The Crown Jewel of Crown Heights

Hello again, dear friends! There are pockets of gorgeous homes all throughout the United States and throughout the world, but when my friend Torrance and I drove up to visit a couple of garden centers this week, we pushed on to visit Crown Heights in Oklahoma City…

Built during the 1930’s and into the 1940’s and 1950’s, Crown Heights and eventually its sister neighborhood, Edgemere Heights, were upscale neighborhoods where doctors and Oklahoma City leaders first lived. There is a nice history on the Crown Heights/Edgemere Heights web page where I learned about the neighborhood and would you believe lots were offered at $750 each back then?

But my main reason for a tour through the neighborhood was to see if I could drive by the home of a favorite YouTube gardener, Linda Vater.

Linda’s home is to me the crown jewel of these two neighborhoods

Constructed of stone and brick in Tudor style, her home has a historical plaque dated 1935 set into its doorway. Linda has been gardening here for over 30 years and is a self-taught gardener (but you’d never know it!). She has a book coming out for new and long-time gardeners alike, plus her home has been featured in many magazines over the years.

If you’ve ever watched Linda’s YouTube channel, then you’ve seen her garden transform from season to season. In spring her front yard is a mass of tulips and azaleas blooming in whites, pinks and other soft colors befitting the English style of her home.

I love all the topiary in small urns up on the patio brick wall and the little sitting areas.

Here in summertime, pink roses are blooming while other plants have quieted down to summer greens. This year is a recovery year for so many gardeners across the midwest due to the Arctic freeze in February which killed so many of our plants. This yard is rebuilding, too.

Linda’s and her neighbor’s yards throughout Oklahoma City were double-hit with the freeze and a freak ice storm late in the fall. Her 100 year old oak tree. seen to the left in the first photograph above, lost many of its limbs because of this first blast, then the plantings underneath were hit again during the winter deep freeze. You’d never know it here as she has replanted many of the azaleas along the front patio wall (some a gift from Southern Living Plants, whom she is a spokesperson). She has also been nursing the surviving boxwood balls back to health, too. That’s why some look “wooly.”

Just gorgeous!!!

It’s not just Linda Vater’s home which is lovely, but the whole area is just beautiful with many neighbors having lovely gardens!

Torrance and I were ogling the whole area, deciding which houses we’d like to live in. πŸ˜‰ It had just rained (was still dripping a little drizzle) as we drove through and this lent a nice quiet overcast with no shadows, good for photographing each home!

I loved all the gables, porticos, side porches, brick pathways, mullioned windows, and of course the gardens!

We turned a corner onto an adjoining street and found this home having its slate roof redone. Isn’t this Colonial Revival home pretty? (Or could it be a little Federal??) I love the adjoining room(s) above the garage.

I was actually surprised at really how small some of the homes actually are. Cameras and especially certain lenses really add depth and scale to homes, so I thought Linda’s home was bigger and further apart from her neighbors’ homes, but really it isn’t. She is always saying that her backyard is really pretty small, though it looks quite large on camera.

Torrance thought that these homes must be deeper than wider and sit into their respective backyards, which is quite likely. Most were just average size homes (to today’s standards). They would have been quite grand during the 1930’s ~ probably why those doctors and city leaders lived here!

Coming along another street, we found this backyard garden with its incredible brick and wrought iron fencing… I loved the fencing! Torrance loved the tall orange-striped tiger which was inside the back iron gate (she took a photo; I didn’t).

I would LOVE to do something like this at our home, but…

Yeah… ($$$)

I might be able to add some “windows” into our wooden fencing with a few wrought aluminum pieces, though. πŸ™‚

Love the bay windows!

Just a really pretty neighborhood set into an older part of Oklahoma City…

Then we found the Crown Heights obelisk marker… A perfect addition to our home dream-shopping trip!!!

And some pretty garden areas along the city streets as we made our way to the freeway headed towards home… and a nice double-decker pizza restaurant we will have to try out another time. ;)’

Thought you’d enjoy a tour of Crown Heights and a drive-by… πŸ˜‰

Happy dreaming!

Barb πŸ™‚


Two Small Gardens in Northern California

Welcome back, dear friends! While I was in California with my husband for my father-in-law’s funeral, we were blessed to visit some of the sweetest gardens I walked by on my morning walks where my mother-in-law lives and also a visit to her neighbors’ gorgeous backyard.

The Tiki Bar garden

This fun garden has been in the works for many years and is the backyard and side garden of neighbors and friends, Gordon and Liz. The family likes to entertain here and just come outside in the evenings for a cold beverage.

The Tiki Bar

I love that Gordon used all kinds of recycled materials in this build!

Their backyard is a fun place to visit and Mr. Ethereal and I enjoyed a family dinner here this evening. Thankfully the sun was going down at 6:00pm and breezes were beginning to blow in from San Francisco Bay over the mountains… It was 97 degrees this day! A perfect time to come sit out back and enjoy the evening.

I would be totally remiss if I didn’t share the family’s cutest and friendliest dog ~ a Havanese mix named Teddy!!

Teddy is the sweetest dog and is just so happy to have visitors come over. He absolutely loves our nephew Corey! Just a love!!!

My favorite part of this garden includes the pond and the plants which surround it… Set into the pond itself is this pretty hibiscus. The small gates help keep Teddy and a relative safe.

This gorgeous kniphofia, or hot poker, is stunning with its ombrΓ© flowers…

Definition of kniphofia

1capitalized:Β a genus of showy African herbs (family Liliaceae) having clumps of long radical leaves and tall scapes of red or yellow drooping flowers with reflexed perianths.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary online

Love the tropical vibe!

And of course some sweet geraniums… Geraniums and pelargoniums grow really, really well in California with its Mediterranean climate. Gordon and Liz keep most of their plants in containers so they can easily move them around when the sun gets too hot in an area.

My Mother-in-law’s front garden

Of all the cleaning we did, taking tons of metal scrap over to the recycler (Mr. E and our son drove it over) and power-washing the house, and sweeping up tons of sharp scrub and coastal live oak leaves…

I took NO photographs of the side yard either before or after. I was just busy getting leaves picked up for my MIL and clearing out old, broken clay pots, scraps and worn out plastic pots for her. She is seriously thinking of selling the house, which is one of the big reasons why I decided to fly home after-all. I knew I could really help her clean.

The big geranium garden out front of her home. Some of these were transplants from my garden at our Big House in Murrieta, California. Geraniums when broken off root easily!

My big gift was to repot some plants for her small hanging garden out front. πŸ™‚ We had driven over to Lowe’s and I picked up a couple of small bags of potting soil, two 14″ core fiber basket liners, and some Espoma fertilizers for her. I’ve been learning a lot from Garden Answer on organic fertilizers in general so it was nice to introduce these to Gini. πŸ™‚

Then I went-to-town that afternoon soaking the plants really well, recycling the current fiber basket liners to make two good ones, and potting up the four baskets. I meant to take a photograph of the front porch when it was all done, but must have got sidetracked…

Here’s how this little geranium looked beforehand. Hanging on (because geraniums are really drought tolerant) but could use a little TLC. πŸ˜‰ You can see the redwood tree which Hubby’s grandfather planted when we was young. It is about 50 years old now.

Entertaining at its best!

And there we are! Just a special time out in the garden… And a big thank you to Liz and Gordon for having us all over for dinner and for their hospitality!

Happy Sunday, everyone,

Barb πŸ™‚


Come See Our New Garden Shed!

It’s finally here, friends!!! Our new garden shed has been installed and here’s how it was done…

Wolf Valley Buildings brought two sheds and it took about 1 1/2 hours to install ours. Because of the heavy rains last Friday, it couldn’t be brought out then. Where the shed is to be placed was a mudpit and it would have been too soggy to put the shed on that day. I was still waiting for the City to get our permit finished, too, so this all worked out.

Delivering on Tuesday of this week turned out to be a good thing as Mr. Ethereal and I spent the entire three days of our 4th of July weekend digging a 50+ foot ditch. Over the three days, we were digging down about 18″ – 24″ and cutting through a bunch of tree roots to put in a solid corrugated drain for water coming off our backyard roof. I’ll share that in another post, but for now here’s the end with the shed’s arrival!

The deliver man, Vernon, used this small fork lift to pull the shed most of the way off the flatbed trailer, then he placed those two wheels under the other end, under the two skids running the full length of the shed.

The shed was “pushed” up the small embankment from the alleyway with that small forklift and then was wheeled around into position. We had talked at length about whether we wanted the shed in line with the fence or did we want it parallel with the house (the garage and bedroom).

We went with having it parallel with the house. Vernon helped me measure from both sides of the shed face to the bedroom outer walls. πŸ™‚

Vernon had his two sons with him and the boys were very sweet! The two quickly found our son’s old tricycle sitting out ~ a gift to our daughter, actually, when she was two years old from my parents.

Peter claimed it as his as he grew older and loved racing it around the yard, even as a teenager just riding the back supports and whirling around!

While Dad worked, the boys rode and enjoyed ices from our neighbor, who came out to watch the shed being put into place.

Here, our driver maneuvered the forklift through the gate my husband made two years ago when we first move in ~ our first project here at this home ~ redesigning where the gate and trash cans sat. Last year, when we were off for Easter break and then for the rest of the school year due to Covid, I built the trash can area.

Amazing that it fit through the gate, really! I loved watching the whole move-in process.

After a quick hour-plus, it was time to go deliver the next shed… I think it was about 4 o’clock when they drove off.

Yesterday was a day of rest and writing for the blog (Share Your Style #309, as you know). πŸ˜‰

Another employee, Daniel, came out this afternoon (Thursday) and added the two attic vents and the tie-downs. On the inside, the vent is covered with bug screen ~ perfect! That saves us having to add it ourselves. πŸ™‚

Part of the demands required by the City were these tie-downs in case of very high winds. Four 4′ long spikes were hammered into the ground and these tie-downs were screwed onto them with a winder and rachet.

I asked Daniel if he could leave the right rear one a little long, in case we need to budge the shed forward a few inches. Mr. E and I were looking at whether or not the fence will fit around that backside. It’s probably going to fit but just barely…

I think the left half will store all of the gardening things and the right half will be more storage. The other metal shed we are planning on keeping and using to hold the smelly items: the lawn mower, the rototiller and other items which need to be inside a metal building and not in a wooden structure.

And that is the story of our shed’s arrival and birthday! Now to fill it up… ;D I am excited for my she-shed (at least half of it!). πŸ’œΒ 

Enjoy your day,

Barb πŸ™‚


Share Your Style #309

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #309! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you!
 As always, I am glad that you are here…

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice 4th of July celebrating with family and friends!! We spent the whole weekend-plus putting in a 50′ drain in the backyard as part of the prep for the shed.

However, all that was worth it as the shed is here!!!

So this is my “post” for the week! I was sooo busy prepping the yard late last week and through the weekend, this is it. πŸ˜‰

So let’s get to this week’s features… We’ve got a bit of this and some of that, plus some pretty 4th of July and patriotic posts for you!!!

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Cindy from Cindy’s On-Line Recipe Box shared her yummy recipe for this wonderful strawberry salad ~ Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing Fruit or Green Salad.
Penny from Penny’s Treasures brings us her sweet farmhouse coffee table in this post ~ Easy Patriotic Centerpiece. Love it with the cute chicken!!! Penny also shared another fun post featuring a Vintage Coco-Cola Crate. Fun!!!
Lori at Dining Delight shares this Day of Remembrance post for Canada Day ~ Every Child Matters Tablescape. Beautiful and thoughtful… <3 Very close to our Trail of Tears… Do stop by. <3
tie dye dress, thrifted style, kimono, fedora, fashion over 40, summer style, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge is back with her post ~ My Favorite Summer Dress (and Link Up). Love tie-dye for summer!!
Jeanie over at The Marmelade Gypsy shared her love of quilts in this post ~
Every Stitch Tells a Story-In Praise of Quilts. Gorgeous!!! Jeanie also shared an online workshop she attended… Maybe you’d like to check that post out and attend one yourself?! Workshop Week.
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this great DIY post ~ How to Make a Fabric Covered Headboard. Awesome DIY project!!!
Around some parts of the county, lilacs are still in bloom {totally jealous over here!} and Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shared her gorgeous table in this post ~ A Lilac and Brass Tablescape. Lovely!
Many of you know Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz but have you met Whisky??! He’s growing up and here’s an update post ~ Energetic, Playful Scottie Puppy at 6 Months Old. So cute!!!
Newcomer Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland shared her beautifully set 4th of July table in her post ~ Red, White and Blue Table Setting-All Thrifted. Love it!!!
And welcome, Lynne!
Annemarie of Annemarie’s Haakblog shared her fun crochet pattern for these adorable hearts! {I can’t crochet ~ carpal tunnel ~ but I love crafting and miss making things in the evenings like these!!!} Fun post ~ Crochet Hearts Free Pattern. Annemarie has goodies in her online shop that you can buy, too. Written from her home in the Netherlands, her posts can be translated to English. πŸ™‚

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. πŸ’œ

Happy linking, friends,

Barb πŸ™‚

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Prepping for the New Shed

Welcome back, friends! I have been away working with my sweet Mr. Ethereal getting our backyard ready for the new shed’s arrival. It may come as early as this Friday but probably next week sometime. Weather is wrecking havoc on shed deliveries but that has given us time…

Old Shed, the Before

This is how the backyard looked up until this past weekend. I forget when I took this here in the springtime but it was after one of the monster rainstorms!

How it looks now

We are still getting rain about every three or four days or so, but the yard has dried out, which has made the lavenders and the Mediterranean-type plants (rosemary and basil) are much happier with the drier weather. (They sure don’t like wet feet!)

Before taking the shed apart, all of the bicycles, chairs, garden supplies, tools and such were placed all over the patio and yard.

Yoda is excited that he can walk where the old shed was. Here is the new panicle hydrangea beginning its bloom!! It is a lovely hydrangea…

When we began around 8:30am, it was in the low 80’s but quickly jumped to mid-90’s. It was hot out… Mr. E did a lot of work; he is a good sport about these things!

It’s plywood base is leaning up against the back fence now.

Here is when we had most of the shed taken apart. My job was to mark all the inside panels so we can put them back together in right order again, and to hold up the sides as each panel was unscrewed.

I went this weekend and picked up 8′ pressure treated cedar to replace the boards underneath for the old shed. Since it is only 8′ x 8′, we will put it along the side fence to hold the lawn mower, weed eater, edger and the tools which would “leak.” I also picked up two new 4″ x 4″ Around it I’ll put in flowers and make it cute. πŸ™‚

The City did not approve us putting the new shed closer to the side yard (surprise!) but we did get our money back from the application. I have been so upset over this that I still need to resubmit plans for the new shed to go where the old is was. I just haven’t felt like taking up the discussion with the City again. Their rules are ridiculous…

We literally have 25′ of yard that: either “isn’t our own” (10′ easement) yet we take care of it, water it, mow and edge it; and another 15′ that we can’t put a permanent structure on. Apparently that is so they don’t have to pay someone to have something taken down if they decide to take away our side yard when building a wider road.

Honestly, I hate city planners at the moment…

Using my pole vault pole-tying skills with these timbers…

Charles worked really hard moving most of the tools and things out of the shed. I could only do a little at a time because I was still pretty ill with this Post-Covid Syndrome (PCS) virus… However…

Today I am finally feeling better!

Turns out it I am negative for: Covid, strep, flu and Mono. I had a mammogram yesterday and a few lung x-rays last week, so we shall see… Hopefully it is nothing and I’ll just get better over time. This new PCS can occur even as late as 9 months after the illness and it feels like you have Covid again (at least I did). I wondered if it isn’t the body learning to “over-react” to any illness, like a cold.

Most of the shed panels…
Hubby taking a much-needed rest…

Well, that’s where we are with the tear-down of the old shed and the new shed still coming! Now we wait. πŸ™‚

Happy summer, friends,

Barb πŸ™‚


Late Spring in the Garden + Quick Garden Craft Idea

Well friends, the weather is starting to heat up and that must mean it’s time to bring out the cushions, move outdoor furniture around and clean off the patio. Today is $10 on the 10th and this month our theme is Outdoors/Gardens ~ a perfect time to take you on a tour and to make a fun garden craft idea…

Grab a cup of tea or coffee, friends!

Before I begin, I’d like to give a shout-out thank you to Tammy of Patina and Paint for getting this party together for us, thanks Tammy! Now springtime in our North Texas gardens means windy days and rain, lots of it! Under our two backyard oak trees, grass doesn’t grow and we are looking into putting in artificial turf. That’ll hopefully happen next fall. So for now, I deal with wiping off dirt splashed onto every pot whenever it rains.

Hubby needs to toss this rug (far left) that was left by the previous owners upstairs in the attic because I can’t lift it. It does drive me a bit crazy to look at it, and I try to cut it out of photographs, but it snuck into this one. πŸ˜‰

Actually until just recently we have had our garden furniture stacked quietly on the patio and a couple of outdoor wicker chairs stacked along our garage wall… The above photograph shares our south facing garage wall with all its “finery.” Winter was really cold this year plus Yoda can’t see as well (he is 16 years old +/-), so we need to keep the patio clear for him nowadays.

This post has been a good excuse for me to get outside and move things around, do a little cleaning. The price for all this? Absolutely free!

I was trying to think if I have bought anything new for outdoors recently, and I haven’t. I have bought a lot of garden soil for potting up plants and for in-ground planting this year, though! Each of those bags cost between $2.95 – $10/ bag, depending upon size. Gardening is not an inexpensive hobby, friends!!

We had wanted to move it out 5 feet; however, the City goes by the closest stake, so we can only move it out 3 feet. Mr. Ethereal is wondering if it is worth it, but I still think it is.

The transformation of the backyard will be sooo worth it! We just received approval to move our fence out, so we will beginning that project soon. The cost of lumber has skyrocketed because of the housing boom and people remodeling this year (and not enough supplies), so we may have to reuse most of the fencing that is already here. It’s in okay shape and we could replace it next year as prices come back down (fingers crossed!).

Just beyond Yoda along the back fence there, that’s where we would like to put the new shed. It’s really a “cabin shell,” 10′ x 16′, and is big inside. Still waiting on the City for approval for location.

But let’s get back into the backyard garden, shall we? Here’s how it looked when I wrote a post last month called Finding Ladybugs While at an English Spring Tea in the Garden. I finished the last few bricks which needed to be laid and added the mortar sand just afterwards. This side of the garden is now done and I have been planting since late fall (December).

Nepeta or catmint is one of the plants I put in for its full-grown height of 24″. It is busy filling in and enjoying the late spring sunshine!

In the back flowerbed, David Austin rose Sceptre d’Isle is beginning to put out its spring blooms! It has a nice light scent and is so pretty when in full flower.

The petals start out darker pink, like the first photograph, then fade to a pale blush with almost white petals in the outermost layers… Rains at the wrong time as it was in bud caused the discolorations, but it is still beautiful…

Up near the patio, the new orange tree is doing well! Consistent rains and watering (but not too much) is making this a happy tree!

These were the original pots I thought about using; however, they were too small to hold the flowers. I found really pretty turquoise blue pots at Lowe’s which were bright and cheerful!

A garden gift-giving craft idea

Recently I got together with three friends (and more of their friends!) whom I knew from when we all lived at Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm. As a gift, I put together three pots and gave them each a pretty flowering plant so they could each have fun making a mini garden! I thought you might like to do something similar for when you get together with friends whom you may not have seen over this past year due to self-quarantining. This also would be fun to do as a planting party!

This is how I had each of the flowers and their dirt/fertilizer put together before purchasing the decorative plastic pots at the store. The ladies loved their gifts!!!

Supplies you will need:

  • small plastic pots (1 for each person on your list)
  • plastic zipper baggies (2 for each pot)
  • potting soil
  • fertilizer (I gave each of my friends a little Bio-Tone Starter Fertilizer for planting up their plants)
  • pretty flowering plant for the current season

Super easy gifting ~ Just fill up two zipper baggies: (#1) with enough potting soil to fill plastic pot, (#2) with a small amount of granular fertilizer, to help the plant establish good roots. Next, just stack your baggies into a pretty plastic pot, then top with your small potted flower. Wrap the pot with cellophane and a pretty ribbon, or set everything into a gift bag!

Basically, I went to Lowe’s and picked up three pretty plastic pots and they cost less than $10 for all three. The potted flowers I already had as well as the other items, so the cost for each potting gift was about $5.00. Such an easy gift to give and fun for the recipient to enjoy!

And that’s my idea for a garden project for this time, everyone! I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my garden and seeing what’s in bloom. I know you will enjoy visiting everyone’s posts and seeing what they have put together for you!!

Patti ~ Pandora’s Box

Cindy ~ Cloches and Lavender

Tammy ~ Patina and Paint

Terrie ~ Decorate and More with Tip

Allyson ~ Southern Sunflowers

Ann ~ Apple Street Cottage

Barbara ~ French Ethereal (you are here!)

Happy springtime,

Barb πŸ™‚


Share Your Style #302

Welcome friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #302! Happy Wednesday to you all!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you!
 As always, I am glad that you are here…

Cutting in around the commode ~ first with Kilz and now with Valspar Comet Dust, a pale soft grey.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

And a Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday!! Hopefully this is my last week at home on leave for a broken tailbone (four weeks total). It feels weird to be home as I feel like I should be at work… While home I have relaxed and taken it easy (the first couple of weeks I was really careful to not move wrong and to not sit for hours, per doctor’s instructions), walked progressively farther and longer as things felt better/less painful, done some gardening, and now some painting in our master bathroom.

Figured it was good to try and get back to normal since this is “week six” since the accident. Tailbone feels good and doesn’t hurt to touch, so I should be released back to normal work at my appointment this Friday.

Actually, there are only three more weeks of school for this 2020-2021 school year, and next year I will be working with a Pre-K class. I was sad to be leaving PABS at first, but now I am kind of excited for the upcoming school year. A new challenge and a new school. So that will be something fun to look forward to this next school year!

Meanwhile, we received the permit to move our fence! We can only move it out by 3 feet, since the curve of our property line at its closest is 3′ away from the current fence, but it will still add more visual space to the sideyard and 240 sq. feet to the yard for gardening… Time to get digging post holes!

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Mother's Day Wood Art Gift Cards
Rachelle from My Hubbard Home brings us a wonderful last minute idea to make ~ Wood Art Gift Cards for Mother’s Day (Easy DIY Craft). Love ’em!!!
Debbie from Debbie-Dabble shares her lovely miniature home in this post ~
A True Work of Art: My Craft Room Miniature Room Box. I love miniatures, don’t you? Soooo Sweet!!! Debbie also shared her yard and garden in this post!

***I learned after fully reading Debbie’s post that she didn’t make this incredible Sewing Room, but her friend Angela created it! Angela has a Facebook page and I know you will enjoy checking out the beautiful things she created for sale.

Carol of Bluesky at Home brings us updates to her gorgeous kitchen in this post ~ How to Freshen Up Your Kitchen for Spring. Love the all the colors!!!
double tie dye, tie dye kimono, tie dye pants, thrifted style, clogs, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge has another fun fashion post for us with such a fun title: The Magnificent 8 in our Fancy Pants. Love ’em!!
Cranberry Bread Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com
Trick N Treat brings us her best Cranberry Bread Recipe this week in her post… Yum!!!
Quick-and-Easy-Make-at-Home-Lavender-Gardners-Hand-Scrub-Recipe-The-Crowned-Goat Make at Home Lavender Gardener’s Hand Scrub Crafts DIY Spring Summer
Cindy at The Crowned Goat shares this recipe for Make at Home Lavender Hand Scrub for the gardeners (and painters!) who need some extra TLC for our hands. Gotta try this!
Liz over at Howling at the Moon shared this neat technique that I’ve never heard of and maybe you aren’t familiar with it, either… Pyrographied Charcuterie Board. Great idea and I guess this is the new way of wood burning?!!
Old fashioned rhubarb custard pie
Last up for this week is this delicious Old Fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie from Niky at The House on Silverado.

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. πŸ’œ

Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb πŸ™‚

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Share Your Style #300

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #300!!! Happy Wednesday to you all!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.Β I appreciate you!
Β As always, I am glad that you are here…

Can you believe today’s Share Your Style is #300??! That means I have been writing this myself for about 120 posts now. Not bad, even with a few weeks off here and there! Well this week has been a busy one for me with: a visit to my original doctor for the tailbone issue, two young surveyors coming from the company recommended to us by friends at noontime today. We have also had our biannual heating/air conditioning check-up this afternoon, plus the same company came out at 5:00p.m. and checked our plumbing for leaks (different group)!!!

I am mostly excited that it looks like our property line is further out towards the street than what showed on the survey we received when we bought the house two years ago. So, yeah!!! We should be able to move the fence out five feet. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers, please! <3

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!πŸ’œ 

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Let’s begin this week with While I Was Sleeping, Spring Burst Out from Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy. So nice to see everyone’s springtime!!!
Penny of Penny’s Treasures brings out her hubby H‘s made-over Vintage Freight Cart Dolly Repurposed as a Garden Cart. Fun idea with a lot of space for gardening, for sure!
Friday with Friends Party #17
Rachelle over at My Hubbard Home shared this timely gardening post ~
How to Grow a Cut Flower Garden for Floral Displays. Love it!!!
Cottage Style Cedar Shake Accent Wall
Libby from A Life Unfolding shared her AirBnB’s new bedroom wall in this travel-related post ~ How to Use Cedar Shake as a Cottage Style Accent Wall. Very cool look!
Liz over at Howling at the Moon knitted two beautiful baby blankets and this post was too pretty not to share with you! Chill and Chunky Blanket ~ which one would you like for your little bundle of joy??!
Cindy at Cloches and Lavender created this Vintage Wine Crate DIY charcuterie board with the loving help of her hubby. Perfect upscale for old or falling apart wine crates! Totally neat and great project to make!!!
Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shares her lovely styling in this post (you’ll love her home!!!) ~ How to Style Your Hutch for Springtime. Lovely…
Traditional cottage style decor cottage decorating ideas southern style decor
Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home brings us this fun decorating post ~ Let’s Talk Decor: Traditional and Cottage Style. Hard to decide which is my favorite, how about you? Amber also shared an easy-to-make Spring Tulip Wreath with Dollar Store finds!
7 happenings spring garden
MaryJo of Master”Pieces” of My Life brings us a big update on what’s going on around her springtime home this year ~ 7 Happenings in an Early Spring Garden. Don’t you love the yellow Lady Banks roses??! So soft and pretty…

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Let’s Take a Roadtrip to “The Greenhouse…”

My friend Torrance and I took a trip recently back up to Norman*, Oklahoma, since her daughter and son-in-law graduated from the University of Oklahoma and she knew the area pretty well. While touring around, I looked for garden centers we could possibly visit and I found a good one!!!

A lovely koi pond in the main side garden towards the entrance. Styled very naturalistically with local rocks and plants tucked in crevices surrounding the pond, this will be a wonderfully shady spot beneath the trees surrounding it!

Torrance loves garden centers as much as I do and we have a lot in common: she worked and retired from the same school district as I am currently working for here in North Texas, she loves to garden, and we belong to the IOOF, which is where we met.

But I digress! We actually drove up just to tour around Norman, Oklahoma, to see the university, have lunch and maybe do some shopping. I hadn’t been to a mall since Covid broke out over a year ago. We did do that later in the day, but while the weather was nice and cool and so sunny that day, we just had to stop by a few garden centers…

And by searching my phone for garden centers, that is how we found The Greenhouse…

The Greenhouse ~ 1708 24th Avenue SW, Norman, Oklahoma 73072

The archway in the lead photograph is one of the ways into seven or more actual cold frames and greenhouses on the property. This is a massive garden center where they actually pot-on clippings and root up seedlings for sale.

You can tour around most of the areas and piles of plastic trays are situated here and there for toting your garden finds around as you go about the yard. Customers can pick up a tray and plunk plants into them to carry around. Of course, then you find too many pretties to easily carry around, so you transfer them to a sweet Red Flyer wagon. There are “stands” of these wagons in the green houses and inside the main building. ;)’

Inside the main building are vignettes with indoor plants, planters, cute decorative pots for indoor plants as well as specialty items. I found a pretty “hose guide” to keep your hose from destroying blooms as you pull it out around the garden.

We had the best time enjoying running water fountains and watching the koi splashing about and waiting for food to drop into their pond in the main garden area! Each area is set up for either house plants or starts and bigger containers to plant outdoors.

Lots of small pots perfect for succulents and indoor plants, plus pretty spring pillows for entertaining outdoors…

We found areas with gorgeous ferns, banana trees and lush palms, other areas with tables full of roses… No English roses but many of the Knockout pinks and reds ~ which do well here in the southern midwest and plains of Oklahoma and Texas. I was just enjoying looking around and took no photographs of these… Sorry! I did however take a few videos and here is a link to my YouTube to see one.

I did take one of this sweet Fairy Garden planted inside an old hanging basket now set on a stand!

Here you can see a little more of how each covered area is laid out. Tiered stands hold plantings and tucked here and there are statues and water fountains for sale. I found a lovely maiden for $400 which would have tucked nicely into our garden, but she or another Girl will have to wait for another time. (no photo) πŸ™‚

The Greenhouse is shaded by many oak trees and the greenhouses are built around them, which I thought was wonderful planning on the part of the garden designers.

I love this giant metal artichoke statue!! Doesn’t it make a fun statement here in the garden?

I love playful gardens!

Just a couple of last looks at a large pond and waterfall which inside one of the main greenhouses surrounded by gorgeous tropical plants…

Really a wonderfully curated garden center ~ if you ever come this way to Oklahoma City, do stop by Norman (about 30 minutes south on I-35) and visit The Greenhouse…

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tour!

Hugs, Barb πŸ™‚


Share Your Style #299

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #299!!! Happy Wednesday to you all!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends.Β I appreciate you!
Β As always, I am glad that you are here…

I realize as I write this, I put up the wrong photo as the lead photograph for SYS last week, but, oh well!!! Some days the brain just isn’t working straight, lol! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, back at it this week and much less drained. Today shares another fun group of features ~ there are soooo many good posts to choose from, you guys!!

Well, it’s spring time, friends! And with spring cleaning, along comes all those DIY projects none of us felt like doing this winter because… We were all FREEZING!!! (LOL!) ;)’ This week’s theme just naturally turned into a DIY one with a few other fun features thrown in for good measure…

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Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

I have other posts in the works, but this past week I was slowly finishing things up in the new side garden (being careful to not lift more than 15 lbs./time, and digging lightly). I am also getting things done at home with a light and careful spring cleaning! Much needed after all the dirt that comes inside from myself, Mr. Ethereal and Yoda. πŸ˜‰

And here are this week’s featured posts…

How To Brighten Up The Front Porch
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home shares some great tips on How to Brighten Up the Front Porch for Spring. Love it!!!
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this tutorial ~ How to Transform a Vintage Dining Table with Paint. I actually think I might do this with my English tea cart… It has sooo many water rings and scratches now. Good to revamp once in a while, huh?!
seersucker, gingham, argyle, pastels, print mix, Easter outfit, cloche hat, fashion over 40, Shelbee on the Edge
Love this!!! Shelbee on the Edge brings us her awesome retro style in this Easter fashion post ~ Adventures in Thrifting, Part 8 (also Link Up on the Edge!). You go, Girl!!!
Uwe and his wife (pictured here) from My DIY OL share creating a new shelving for storage and display in their kitchen in this detailed post ~ Regal fΓΌr die Kuche (Shelving for the Kitchen). Really like how it turned out! Great job, Uwe!!!
Niky from The House on Silverado shares how she and her husband built their deer-proof garden ~ We Built a Deer-Proof Raised Bed Garden. Really they built A LOT more than just this!!! Great post with tons of gardening ideas. πŸ™‚
I had seen these sweet roosters from Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa over on another site this past week, and I am sooo happy to share this fun and easy DIY with you this week! How to Make a File Folder Pocket Junk Journal. Super cute idea!!!
Completed Dollar Tree Cricut sign
Niky from Life As a Leo Wife brings us this Cricut tutorial (I need to study this!) to make this cute sign in her post ~ Dollar Tree Cricut Sign.
And last up for this week, Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz shares her sweet spring wreath DIY ~ Ladybug Wreath for New, Existing Homes Bridges Seasons.

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. πŸ’œ

Happy linking, everybody!

Barb πŸ™‚

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