It's that time of the year for the spring flowers to start blooming. I adore the spring, it's a fresh time of the year, the sun comes out more, the days are warmer, and life feels like anything's possible.
I usually have a good spring clean every March and a really good clear out too - old clothes I no longer use or need ( the children's too ), toys, clutter, the usual. It's the time I love to get out into the garden too in order to start preparing for the summer - planting pretty bulbs and seeds, have a good grass cutting session ( I have a very large garden and it takes 3 hours to mow but anything up to 5 for the spring cut as it's so overgrown ). I see, and use, my garden as another room and we spend all summer out there, we even have BBQ's every night because it's so easy to buy different meats every day, make up a potatoe salad ( that my children especially adore with a pinch of mustard in it ) and put a large salad onto the table with jugs of cold drinks. I love to put fresh sand in the sand pit for the children and organise their climbing frame and toys too and this year I'm ordering some wonderful pirate bunting from a Facebook business page called ' Scrappycat Crafts ' as this year's theme for my secret garden is pirates and it's going to be super fun! My mission between now and the summer is to find a things to do with the sea and boats to decorate the garden with and also to make little pirate outfits for my two year old twins, such fun.
My daffodils are blooming already and a few other bulbs too that I'm not too sure of until they actually flower as I plant so many every year, I love the wild garden feel where nothing really goes together but everything beautifully comes together.
There's nothing lovelier than sitting in your garden in the sunshine amongst the flowers with the smell of the BBQ on the go and the sound of laughter from the children, that's what summer's all about for me with trips out to our local, and very beautiful, Lac de Vassiviere most week-ends too - buckets and spades at the ready.
Flowers are a huge part of my life, I've always adored and admired them, I love to look at them and study them. One of my favourite flowers has to be an Osteospurnam, they amaze me when they open out right in front of my eyes first thing in the morning and then start closing at dusk, they're a beautiful sight! I adore wildflowers the most and have been successful with lots growing in my garden but I've never managed to grow poppies for some reason. I tried in the UK, I tried in the South of France and I've tried here in the Creuse too but no, they don't want to grow for me, so I enjoy seeing them out and about where nature intended them to grow.
My latest ' Dancing Wildflowers ' cushion is gorgeous and was hugely inspired by the wild flowers I pass on my travels that look as though they're dancing around in the breeze.
The main inspiration for this cushion is actually rather surprising. I put paisley shapes all over the cushion, strategically placed so that they would look as though they were also dancing, and I came up with this idea after seeing the most beautiful thing up at our local Chateau that my partner lived and worked at for 20 years. We went up there a couple of months ago to have a run around with our twins and I was in awe at some leaves that were just dancing around in circles in the same spot. It truly was an amazing sight and a scientific explanation of course would explain it as the wind being trapped just between the dungeon and the main house, causing a kind of whirlwind effect that the leaves get caught up in. However, legend has it that one of the daughter's in the family used to dance and skip right in that spot as a little girl ( a couple of centuries ago ) and so when this phenomenen happens it's her spirit.
So, I took this inspiration and used it on the cushion and was thrilled as one of the first Facebook comments about the photo was that it was like the paisley shapes were dancing around the cushion, brilliant!
Here's the finished cushion, all sewn up and ready to go to it's new home and I'm now taking orders for it too. It's available to purchase here on the website or on my Facebook page and so please do enquire if you like the look of it, it truly is beautiful.
There you go, the finished cushion, the ' Dancing Wildflowers ' and I hope you like it.
How do you start off, and celebrate, the spring?