Sunday, May 24, 2015

What's In Bloom in My Garden

By now, with the exception of the flowering ornamental onions, all the spring blooms are done.  We've gotten a lot of rain the past couple of weeks, a couple of frost scares, and some cold weather, so I have not been out in my garden as I should have been.  And it shows…it is very, very weedy.  Because of the rain,  everything has grown several feet in a week, and is very lush and green, but so have the weeds.  Now I am on vacation for nine days, so I won't be able to garden at all.  I can only imagine the mess I will come back to when I return.  Oh well, I will try not to dwell on it and enjoy myself on vacation.  The weeds can wait.

In the meantime, here is what is in bloom in my garden right now:

Wild Columbine and Catmint.  I love Wild Columbine.  It grows in dry shade.  It reseeds nicely, but is not invasive.  It has pretty foliage when not in bloom.  And I love the way the little pink and yellow flowers seem to dance in the air.  Such a graceful flower.

 My Ferns and Hosta are loving this wet weather.  They have filled the hillside with their tall, graceful, plumes.
 Here are the ferns from the top of the hillside looking down.  They are about three feet tall.  Aren't they gorgeous?
 This is one of my favorite trees in our yard.  It has beautiful yellow leaves in the spring, it is very tall and strong, and it has interesting fall foliage as well.
 The size of this Blue Hosta is amazing!  I need to dig another Hosta up that is growing right next to it because it is being swallowed up by this beauty.
 I have two Snowball Bushes in my yard (sorry, I really don't know the real, scientific name.  It's blooms look like snowballs, so I call it a Snowball Bush!  If I had to guess, I'd say it's some type of Viburnum).  One Snowball Bush is growing on my hillside, and another is growing right next to my shed.
 Look at these gorgeous blooms!  LOVE!
 This is my Flowering Ornamental Onion.  The last of the spring bulbs to bloom.  If you have trouble growing plants from bulbs because of animals digging them up, then this is the bulb for you.  Animals will never dig this plant up because it is in the onion family.  In fact, they even say to plant this bulb next to bulbs animals do like to eat, and it will deter them away!
 This is a view of my ferns looking up the hill from the bottom of my garden.  So lush!
It looks like my Iris, one of my favorite flowers (but, like I said in last week's garden post, they are all my favorite flowers.  I love whatever happens to be in bloom at the moment) will be blooming while I am on vacation.  So I will miss that show this year.  Darn.  You know what I'll also miss?  Warm weather!  Apparently it will be cold and rainy (50s & 60s) the entire week I'm in Colorado and it will be warm here (70s & 80s).  I tell you, I jinx everywhere I go when I'm on vacation.  No matter what time of year it is….there is always a 'record cold spell' when I arrive!  Unbelievable.  Oh well, I packed warm clothes and rain gear, and I'm gonna have fun regardless!

Have a great day!  Amy

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Colorful Birthday Balloons

Hello!  By the time you are reading this I will be in my car driving to Colorado to attend my niece's wedding and then enjoy a wonderful week of vacation.  But I hope to have a lot of pre-scheduled posts ready-to-go in my absence. 

Today I have a colorful birthday card to share with you.  I made it with a balloon image from Stampendous called "Party Balloons".  It is a very clean and simple card.  I just stamped both the image and sentiment on white card stock, adhered that over a Tempting Turquoise card base, and added felt adhesive ric rac stickers from Martha Stewart on the side.

 The sentiment is retired Stampin Up! "Alphabet Soup".  I colored directly on the stamp with SU! markers to get the three colored effect.
 Crystal Effects was added to the balloons to make them shiny, and Stickles was added to all the confetti for extra sparkle.
Have a great day!  Amy

Friday, May 22, 2015

Wearing Florals When Your Over Fifty

You would have to be living under a rock not to notice that florals are all the rage this season.  Not that florals ever go out of style, but they do go up and down in the trends.  Right now you can wear florals not only in dresses and tops, but also in pants, shoes, shorts…you name it.  I've been looking for a new pair of floral heels in my price range, but haven't found any yet.  

Now I'm a flower gardener, so I love flowers.  But I prefer to see them more in my garden than on my body.  Floral prints usually remind me of youth…little girls in pretty dresses, or young ladies in romantic, frilly garments.  Now you all should know by now I don't believe in fashion rules or age appropriate dressing, however, if I put on any garment that's too frilly looking (a.k.a. florals), I feel uncomfortable for some reason.  I can't explain it, but it just doesn't seem 'right for me'.

So then the question is, how do I incorporate the floral trend into 'my style', so that I feel comfortable in my own skin?  One way I do it is to include it in small doses, like in a floral bag or shoes.  Another way is to edge it up a bit by adding a more masculine piece.  

For today's outfit, I am wearing a floral top from J.C. Penney (none left in my size, but the Plus sizes are still available HERE).  You may have previously seen this top in THIS POST, where I wore it with a sweater and scarf to my son's graduation.  Here I had my personal stylist, my daughter Ashley, style the top with a light wash Levi Trucker Style denim jacket, cantaloupe colored denim skinny jeans, and striped loafers.  

 Because the floral is in one small dose (just in the top), and paired with a masculine element (the trucker style denim jacket), it doesn't overwhelm me and make me feel uncomfortable.  It's just the perfect blend of masculine and feminine and just the right amount of floral for my comfort zone.

I never would have dreamed of pairing this top with these colored jeans, but Ashley said "The color is in the top, so why not?"  I really liked how this outfit turned out.  Thanks Ashley!
 Ashley added turquoise colored jewelry to pick up the turquoise color in the top.
 I chose the loafers to complete the outfit because I liked pairing a stripe with the florals, and I also felt the loafer style kept the outfit casual.  Florals usually always appear more dressy, and wearing casual loafers toned the formality down a bit.  I also felt the color in the stripe matched the color in the denim jacket very well too!

And here are some more ways to incorporate florals into your wardrobe that I like from Pinterest:

A dressy floral top paired with casual denim:

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A formal floral blazer, paired with a tee shirt and distressed jeans:
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Gotta love this gorgeous floral handbag!
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One of my favorite ways to wear floral….in a scarf!
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Pair floral pants with a dark, masculine style shirt.

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Edge up a pretty floral skirt with a graphic tee shirt!
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I want these shoes and I want them now!  Gorgeous!
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So what about you?  Do you like to wear florals?  If so, how do you incorporate into your personal style?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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