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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!💜 

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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!
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. 💜

Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

Hugs, Barb 🙂

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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. I appreciate you!
 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!💜 

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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!
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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…

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. 💜

Enjoy the party, friends!

Barb

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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) 🙂

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 🙂

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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. I appreciate you!
 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! 😉 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…

Enjoy! <3

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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. 😉

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 für 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. 🙂
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.
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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. 💜

Happy linking, everybody!

Barb 🙂

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Finding Ladybugs while at an English Spring Tea in the Garden

Welcome friends to a little Spring Tea in the new garden area! Part of this month’s $10 on the 10th…I can’t quite say that this new area cost $10 (every 16 bricks costs about $10, bought over time), but many of the plants were under $10 each! 😉 Mr. Ladybug was free!

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A big thank you to Tammy from Patina and Paint as well as Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip for organizing our monthly hop! Everyone on today’s tour are bringing you their Spring best this month with Ladybugs galore.

I had totally forgotten that I had this little ladybug! I can’t quite remember if a friend gave it to me or if I found it up in Sanger, Texas, when we were still living in our big RV fifth wheel. I really think a friend gave it to me as a gift.

I just know it has a sweet sound when the wind blows and is perfect for gracing the garden at our afternoon tea…

Here is another ladybug ~ from a post when my husband and I were installing this French fence here during the winter ~ Adding French Fencing to the Sideyard Garden. I love ladybugs and have been seeing several outside on Mr. Yoda’s and my daily walks. Aphids are out and ladybugs are busily taking them out. 🙂

The French lavender has been blooming continuously since January. The two potted lavenders were wheeled into the garage when the Arctic storms came to keep them alive.

Welcome to our side garden! It is still a work in progress with more weeding to be done, paver set to finish (had to put this off for a bit), and a lot of the middle of the yard to level out, but it is coming along. Plants are still recovering, too. The boxwood were hit really hard with 7 deg. temps (-12 wind chill).

The large leaf pile has been turned once in mid-January and is breaking down. The main compost pile has sweet pumpkin vines growing in it already (way too early, really!) and as I’d find earthworms, I bury them into the composting leaves, straw and kitchen scraps, to help everything break down.

I am sharing our new garden beds along the southern side of our North Texas home. Throughout the winter and after the Arctic storms, I was able to finish laying all 87 bricks. As time and money allows, more plants will be added and others will be shifted around to fill in the right-hand part of the bed (the newer section).

My favorite photograph from this tea!

So let’s have some tea!

Years ago now, for Mother’s Day, my husband bought me this Wedgwood tea set. It consists of two teacups and saucers, teapot, creamer and sugar. Part of the Duchess of York collection (the 1st Duchess), each piece features pretty blue butterflies and green limes on a smooth-as-silk bone china blank. I shared meeting Sarah, Duchess of York, at Macy’s in Costa Mesa, California in this post.

She was lovely and very gracious, giving a talk about Wedgwood’s china and how she travels with a tea set (she doesn’t like the feel of styrofoam cups to drink out of!). She shook hands with every attendee and chatted with each of us briefly. I think my friend Cheryl and I were there for four hours in all.

So today’s tea invites all of you to stop by for a little tête à tête… We will enjoy the shade provided by the red oak tree and our old green umbrella. Gentle breezes blow by also keeping us cool on this 85+ degree day…

Yoda came out to wander and enjoy the yard, too!

Mr. Squirrel was racing around up in the other oak tree.

And mama and papa dove take turns sitting on their impromptu nest…

Come sit a spell and tell me how you are? Friendship and a good chinwag = $0. Totally free! Sweet pink bacopa just plopped into this ceramic pot found at Hobby Lobby add spring style to our tea table.

This Duncan Phyfe table is one I hand-carried back on the plane from England in 2005. It comes totally apart and was a thrift shop find. The table top fit nicely into a large Land’s End bag my sister-in-law loaned me for the trip home. Usually it is acts as a side table in our Office/Spare Bedroom.

Tea for two ~ always a delight!

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Spring Tea in the Garden and our little Ladybug friend… I hear his little bell’s sweet tinkle!

Pour yourself another cup of tea and stop by for a visit with the other ladies on today’s tour:

Allyson ~ Southern Sunflowers

Patti ~ Pandora’s Box

Terrie ~ Decorate and More with Tip

Tammy ~ Patina and Paint

Barbara ~ French Ethereal

Spring hugs to you all,

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #298

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #298!!! 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…

Woowee! I am so sorry about last Wednesday… I should have called off the week before as I knew I was getting my second Covid-19 vaccine last Wednesday morning, but then thought I’d be back in time (and feel well enough to run SYS). Well, at 6:00p.m. I was still in Oklahoma and by 8:00p.m., the time I got home, I was beginning to “freeze.” I had the usual reaction (again) with fever and chills, body aches, head ache and just sleeping hours…

This week, I am good, except during the time between the first and second shots, I was tripped backwards by a student at school, so… I have a broken tailbone (looked like a spiral fracture, but I could be wrong). Now I am out on Worker’s Comp leave! Crazy year…

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!!! He is risen!!! I got no Easter posts out, really. I’ve been in the winter funk for a while and with so many changes at work (plus getting the virus in the fall, and now this injury…), I have been feeling overwhelmed. With this leave, I should have plenty of time to get myself back to “normal.” 😉

Enjoy this week’s features, friends! It’s good to be back… 🙂

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!💜 

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

No posts this past week but I do want to share our Miss Kim lilac in bloom! Last year it bloomed in a lovely light purple, but I think I didn’t feed it enough so the blooms are a pretty white!

I will be sharing more from the garden soon! Lots to still plant from the Oklahoma trip last week, plus an update coming on the brick mow strip around the new planter beds…

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Debra from Common Ground shared her lovely Easter vignette in this post ~ Pretty Pastels and Forcing Tulip Tree Branches. Adorably cute! Love the velveteen rabbit…
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Debbee from Debbee’s Buzz shared her adorable furry friends in this Easter time post ~ Darling Vintage Style Stuffed Easter Bunny Collection. So cute, don’t you think??! Debbee also shared this lovely post ~ Peter Rabbit and Friends Beatrix Potter Figurine Collection.
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MaryJo at Master”Pieces” of My Life shared her trick for gilding in this DIY post ~
How to Antique a Gold Gilded Mirror ~ Love the results!!!
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Mary over at Pots and Planes shared her delicious recipe for Roasted Asparagas Spears Wrapped in Prosciutto. Can you say YUM?!!
BEDROOM DECOR IN GREEN AND YELLOW
Rachelle of My Hubbard Home brings us a fresh spring post ~ Spring Decorating in the Bedroom (Simple Home Ideas). Love it!!!
And because I missed last week’s post completely and we didn’t get to see enough fun Easter ideas, here is another for springtime decorating idea and to make for next year… from Lisa of Fresh Vintage by Lisa ~ Recycled Jars for Spring.
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Looking for a cute birthday cake idea? Look no further than Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge‘s post featuring her son Ralphie ~ In the Blink of an Eye. Time goes so fast, doesn’t it??
Please welcome newcomer Renae of Peacock Ridge Farm shared the making of this exquisite dining building in her post ~ Outdoor Dining Pavillion. Heavenly!!!…
Penny of Penny’s Vintage Treasures shared a completely fresh idea on updating our old Battenburg lace tablecloths in this post ~ Spring Battenburg Lace Table Runner. Totally in-love with this idea!!! Perfect for cloths with damaged bits.

And that’s it for this week, dear friends!

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. 💜

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An Easter Spring Garden Hello!

Happy spring to you all, dear friends! Just a month ago we were in the throws of snow and ice, but after cutting back plants and hoping for the best, adding fertilizer and no small amount of prayers… Then thinking that even a favorite rose bush was dead and gone, life has sprung anew!…

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and come sit a spell! I was going to break this up into two posts but may just put it all together…

Right there in amongst the crusty old stump of this rose bush, a small branch of hope emerges…

Taken just a week apart, our South Dakota Miss Kim is readying its lilac blooms and leafing out spectacularly! When leafing it happens each year, on any plant that I have been watching, it brings me such joy ~ a rebirth, renewal!! Much like as Easter comes around every year and we give thanks to our Great Creator for the gift of his Son and the cross…

I haven’t planted all of the plants I picked up in Oklahoma yet. These geraniums will be going either into one of the hanging baskets (since they can take the heat and like to be dry, anyway) or into a shallow wide pot and enjoying the backyard this summer.

The Forest Pansy redbud is beginning to bloom and I think it just needed more water to get the blooms going, so I gave it a good soak this evening after school. Now that daylight is longer, I can water in the afternoon and every plant has time to dry before dark. 🙂

A week ago the tulips were blooming like crazy! These are the mid and late blooming tulips. I’ll have to order more tulips for this next year.

I sprinkled them often with rabbit and squirrel repellant so the wildlife would leave the tulips alone. Happily, our feather and furry friends have only been digging for nuts buried in the fall. 🙂

Out front late last week the late, darker almost red tulips were blooming as the early pale pink ones faded away… So pretty!

This was my first experience, really, planting tulips and most of the 200 came up. Some I planted in terra cotta and I don’t think I will do that again. They grew much better out in the garden beds in native soil.

I used the wrong potting mix in the two big pots I set and those tulips either rotted from over watering and just didn’t do well, or the squirrels got them. The best pot of tulips I gave to a friend and she loved them!!!

Here are the first flush of tulips from early March… This group of Pink Squared and Pink Cubed were from Color Blends. I highly recommend their tulips! They come packaged well and each group of 100 was bagged and contained instructions for chilling the bulbs before planting.

The Plum Pudding Coral Bells heuchera have come back with renewed vigor after the winter storms. They are rated to -30 to -40 degrees (zone 3), so they should do well here with morning sun. Last year was my first experience with a heuchera and it fried on the back porch.

After watching a zillion YouTube garden videos all fall and winter (we got rid of Direct TV), I’ve learned A LOT about many plants including these guys! They like morning sun and to get out of the heat in the afternoon. I’ll transplant them to the front yard if need be, but the large oak tree should give them good afternoon shade all summer, as it is just beginning to do as it leafs out this week.

The Limelight panicle hydrangea is loving its home here in the new garden bed and should enjoy the same Southern exposure with afternoon shade.

One of three Cats Pajamas Nepeta coming back strong after a haircut to the ground.

It’s sooo exciting to see all of these plants growing! I have a bit of weeding to do, as you will see throughout, but even that is a pleasure after all the worry about what made it and what didn’t this winter. The nepeta is supposed to get to 24″ tall, I think, which will really fill in the back of the flower border.

The Spanish lavender that was buried in hay and wrapped under a frost tarp made it just fine! A healthy feeding a few weeks ago and two of three lavenders are blooming madly!

This guy has been blooming since early January and hasn’t stopped. I want to cut off some blooms but I hate to strip it of its beauty!

It is getting leggy, though so I guess it must be done. I’ll feed it again and see if I can get a second crop of lavender wands…

Both Dwarf Alberta Spruce are putting out new growth. They loved the cold as did the lilac and the redbud!!

Out in the compost pile, I think a few pumpkins are growing, or possibly cantaloupe since we ate one this winter! I was hoping something would grow out there. It’s really way too early for pumpkins but they might be fun to harvest in early summer! Be good for early fall filming. 😉

The Girls are wearing their crowns still. I think I’ll move the angel around to the new garden area as summer comes along.

I finally got plans to the City asking about adding a new fence and moving the fence out by five feet, adding in a new garden shed and hooking up electrical for it. We should hear back sometime this week.

Prayers for the City favoring us would be appreciated! <3 Thank you! <3 If we can move the fence out, it would open up the yard quite a bit and give room for a bigger potager garden on the Eastern side of the

And Mr. Rabbit enjoys a visit among the patio plants and another new heuchera heading outfront soon…

And last but not least, here is the new mandarin orange tree and a regular (to me) mophead hydrangea that I picked up at Marcum’s Nursery when I went up to Oklahoma for my first Covid shot.

I finally figured out how to arrange all the bricks to make a large square for a little plant patio! They aren’t cemented in, but I may do that later this summer.

Happy Easter week, my friends!

Barb 🙂

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Share Your Style #297

Welcome, friends, to this week’s Share Your Style #297!!! 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…

As we finish up with a little St. Patrick’s Day fun, we now move totally into Spring and all things Easter time this week!!! I love all the features everyone has shared and I appreciate your coming back, even when I don’t get time to get back by to say Thank you! for linking up and that your post has been featured (or fall asleep ridiculously early each night because of the craziness of school and students with challenging behaviors!).

Enjoy all the features for this week…

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!💜 

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

And here are this week’s featured posts…

Lisa over at Fresh Vintage by Lisa shared her sweet Easter basket in this post ~ Thrifty Find: Vintage German Paper Maché Easter Eggs. Lovely!!
Mr. McGregor’s Mailbox is the fun post shared by Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home. Totally adorable!!! Love the large cabbages and the checked bow!
Carol at Bluesky at Home brings us her sweet Rustic Easter Tablescape in this colorful and egg-quisitely beautiful table setting. Love the tulips and rabbits!!
Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Blog shared her post all about An Easter Bunny Tea and More. Beautiful vintage style… <3
Nylse from Life Notes shares a wealth of encouragment in this post ~ Prayers to Get You Through the Day. Especially here at Easter time, and with Covid still causing trouble throughout our world, we need this!!!
Tiffany over at Tee Diddly Dee shares her Irish dancing shoes (aren’t they sweet with the moss inside them??!) in this holdover St. Patrick’s Day post ~ Tis a Wee Bit Irish Vignette. Love the antique/vintage cards, too!
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and friends share their Trail “Blazers” of Pre-Loved Fashion in her monthly blog hop with updated trendy thriftshop style! Love ’em all!!!
Rachelle at My Hubbard Home shared her love of English roses in her romantic post ~ David Austin, A Life Devoted to Roses. Be still my heart!!!

***P.S. If you haven’t any English roses in your garden, look up David Austin Roses on the internet and have them send you a copy of this year’s catalogue to drool over (and to buy, of course!).

For all of us who are rose addicts, these are the crème de la crème of roses… Do check them out! My babies are putting out massive leaves right now. Making up for lost time!!! Post soon…

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When You Just Have to Have a French-Style Château de Versailles Planter Box…

When you’ve got to have a French-Style Château de Versailles tree box for a tree just bought…

You start by looking at them online and find out the originals are a small fortune to buy. But, you inquire anyway…

The «Château de Versailles®» tree-box is available in 12 colours and 8 sizes.

courtesy Jardins du Roi Soleil

These quintessential Tree Boxes are made exclusively by Jardins du Roi Soleil in France out of cast iron and oak for the Palace at Versailles. Each displays the castle’s beautiful orange trees which are wheeled in and out of the Orangerie each spring and rolled back in late fall, just as they always have been…

The company makes their…

patented garden boxes adapted from models created by landscape designer André le Nôtre in the 17th century.”

Jardins de Roi Soleil

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The movie of the same title

You’ll remember that I watched the movie based somewhat loosely on the life of le Nôtre, adding in Kate Winslet’s character as Sabine de Barre, a landscape designer of the Ballroom Garden and water fountain there at Versailles in this post ~ Garden Shows to Watch and My Own Petite Jardin.

My rose Sceptre d’Isle from the same post.

So then, after drooling over these French-style tree boxes for several years and now needing one, you write to said company inquiring if the cast iron parts can be purchased separately (knowing full well the answer is NO).

“WELL, then how much would one box cost?” Each is exclusive to the buyer with the owner’s name and number engraved on an iron plate on the side of each box. I have yet to hear back, but…

It’s going to be about $5,000 US, my guess…

It’s like buying diamonds. When the price for them gets to be close to what you’d pay for a car, then it’s not in the cards!

*Note: when I was newly married and out visiting my parents, I once tried on an incredible 3 carat marquis-shaped diamond ring worth $18,000 at the mall in Danbury, Connecticut, near my parents’ last home.

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Jill at The Rozy Home created these awesome planter boxes for about $20 each…

Next you begin thinking deviously about how you can just “charge it” to a credit card, but then remember that you’ve sworn off cc’s a number of years ago, thereby working on getting out of debt…

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courtesy of Fifties Dad at Mid-Century Woodshop

So you turn to plans and Etsy! and find the Fifties Dad and his awesome planter boxes for about $1800 at MidCenturyWoodShop. Better! Plus he works out of Nevada City, California, where my best friend from high school’s sister lives. I could have gone there in September when I was back for Sara’s wedding (Janet’s daughter).

That’s Janet waaaayyy out there on the bridge!

I shared years ago about a long hike we all took around their town when I was up visiting for Thanksgiving.

I also found a good YouTube video by Peter Millard on How to Make a Versailles Planter. I like his instruction and I’ve put it here as much for you all as for myself.

And you find this pretty close Versailles Planter created by Forever Redwood out of sustainable forest redwood for about $2000, depending upon size (above). Liking the style!

The original oak planters made by Jardins de Roi Soleil come apart on all four sides for easy care of your tree’s roots. This planter box by Forever Redwood also comes apart.

a small wood planter I found a couple of years ago

I found various other planter boxes available on Amazon, Wayfair and Overstock but these were all resin self-watering containers. Not really what I wanted for the redbud tree we have.

The new redbud tree which is really too short yet to plant and still have its canopy above the fence line. Hence why I am looking at tree boxes to plant it in. We are looking into moving the fence out about 5 feet, if the city will allow.

Why do you want the sides to come apart?

Any tree or plant living inside a box, planter, or pot, as we all learn as we garden, uses up its soil and nutrients every couple of years and needs new soil for better health. Trees planted permanently in boxes need their roots trimmed and new soil added to their planter boxes in the same way. Having four “doors” to get into your tree gives you access to each side, in case it appears that one side needs special attention.

So this is where I am at with regards to finding a French-style Château de Versailles tree box… We have cedar pallet wood available for reuse but I’d probably go buy fresh and look for redwood. Both are bug resistant but redwood is better!

I am still looking for plans but need to get going soon for this tree to begin rooting in before it flowers here this spring. I’d really like a pre-built model but building it myself will be the best option. 🙂

Our redbud just getting ready to bloom!

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Margaret Atwood

Time to get busy creating,

Hugs, Barb 🙂

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Places to Visit ~ Marcum’s Nursery, Oklahoma

Happy springtime, dear friends! It is wonderful to see early budding trees here in North Texas blossoming after the super cold of this winter ~ the fruitless pears are just putting on their magnificent canopies of white, the redbuds are beginning their blooms, too…

And today I’m sharing a nursery visit to a place I KNOW I will go back to… As I went up for my first Covid-19 vaccination, I chose the Chickasaw Nation’s healthcare site in Ardmore, Oklahoma as much for the vaccine but also for a little road trip (because I need to get out!) and to see if I could find some interesting garden centers. 🙂

Mr. Ethereal went with me taking the day off and after an hour+ getting the vaccine and waiting to see if I had any reaction (I didn’t then but did end up with all the usual things the emails said you will get: headaches, body aches, tired and sleeping a lot, sore arm, some swelling there, and after three days I feel pretty well back to normal. Well after a lunch at the local Carl’s Jr. (to get a burger which feels like “home” in California), we went on “an adventure!”

Marcum’s Nursery, 25 N. Rockford Road, Ardmore, OK 73401

We found Marcum’s Nursery in Ardmore, Oklahoma…

Their website is cute and even has a fun jingle at the bottom of the home page, if you head over to check it out. I highly recommend the Ardmore location! It reminds me of California even with the dry grasses, pine trees and just wide open prairie spaces (more in Northern California in the foothills of my teenage years).

There hasn’t been as much rain this winter so the grasses aren’t as green as I’d seen last year in late spring, but the plants at the garden center more than made up for the lack of green along the freeway! I liked that the plants available at Marcum’s are different than what I have found at our local garden centers here in Denton County, Texas. 🙂

And that’s exactly what I was looking for!

“You got gum-gum?”

As you come up to park, this Easter Island character was the first thing I spied and he made me laugh! Ever seen Night at the Museum? Watch it if you haven’t.

I won’t spoil the fun!

Just as you turn left from the main roadway into the property, there is a stand of set-in fruit and other trees. They are “set in,” if you’ve never seen this before (which I haven’t but it makes sense) to protect the tree roots from freezing to death during the negative temperatures Oklahoma prairies can experience ~ like this crazy year with the Arctic winds we had brought Oklahoma’s temps down to -16 or so.

So nurseries obviously want to protect their investments and then they are easy to dig up when it’s time to sell the trees to customers. Works for summer watering, too, as I think I spy irrigation drip hoses. 🙂

I loved seeing all the crocks and pots right out front! There were soooo many to look at and I could have spent a fortune… I did bring one home which had two prices on it: $20 and $39.95. It was only $20!

I forgot to ask the price of the long rectangular terracotta trough with the swags on the sides, but no matter. I go back in less than 21 days for Round 2 of the vaccine! Maybe I can stop back by… 😉

Seriously, though, Marcum’s has a nice selection which is different than what is available here in Texas. I am missing what we had available in California and my thought was to look somewhere different for better pottery. Nice place and good finds! I’d think you’d enjoy stopping by on a roadtrip up HW 35 North (eventually HW 29 further north) on your way to or from the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, or up from Texas.

Marcum’s had a few cement tables and benches with separate feet for the garden. They also had iron trellises and plant stands…

I stayed within my $200 budget (the plant stand was $55, I think, and the Otsuma orange tree was $65), and have a good selection of plants to put out to replace some that didn’t make it with the extreme snows, the cold and ice storms.

Can you guess the two tall plants? They are wonderfully scented when brushed up against! I think the squirrels will be lovingly sporting a new scent this spring… citronella. These are cintronella and should self-seed.

I also brought home another sweet heuchera, that can just be seen at the very back behind the plant stand. I picked up a couple of other bulb plants and I’ll share them later.

Little oranges are just beginning to form where flowers have been pollinated…

Well that’s it for today’s visit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this delightful garden center tour at the Ardmore location of Marcum’s Nursery. They have four locations including one up in Oklahoma City (another 1 1/2 hours north).

I’m sorry I didn’t get any pictures inside the store or the greenhouse (it was HOT inside!) but that’s where all these plants were found. I was too busy looking around. 😉 You can see inside the greenhouse on their website here.

Happy gardening, friends!

Barb