Sunday, May 18

Green Thumb Sunday and My New Look

It's Green Thumb Sunday, hosted by Tricia at As the Garden Grows. If you'd like to participate, just click on the link to find out how.

This week I have blooms in my garden for Green Thumb Sunday. A few more of my tulips have bloomed.

I love this peach one. It looks so pretty with its pastel shade. It is in the front of the house along with some purple tulips, but they are still in bud. This one gets a bit more sun and so it blooms earlier.
The red one has a beautiful black center with a touch of yellow to brighten it. It is another favorite of mine.
The English violets above are blooming near the shed in the back of the house. They have spread over the years. I was so afraid they would have been damaged by the contractor who destroyed many of my other flowers and I was delighted when they poked up through the ground.
So I took these and transplanted them into the side flower bed. Hopefully by having them in a variety of places I will be able to keep some of these. They were given to me by my MIL and they are very difficult to find in garden centers. They are one of my favorite flowers.

I've had a few surprises in my email lately. A couple of days ago I received an email from Hootin' Anni. She told me she had been dabbling and had come up with a new look for my blog, if I liked it. Like it? Anni, I love it. I was delighted and I think my readers will agree that it is beautiful. Anni, thank you so much. In honor of your kind and generous heart and our friendship, I would like to present you with the button below. I absolutely love the new look.

Last week, Denise at Shorty Bear's Place send me some graphics in an email. Thank you, Denise. They are all beautiful. How did you know that I love birds and birdhouses? This is a very pretty personalized graphic and I thank you for thinking of me.

Not much else going on around here. It is the Victoria Day weekend but we don't really do anything special. We stick around the house, relax and enjoy the peace and solitude.
Have a beautiful weekend, Everyone and be sure to take the time to enjoy the simple things in life. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. this is a great posting.My youngest sister seemed to have a green thumb she even mananged to grow flowers in between crack in a wall.

  2. Your violets are just beautiful - I'm glad they came up again too! I really love the new look - Anni did great. It looks really classy.

  3. Beautiful flowers Mary, and I love your new look. Well you sure are STYLING now my friend:) Have a Blessed Sunday:)

  4. Lovely flowers. Lovely new look. What a good friend Anni is!

  5. Violets grow wild here and are sometimes pretty invasive and hard to control. I have some but mine don't have any scent, or else it's very faint. Do yours have that wonderful violet fragrance?

    I love your new look! Bless Anni for blessing you this way. :o)

    Have a blessed Sunday, Mary.

    Love and hugs,


  6. I love the peach tulips, so beautiful. Anni is so sweet, I love the new look of your blog. Take care, love you.

  7. Mary...what a nice surprise!! The gift is darling. I haven't even put up my Sunday flower blog yet, but in a few minutes I will. And I'll add the gift too.

    You're a doll. Thanks so much for starting my day off with some beautiful, colorful tulips and violets....and....

    the sweet gift!!

    Have a great Sunday. I'm really glad you like the template set.

  8. I like your new template too Mary. I am impressed with those who own a green thumb.

  9. What beautiful flowers you have! I especially love those English violets, they are so old fashioned looking and so pretty!

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

    :0) Sharon

  10. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so very much for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I LOVE your garden flowers, they are all so pretty! I have been collecting vintage chinaware with Violets for a while, I just love them!

    Your sweet friend Anni did a beautiful job with your blog, it looks lovely!

    Take care Mary & have a Blessed Sunday~
    Carol Anne

  11. Hi Mary,
    Your garden blooms are lovely. You must truly enjoy your time outdoors!
    Your new look is very welcoming!
    Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!

  12. Lovely tulips. I really like the peach colored one. Happy GTS,

  13. Mary..I love the new look!
    The colors are great and everything shows up so well.
    Might just have to change my colors.
    Love the flowers...they are beautiful and I CAN'T WAIT to have my own yard!
    Hope you are having a peaceful weekend and enjoying the holiday.

  14. I think your new look just fits!!

    Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!!

  15. I love you new look and your flowers are beautiful!!
    Enjoy your Sunday!

  16. Mary
    When your blog popped up at first I thought Ken had sent me to the wrong place but alas it was truly you and your new look is so warm and inviting. Your friend did a grand job. Your tulips are beautiful and the violets are so dainty. I must check and see if Ken has a better look for me. Peace

  17. Beautiful violets! Your blog looks lovely. Have a great Victoria day long weekend. Happy GTS!

  18. I love the English violets and would love to get a start in my yard.. I have a huge grove of trees that I have to mow and my DH has to weed eat........ I think that those english violets would take over real well and they would look so pretty......... I am glad that you did not lose yours...... Hope you have had a good weekend.............

  19. I just start to do Green Thumb Sunday and my tulips are coming right a long.

  20. Pop on over to Confessions of an Apron Queen to check up on the $50 vintage apron giveaway. There's a consolation prize. Woo Hoo!

  21. Mary,

    I love your flowers! They are beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us. :-)


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