Violets

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

― St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower”

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery,  Anne of Windy Poplars

"When you talk to me, I smell violets.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

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Modest Grace

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace…Their faint, delicate scent is refinement itself; and is there anything in the world more charming than the sprightly way they hold up their little faces to the sun. I have heard them called bold and flaunting, but to me they seem modest grace itself, only always on the alert to enjoy life as much as they can…” ― Elizabeth von Arnim

Something happens to my heart when I am here — especially when the tulips are blooming!

Something happens to my heart when I am here — especially when the tulips are blooming!

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Muguet de mai

« Un joli brin de muguet pour le bonheur toute l'année! » - Proverbe français

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Color of the Month

“Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower, BUT they will remember the one that managed to change its color to purple.” - Suzy Kassem

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

You may have noticed that each month this year, I have featured hues of a particular color — blue in January, red in February, green in March, yellow in April, and now purple in May. It seems the logical choice as violets are popping up in the back yard, lilacs will soon be blooming, and sunsets become more and more vibrant. I spied these purple hepatica on a hike with Piper in Lapham Peak on Sunday.

Spring Bucket List

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

I took this photo last April. Isn’t it amazing how different our weather and growing seasons can be from year to year?

I took this photo last April. Isn’t it amazing how different our weather and growing seasons can be from year to year?

This year, it kind of feels like spring will never arrive since we went from snow on April 14th immediately into summer on Easter Sunday then back to winter with another snow storm last weekend.

Yet, May is only two days away and everyday, when I go home, I notice something new. Spring is such a lovely time and, however short it seems, I plan to make the most of it. Just as I did last fall and during the holidays, I love the idea of intentionally planning in order to fully experience the unique beauty of the season. So to that end, here is my short-but-sweet Spring 2019 Bucket List:

  • Open all the windows and enjoy the fresh air (✓)

  • Smell the lilacs

  • Enjoy Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum (✓April 12)

  • Sip rosé on the deck

  • Visit my favorite garden centers

  • Plant new flowers in my pots at home

  • Find new outdoor furniture for the front patio

  • Restore Eric’s Grandpa’s glider and swing on it with my morning coffee

  • Dine al fresco (at home and downtown)

  • Enjoy the first bonfire of the season listening to music, sipping wine, and roasting marshmallows

  • Hike in the park with Piper. (✓)

  • Road trip to Door County for the cherry blossoms

  • Hunt for trillium, forget-me-nots, and lady slippers in Potawatomi or Peninsula State Park

  • Organize my closets and drawers.

  • Go to Delafield’s spring Art Walk on May 31st.

Encore...

“The snow was too light to stay, the ground too warm to keep it. And the strange spring snow fell only in that golden moment of dawn, the turning of the page…” - Shannon Hale, Palace of Stone

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Yep, it snowed. Again.

Yep, it snowed. Again.

April Snow Showers

T.S. Eliot said, “April is the cruelest month.” But it sure is pretty!

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Inherent Excellence

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around a lake, a composing as the body tires, a stop to see hepatica, a stop to watch, a definition growing certain and a wait within that certainty … Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence.” - Wallace Stevens

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

It really feels like spring when the first hepatica appears in our woods.

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Coincidence

“When spring came, even false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” - Ernest Hemingway

It can’t be a coincidence that today is the first day of spring, National Happiness Day (Why is there just one day?), and La Journée internationale du macaron!

It can’t be a coincidence that today is the first day of spring, National Happiness Day (Why is there just one day?), and La Journée internationale du macaron!

Champagne macarons from Le Rêve

Champagne macarons from Le Rêve

French Friday: Les Parapluies - Village Royal

« L'esprit humain est comme un parapluie : il marche mieux lorsqu'il est ouvert. » - Darry Cowl

Imagined by the artist Patricia Cunha, the exhibition Umbrella Sky is installed in Le Royal Village from February through April 2019. “Color life!” is the leitmotiv. About 800 colorful umbrellas, suspended in the air all along the passage, bring joy and vitality. Inspired by Mary Poppins, this poetic installation will not leave you indifferent. #levillageroyal #umbrellasky (Source: http://v2.villageroyal.com/2019/02/21/umbrella-sky-by-le-village-royal/)

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Le Village Royal, in collaboration with Galeries Bartoux,is pleased to present the monumental artworks of the Belgian artist Dirk De Keyzer. Discover a carousel of dreams and poetry from February 5th to April 28th, 2019. Like articulated puppets, Chevaliette, Zalangou, and Zalando seem to come to life at any time. With a recognizable style, both fantastic and universal, Dirk De Keyzer mixes cultures from all over the world with human feelings such as the quest for happiness, beauty and harmony.

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