Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Spring

 

I'm joining a wonderful group of bloggers for a Hello Spring Blog Tour.


You'll find the links to the other blogs at the end of this post and if you're visiting from one of the other blogs, thanks for stopping by.


We actually had a winter this year so like most of you, I am thrilled that spring weather is finally here.


The harsh winds and heavy rain have abated and I am busy getting our house ready for outdoor living.


Spring is happening in the house, 


but the majority of my time is spent in taming the jungle that popped up in our garden due to rain, rain, rain and more rain.


The first section I tackled was the side of the house and there is still much to do, but at least we can walk down the sidewalk.


Steve is happy that the weather once again allows him to sit on the bench in the sun each afternoon.


This little spot under the living room window was a disaster, but it's coming along nicely -


 an old red chair (found on the side of a street) adds colorful height to the space.


Far and away my favorite spring change is my little garden house.


I wanted to use it as more than a shed for holding tchotchkes so I created a fun little library for myself using whatever I could find around the house.


The denim chair cover had been hiding in the attic and it is simply thrown over a plastic garden chair.


The house is tiny, but there is just enough room for a little table.


I would love to say that I have been spending my days sitting in the little garden house, but the jungle is calling.


Fortunately, I love working in the garden


and then stepping back to see what I have accomplished.


And now let's see what everyone else is up to this spring.

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40 comments:

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful spring tour Carol. Your sweet sea cottage always looks wonderful inside and out.
Happy New Week. Love seeing all the pretty spring tours.
Kris

Deb said...

Loved all the colour today.

Melanie said...

Every photo is pure eye candy. Your gardens and decor are simply gorgeous!

Jeanna said...

Your photos are the epitome of spring, Carol. I hadn't seen the garden house in a while and you have it decorated or 'outfitted' so nicely. I love the ladder with the little bird houses on it. So much to drool over in this post.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Always fun to tour your cute place in any season.

Kim said...

Carol your garden is always a fun place to visit. That tea cup planter is just darling and all the red accents still make me swoon. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What can I say, but that I love everything about your home and your garden. It all makes me smile. Hugs!

Jann Olson said...

It's a jungle out here Carol and I love it! I have been working in my beds and they are super dry. Suppose to get rain tomorrow and we definitely need it! We have had record breaking warm weather. I love the roadside find chair. So perfect in the garden! Oh, and the shed now a library. Genius! Super fun idea!!
hugs,
Jann

JoAnne said...

It all looks so fresh and pretty Carol. Your garden house is super adorable. It's just starting to warm up around here I will be taming my own jungle very soon.

Down by the sea said...

If only my garden was as full of flowers and green as yours in Spring. Sarah x

podso said...

Your little library closet reminds me of a much smaller version of the neighborhood lending libraries one sees occasionally along our streets.

Katie Mansfield said...

I adore your little shed. It is so wonderful. Thanks for being part of our tour. I'm glad that spring has arrived.

ANNE said...

so nice to see spring has sprung somewhere in this world cause it sure hasn't shown up here yet. Enjoy your lovely yard and weather! Wishing I could be there too ;)

xo

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I'm madly in love with your little garden house. And the red chair. Oh heck, I love it all! Glad that the rains have stopped and you're able to start enjoying the outdoors. Your garden looks amazing - you've accomplished a great deal!

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful tour Carol, I adore your darling garden house. Everything is an inspiration. I love it all. Happy springtime.

NanaDiana said...

And what a pretty Hello Spring you have here. I loved the tour, Carol. it is so nice to see such pretty warmness here. We got all the way up into the 40s today so I am happy...not quite as happy as I would be with your pretty weather, though. Everything looks just lovely, Carol. xo Diana

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I have a ridiculous amount of yard work to do too. It's hard work, but to be out in the sun and to see progress being made is nice. I love, love, love your she shed library! What a wonderful space! I also love your little red chair turned flower stand! I'm going to have to keep my eye out on garbage day for thrown out chairs.

Vicky Hunt said...

Your yard is just as gorgeous as your house! I love the look you have going. I could never have that here due to the fact that we have snakes and there would be so many places for them to hide. I will just enjoy looking at your beautiful yards. :)

Sarah said...

Carol, I always think of CA as having the ideal winter weather, so it surprises me to read that you have to "clean up" your garden. Ha! That is exactly what is taking up most days around here. I've gotten a lot accomplished, but there is more to do. Plenty more! I love seeing your charming courtyard and the spring blooms. Enjoy the fruits of your labors. Happy Spring!

Connie said...

California is by far the loveliest state for flower gardens and yours is divine. So many lovely blooms and so many varieties. I enjoyed every single photo . . . you have me dreaming of spring . . . the calendar may say it is spring, but our weather is not in agreement :)

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, your cottage is always so beautiful and I love your garden and the shed library is just too cute!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol your cottage always makes me smile. It is a cheery, happy home and I love all your Spring touches inside and outdoors.
xoxo

Leslie Harris said...

I always love touring your cottage Carol, and I still can't believe I was there recently. As lovely as your photos are, I think your cottage is even prettier in person, with all of Steve's vibrant, colorful art all over. I can't believe how much you've accomplished in the garden too-and it's only March!
ox
Leslie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Carol! I AM IN LOVE with that photo of all white with the cabinet and the iron stone pitchers all lined up, each with a handful of wild flowers. That is magazine worthy!!!!!!!!!!!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Wonderful!
I have a jungle I'll need to tame, as well. Not sure I'm looking forward to it!

Eilis said...

Your home is just enchanting for spring! I love the slip covered chair. What a clever idea.

Pamela Gordon said...

Carol, your home and gardens always look so fresh and pretty. I'm glad you are able to get outside now and garden then enjoy your pretty yard. Happy Spring days to you.

Cynthia said...

Carol, I have been MIA, been having MS problems. I so enjoy seeing your gardens . Your chaise looks so inviting and your little she house is styled beautifully. I miss gardening. Enjoy every minute just don't over do it

Cindy

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
Oh, how beautiful your garden and garden shed are for Spring! I love the denim slipcover... you know I am a blue-lover. Your little yellow mailbox on your garden shed with the flowers calls my name. Hmmm.... making a note to add something like that to my garden shed.

Love being on a Spring blog tour with you.

Judith

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Such lovely colors and I love the variety of flowers you grow. The little library shed is precious.

Kelly said...

Your home always makes me feel like I'm visiting a vacation home. I forgot that you had a lot of rain this year. It's no surprise that everything has grown up so much then. Your home always looks pretty. Glad that your weather is improving now.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Yes, let us welcome SPRINGTIME! Lovely pictures...
Love from Titti

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin from The Dedicated House said...

Carol, your garden is absolutely beautiful! You have me itching to create a garden in my huge backyard! The wheels are tuning...lol. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world and lovely pictures! Have a gorgeous weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Thank you for sharing your bit of spring. It is lovely to see he flowers. Hopefully, warmer weather will come to NY soon!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love your Spring Garden Tour, everything is beautiful Carol. You have truly worked your magic in the garden. Love your little garden shed. I would be sitting in there in the afternoon taking a nap or reading.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful garden with us.

Mary

jackie @ travelnwrite said...

If you only knew how many times I read your blog, come to the end, sigh deeply and think, "How does she do it?!" Again you've created such beauty and shared it in such a wonderful post!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

It's so nice to visit your charming cottage in sunny California, Carol. It's gray and gloomy and cold up north, so it's a pleasure to view the pretty photos of your gardens and your home. And your she shed is such a fun little escape right in your backyard! Thank you so much for taking us along on your spring home tour!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Your home looks beautiful in every season....today it was warm and worked out side and hopefully soon will be some flower as beautiful as yours.

Poppy said...

I can clearly see why Steve likes sitting on that bench - it is such a pretty place to catch some rays, read or daydream. Your window display is pure whimsy!!

Poppy

Rue said...

Hi Carol :)

I was wondering what all that rain was going to do for your garden. It may be a jungle, but it's a beautiful one with all the growth. Of course it always is anyway :) I'll bet it's a lot of fun work though. The cover thrown over the plastic chair is genius. I never would have thought of it.

Anyway, enjoy the wonderful Spring weather!

xo,
rue