Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Celebration

Design - "Spring Celebration: Ostara" (freebie found here)
Designer - The Primitive Hare
Fabric - 32 count R & R American Chestnut linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 3 April 2014
Completed - 4 April 2014

Well look who jumped to the front of the line in my stitching rotation!  A white bunny that's who! 

My mother and I decided to celebrate spring by visiting a private garden on the outskirts of Salem, OR.

We were greeted by Spooky, the resident Garden Cat.

When a garden has lots of early flowering currants...'s bound to have lots of hummingbirds too!

Just look at these Trillums - luscious!

Spring is rebirth, renewal, and green!

Great gardens appreciate and highlight the many shades of green in the plant world.

This green-on-green vignette has no need for flowers.  It is lovely and restful all on its own.  

In April in this garden the magnolias and rhododendrons were the stars. 

This little arbor instantly transported me to Monet's garden in Giverny.

Pop - an explosion of orange among the green!

The house sits in the middle of the garden. 
There is no 'typical' front yard or back yard. 

How cute is this?

My mother's favorite magnolia (the butter yellow one) and a gorgeous pine. 

Violets, currants, azaleas, rhododendrons, trilliums, magnolias, and more!  

Amazing spring color! This acer knocked my socks off!  

I haven't even touched on all the one of a kind garden art!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post.


Vickie said...

Splendid! I cannot garden like I used to, due to pain. This was a real treat for me to share in this. Truly. Thanks Beth. :)

Margaret said...

Wow, so beautiful! I've never seen a yellow magnolia before. Love your rabbit finish too!

LaNelle said...

Just lovely, stitching too! Wish I could smell all those blooms....

Kathy F said...

Oh my......can u imagine living in the middle of that oasis?? Made me think of The Secret Garden!! I bet u & Mom didn't want to leave!!!

cucki said...

Sweet spring days :)
Enjoy my dear xxx

Susan said...

What a great place to visit all through the year to see the changes.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely post today, magnolias are so beautiful - butter yellow is new to me.

Barb said...

Thanks for that beautiful walk. That garden was full of beautiful plants. I love the new design you Have stitched! Plus that hummingbird is just beautiful. Ours seems to have disappeared for a bit.

Carol said...

What a gorgeous walk through the private garden--really looks like paradise! And your newest finish is adorable, Beth.

Von said...

Another wonderful garden walk! Love your little finish too. :)

Allison said...

I would love to visit this beautiful garden and it would make a gorgeous setting for a photoshoot for Halla.

Andrea said...

I've just downloaded the freebie a few minutes ago and then I get to your blog and you've gone and stitched it already! It looks lovely.

A beautiful garden too. Lots of gorgeous flowers.

Chris said...

Sweet finish! Amazing Gardens.

Pam in IL said...

Ahh, warm weather and sunshine makes a garden the perfect place to be! Lovely finish. Thanks for the link too.

Maggee said...

Another great garden visit! That red bush sure pops! We have forsythia here, which is bright yellow, but similar in shape and design to the red one.