
Lisa

Char said...

Oh Cindy, I want to sit there and just soak it all in. It's so pretty and very peaceful. Char

Fish Tail Cottage said...

thanks for linking up with me for Cottage Flora Thursdays! What a beautiful post! Excited to find others who love gardening cottage style as well! thanks again. xoox

Fish Tail Cottage said...

ps - wanted to say how much i love your foxgloves with the angel behind them....darling!!! Also, can i ask what zone you are in?

Charlene said...

Cindy,
Happy New Year!!!! It has been a long time since I have been by to visit. The holidays wiped me out!!!! Your world looks beautiful as always! I too am thinking flowers/spring. In fact I decided to play Show & Tell Friday today & show the flowers I bought at Farmers Market & our new Christmas Puppy. So glad to be back at Your Romantic Home! HUGS!
Charlene

teresa said...

You are so lucky you only have to wait until february. we have to wait until april and sometimes May to really feel like spring is here. I can't wait. your photos are beautiful! Looks like you really enjoy gardening too!

High Street Cottage said...

Cindy you really do take some of the most gorgeous photos. I have been praying for a bit of dry land here, it's been flooding in some spots. Usually the Winter is too short, but not this time. Thank you for the break. xoxo tami

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Honey at 2805 said...

Beautiful flower and beautiful pictures. Thanks for hosting another lovely party!

kluless said...

Oh my gosh YES. Thank you! I think many of us could use a little Spring about now!

lvroftiques said...

Cindy all your images are so gorgeous! And yes I'm really longing for spring! Thanks for the torture.....ummm I mean inspiration *winks* Vanna

delia hornbook said...

What a beauitful post so sunny, fresh and warm. What a gorg garden you have it looked stunning last year. i love foxgloves. Happy new year, Dee x

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Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for sharing your lovely spring pictures! I love your ruffled sun umbrella in your garden too. Thanks for hosting and happy New Year!

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Shabby soul said...

Absolutely I DO need Spring!!
Darling Cindy thank you forme tink that it's not too far...
Have a good day
Silvia

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Cindy,
Your garden area is just outstanding!
I love all the beautiful flowers and your outdoor decor!
Thanks for hostessing too!
Cindy

Amanda said...

Oh Cindy, those pictures were a breath of fresh air! Oh I am definitely dreaming of spring but we won't see signs of that until April-ish here in WI. Your home is so gorgeous. Someday when all the kids have moved on and created their own families, I would love to have so much white!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I am a flower girl and just love all your pretty images.

Have a wonderful day and a happy new year!

Susan said...

Your photos are just breathtaking, Cindy! The flowers and outside pics make me crave spring...alas, we won't see signs of it until April. But a girl can dream.
Thanks for hosting another terrific show and tell!
- Susan

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hi Cindy. Love your patio - so beautiful! Lucky for you to have spring around the corner. We still have a way to go in NY. My post was also about flowers - need them now especially after taking down the Christmas decorations. Have a great weekend!

Patricia Torres said...

Oh Cindy.. happy new year... Hope you have a rocking year ahead.. Love.. love the first two pictures.. so so envious!!

Shel said...

Oh your photos are just exquisite. You have a beautiful garden and home...enjoy dreaming of spring!
Shel from a Sunny South Africa
xx

Divine Theatre said...

Sonnet 98

by William Shakespeare (1609)


From you have I been absent in the spring

When proud-pied April, dress’d in all his trim,

Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,

That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.

Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell

Of different flowers in odour and in hue,

Could make me any summer’s story tell,

Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:

Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,

Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;

They were but sweet, but figures of delight,

Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seem’d it winter still, and you away,

As with your shadow I with these did play.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You're flower arrangements are so beautiful. It's feeling a little like spring here :).

AliLilly said...

OH CINDY! Thank you so much for posting this. Lord knows I need that. I'm still new out here in the desert and although it's really interesting to see all the new and a different plant life there is out here. I miss color. There really isn't much color out here. Just a whole lot of beige! BLAAH! Thanks again and thanks for hosting too! :)

Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

Thank you Cindy for a peek at springtime. I, too, live in N. Calif but in the mountains so spring is a bit too far off for my taste. But I live just an hour away from the San Joaquin valley and plan on taking a drive down in Feb just to see the almond trees in bloom. That always gives me a lift and lets me know that Spring is on it's way. Today has been set aside to start a bunch of my new plants for my garden this summer. I have planned on blogging it this next week, watching my seedlings grow helps the drab winter days fly by.

Amanda said...

Breathtaking photos Cindy! You've got me dreaming of spring for sure! I do love bringing fresh cut flowers in from the backyard! What a blessing! Have a wonderful weekend!
Amanda

Melanie said...

Funny - I was just looking at another blog where the woman was talking about Spring and posting pictures of her outdoor gardens from last year! I think we're ALL dreaming of Spring! You're lucky you live in an area where you see signs of Spring in February. I'm in northern IL where we don't see signs of Spring until late March/early April.

Lynn said...

I look out and see snow but your blog post took me on a little trip that felt so good! Cannot wait for springtime and fresh flowers. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and for hosting such a fun party.
~Lynn

Cass @ That Old House said...

You are tormenting me! Outside here, it's snowing, and snowing, and snowing, and the only color in our yard is white, or gray.

Love the flower pics; dreamy!

Cass

retriever said...

Dream and lovely page fotos romantiek,

Louisette said...

Greeting from Belgium

Elsie said...

Sooooo pretty Cindy and I sooooooo
want Spring to hurry up. I love that time of the year. Your little
courtyard is always beautiful no
matter what time of the year.

Nancy said...

I wasn't dreaming about Spring until I saw this post! :-) You can bet I am now, and dreaming I could spend it on your gorgeous patio!

Nancy

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, flower cutting time is way off for me. I live in NY. I'll just have to settle for some cut blossoms from a store!

- The Tablescaper

Melina said...

hi cindy I have read all instructions, and I'm going to join the party, will be here every Friday

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Donna said...

Hi Cindy, Well,like you, we don't have much of a winter. I live in the Sam Houston National Forest just north of Houston, Tx. Our winters are very mild and the planting season starts in January! I'm a transplanted 'Dallas-ite' and somehow, even after 12 years, I just can't seem to get on the schedule for gardening here. I keep wanting to wait until March or April. By then my neighbors' gardens are just amazing! Sigh..

Anyway, I love your beautiful photos! I love California too. I lived there for a year of college. Winter is just amazing there!!

Funny, we must be on the same wavelength and I just posted about curing the winter-time blues..not for my sake, but for all my readers who seem to be buried in snow. :o)

Lovely post!

xo
Donna @ Comin' Home

Brittny said...

Beautiful flowers! Thanks for hosting Show and Tell! This was my first one, I'm very new to blogging and I got so much traffic from your site, thanks!!!

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Anne at Bird/Like said...

Dreamy perfect lovely!!! I can't imagine a lovelier garden.

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing those photos again -- always pretty. But I (selfishly) miss your more frequent postings. Hope this means you are having much fun!

xinex said...

This is so refreshingly lovely, Cindy. I am so ready for spring. Your garden is adorable!...Christine

Linda said...

Such a lovely post...beautiful flowers...Just discovered your blog from your Country Living Facebook photos...how did I not run into you on the blogs before LOL! I'm looking forward to reading more...I am a new follower...

Really Rainey said...

Hi Cindy... pretty post. I too am thinking of spring... I live in Arizona and we get Spring early too. I remember last year you posted that lilac post and I loved it! Then wandering through Lowes I saw a lilac plant for MY area too! So I bought it and I have been nursing it for months! We had hard 3 day freeze here in Phoenix but I brought it under the patio... But even with most of my plants covered my plants are pretty brown and hopeless :( I hope the lilac makes it! It looks a little disgruntled!
Rainey

Green Mountain Realty said...

Simply gorgeous, I wish I had your flair.