Friday, April 26, 2013

Sunshine in a bucket!

It is Spring in my garden finally. 
The only proof I have of it are the daffodils, violets and a few
grape hyacinths starting.
Some of the tree's buds are opening up and the buds on the lilacs
are swelling bigger by the day.

I have hundreds of daffodils starting to bloom, but the only variety blooming
right now is this one.
I have three or four different ones planted and I don't remember which
are which. I used to know the name of everything I had in the garden but
now I'm lucky to remember just the varieties of my roses.

I do keep garden journals and can look plants up if I need to, but seldom
do unless I want to order more of something.
Thank goodness that never happens, because the journals
are in crazy shape.

I keep those little plastic labels that come with the plants I buy
and so each year's journal is bulging

crazy gardener----crazy garden journals

This particular variety is very fragrant so I cut several and have
placed them all over the house.

After several days they start to dry in the vase.
I love how they take on a papery look like these below.

This bouquet in the reflection of my mirror is also drying and are softer in color
than when they are fresh.

They have almost completely dried although it's hard to tell in these photos.
They will hold this color for about a year.

It has been wonderful to get out in the garden this week.
I feel like I walked ten miles today pruning, watering and digging
and boy did it feel awesome!!!!


Beehive Needleworks said...

Dearest June...A visit with you, whilst sipping a morning cuppa, is a splendid beginning to my day! I am delighted that Springtime has finally arrived upon your patch...with softly coloured blossoms emerging each day. Your daffs are ever so lovely...and I thank you most kindly for sharing a pail-full of bright sunbeams!
Wishing you much joy...
Judy xx

Julie Marie said...

Hi June, so happy Spring has finally arrived for you, I think it is here to stay now!... your Daffodils are beautiful and I love dried ones as well... your pitcher they are in is gorgeous!... and so is that basket with the bucket full of them... also love the wreath on your balusters... happy gardening!... xoxo Julie Marie

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Sweet, happy daffodils. Beautiful photos.

Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

Junebug said...

My daffodils are all finished blooming. So you can send some my way! But my yard is busting with color of other varieties. Ha, Ha, we won't talk about my garden journal! Sad, sad shape! I'm so happy the weather is great and i can get out in the yard. So off I go with coffee in hand for the sun is arising!!!

chateau chic said...

Your beautiful daffodils add so much cheeriness to your lovely home. Couldn't help noticing the FABULOUS pink and white rail piece above your sofa. It's always a treat to be invited into your home, June.
Mary Alice

Pondside said...

That's what I'll be doing today - weeding, planting and tidying things up in the beds. I was up before 6 to get the water on. After a winter of rain the beds are dry as powder and no amount of mulch helps.
The daffodils are so pretty with their tow-tones!

Monica said...

I have purchased some of the same variety. They're beautiful! Love to see it's Spring where you are, too, and that it makes you so happy! :)
Sending warm hugs,
Monica xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

Isn't it wonderful when those first carefree blooms open?! I think it's God's way of giving us a little time to clean up the gardens before everything explodes!

When I was a young mother I worked very hard on my garden, it was a great way to get outdoors with the children and I threw myself into it wholeheartedly. I had many gardening journals and an abundance of books. Not only did I know my varieties, I memorized the Latin names! Of course I'm much more laid back now and don't have a clue what I have growing! lol!

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! Happy Weekend!


Diana Seal said...

Hello June, beautiful daffodils!
I did not know you could dry them, I have to try next year, ours are all gone already:(
Have a great weekend!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have beautiful daffodils, June! I love the dried look too. It's going to be a wonderful season in your garden. Your beautiful photos give me such a lift! Happy weekend!

Victoria said...

These photo's are so bright and cheerful! They definitely look like Spring:) I'm working hard on my brown thumb, hoping it turns into a green thumb one of these days!

Have a lovely weekend enjoying your garden June!

My name is Riet said...

Your daffodils are gorgeous dear June. I love love them and yellow is springcolor nr 1 for me. You will soon have your garden ful of flowers and color and hopefully we can see it all.
Hugs from Riet

Katherine said...

You always share such prettiness with us, the flowers are a welcome sight {and love your wood railing on the wall}. I never thought of drying daffodils.

I realized this week as I plowed through deleting and organizing the gardens at our new property - my garden has always been a true friend.

Enjoy the fun in the garden.


pballard said...

I agree coffee in hand and morning blogs, oh so happy!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning lovely one! These bright yellows are so happy today as I celebrate our first warm day! We just came in from cleaning up one of our gardens. THANK YOU for this happy post sweet girl! Anita

Bente said...

Dear June. Is it a kind of fence on the wall over the sofa? LOVE it. The wreath is gorgeous. Beautiful flowers from your garden. No blooming here yet, but it will be soon I hope. Still some snow laying around here. I admire your work in the garden, and I look forward to see the result evey spring/summer.
Have a great weekend

Nely said...

Hi dear June,
Your daffodils are so lovely,I love them,love to see your spring pictures,so,so beautiful!
I send to you many suny and warm hugs,hier is 28C
Enjoy in weekend!

Smycken och Smulor said...

It´s like having sunshine inside to look att your beautiful flowers :) / Marie-Louise

oldgreymare said...

your season is here my dear- revel in it <3

Vicki said...

Hi, June,
I am so glad spring is in the air for you there where you live. Your daffodils are so pretty, and I know your home must smell delightful. No happier flower than daffodils in spring I think! Have a blessed and happy weekend, sweet friend~Vicki

Anne said...

June your flowers are beautiful!Oh I cannot wait to get out in the garden.Still waiting on things to bloom it has been quite cold here still.Thank you for sharing a bit of your garden it brings me hope!LOVE your bannister piece hanging on your wall!

jill said...

Your pics are beautiful as always June,I have some daffs on my kitchen table that where bought for me on the 17th april and they are still beautiful and smell lovely,one of my favorite flowers I have planted quite a few bulbs in my garden they always come thro but not many flower !! dont know why.Love Jill xxx

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Lovely. I had no idea you could dry daffodils...mine have already all bloomed so I will have to wait until next year ~ drat! I love the fence rail wall hanging, very, very attractive.

maría cecilia said...

Dear June, I can imagine the joy you feel being outside in your beautiful garden, working with all your beauties. Such Happiness!!!

sending you much Love from here

p.s. did you shut off your FB?

Deborah said...

I'm so happy for you!
They really are "sunshine in a bucket"!
My little lilac crocuses came up and are not on their way out...just a brave shout that spring has come!
Love all your stunning photos!
I didnt know you could dry those daffodils!
Hugs to you sweet June!
Good for you getting in your exercise and all the while enjoying every moment! Hahah

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June,
Do you realize how truly blessed you are with so many wonderful talents...growing beautiful flowers, decorating your home with so much loveliness and sharing your dazzling photos that touch the heart and soul.

Thanks for making my day special. You have such a way of spreading peace and happiness.


Dorthe said...

Beautiful ,lovely spring, dear June-
and beautiful photoes and flowers.
You have placed the daffodils so lovely in buckets and cans and they are wonderful- LOVE the dried ones,too!
Happy weekend dear.

bobbie said...

And here I thought I was the only one who liked the look of drying daffies! But I never knew they would last that long ~ I'll have to try that next year.

I hope you are enjoying the same lovely weather over there that we are ~ a bit overcast/hazy, but 78*. I'd love to be out working in the yard, but can't till my tootsies heal up a bit more...

Peace ~

Snooks said...

Love the flowers. We have very few. It is best for the plants though as we were still freezing at night last week. I can not wait for all the plans to bloom. Love the pictures.

@ 3Beeze Homestead


LOVE your pink, shabby rail over your sofa!!! Your flowers are so pretty. None here, yet! It's finally feeling like SPRING!

koralee said...

So beautiful...I am in love with your room..that pink Bannister is stunning.
Hugs to you..hope you are very well and enjoying your Spring. xo

Diane said...

Isn't it wonderful to be back in the garden again? Your daffodils are beautiful. Diane

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Well you know that I definitely know where you're coming from and how excited I am that spring is finally here. I'm glad that it's reached you there in Idaho too! Your daffodils are fabulous!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Yaaay, June's garden is awake!!

joanne said...

even though I live in the Daffodil Valley I am not their biggest fan. They have been very slow to show this year and now I am getting anxious to see their little yellow drops of sunshine in my yard. Yeah, a girl can change! Didn't know they dried to beautifully either....

Geli said...

Dear June!
Your daffodils are so dreamy.
And I love the scent.
It' s new for me that you can dry them also.
I wish you a beautiful week!
With love,

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I have been working outside too and it feels so wonderful. I love bringing flowers in the house. What a great time of year this is!

Marikki said...

Dear June,

Thank you for your so sensitive, beautiful photos what you are shareing with us!
Many hugs from Finland,

sophie said...

magnifique couleur jaune du printemps!
merci pour ces belles photos et ce doux rayon de soleil
bon jardinage!

Unknown said...

Dear June, even your dried flowers look awesome:)))))

Unknown said...

So so pretty. I didn't know daffodils would dry like that! So pretty and so good to know. I love love love that pink and white fence!! Can't wait to see more pics of your gorgeous garden!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh loved this post. I love your pink rail above your couch too. How sweet and cute is that. Love it.

the old white house said...

Good Morning June! As of today I have a few more daffodils, usually since they are the first things I have a bouquet from the kids. I didn't know that they would dry like that! Do I put water in the vase at first and then let the water evaporate or do they not get water? I hope I get my bouquet soon, I would love to have these drying in the house :) Thanks for the inspiration! love, t.xoxo

My name is Riet said...

Hi June. You are one of the winners of my give away. A handpainted scarf, not handkerchief, LOLOL
I hope you like it
I will send it to you this week.
Hugs from Riet

Madelief said...

Those daffodils look lovely, even the ones wilted away. In my garden the daffodils are almost over. It's time for tulips now and blossoms now.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Madelief x

Windmill Farm said...

Morning: Heck, I couldn't take my eyes off the darling yellow footstool. Love it with the danity little ruffle at the bottom and it looks linen. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Paula-Windmill Farm

Things and Thoughts said...

Your photos have always a tender and sensitive touch , I love the vase in the latest photos.
I wish you a nice week and a new crop from the garden !
Warm regards !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, you sweet soul, YOU. Thank you for coming to visit. Your home is always a refuge of tenderness and I love to come here! Anita

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Amazing flowers June! Love your pictures. Have a wonderful week gardening my friend! ~Maryjane xox

wendy said...

The spring bulbs make me HAPPY. We have none planted in my "yard" (I use the term loosely right now)...and even if I did, NOTHING is blooming here yet. Still been pretty cold and dang windy.
Yes...I am whinning a little.
We have LOTS and LOTS of projects to try and get to this year if the weather starts to smarten up.

One Shabby Old House said...

For those of us with crispy attempts at gardening all I can say is,'s springtime in June's garden!
Hugs to my green thumbed friend!

trishie said...

Daffodils are a sure sign of Spring! Yours look so sweet and lovely.

Villa König said...

Dear June, your wonderful photos and all the lovely stuff and beautiful flowers makes my day more happy, because it is always a joy to visit you. Hugs Yvonne

Unknown said...

G'morn sweet June ~ Yes, our daffodils are filling the air with the sweet aroma ... so wish I could bring them indoors, too. Your home is always so elegantly decorated with your touch. So enjoy my gardening, you need to pop by the blog to see what we've done ... some fun ideas that really spruce things up a bit. Our dogwoods are all so full this year, the winter probably was conducive to the show they are giving. I joined bloglovin today so hopefully I can keep in touch better. Miss you, have a beautiful day ~
Hugs of love,

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh gosh, these daffodils are beautiful June! Although they're bursting with loveliness while fresh, I do admire their appearance as they dry, too. Your home is meant for flowers. :)
Now you've inspired me to get out in the dirt! Happy spring my friend.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Just lovely June! I just picked a few from my very little garden and love the way they are drying too!
I love the old railing section over your couch!

Mimi Sue said...

Your daffodils are so pretty. We know it's finally spring when they bloom. I've spent some time in the garden too. Weeding is getting to be such a chore! Love this time of year. Mimi

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi June,
I always love the beauty of your dried blooms, I must remember to dry more this year!! The suuny daffs are such a pretty popin your room and I love the spindles on the wall:-) I WISH I had kept a garden journal, I just tuck all those tags into a big tin, haha!!
Hugs & Happy Digging:-)

Sylvia said...

Dear June, thank you for visiting my page and your kind words! It is always a great pleasure to visit your page and to enjoy the wonderful pictures!

Much love and have a good time - Sylvia

Debbie said...

Your flowers look so sweet, fresh AND dried! I cannot wait until something comes up here...anything!! comes up here! We finally have some green grass!
Your home is sooo beautiful, Jane. You are such an inspiration to me.
Have a wonderful week.

Robin Johnson said...

Oh you lucky, lucky girl! To have pretty flowers already. I'm green with envy. I have tulips that are about two inches tall. I keep checking their progress on a daily basis.

Your photos are so very pretty. Do you just let the flowers dry in their arrangments?

Anonymous said...

Stunning as usual June!! I adore your home and style!
And your photos are always so dreamy!!
Hope your doing well and have a lovely day.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

So happy that you can get back out in your garden, doing what you love.
Isn't spring a lovely time and I love all your pretty daffodils.

Have a happy week

BECKY said... those drying daffodils, June. such beauty and simplicity.
and I adore that incredible ironstone pitcher. one of these days I will have one that is lovely, and crazed, and has that amazing distressed brown rippling through the glaze. as always...pure joy to visit.

love and hugs to you,

Vicky said...

your blog is amazing. i love every single photo, thanks for sharing all your wonderful photography, I'm your new follower!!
Hugs Vicky

Katherines Corner said...

June, I just discovered your lovely blog! I enjoyed my visitso much, I look forward to many more. I hope you will join us for the Thursday hop and share your beautiful blog with my readers. xo

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, these images are just completely yummy and delightful! I love the soft yellow of the daffs with the colors in your room... and i always love how you let the flowers dry and show us the beauty in them even as they age and fade. You are my hero!


Stan and Jody Gabara said...

June, I love your beautiful daffodils. I never thought of drying them. They look so pretty and fragile. Thanks for the inspiration!


Peonies & Magnolias said...

Oh June your daffodils are beautiful and a wonderful ray of sunshine, so glad spring has arrived for you also. We are in full spring mode, allergies and all. hahaha

I hope you have a great weekend.


Susan Shull said...

I just LOVE your blog! It is such a peaceful, restful spot. I had no idea that daffodils would dry and hold their color. Wish I hadn't just pitched the last of mine!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi June,
So glad that your garden is stirring to life. That means beautiful visions for us to see. I love the lovely vignette featured in the mirror.
I had no idea they could hold their color so well. Thanks for inspiring us.

Marikki said...

June, I have a little giwe away in my blog, so if you got interested, you are welcome to join it:)

Happy weekend, my friend!

Alicja said...

Just beautiful!
I love to come back here so much:)
Hugs to you and your family!!!!

Anne Lorys said...

June, you are my gardening inspiration! I'm struggling to get our flower garden up and going, and YOU are my inspiration!


Olive said...

Marvelous June. I saw your post on my phone days ago and am clueless how to comment there. It made me smile and brightened my otherwise chaotic day. My laptop died and today I am back, thankfully. love, olive

Vintage Home said...

Beautiful images & adorable daff's! So pretty!
I am excited to hear that there will be another opportunity to see your wonderful creative gifts in print!
Can't wait!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Dear June I know I'm late but I did finally get here to once again appreciate your first pickings for Spring - those daffodils in that old jug look so divine. Love them so much when they are papery dry!
I'm like you and save all of my plant tags filed in a container though so I can just go there to check the name of a rose or some other plant.
By now you must almost be picking some rose buds and blooms and I can see you in your element up to your ears in the most beautiful blooming plants finally being so overjoyed that this time of year has finally arrived.
Sending you many loving garden thoughts and much love as I am tending the needs of a dear friend with a brain tumor. Life is full of twists and turns that we can never predict at any given moment.

Anna said...

Beautiful daffodils dried, I can only with the hydrangeas.
For the names of the flowers ... forget to keep traghette as well as you have to look for them in gardening magazines ... but the important thing is that they are interesting, for the names ... patience!
good spring

RuthSMac. said...

I adore your pictures, you let me speechless every time I visit your blog.


Shabby soul said...

Darling June, visit you and look your picture is always the better way to feel good! Love the light, the freshness of the colors of your flowers and home, that blue little table with old books... every detail!
A big hug my darling friend

Tammy said...

Hi June, I hope things are continue to warm up and that the blooming season is in full swing now. Our temperatures are already up to 100 degrees so plants need watering all the time. I don't know how you get flowers to dry to beautifully. Must have good air in your home. Around here, things just tend to turn brown and gunky. Hope all is well and that you are having a wonderful weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

Victorian1885 said...

Happy Mother's Day Dear June! I can imagine how busy you are out in your lovely gardens this time of year. I look forward to your next post, enjoy your Family today!

Rozmeen said...

Missed this post!

Love it.
xoxo Rozmeen

Robin said...

Beautiful June, I need to take pics of my flowers!