Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas from Meadowview

There is sure not much going on in my garden right now. The weather here in the Dallas area is a roller coaster. It was in the 20's two weeks ago, it was in the upper 60's today, and it will be back in the 20's on Christmas. Even the pansies are confused. So, since I am not out in the garden very much right now, I thought I would share Christmas from my house with you...

The old school desk in the entry hall welcomes you in the door...
Two Santa's say hello from the dining room. They like to look at...
The Dickens Village on the hutch...
I started this collection about 6 years ago... no room for any more cottages!
Not sure why--maybe it's because I live where there is no snow..but I love, love snowmen! They are all over my house at Christmas..
on the mantle...
in the kitchen...

Love the snowman towel!

The snowmen even have their own tree!

Snowmen are in the family room on the sofa..
And on the sofa table...
You can even find a snowman ornament in a basket on the coffee table!
I love my new tree. It's tall, but "narrow" and fits our room so much better! I have ornaments on this tree that are new; that are from other countries; that were made by my children; and that are from our vacations. I even have a few ornaments that are from my childhood.
But, of course, this is the most precious decoration of all. Our "reason for the season."
From my home to yours:
I wish you peace, hope, joy and love.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The turkey and pumpkin pie are all gone. Fall is put away. The Christmas Tree is up! And gifts are....well, no gifts yet, but that will come. And I am happy to announce..
the bulbs are in the ground!
I ordered all my bulbs except for some hyacinths online this year. I am really hopeful I will have some beautiful flowers in spring.

From Brecks, I ordered 3 different types of daffodils: Spectrum, Quail and Replete. The Spectrum and Quail are yellow and are suppose to be very fragrant. The Replete was Brecks 1995 Daffodil of the year. The 4" blooms begin to open as ivory-white petals. As they unfold, they are yellow-orange hues that quickly change to a rose-pink! Doesn't that sound fascinating! Actually, I planted only one of these at my house. I planted the others at my Mothers. I thought she might really enjoy watching them change. And, Tina--I did what you suggested and planted 3 types of hybrid tulips: Darwin, Triumph, and Daydream. The tulips are mixed colors.
Then I planted 4 types of daffodils from Old House Gardens. I mentioned this catalog in a post last spring. They sell "unique, endangered and amazing bulbs." These bulbs, as you might guess, are kind of expensive since they are heirloom, so I only planted 3 of each kind: Sweetness, 1939; Campernelle, 1604; Trevithain, 1927; and Jonquil, Early Louisiana, 1612. This Early Louisiana is one I already have, but it came in the sampler package that I ordered. All of these daffs are suppose to be very fragrant. I can tell you the Early Louisiana is the most fragrant bulb I have ever seen!
The one thing I worry about is all the rain we have had. I just hope the bulbs do not rot. I don't ever remember having a problem like that, but I planted all these in the back, and our back has just been saturated. It rained again this week and I hear there is more to come. According to the Farmer's Almanac, this will be a cold wet winter for Texas. All I can do is hope that some wonderful sunny day in February or March I will walk outside and see the green tops of daffodils and tulips shooting up all over the garden.

"It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree!"
Clare Leighton