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March 07, 2010

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Brenda Kula

Okay, let's get started, Kim. I want you to go over and check out this Austin gardener: http://www.penick.net/digging/
Her name is Pam. Just check out her garden and tell me what you like and don't like. (Because hers is one I frequent to stare at!) It's probably a little too early to tell if everything died in your garden or is still just dormant. Do you want mostly garden beds or a mix with containers? Containers would be good, because you have more control.
Brenda

cityfarmer

ah yes ... I am catching a glimpse of it, too, Miss Kim ...
we're slated for the 50's here all week ... now our hopes are going to be high.

Beckie

I think we are all ready for Spring to come bursting through this year. It's been a hard winter for so many. My daffodils are up & ready to get down to business...showing off their yellow "howdy" for me.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Susan Freeman

My daffodils are coming up! It was a nice warm sunny day here in Idaho. I hope to get out this week and do some raking because my yard is looking very sad too. Bentley is enjoying the warmer weather and is busy chasing squirrels and barking at anyone who rides by on a bike. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

dale

We've been having balmy weather, it's forecasted to be in the sixties this week!

Spring has sprung, thank goodness! :)

Maggie definitely looks ready. ;)

Lottie

Spring is ready to pop out in SC. I enjoy your posts so much! Lottie

Jane

Everything here in Chicago is still very dormant. My tulips won't even be up for another 5 weeks or so. So I am being patient, playing around a bit with my silk flowers, painting some birdhouses (they love having a roof over their heads!) and generally preparing for that great day when I too, can go walking about the grounds with my spade in hand!!

xoxo
Janie

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

My dogs are delighted that I came into the garden today to "play" with them as I raked and pruned and weeded. Fifty degrees with sunshine felt awesome!

Michele

Amen, sista!

Went to a local church's Spring Tea Party today and it definately gave me hope - as we still have snow, butit is melting fast. Whoo hoo!

JEANETTE

Here in California spring is in full bloom!!! I am so very ready. Have been too busy to visit with you lately but sitting here right now with yet again that yellow mellow feeling I get each time I visit.... feels so good. HAPPY SPRING GIRL!!!!

Julie Harward

It will be a beautiful spring too...we have had lots of wet snow..the crops will be awesome! How sweet that the oranges didn't freeze..beautiful..come say hi ;D

Jenna

Beautiful shots! I too cannot wait for spring to spring!LOL

Loree

Spring awaits us. Yay. We've had spring-like weather all w inter and now that spring is almost here .... we woke up to grey skies, pouring rain and strong winds. Oh well. It won't last.

Nina

Well,dear Kim, it's still winter here in The Netherlands.
It's cold and it snows, only tiny snowflakes, but still: it snows.Everyone is looking forward to sunny days.And I'm busy making new decorations for Eastern in beautiful pastel colours.And I'm sure: we will see these colours in our gardens soon. The only thing we need now is just a little bit more patience...
Hugs,Nina.

Megan

Yes Kim--it looks like Spring is on it's way here in Central FL. I'll be doing some spring cleaning this week and then out in the yard by this weekend. I'm thinking Lowe's is going to make a lot of money this Spring! Have a wonderful Monday.

 Mary

Good morning Kim, as always, it is a pleasure to stop by.
I am ready for Spring too, but someone reminded me of massive pollen invasion we have here in GA. It makes the most glorious time here almost impossible to enjoy - can't even have the windows open without pollen covering everything indoors as well. I tend to live with that, can't not have some windows open in the spring!!

Have a wonderful day!

Rebecca Cook

I put my snowmen away yesterday hoping that will keep more snow from falling here in the West Virginia mountains. I do have sweet little snowdrops blooming through the snow. So looking forward to spring this year. I haven't been able to do much in my yard because I have had both hips replaced in the last year and a half. I am so ready to feel the dirt between my fingers now.

joy

We have so much work ahead of us this spring! Adding mulch to all the flowerbeds is at the top of the list. We live on the side of a mountain so everything is challenging!

Judy

Spring was in the air here in the North Country yesterday...took my little Morgan for a walk without my coat for the first time since last fall...what a great feeling to know spring is almost here! Morgan had a great time...eventhough he doesn't like to get his little feet wet.

Layla Palmer

I am in total Spring mode too!
Decorating my mantel for the season THIS WEEK! :-)
Loved your photos of all the chippy, loveliness around your house!

XO,
Layla

Elaine/MuddlingThrough

I think you're a bit ahead of Houston there in Florida, but we're seeing promises of Spring, too. Right now we're having a lovely, soaking rain. I think that's a cardinal nest you've been gifted.

Julie

Will be got more snow this weekend and they say another one is coming!

black eyed susans kitchen

Kim, You are a kindred spirit! I love that you see the beauty in the weathered and tattered. Your gardens will be looking beautiful in no time.
♥, Susan

Laura Richardson

Love your blog! Mom and I have been stalking your blog for a while now, I just thought it was time I say hi.
Have a beautiful day!

Marianne & Mindy

Kim
We are having a warming trend here in Ontario. Yesterday it was 48* and today it is supposed to be 53* YaY!!!!! My husband and I were out all day yesterday, thrifting. He has quite an eye and bought me a lovely yellow granny quilt and a turquoise tea pot! We are waiting for spring so that I can get in my garden and have coffee outside.. Ahhhhhhhh the thought of it makes me warm and fuzzy all over.
Have a great day!

Franciely

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Diane

I love your spring pictures, Kim. Winter definetely weathers everything.

Maggie has the sweetest, kindest eyes. Thanks for including a picture of that darling little girl. Diane

Kimberly Padilla

Oh Kim, I would love to have that orange tree here. :) No worries, you will have your garden back up to its beautiful and charming self in no time. Glad it has warmed up enough so that you and Maggie can go out and play. It is even in the 50s in New York now for a few days, and then we will have a spell back in the 40s.

The Lady of the House

Awesome pics Kim. Love the wheelbarrow! My hearts are done and mailing today! So much fun and felt so good to make them for Jack!

Sheila

You almost forget that oranges really do grow on trees instead of grocery store shelves. How many does 1 tree in your yard usually give?

This is my first spring being retired as an elementary school principal... I have never been a gardener but that is one of my goals this spring-grow, mow, glow and feel the sun on my face.

Beautiful pictureds, Kim. Maggie is so pretty...it out to be a crime to have a dog with such a pair of soulful eyes!

Sheila

Pat

Oh my, to have your own fruit! Pics are delicious ~ and yes, I believe spring is approaching Texas.

Have a wonderful day!

Maria

we welomce you spring time, we also have had a cold spell here in the high desert in the south. i see a bountiful array of flowers trying to break thru the ground and how beautiful it is to know that the bloosoms will once again begin to bloom. Have a Blessed day in your Garden.

cottage feel. xoxoxoxox

Betty Jo

Awwwww . . . spring in Florida. Your post brings back fond memories. Got my new copy of Romantic Country over the weekend. Now to find time to sit long enough to dream and read my way through it. I see you have some articles there and can't wait to check them out. xoxo

Maria

hello, brenda Kula

your garden is beautiful. i love your pathways, like kim has said there's no wrong or right.. cottage feel

rue

You already have oranges and Azaleas?! It always amazes me when I see things in bloom this time of year, now that I live here up North, instead of out west. We're just beginning to see buds on the trees and on the hydrangeas, but we still have a chance of snow. Sometimes it snows here in April!

Anyway, sweet friend.... go out and enjoy that beautiful yard of yours and think of me when you eat a freshly picked orange ;)

love you much,
rue

Kate Reddan

Kim,
You will be in the swing of spring, planting and making pretty all around you and you will forget that the cold ever happened. Just click your heals together three times and repeat after me
"There's no time like spring,
Theres no thime like spring,
There's no time like spring"!!!!!
Now get going and make your magic girl!
Love,
Kate

Deborah

Oh, Maggie, I see Spring, too!! Isn't it wonderfu?! I don't ever recall looking so forward to springtime. I'm sure your mommy will have that sideyard whipped into shape in no time at all!

xoxo
Deborah

Deborah

Hi Kim,

I took you and my readers to The International Philadelphia Flower Show for soon inspiration and ideas! (via video - turn up your sound)


http://fairfieldhousenj.com/2010/03/06/premature-pollination/

Deborah

Maggie

Hi Kim
Your yard looks like mine....even my pot plants are frozen..I have not decided yet what to plant or not plant this year but like all the other ladies on her I am so ready for Spring...and in a few weeks is our big Round Top/Warrenton Antique show and there will be everything there even plants...can not wait..so glad I live only 10 miles from it..
Take care
Maggie

Chris M.

How exciting that Spring is giving so many of us a little peek. This weekend we raked some of the oak leaves out of the garden and discovered daffodils sprouting everywhere.I was so excited I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. There's still a lot of mess out there and a lot of
BROWN but that tiny bit of green brings HOPE.
Enjoy your fling with spring Kim. I can't wait to see all the beautiful yard pics to come! Chris M

Sheila

Now, if we can weather the storms well this week, hopefully we will have spring in it all its glory! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Madison

There are little hints of spring like the lovely warm air! But Florida has never been so brown! Everyone in our neighborhoods grass is terrible!LOL At least there's not a "best" house!

Daisy Cottage

uh oh... what storms Sheila????

xo,
Me

Suzy Miller

Hello Kim! I only recently found your blog and am in love with the soul of your writing and the way you decorate your home to suit who YOU are...
I am a recent empty nester and only beginning my journey to self discovery...letting it all just pour out of me in every direction it may want to go! Color! Thoughts! Emotions! Whatever I want to express for any paticular day...is just going to flow on out and it will be wonderful! Thank you sis for all of your help with the new me...or shall I say...the real me...the me that has always been there.
I would love to have that copy of Romantic Country! The hubby and I are building our first house just for the two of us...and I have big plans for lots of pictures and postings on my upcoming blog...I know there is a blog in me, just waiting to come out!
Thank you Kim for being you and just loving life girlfriend...and sharing it all with us!
Take care,
Suzy

Connie Larson

I absolutely cannot wait to see the new Romantic Country and view all your wonderful photography and writing! You are so inspiring to me and many, many others! Thank you for all you do!

Connie

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