Monday, February 20, 2012

Forsythia


Good Monday to all! 

Did you have a nice week-end? Maybe get a bit of the snow that fell in the South? Here in NH the weather was beautiful with absolutely no snow. I think most New Englanders are enjoying the mild winter but we also know Old Man Winter could throw us a curve ball right up until April Fools Day! Oh how I hate it when that happens.

 Two Sundays ago I cut some Forsythia from our backyard to bring in and force. On Valentine's day, last Tuesday, it finally started to blossom. Here it is almost a week later and their golden-yellow petals are still gracing my windowsill. I thought you might like a peek.


The board behind the flowers and canning jars is a piece of driftwood I found at the beach last summer. I love that it's so weathered and beat up with nails still attached. My husband also found a piece of driftwood which was slightly longer and thinner but I haven't figured out where that one will go yet.  Over by the mason jars you'll also see a clear, almost beehive shaped container. That holds my dish detergent. The container was only a few dollars and I found it at Homegoods. So much more attractive than a plastic bottle, don't you think?









Last month I decided to put away my winter hand soaps and bring out the summer scents, given to me as a gift last year on my birthday. They're made by Just Naturals & Co and I love them both! The foaming soap is Summertime Breeze while the lotion is Ginger Lemongrass.  Oh goodness they smell divine!



Mixed in amongst the Forsythia on my windowsill are a few sprigs from the double-flowering Cherry. Just yesterday I noticed tiny buds beginning to appear so I'm hopeful they too will grace my kitchen in the coming weeks. And if they do you know you'll be seeing them here ; )




18 comments:

dAwN said...

You have such an eye for design! Do you design or decorate others homes too?

Donna said...

That forsythia is so pretty, and I like what you did with the driftwood and I really like that Mason jar soap dispenser. I want to get one of those!
P.S. I bought some of your prints from Red Bubble over the weekend. I can't wait to get them and frame them and hang them up!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Can't wait for my forsythia! Certainly won't be this week, but perhaps next week I can cut and force a few branches of it. Very pretty photos today, Sharon!

MariCrea said...

This is a beautiful symbol of spring
Here, these plants are not flowering
Enjoy a beautiful day
Mari

Pamela Gordon said...

Love it! What a beautiful scene to have while doing dishes and preparing meals. Forsythia is such a grogeous yellow and one of the first harbingers of spring. I love the piece of driftwood too. Have a sunny day! Pamela

JeannetteLS said...

One good thing about our New England curveballs in spring, though, is that they do not stay on the ground as long. If we miss any major snowfalls another two weeks or so, the sun will be high enough to do more melting work for us!

LOVE the forsythia. Even in my apartment, I have a rustic shelf that goes above my faucet, with my blue mason jars. I just LOVE them, so I'll have to look for that soap dispenser!

Carol Mattingly said...

I'm in love with your kitchen window. The curtains, the driftwood, the yellow forsythias, everything. Please do this again one day. It helps bring me out of my winter coma. Carol

ladylisabear69 said...

Beautiful. I love our forsythia outside, though trimming is a project. But I don't have enough good sunny window spots with something to set the plants on to bring any in to force. So I will enjoy yours for now. With this mild winter ours will be blooming soon enough.

MaggieGem said...

The forsythia is lovely... can't wait for spring to arrive!

Carole said...

Such a great place to have flowers, making dishwashing more enjoyable. I love the yellow flowers with your curtains.
So pretty!

x
Carole

Tricia said...

What a nice spot that is with all your pretty things. I don't know if I've seen forsythia anywhere around here. I'd love to have some though...yellow is my favorite color :)

Country Girl said...

Only you could take something as simple as a window and turn it into a work of art with your magic touch. Perfect ~

Susannah said...

Hello Sharon....I love forsythias and to see them on your kitchen shelf in February is just delightful! Who wouldn't like doing dishes at your house??? That's a pretty nice sink area. Gorgeous photos, as usual.

Susannah

Carolynn said...

How cheerful! I have a violet plant on our dining room table that has been blooming for months now. It's so nice to have flowers in the house, during the winter season, isn't it? BTW, we got a fresh snowfall today - big, fluffy flakes. It sure looks pretty.

Custom Comforts said...

Love your forsythia Sharon and I spied the beautiful Ball jar there too. What a joy to see the pretty yellow blooms every time you use the sink. As always, your photos are lovely. Miss talking to you, will try to keep in touch more ~ Cindy

kristinwithani said...

Your photos minister to my soul and so make me miss my home town in Massachusetts.

Love the South, but some New England things just don't happen here.

Sigh.

Georgianna said...

Hi Sharon!! You have forsythia already! Two weeks is pretty fast for the blossoms to open and they do look so cheery in your kitchen. I will have to cut some quickly to force. Almost spring!

And hey, I love your S6 shop!

– g

Janice Badger Nelson said...

I love your kitchen window!