Friday, March 9, 2018

Dallas Arboretum Visit - Spring 2018

I had a very lovely walk at the Dallas Arboretum this Friday morning with one of my dear friends beginning at 9:00 am.  All the bulbs are in bloom and look gorgeous - everyone needs to visit!  Usually the gardens don't start filling up with visitors on weekday mornings until mid-morning but the flower admirers were out in force today and it was starting to fill up by the time we left at 10:30 am.  Tulips, daffodils, narcissus, hyacinths, pansies, violas and hellebores are blooming now.

Beautiful pansies.

A multi-branched redbud tree.

A gorgeous multi petaled tulip - wow!

The understory has been cleared out in numerous places and there are views of White Rock Lake all over now.


Daffodils and cast iron plants.



Gorgeous snowdrops.

The lovely and contemplative women's garden.

Spring has sprung and we loved our visit - you should go!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas 2017 at our Little House in the City

 Christmas 2017 post to my blog:

Last year at this time we were in the middle of a huge downsizing effort.  We moved out of a large home (we closed on December 8, 2016) and we moved to a town home almost half the size.  Moving last year didn't leave much time for decorating.  When my kids came home from college for the holidays they complained because they were used to a lot of holiday cheer and things were pretty sparse around here.  I promised them I would decorate but I also made the pledge that if I wasn't using any decorations, they would be donated to Good Will. 

    The first day of decorating -we purchased a Noble Fir and got it set up.

  The lights were next, before the ornaments.

Our Christmas tree theme  is always "nature" and our ornaments include bird nests and animals.  I was raised in New Mexico so I always add red and green "chili peppers" to my lights for some pretty Christmas color.

Here are some of my ornaments.

Our dining room also got decorated.

 The moose tree.

 Our nativity.

Our advent wreath.

 The kitchen.


When you push the button on our sweet mariachi's hand he sings "Feliz Navidad".

My most favorite Christmas song by Jose Feliciano!!

Even the bathroom got a couple of decorations.

The entry hall.

The living room.

The patio at dusk.

The patio in the evening.

 The front yard gate.

A small front yard is definitely easier to decorate.  I even put lights out front.  

 Hedwig says Happy Holidays!  I wish all my friends the very best of the season!