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April 20, 2013

Looking for Inspiration

 We've had a rather extended season of winter 
like weather lately. Snow, rain, snow, snow, rain...snow
 The other day it warmed up so fast it looked like
steam was coming off the snow!
See that shrub with the burlap torn down...a red squirrel took to ripping on it there
 for a while.  He looked like a kid throwing a bad fit.  
I have no idea why he was doing it.  I never saw him take anything away.
Well- it sure isn't pretty, but I'm glad to see the ground again! The birds have left quite a mess of hulls from the bird seed beneath my topiary lilac tree.
Lots of clean up to do to get things looking good again. 
We have to bundle up our shrubs for the winter. They survive much better
 this way since we get so much snow and bitter temps.

Signs of life emerging! Yay!

 I've been suffering with 
"lack of inspiration" 
about the upcoming season, but these pictures 
from the garden center that I shop at when visiting 
my mother got my motor running!  

I'm going to blast you with a bunch
of pictures!

Adding decorative twigs in the center to add some 
height and interest 

Using baskets instead of pottery

I noticed the use of enamelware containers
I love violas

Using crates 

A way to decorate around the base of a fountain

These caught my eye and inspired an idea! 

 I'm inspired by the  picture (before) and I have these two metal plant stands-
I'm thinking of lining them with cocoa fiber (and perhaps green moss on the outside) and planting them with flowers.... I've tried small pots, for the last three years but I'm not happy with the results.

I'm glad I found some inspiration 
and I hope you are too!


  1. I'm glad you shared your inspiration - some lovely ideas there! I've always wanted to try to line planters with moss myself - we have such an abundance of it in the Pacific Northwest.

  2. We have the same as you with the cold. Had lots of snow but nothing like you of wish I am pleased. I keep walking out each day and see what is new coming up through the ground. You've picked some great inspiration photos though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. It's lovely weather here. We are getting the garden ready. Your inspirations photos are beautiful. Love how they tiered up flowers and put them in different containers. Looking forward to seeing your own inspiration.

  4. Well Liz it looks as though you have a thaw at last! We have just had our first real blue sky, no wind, no rain and warm day! It is now a race with all the plants trying to get the most out of the sunshine! Not long now before you can uncover all your plants. Take care. Chel x

  5. Hi Liz
    I too have been suffering with the lack of spring in my step and garden..... Also having one lovely day then one day of snow and cold..will spring every come?... I appreciate all the wonderful photos of the garden center...inspiration for sure ...gave me lots of ideas..thanks for brightening my day...

  6. Well, if that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is!!! Great pictures. Hope you find more babies emerging over the next week!

  7. Loved your post! It is filled with inspiration! I can't wait for the garden centers to open here. We have so much snow on the ground yet! A little bit of my flower beds are bare and showing some green where the sun has hit it, hope fully we won't get any more snow!

  8. We are a bit further on than you as a little warmer weather has just arrived but that garden centre looked to have some tempting buys.

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  12. Fabulous inspiration given the snow in spring...hoping your garden bounces into high bloom gear soon...thanks for the inspiration.

  13. It's a good thing we know there's an end to winter!! I get a blue feeling in January and February too. Sure hope your weather warms up and you get out there in the dirt soon!! Love the pictures and I can't wait to see your revamped plant stands!!!

  14. Thanks for all the great ideas. Makes me want to get out and plant some more containers.

  15. I love those two plant stands. I've been searching for them for a long time. Can you tell me where you found them, Please?


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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