Monday, May 9, 2011

Berries & Greenery

I love the colors that this time of year has to offer.

Shades of green in mint and sage. Sprigs of berries with their bright pops of blush and deep blue. Shiny blacks and cheery yellows.

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Some must-do field trips at this time of year include pretty nurseries, farmer's markets, roadside berry stands, and sprawling flower fields. Going hand-in-hand with these trips are some lovely activities - planting your own little herb garden (it's so lovely to be able to use your own fresh herbs in your Spring table concoctions), learning how to arrange flowers, baking with berries - Spring offers such a wealth of beauty, doesn't it?

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What are some of your must-sees and must-dos for Spring?

43 comments:

Audra said...

I have to drink my water with lemon or lime in it all spring and summer.. I don't know why. Just feels more like the season that way :)

Almalu's Place said...

oh wow!!look at that pavlova!!tdf!

Nicole Egerer said...

Spring time always makes me want to go to the local fruit stand, the one that was closed for the long cold winter. It's always ncie to see the fresh pickings!

We also have a mini - hike nearby that I love walk at the first sign of spring time!

Kind Regards,
Nicole

Kori Donahue said...

Love the berries!!! Summer is my favorite season for sure. Did you hear about my 1st novel release? You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YTMGA0 Have a wonderful Monday doll!

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Sarah said...

What beautiful images Dionne!

I can't wait for the farmers markets to begin sprouting up everywhere!

Caroline said...

So beautiful!!!

theeclecticlife said...

It is so impressive how you find the time to garden, cook, photograph, blog, design and live well while doing it. Gorgeous photos!

amy b.s. said...

this so makes me want to get my garden together!

Dancing Branflake said...

I definitely want to learn how to garden. That seems like such a wonderful and fulfilling thing to do.

CM said...

I'm going to have to agree with you! Farmer's markets and beautiful fields of flowers are must-sees. With spring being here, I know summer is only around the corner, which is what I'm looking forward too as well. Time to put all the cold season clothing away, and say hello to all the pretty skirts and dresses!

birdie to be said...

WOW these look so amazing! So refreshing and light looking!

www.birdietobe.blogspot.com

Natalie Nicole said...

This time of the year is picnic time for Indiana. My friends and I planned for a Saturday picnic but decided on this coming Saturday in hopes of better weather.
I'm certainly with CM about the pretty skirts and dresses! Because I'm only 20, I also throw in simple shorts and soft graphic tees (the poet line from Aerie) for those too casual summer days of doing summer reading outside.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i've been dying to get a little herb garden and maybe a tomato plant. i need to do it!!

Merylu said...

How I wish to have my own herb garden!
I always love your photos and illustrations :) and the last two pics make me hungry!
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog :)
A big hug,
Mary

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I have never tried the pavlona, must definitely! great herb garden would love a small one

Notes from Holly St. said...

i love late evening walks when the sun is still out at 7 p.m. and the weather is warmer..i also love the smell of jasmine wafting through the air.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Yesterday, we found a beautiful floral shop/market in downtown Chicago. So fun.

Your pavlova is amazing. Can you share the recipe?

Fondly,
Glenda

Tender Branson said...

I have to pick berries and eat beautiful things like what you have pictured at the bottom. Flowers aren't bad either.

Elle Sees said...

I clean out my closets every spring.

Shea said...

You're so right, spring is beautiful! It's so easy to get caught up in our busy lives and miss that beauty. But I'm definitely looking forward to going to the farmer's markets this year!

Sarah said...

I love the potted green picture. I'm so into that stuff lately. Your pictures are so lovely.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Oh yum! That pavlava looks Delicious!

Jo said...

Such beautiful photographs (and illustrations!) it definitely makes me want to visit the produce section of the supermarket! I'm definitely craving blueberries - yum!

x
www.lostinthehaze.com

Alexandra Joy said...

I'm so inspired after being in California and can't wait for Spring to bloom here. I've been plotting how to transform our little deck. Hanging lanterns, potted plants and an herb garden seem like a great start.

All Things Photography said...

A spring time must do for me lately has been seriously wanting to do a picnic, I love the idea of a shaded area underneath a large tree with a big blanket that you keep just for that purpose and some pillows and for the spread some ice tea, crackers, grapes and berries, && cheese mmm :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Spring really is such a magical season -- and so many delicious desserts to make! Berry picking is on my to-do list, as well as picnicking in the park (that's happening this weekend). And finishing school. I'm really excited about that.

Labour of Love said...

the smell of fresh air, the flowering trees, the gorgeous tulips, warm sunshine...the green lawns...the bird chirping...i absolutely love Spring too...i esp. love your photo of the string of green peas...simply beautiful!

S and O said...

Mmmm...I love that delicious little dessert treat there! Those berries look positively divine :)
xoxo
Olivia

Colores said...

I love those fres colors, too. WOw I am impressed about your Pavlova, mouthwatering!!! Terrific!!

Sell WoW Account said...

that last picture made me drool.*A*

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

thank you to visit my blog!1I want to see you NY's party... and i want this dessert!!!

AMKreations said...

Dionne, that dessert looks so amazing...I'm thinking it'd be nice to try a bite! =)

oh, hello friend. said...

I am just dying to go on a picnic for Spring! Unfortunately that will not probably happen until June which is sort of more summer but I'm excited anyway ;) That pavlova looks SO SO amazing. If i open a store this year, can I hire you to come and do all the baked goods? :) Have a lovely week sweet friend. xo.

Petite Voyageur said...

the berries on that cake look so good! i want i want!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

omg that pavlova dessert is my all times favorite, darling! xo

Anna of IHOD said...

May is one of my favorite months....the weather is beautiful, no bugs yet, and new life is everywhere!!

I am drooling over the dessert....wow!!

Debbie @ OtRD said...

That Pavlova looks amazing!

I love gardening in the spring time...

Diana Mieczan said...

I love spring time and I also planted a few herb pots...I cant wait to see them grow!!! So exciting. Btw: your pavlova looks amazing! Yum yum yumm:) Happy Tuesday, my dear
Kisses

Sheri said...

Beautiful pics! :)

Barbara said...

I well remember springs in Michigan. We spent so much time at nurseries this time of year. Picturing, planning, planting. I do miss it.
But I don't need to miss a pavlova! How utterly divine is that? I can almost taste the crunch and berries. :)

Rhônya Holman said...

WOW! This dessert looks so delicious and beautiful too.
My mouth is watering just looking at the photo. (-:

Lovely post Dionne!

Have a lovely weekend!

Katie and Reuben said...

These pictures are beautiful and that Pavlova looks AMAZING! Yum...

Katie x

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

that pavlova is insane!!! i want a bite right this minute!

i love sitting around on warm summer nights with cold beverages, some snacks and good company.

so great to find your blog!