Monday, July 14, 2014

David Austin Roses and Flowers in the Garden in July



Hello friends,
summer is in full swing around here.

I'm loving every minute of it. 

My David Austin Roses are in full bloom as is my lavender.
Two of my favorites.

This is a mix of Abraham Darby and Crocus Rose.
Truly, I'm not sure if that is what these two are because when I planted them ten years ago I did not pay attention to the names. This is my best guess, though.



My new-to-me vintage zinc pots from the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture store in Santa Monica.




The peony poppies are also doing splendidly.
Lovely mixes of color for my front porch.


















We have had little rain the last few weeks and then we had at least four hours of down pouring rain. So needed. I went out the next morning to see how my plants survived and they did just fine. I cut bunches and brought them inside.



My kitchen smells amazing.



They don't last but a day or two but I thoroughly enjoy them while they do.



I hope you are all having a wonderful summer (or winter depending on where you are!!)

Until next time…..

~Shanon

Monday, May 12, 2014

May in the garden….




Hello friends!
 It is May in the gardens but you won't believe what mine looks like at the end of this post.

May 10th, my lilacs are about to be in full bloom…..









My Angelique tulips are doing splendidly. 





This Red Crossbill was at our land up in the Colorado mountains. I haven't ever seen one of these before so it was fun to have him.




I found a fountain that was just the color for me. The birds came immediately to it so I was happy.



My Snowfountain weeping cherry did well this year. This was in Arpil.


 May 10th, my Prairiefire crabapple is about to be in full bloom.




New bird bath with a built in planter all planted and ready to grow.




May 11th (yes, Mother's Day!!) we had a big snow storm with freezing temps. My plants are not doing well and we have two more days of freezing temps.

I was very happy to have this Bullock's Oriole.


Not too happy to have this Cooper's Hawk. He was actually here with the last snow storm.



My poor frozen fountain and peonies.
Their beautiful heads are touching the ground.
I can only hope and pray they will come back after the freeze is done.






Happy gardening! I hope I will have beautiful flowers to show off soon!


~Shanon

Linking with….

Fishtail Cottage: Garden Party #3





Monday, April 21, 2014

A bit of this and that…..fleur love



Hello friends!

I thought I would share a few of my favorite flower photos with you today.

I had very good luck with keeping hydrangeas going this winter. I cut the stems at an angle, dipped the ends in Alum. I changed the water and redid the steps and they lasted up to 6 weeks!

This bunch is in my vintage European milk bucket.





My favorite white vintage pitcher full of blue hydrangeas. I recently found this chippy green table, I just love it.




For Valentine's day I surprised my love with a romantic treat in bed.


Here is the last bit of hydrangeas. They are in my vintage sap bucket from Maine. I'm originally from Vermont (I live in Colorado now) so this was so fun to find. My sister got it for me for my birthday from A Beautiful Mess Antiques.








Spring has landed here in Colorado and I hope to show you photos of my gardens and flowers soon!

Visit me on Instagram for daily updates.

~Shanon

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger






Hello friends!!

I am so excited to tell you that I have been featured today over at 

If you don't know Kris you must go check her out.
Her home is amazing, she and her husband repurpose shabby junk and make it gorgeous. She also has amazing gardens and flowers for the spring and summer.

Thank you so much, Kris!

~Shanon

Monday, February 3, 2014

Shabby Green Bistro Chair and Mirror



Hello Friends!!

I recently went to The Barn in Castlerock, CO and came home with some shabby treasures.

I love this cloche set with the vintage French document.

Shabby French? Oh, yes, right up my alley.






Pretty pink Carnations to go with it......



I was beyond excited to find this shabby green vintage mirror.
You know the kind, crusty with dust and dirt but a dreamy gem underneath.
The mirror has damage...it's perfect.

It had me at hello.

The problem was I couldn't think of a spot in my home for it.
I left it behind.....
and dreamed of it.

I had to go back to get it and lucky me it was still there!!

It matches my shabby green bistro chair perfectly.










It is here by my back patio, perfect to glance in as your heading out the door.
I couldn't be happier.



I'm still loving my chicken wire cabinets. If you missed my shabby kitchen re-do, you can find it here.




We have finally been getting some snow here in Colorado and I couldn't be happier!!

Have a great week, my friends!!

~Shanon


Linking with.....



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dreaming of Spring


Hello friends!

I'm already dreaming of spring and we really haven't had winter yet.
Loving these pale pink roses.











I love to watch the birds. This is a Bushtit, you can tell it's a male because of his pale blue eye. The females have all black. He is very tiny and moves in a large group, like a bunch of noisy teenagers tittering all the way. I usually hear them before I see them.






It's a very windy day here in Colorado and I am already browsing through gardening magazines dreaming of what I will be planting this spring.

Have a wonderful day,

~Shanon

Monday, December 9, 2013

Shabby French Christmas


Hello friends!!


My shabby french decorations are up and I'm in the holiday spirit.

I bought this wreath from my friend that has an etsy shop, Posh Vintage Girl.
She custom made it with a little Eiffel tower and french script ribbon. Perfect for me!





You can read about this centerpiece for my dining table here.



Last year I added christmas bulbs to this chandelier.

 This year I decided to add pinecones instead.



Vintage french papers and ribbon with a snow jar on top.


My white shabby tree....




Baubles......




Noel sign also made from Posh Vintage Girl




My favorite ornaments purchased from Whitewash at The Barn in Castlerock, CO a few years ago.




Still loving my wings from The Bella Cottage.

Feather tree in a vintage sap bucket from A Beautiful Mess Antiques in California. It was found in Maine. I'm originally from Vermont, I had to get this bucket!



An overview of my front room with the Christmas lights on.




I love this time of year!

Happy holidays,

~Shanon