Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air!  I have been taking pictures of all of the flowers in our yard and I thought I would share them with you.  Nothing like a little inspiration to get you prepared for the Spring Petals Quilt Along!  And thank you for the positive response to the QAL.  I’m very excited to get started!

In the front yard of our house, I have nasturtiums nestled with pansies.  A beautiful combination of color.  Nature sure does have it figured out!

purple and orange flowers


And the roses are just starting to bloom.  I love the perfume of Double Delight:



And the beautiful orange and coral hues of this rose (the name escapes me):

roses 2


And there is a pink and blue color combination thanks to the forget-me-nots and (again the name escapes me and I’m too lazy to look it up):

pink and blue flowers


And you’ll find Cooper hunting for lizards among the azaleas:

cooper in flowers


In the backyard, the orange blossoms are heavenly.  It’s my favorite scent of all!

orange blossom


I’ve got milkweed growing wild in one corner.  Now where are the butterflies?



Toby the tortoise is starting to get active.  He said hello to one of Cooper’s toys today (once he decided it wasn’t edible):



And the lilac tree is in full bloom:

lilac tree


Speaking of which, I picked some of those blooms and I couldn’t resist a little composed photo.  I do have some lovely lilac-colored fabric along with some green and gray for a pretty ensemble:

spring fabric copy


And pretty silk thread with a little ribbon, too!

spring thread copy


I also wanted to let you know about a sale going on.  Interweave publishing is celebrating National Craft Month.  *Save 30% Off Your Purchase at Interweave with Offer Code LUV2CRAFT  Valid 3/29 thru 3/31.  (*This contains an affiliate link.)

Interweave has magazines, patterns and a few kits available.  I purchased a copy of the QuiltCon magazine, which I’ve been trying to get my hands on.

Thanks for joining me on a tour of my garden.  I hope you’ve caught spring fever by now!  It’s been a long winter for some of you.  Have a great week!



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  1. I was so excited to get started on the quilt along today, but I can’t find the pdf of the pattern. Where should I look to find it?

  2. Just love your garden and makes me think about fresh air and lots of flowers to come in our garden….love spring! Thanks

  3. I loved all of the Spring Flowers. I live in upper NY State. It snowed yesterday and again today. We have had a rough winter. Thanks for the happiness you sent! Nancy

  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers (and Cooper and Toby!)–I could almost smell the flowers! Such delight! Love the fabrics of lilac, green, and gray!!!! I am soooo ready for spring!!!!

  5. Your garden is stunning, and it has given me hope that someday spring will arrive here in Newfoundland, Canada. But right now my backyard is covered in about 5 feet of snow. Bring on spring, I am totally done with winter 🙁

  6. Thanks for sharing your flowers, so pretty. Here in Texas Hill Country our wildflowers are beginning to show and it should be a good year for sight seeing in the back roads.
    The purple fabric, so pretty.

  7. This gives me hope that Spring will actually arrive in the rest of the country some day! Lovely photos! And I would love to see what those pretty fabrics turn into! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your sunshine….

  8. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures! It looks so warm and sunny and colorful there. Here in northeast Ohio it’s still gray and cold. That’s why I’m working on a flower applique wall hanging in the brightest colors I have in my stash!

  9. Spring has sprung! Beautiful! We aren’t there yet. Our crocus are almost finished with their flourish and our daffodils are just opening. The gorgeous forsythias are loaded with bloom as well. I love Spring!
    Thank you for sharing your spring. So lovely.

  10. Hi Julie,

    Your garden looks lovely. I used to have a Double Delight rose bush in my front yard. It bloomed all year long (I live in the San Diego area). I even hated to prune it back, but it came back stronger than ever. The smell and the look are just amazing, aren’t they! I miss that rose. I should have taken a cutting before I moved away.

    xo Linda

  11. Thanks so much for the spring show. The colors are wonderful. Adds to the beautiful flowering trees here in NC.

  12. You surely must live in the south or far west. I’m in Ohio and the only thing blooming here is snow.
    Joann Head

  13. Love the pics of the flowers, Cooper and Toby! Thanks for sharing…you have a knack for taking great pictures! Appreciate your emails every week…thank you!

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