Now that the weather has warmed up, we have set out the umbrella's on the deck.
And I have created my own special place to escape to when I want to take a little break.
With gifts of beautiful hanging baskets and flowers for Mother's Day, I have my own little 'flower shop' to relax and have a morning cup of coffee.
I've added my own personal touches.
This little plant stand was purchased over the winter at the Funky Junk flea market.
Can you believe it was only $10?
This is what it looked like!
But I saw the potential and with a little steel wool and some Rustoleum spray paint,
it is as good as new.
I had so much fun potting up the little flowers for my 'new' plant stand.
The sweet polka dot pot of daisies was a gift from my dear daughter in law's Mom, Jayne.
Here we are on Mother's Day at Gabe and Erica's (my son and daughter in law's) house where we were the honorees.
I didn't lose a son, I gained another sweet family!
The 'Herb' sign was a gift from my sweet sister in law, Donna.
I love how it is made from a piece of vintage garden fencing with the ends curled up into hanging hooks.
The wreath was made by me in about 10 minutes from a grapevine wreath wrapped with faux cherry blossom branches. I simply wired them in place using floral wire.
My poor flowers suffered from heavy rainfall the day before and are a little droopy!
I planted petunias and lobelia in each pot.
The chippy white folding chair was something The Mr. had in his tool shed that I borrowed to place my wooden planter, a thrift shop find. I want to paint this chair and make a sweet cushion. But that will have to wait for another day.
The birdhouse on the stand was a gift from my Dear Father. He loved tinkering in his workshop and his 5 daughters were the lucky recipients of his creativity.
He wrapped it with woodland vines and used shingles that once graced the roof of his hand built home.
From where I sit, I can see the blue ceramic bird bath that we put out every summer.
A sweet gift from my youngest son, Dustin on a previous Mother's Day.
I love coming out here in the morning with my coffee, surrounded by sweet tokens from my loved ones.
The pansies that I planted earlier this Spring are putting on quite a show now.
I also planted this white Clematis vine.
My pansies look on curiously.
Angels keep watch.
These Monkey Face pansies are re blooming from last year's plants.
I under planted them with miniature Iris bulbs yet to bloom.
Pansies, pansies everywhere! You can't have too many!
But very soon they will be fading and going to seed, so I have stocked up on flats of summer flowers.
Petunias, Lobelia, Impatiens, Coleus.
All waiting patiently in their flats for me to pot them up.
Next weekend The Mr. will put up the canopy gazebo on the far end of the deck. Then I can put flowers down that end. It is very shady there from the Big Leaf Maple, so I will pot up Impatiens and Coleus, as they thrive in shade.
Now that it is warmer, strange insects appear.
Here a stick bug rests on the screen by the porch light.
More Iris await bloom time.
As Mt. Rainier peeks above the clouds.
Do you have a special place of your own to relax?
What kinds of flowers are you planting this spring?