Thursday, May 17, 2012


It has certainly been a while since I posted anything.  This is my favorite time of the year....the flowers and their beautiful colors are just beginning to pop and the weather is still mild.  I love being outside when the temps are still in the high 60's and low 70's.  It has been the perfect spring weather in our area and I am much further in clean-up after the long winter than I usually am at this time.  Some years seem to be better for certain flowers than others.  This year my orange poppies have just exploded.  They have literally tried to take over one of the beds.  They are truly fragile flowers, laying over on themselves; their flowers don't really stand up to rain or wind too well.  Here is a pic of a few that are blooming.

My white Clematis is also in full bloom.  This flower is from my daughter's wedding that we held in the backyard last June.  We had a real time with a woodchuck who had taken up residence in our yard and was determined to make a meal out of this plant.  As you can see, the plant is still here and the woodchuck has taken up residence somewhere else.  ha!  A good friend of mine found this old garden gate for me last year and now it is the perfect trellis for this flower.  . 
Well, there is no bird's nest in Mr. Wonderful's tractor this year but I have found several around the yard.  Gotta love those new Moms.

One of my favorite flowers is the Orchid.  This is a pic of the flower Mr. Wonderful brought home several days ago for Mother's Day.


While I am sharing, I also wanted to share a pic of  the cutest shabby chic chest that I purchased from The Bear's Blog.  This chest is awesome with tons of neat vintage items added to the lid giving it that great shabby chic look.  It goes great with a grouping of vintage bottles and antique pictures on a shelf above it.  Be sure to check out Joyce's blog and the antics of Prudence and her little friends.  Joyce has a Shabby Chic Gift shop that currently offers some real vintage treasures.  If you love antique linens, you will certainly want to chek it out.

And last, I wanted to share a picture of Abby; my newest adopted doll from Jody of Sweet Bear Creek Whims.  She has her own special place in my kitchen sitting on a vintage chair next to my back door and greeting everyone who enters.  Jody is a very talented artist and does amazing work as is evident in the features of Abby's adorable face.  Thank you sooo much Jody for gifting me with Abby.  I am blessed to have her a part of our farm family.  This pattern, as well as many others are available on Jody's blog.  Check it out.  You are in for a real treat.  Here is a pic of adorable Abby.

Well, everyone...thanks for stopping by.  Life is simple and uncomplicated around the farm in the summertime and that is just how we like it.  Have a GREAT summer and if you are like me,  I know where you will be.....outside getting your hands dirty.

hugs and simple summertime smiles,


TheRustyThimble said...

beautiful flowers Carol, love your doll


Raggedy Creations said...

I was just thinking of you a little bit ago Carol. Your flowers are beautiful as well as your chest and Abby. I know what you mean about this time of the year. I love to be outside too, working in the flowers and mowing grass. Take care.


Shirlee said...

Your flowers/gardens look wonderful & what a nice doll & chest! Everything is looking lovely : )

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Carol,

Oh, we love stopping by for a visit. Your home and gardens are always so inviting and cheerful. And you are a very talented writer too.

You certainly have a green thumb, those poppies are amazing. Your orchid is bee-u-tee-ful, I love the color.

Oh, Miss Abby is "adorable", look at her sweet little face. Miss Jody is a very talented artist.

Hope you have lots of fun today, and don't forget to give Daniel & Harold a hug from me.

Heaps of Hugs ♥

You made Mom blush - her cheeks are real pink - like blush pink (giggle). But thank you beary much for writing about her.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Carol, yes, I agree this time of year is really nice, love it. Your flowers are beautiful, I don`t have luck with Clemetis, love your fence with it climbing up. The little chest is so sweet as is Abby, she looks right at home in the chair. Take care my friend, Blessings Francine.

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Carol, Abby is looking well and happy in her new home! Love her in the chair.

I love your beautiful flowers and that little chest is soooooo cute. Does there need to be mice coming out of that chest???


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Simple summertime...ahhh! I sure need to hear that things will be simpler soon! I'm ready for some summertime fun! Abby sure is adorable!

Traci said...

Your flowers are so pretty..envious of the Clematis, I can't get mine to bloom (I think it's time for a move). Love the lil' chest and your new dollie... Hugs, Traci

~Sara said...

Wonderful flowers! And love the gate, such a good idea.Your new goodies are wonderful. Wishing you a great weekend. ~Sara

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful flowers Carol. My favorite is the clematis ~ love the gate!!! I've tried clematis many times and just don't have any luck.
Wonderful new treasures you acquired!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day and get to enjoy the beautiful weather!
Prim Blessings

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Gorgeous flowers & wonderful goodies~

Trace4J said...

Beautiful poppies and sweet new chest.
And what a precious new adopted doll too.

Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Hi Carol,

Your garden / lawn looks so farmhouse cozy with the old garden gate and shed in the background along with the poppies bloomin !

Thank you for the kind words about my new simple early doll. And thank you for visiting !


Karen said...

Your flowers are very pretty, and I love your new shabby chic chest and doll!

Lynn Stevens said...

Such lovely flowers and enjoy the new chest its darling.
Thanks for entering my giveaway. Farm chicks was awesome!