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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Bring Some Sunshine Indoors

Today I gleaned the yard for touches of yellow to brighten up the house.  Here in Ontario, we have dropped to normal spring temperatures and it's raining off and on.

The Forsythia bushes, I brought from my parents house many years ago, have not bloomed well the past few years and I threaten them with my chainsaw periodically.  This year, they have taken it to heart and are covered in brilliant yellow blossoms.

My thrift store find, tall vase is perfect for holding branches on the family room sideboard. ~


There is only a couple of inches of water in the bottom so the blooms can go right down into the vase.  The green, sequin table runner from St. Paddy's day doubles as a dresser scarf for the buffet. ~


More Forsythia branches tumble out of a vase on my bedroom dresser.  I made no attempt to arrange them so they would seem more natural. ~


Bits left over from the cuttings fill vintage mercury glass vases on the tiny office mantel.  A dollar store, mirrored tea light holder displays Easter eggs my daughters painted many, many years ago.  I store them in an egg carton and the delicate shells have held up very well. ~


Daffodils fill a little $3 thrift store vase.  It is made by Lenox and has a pretty Lily Of The Valley design.  My green Depression Glass dish, in it's silver holder, is filled with green eggs for a cheery spring feel. ~


The house feels alive with all the lightness of spring!  It can rain all it wants and I will have my dashes of yellow to remember the sunshine.



28 comments:

  1. I love forsythia because it's one of the first blooms in spring. It looks so pretty throughout your home.
    I appreciate you stopping by and your sweet comments.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Oh, I never miss one of your posts, Mary Alice! It was such a surprise to have the forsythia bloom this year.

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  2. Hi Maureen- It really does look lovely with all the yellow there. I am surprised because I always think of Canada as being further behind us with bloom time...and we don't have anything blooming here yet. Your branches are just bright and beautiful...and I LOVE those green eggs! xo Diana

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    1. This is the most unusual year for us. Even if the snow is gone, the ground should still be frozen solid and nothing should be in bloom!

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  3. So Pretty! I love bringing the outdoors in!

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  4. I like it when you write about the weather - makes Ontario seem closer. It was sunny today and I got to hang the laundry outside to dry, first time this year.

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    1. That's good to know. I was afraid it might be boring to hear about the weather. I, personally, like to get a feel for what it's like where my blogging friends live.

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  5. I think the sprigs of yellow throughout your home are happy, cheerful and uplifting! Makes you want to throw open all the windows and let the fresh air in...but not today...it's only going to be 4C...yuk. xo wendy

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  6. Very pretty, Maureen. I love the natural arrangement you did in the bedroom especially. I never used to have luck with our forsythia either, though we don't have any here so I'll have to fail at something else this year, lol

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    1. I'm wondering if it's too cold for them back by the river. This mild year is the first they have bloomed well. Natural arrangements work for me as I have no patience with floral arranging.

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  7. Yellow is such a cheerful color! Enjoy your week and all the signs of Spring! ♥

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    1. Thanks! It has turned quite chilly here and the yellow is helping.

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  8. Cheery Forsythia always shouts Spring to me. We have some on the property - but they are off in the woods. I can see them from the side door and I love that splash of yellow.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. I think we all have a soft spot for those 'early blooming' plants!

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  9. I love it, especially the display on the bedroom dresser. I have a forsythia bush which refuses to be anything but boring. How come I cannot get beautiful branches like this I wonder? Maybe I should dig through the snow and cut some branches and force them inside?

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    1. I have fought those bushes for years for a few sorry blooms. The only difference this year is temperature. I think they need shelter from the wind in the country.

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  10. Maureen, your forsythia is wonderful!! I wish I had some in my yard! It would be so nice to be able to bring in those vibrant cuttings! I love it!!!

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  11. How gorgeous!! So glad you saved them, I heard the weather had turned back to normal...crazy weather this year! Glad it is spring inside

    Carol

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    1. They are calling for snow flurries this weekend! I never know what to wear when I leave the house.

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  12. Lynn @ www.etsy.com/2becherished27 March 2012 at 19:09

    Love the hits of yellow, reminds me of the poem "Spring has Sprung".
    Wed. is supposed to be 17c but maybe some snow flurries on the weekend. Guess we just have to take the good days as they come.

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  13. I love the yellows of spring. Daffodils and forsythia have to be my favorites. Then mix in the pink of redbud. Perfect end to winter. Your arrangements are lovely! It may be rainy and cooler, but the beautiful flowers don't lie. It is spring!!

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    1. I'm going with that. It's spring if I say it's spring!

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  14. LOVE! At my former house I had a forsythia bush rooted from cuttings from my mother's yard. I had to move away and leave it and I miss it so. Time to get some more cuttings and start a new one I suppose. I also MUST get a tall clear vase to display them in and I especially love your "non-arrangement". It's so dramatic!

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    1. Thanks, Laura. That tall vase sure does come in handy for doing a big, showy display!

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