Kentucky Plants And Wildlife – A Day In The Kentucky Woods

Kentucky Plants And Wildlife – A Day In The Kentucky Woods
April 23, 2017
 

   Kentucky Plants And Wildlife – Since the weather was gorgeous this year during spring break, we took the grandkids for a day of adventure in the Kentucky woods.  (You know this has to be better than having them sit in front of some video game.)

    Middle Creek Park in Boone County Kentucky is a really nice place to just enjoy a walk in the woods.  The kids discovered lots of surprises in the woods.  You’d be surprised at how observant they really are.

    We found yellow trillium and purple trillium.

 

    We found ‘Blue-Eyed Mary’s’!  I had never seen these before and guessed they were probably some type of viola.  Wrong!  These wildflowers, apparently, thrive in low moist areas in woodland; and that is exactly where we found these.  There was just a beautiful blue and green carpet of these covering the woodland floor.

 

    We found a ladybug resting on a dried brown leaf.

    Aidan found a box turtle and wanted to take him home.  He probably would have changed his mind after carrying him around for while, but I explained that the woods was a really good home for him.  I suggested that saving one of those little turtles from a pet store was perhaps a better idea.  He agreed.

   As Aidan and Will walked along the creek, Will commented that Aidan was walking a little too close to the edge and might slide down into the creek.  A few seconds later, he was in water up to his knees.

  Then, there was Will’s nonchalant comment, “See, I told you.”

    After pushing his wet pants up to his knees, he felt he was already wet, might as well enjoy it.

   Aidan found these fossils and told us how he had learned about what they are on a school field trip.

 

   We found a fiddlehead fern.  The new growth of most ferns is called a fiddlehead.  The name fiddlehead is simply because the new fronds look like the decorative scrolled end on a fiddle.

 

    We saw wild blue phlox growing on the woodland floor.  Wild blue phlox grow in woodlands, wetlands, and along the edges of fields by the woods.  The petals are usually a blue or blue-violet color.

    The Virginia Bluebells,(Mertensia virginica), were blooming. They are easily recognizable because the little individual flowers have five petals that are fused together onto a long tube and they bloom in clusters.

   We saw bleeding hearts and these tiny white flowers, which we’ve identified as’Cleavers (Balium Aparine)‘, also known as Goosegras.  I love the leaves on this plant.

 

    These are some of the cutest little flowers!  They are called Dutchman’s Breeches, (Dicentra cucullaria).  These flowers resemble old-fashioned pantaloons hanging upside down.

 

   Star Chickweed, (Stellaria pubera), grow 6 – 12 inches high.  What appears to be ten petals on these are actually five petals, which are deeply partially divided into two.  The stamens are tipped with dark anthers that almost look like colored polka dots against the white flowers.

 

    And, of course, we saw May apples.  When the May apples are up, so are the morel mushrooms but we didn’t see any of those in this woods, unfortunately.

    

   The kids could not resist crossing the creek on this moss covered fallen log.  

    Aidan’s observant eye caught sight of several snails.  He was mesmerized by the tiny little creatures.  It’s amazing what you can find in the woods, isn’t it?

 

   The kids enjoyed fresh air, a long walk through the woods, and learned a thing or two on the way.  Frankly, I learned about some unfamiliar wildflowers, too.  Kentucky Native Plants And Wildlife – A Day In The Kentucky Woods and it was a memorable time for all.

 

 

 

Another Day In The Spring Garden – Flowers

Another Day In The Spring Garden – Flowers

April 30, 2016

    Another day in the spring garden and the purple bearded irises are beginning to bloom.  Three years ago, Dave brought a clump of these irises home from a ditch along the railroad track.  The clump was divided and planted in three different spots in the landscape.  Looking for the name of this particular iris, I came across a website for iris lovers, and they actually trade and sell rhizomes. ►www.historiciris.org

   This site catalogs irises. There are so many, it is overwhelming, but I never had a clue there were so many old varieties.   I think this particular variety is ‘Alcazar’, but I am not sure.  I have posted the question on my Facebook page if you know for sure what this variety is, share on my Facebook page

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      We had some of this same purple variety at home, where I grew up in southwestern Indiana, but I never knew the name of it then either.   The previous homeowner had planted them.

   There are three other varieties of iris in the garden.  One is a lovely periwinkle blue and another is a deep, almost black, purple.  Two of the periwinkle blue irises bloomed this morning!

 

   The giant dark purple irises have buds now.  Soon there will be huge blossom on those!

 

   The other is a dwarf peach colored iris, but I am not seeing buds on it and it is usually the first to bloom.  Thinking it is going to have to be moved because of crowding from other perennials, I have a spot in mind.

 

  It was a beautiful day yesterday, a perfect day for weeding the gardens. With watching grandkids, and neglecting the gardens, I felt like the weeds were getting away from me. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be clouded with rain and thunderstorms.  Knowing this, I worked as hard and quickly as possible yesterday. At the end of the day, I was pretty happy with the progress made.

   The columbines are really blooming profusely this year.  There is only one variety of columbine in the garden, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Winky Red’.  

 

   When I was out this last week, I picked up a dahlia bulb, “Tahiti Sunrise.”  This dahlia is supposed to grow to about two feet tall and bloom profusely.  I can’t wait to see the flowers, which are supposed to be six inches wide!  The blooms are bi-colored in red and yellow.

 

   Some of the dahlias from last year are already popping up in the gardens.  I love the gorgeous blooms from these flowers.  

 

   Another day in the spring garden, I love the gorgeous spring flowers!

 

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Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide

Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide

April 12, 2016

    Caroline Gilbert recently helped create a beautiful guide about spring flowers for FTD.  It matches 42 spring flowers to the 10 spring Pantone colors, so you can find the flowers that are right for your own home and garden.

   If you are not familiar with Pantone, it is a system for locating, matching, and referring to specific colors.  It is ‘the global authority’ on color.  It was originally designed for graphic arts but is now used by designers of floral, fashion, and home industries.

 Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   I hope you enjoy her introduction, which follows, and all of her beautiful pictures.  They leave me wanting all of them!  What a helpful guide this will be in choosing flowers for your very own garden!  Be sure you read about the flowers and see the rest of the pictures from the guide here. ►spring-flowers

   Spring is such an exciting time! The weather gets warmer and colorful flowers are all around. One of the best things about spring is all of the different flowers that are in season. To help inspire you to plant or decorate with something new this spring, FTD created a spring flower and Pantone color guide. It takes the ten colors from Pantone’s spring 2016 color palette and matches them to popular spring flowers.

 Spring Flowers  Pantone Color Guide

   This color palette is a great mix of soft and vivid colors. If you’re a fan of light pink Rose Quartz, grow peonies, cherry blossoms, or dogwoods. If you prefer vibrant colors like the bright yellow Buttercup, try daffodils, freesias, of pansies. For more inspiration, check out the mood boards below.

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Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    As you know, most of the floral posts on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comare of flowers from my own garden, but these mood boards were so breathtaking, I wanted to share them with you.  These will make you anxious to look at your garden, and visit the garden center, with a new perspective!  Enjoy this Spring Flowers and Pantone Color Guide!

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Hallelujah! It’s Spring – Spring Flowers

April 3, 2016

    Hallelujah!  It’s Spring!   The cherry tree was in full bloom this week.  Today, the wind is blowing so hard that most of the petals have been blown away.  Sometimes, the white petals almost look like snow flying through the air.

 

    The hyacinth’s are still in bloom and the daffodils are, too, but near the end of their blooming season.  Last year, the miniature daffodils were just beginning to bloom on March 30th.  This year, they have already bloomed and gone.  

 

   The forsythia is really gorgeous this year with cascades of bright yellow flowers on the branches.  (It’s actually our neighbor’s forsythia, but it faces our garage door and we get to enjoy it.)

   Remember we planted butterfly weed early last fall?  Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on this plant, a North American milkweed.  I have been checking daily since everything has been coming up and had almost lost hope, but there it is!  It is planted just a few feet from the butterfly bush.  The lavender butterfly bush alongside the butterfly weed, which has flowers that are flat-topped clusters of bright golden yellow petals, should be a striking combination.  

 

   I am pretty excited about this new plant and the thought of more Monarch butterflies.  This Monarch butterfly was on the butterfly bush a couple of years ago.

    The bad thing about the butterfly weed is that the caterpillar eats the leaves.  The plant will be chewed up some, but that seems a small price to pay.  Hopefully, the grandkids will be able to see the life cycle from the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, to the butterfly.  They will be in awe.

 

   The tiny violets are blooming right now, too.  This is really early for some of these plants to be coming up in Northern Kentucky.  I want to cut a bunch of these and make candied violets before they are gone.  

A recipe for candied violets can be found here. ►Candied violets.

   This ‘Pink Champagne’ Clematis has been growing here since May of 2014.  It is only the first week in April and there is a multitude of buds on this plant! 

 

   Never having had any clematis before, I had no idea how to grow these or what to expect.  The stems at the top of this plant looked dead and I had considered trimming it off, but refrained.  Thank heaven I did!  Look at all the growth in the past two weeks!  There are a lot of stems coming up from the bottom, too.

 

    This is a picture of a blossom from last year.  The blooms are a bright fuschia color and the blossoms can be six to eight inches across.  Last year they were about six inches.  They seemed small in comparison to a lot of the clematis I have seen before.  This early start has me anticipating a big pop of color soon.

 

   This has to be my favorite season of the year.  Watching all of the beautiful flowers and anticipating waves of colorful blooms for the nest few months is exciting.  Hallelujah!  It’s Spring!

 

Easily Make A Beautiful New Wreath To Greet Spring!

Easily Make A Beautiful New Wreath To Greet Spring!

March 2, 2016

DIY Spring Wreath

     This DIY Spring  Wreath was inspired by the changing weather.   You can ‘Easily Make A Beautiful New Wreath To Greet Spring!’   As spring approaches, watching the flowers pop up through the mulch excites me.  (You know I love flowers!)  Here in Kentucky, the hyacinth and the Easter lilies are growing.  Some of the Easter lilies are as much as 8-inches tall already!   We needed a new wreath to greet spring this year!

   I had bought this grapevine wreath awhile back with a completely different idea in mind, but if you craft, you know how that goes.  This DIY wreath is pretty simple and relatively inexpensive.  At Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store, I saw the dogwood branches.  I thought they would look pretty with a big pink bow since there was a touch of pink on the edges of the petals.

 

   I love the purple flowers, although, I am not sure what they actually are.  They are similar to salvia, but the flower head is shaped differently.  If anybody knows, please comment at the bottom of the page.

 

    Only 1 of the sprays of dogwood was purchased.  There were several stems on it and they were cut from the spray.  All of these spring florals were forty percent off of the original price.  The dogwood ended up being six dollars.

 

   I bought two of the purple flowers, which ended up being $1.79 each.

The white berry bush was $7.99.  So all of the flowers for this were a grand total of fifteen dollars.

   In the picture, you can see how the flower base was created.  Don’t you love the asymmetrical look on so many wreaths now?  I think it is so pretty and so many wreaths are just over done like the people did not know when to stop!  I know you have seen them!  Isn’t there just something to be said for ‘understated elegance’?

 

   You can also see in the picture above that I left the stems on the purple flowers, (At some point, I might want to disassemble and use these again.), and curved the stems to the shape of the wreath.  These were left intact.   No flowers were cut from the original stems. As the wreath progressed, I realized those stems sticking out on the left side was too much and they were gently bent back more toward the wreath.

 

   After wiring the stems onto the wreath, the berry bush was cut apart at the base of each stem.  They were placed around the purple flowers to reinforce the gentle curve.  The area on the upper left was purposely left a little bare for the bow and all the flower stems were placed curving to the left or the right.

   The dogwood stems were then wired to the wreath on top of the purple flowered stems and around the white berry stems.

 

   The most important thing to do when using silk flowers is to bend and move the stem, the leaves, and the flower heads, to create a more natural looking flower.   Straight and stiff right out of the box at the store, they don’t look natural.  It’s always satisfying when someone comes to the house and thinks that a faux arrangement is made up of real flowers.  The simple trick is manipulating the stem to mimic a real flower.  

 

   The pink bow is made from two and a half-inch wired ribbon.  The ribbon I use is from Sam’s Club.  They have spools of ribbon at Christmas and Easter.  There are 50 yards on a roll.  The last time I bought some, it was $6.99 a roll.  That is crazy cheap!

To pin this now, click here►DIY Spring Wreath.

 

   For under twenty bucks, this DIY Spring Wreath might be another one of my favorites.   Hopefully, this inspires you to Easily Make A Beautiful New Wreath To Greet Spring!

 

Planting Annuals and DIY Burlap Liners

May 13, 2015

  This week I will continue planting annuals and making DIY burlap liners.  “Happy Magic Vanilla Raspberry Star” is the name of this little petunia.  Isn’t it just beautiful?  When Dave and I went to Indianapolis, we saw these planted in long planters on the patio of an Irish pub.  I had never seen these before, so I took pictures.  Fortunately, I found them today at a local garden center in Burlington, Kentucky. The young woman who was potting flowers at the nursery said they are a new variety.

   These raspberry colored petunias were planted in the two planters on the wall by the patio, as you can see below.   Along with them, I chose a pale yellow Calibrachoa called ‘Noa Banana’. With a name like that, how can I go wrong?  They pick up the pale yellow color in the ‘Happy Magic Vanilla Raspberry Star’ petunias.  What a long name for a little flower! 

    When we first bought the planters I lined them with the coconut fiber liners. Then I saw a post on Pinterest about lining planters with burlap.  I really like the look of the burlap and I have been doing that for a couple of years.  Last year the one above the fish pond slipped down in the back.  I couldn’t seem to pull it back up and I couldn’t put as much soil in the pot.

    Contemplating this year’s planters and how the burlap had slipped down, I knew I had to attach the top of the burlap to the planter in some way.  Dave was using some of those cable ties for taming some cables and it gave me an idea.

    We went to Walmart and while I was having the burlap cut, Dave found some 4″ cable ties for me.  They were perfect!  Thin enough to thread through the burlap and long enough to attach to the top of the planter.

    I cut the two yards of burlap in half and allowed one yard of burlap for each planter.  Wanting the front to look the best, I found the middle of the burlap and attached the first cable tie.  Then I worked my way across the front.  Then I found the middle of the back, attached the cable tie there and worked my way across the back.  Using the palm of my hand to push the burlap down into the base and corners, I pulled the burlap up on the ends, folded the raw edges inward and gathered to fit nicely across the ends.  Click here ► for directions and pictures.

    These beautiful Shock Wave Coral Crush petunias fill the pots on the patio and the front door step.  I love this color.  The large pots on the step at the front door also have sweet potato vines and some coleus, which mimic the coral color of the petunias in their leaves.  The plants look really healthy and soon will be cascading over the edges of the pots.  

   One of the things I have found, which works really well, is Miracle-Gro Quick Start.  It is a planting and transplant starting solution.  When I have used this, the plants don’t wilt and you can see they do really well right away.  I highly recommend it.

   It was such a beautiful day yesterday, Lady wanted to come out and watch me plant flowers. Even though there was a little wind, and her hair looked somewhat unruly, she looked pretty in that bright green grass.   Sprawled out in the cool grass, she seemed to enjoy watching me plant annuals and making the DIY burlap liners.

Thrilled to the Very Edges of Your Soul

April 24, 2015

 If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. – Terri Guillemets

    The dogwood is blooming in the backyard!  My daughter, Danielle, gave this flowering dogwood tree to me one year for Mother’s Day.  We planted the tree in the backyard at the edge of the woods.  It would probably grow better if it were transplanted closer to the house, but in my little mind, this is where it should be. When they are blooming in the spring, dogwoods remind me of little bits of lace along the woods.  So isn’t it appropriate that this little tree is planted on the edge of the woods?

    This beautiful crabapple in the backyard is loaded with blooms again this year.  I love the color of these!  Notice the bronze color of the leaves!  Right now, the tree is just a beautiful specimen!

   The dwarf peach iris is blooming again!  I just love this little plant.  Isn’t it amazing that such a beautiful bloom comes from such a homely rhizome?   This particular little iris does not seem to multiply as quickly as the other irises in the garden, but it is multiplying ever so slowly.  It is planted on the southwestern side of the house.  You might think that is why it blooms earlier, but some of the other lavender and purple irises are planted close by and all around these dwarf irises.

  The lavender and deep purple irises are budding, but this peach iris is always the first to show it’s lovely blooms.  

    This tiny little Alpine violet, (Viola Labradorica), is one I actually bought and planted, unlike the violets which came up on their own, under the old pink roses.  I found these plants in a section of flowers being sold as ‘steppables’.   I planted these little plants around the stepping stones in one of the flower beds in the backyard.  

      The leaves on these are so delicate, pretty, green, and purple.  I love the dark veining on the little leaves. They look pretty even when the plant is not in bloom!   The tiny, bright lavender blooms appear in early spring and the plants continue to bloom profusely for several weeks in the spring and early summer. Then, with one more burst of violet color, they bloom again in the fall.

    The white bleeding heart continues to bloom.   The first week in April, this little plant began blooming.  I love the delicate little white blossoms and the tiny little pink at the very bottom of the heart.  This plant is so much smaller than the pink bleeding heart we had at our first home. We apparently had the perfect spot with morning sun and afternoon shade for it there, because the plant was huge!  This year I think we need to plant another pink one, but they now have red ones!  So many flowers and where can I possibly plant them all?

    Spring is my very favorite time of year.  Each and every little blossom on all of the flowers are a sheer delight.  I hope you are thrilled to the edges of your very soul by these and your own flowers in spring bloom!

The Morel Mushroom Hunt

April 20, 2015

    When I was a child, my mother and father would take our family to hunt morel mushrooms in the woods of southwestern Indiana.  I can’t remember a spring that we didn’t have these tasty morsels.  The morel mushrooms usually come up in mid-April and for a few precious weeks, are found in the woods.  My grandmother took us to the woods in the river bottoms and I believe we found more there than any other place I’ve been.  She knew where to find them and always found an abundance.

   My grandmother passed away many years ago so we don’t go back there to mushroom hunt anymore.  We have lived in Kentucky for thirty-seven years, but we still go across the river to a park in Indiana to look for the morel mushrooms.  They are supposed to be found here in Kentucky, but it seems the people around here don’t have the knowledge or desire to find them.  We know where to go in Indiana, about forty-five minutes away,  and so that is where we head.

    The morels have a sponge-like look to them, which you can see in my pictures.  When we pick them, we collect and carry them in net bags, so the spores can drop as we walk through the woods. Hopefully, we are spreading the opportunity for more mushrooms to sprout up throughout the woods.

   We consider the morels a treat to be cherished each spring and are always excited when April rolls around.  Although I have heard that chefs use the morels in sauces, we still eat them fried. They are really a rich mushroom and we usually eat them on bread as a sandwich.

    When we get the mushrooms home, we put them in cold water and store in the refrigerator overnight or for a day or two.  Before we fry them, we cut them in half and cut off the end of the stem if there is dirt on it.  Then they are soaked in cold salt water to remove any bugs or remaining dirt.

    We found that by storing them in salt water in the fridge, it seemed to cause the mushrooms to be mushier, so we store them in water only.  Shortly before we are ready to prepare them, we drain the water and pour it in the backyard by the woods in hopes that some of the mushroom spores will take root here!

   As you can see in the picture, the mushrooms can be white, yellow, gray, brown or black.  Although they are different colors, they all have the same sponge-like look to them.  The long-stemmed mushrooms have a smaller cap.

    Then the mushrooms are covered with cold water again.  This time salt is added to remove any bugs or remaining dirt.  They are allowed to soak in the salt water for awhile, rinsed and then laid on paper towels to drain off some of the water.

    Dredge the mushroom halves in flour and season with salt and pepper.  Fry in vegetable oil and a little butter until golden brown.  Place on paper towels to absorb the extra oil.  They are delicious alone, but so rich!  We have always enjoyed them on bread.  There are never any leftovers.

    We have often talked about drying them with the food dehydrator Dave uses to make jerky, but it seems there have never been any left for that!  Maybe this will be the year.  The morel mushroom hunt will go on for a few more weeks!

Abuzz With Honeybees

April 14, 2015

 “A work of arte; and yet no arte of man, Can worke, this worke, these little creatures can.”  

Geffrey Whitney 1586

    The weeping cherry tree in the front yard is abuzz with honey bees.   I don’t ever remember having seen so many on this tree before!  Dave, my husband, agreed that he had never noticed that many honey bees on there before either.    Although in full blossom the tree is beautiful, I know it is a fleeting thing.  The flowers are always gone so quickly, especially with some rain and a little wind.

    My comment to Dave was that I had noticed a bunch of bee hives just the other day when I was on my way to Showplace Garden Center. They were behind a house about a mile down the back road.  He didn’t seem to think they would travel that far. So, of course, I googled it.

    Yes, they will readily fly two miles but will even fly six miles for a nectar source.  My little cherry tree is easily in their scope.  Although the multitude of cherry blooms will be falling off very soon, do not worry.   We still have other tempting flowers just around the corner and the crabtree in the back looks to be loaded with buds again this year.  Within a week it will probably be blooming and that tree is much bigger than the small cherry tree in the front.

    We are going to have to investigate and find out if this neighbor sells his honey locally.  Wouldn’t that be a treat?

    Yesterday was the most beautiful day!  I don’t know how you feel, but clearly, in my mind, spring has to be the best season of all.  Working on the flower beds the entire day, I was able to fully enjoy it.  Uncovering plants that are beginning to pop up through the soil are such a delight, one surprise after another.

    It was so exciting to find that the tiny little violets are blooming right now.  The violets in the garden have multiplied by leaps and bounds. The spot under the old fashioned rose must be the perfect place for the violets to grow. These little beauties came up free will.  Don’t know how they got there, but I am leaving them because they are beautiful!  There are a few honey bees on the violets, which are so tiny, but the cherry tree in the front yard must still be the big draw for most of the bees. 

    Capturing these beautiful flowers, bees, dragonflies and butterflies with my camera is so much fun for me and I sincerely hope you enjoy the pictures, too.  There are pictures of some of my flowers, bees, and butterflies in older posts but if you would like to see a collection of the photos from my garden in Kentucky, click here ►Flower Photography.

    I am looking forward to the rest of this spring and summer when all the beautiful flowers in the gardens are blooming and the whole yard will be abuzz with honey bees.

 

Spring Sideboard Display

April 10, 2015

   The spring sideboard display features beautiful daffodils.  The daffodils are still blooming in my gardens.  They have been for a couple of weeks.  Have I told you how much I love growing flowers?  In my gardens, daffodils are the harbinger of spring.  The miniature daffodils are the first to bloom in the garden.  I love their cheery yellow color.

    They inspired my little tray display.  They are held by a little pitcher, which I purchased in an antique store in either Beaufort or Morehead City, North Carolina.  I can’t remember which, but I hope it is still there.  We are going back there for vacation this summer.

    I love this little basket tray!  It usually sits in my living room, displaying a teapot, some books, and a bowl of seashells, which we collected on one of our trips to the beach.   I felt the arrangement needed some more texture, so I borrowed it.

    This is the sideboard in my kitchen eating area.  If you look at the rest of my house, it may be surprising that this piece was chosen.  Most of my furniture is not Craftsman style at all.  It would probably not be what a decorator would choose, but I loved it and so there it is.

    Underneath the tray and lamps is a table runner, which I made back in the 80’s.    The design on it is candle wicking, which is a form of embroidery done with unbleached cotton thread on unbleached cotton muslin.   This was composed almost completely of French knots.  I love it.  It is one of my favorite table runners.

    Above the sideboard is one of my paintings, oil on canvas.  Of course, it features one of my favorite things, flowers!  Even in the dead of winter, ( I am not a winter loving person.)  I still have tulips to remind me of spring.  

      The little chocolate bunny is one of two.  How many times have you wished you had two matching knick-knacks?  I admit I am one of those people who loves symmetry.  I have started buying two of so many things because, in the past, I have often wished I had a mate for one thing or another.  Have you done that, too? 

   Side note.   Two of my children, who are adults now, were eying the bunny as if they were about to eat it!   Seeing that look in their eyes,  I warned each that it was ceramic.  They each laughed and conceded that they were questioning whether it was really chocolate or not.   It looks pretty convincing! 

   The bunny on the left was one I found years ago at Homegoods.  It has a little pot where I tuck little flowers, grass, and eggs or candy when it is displayed each spring.   The bunny is understated and classic.

    Underneath is a basket, which I bought for a lovely picnic idea when I was a junior in high school.  It was one of those ideas, which did not play out as planned.  That was a long time ago!  I still love the basket today and it seems to complete my ‘Spring Sideboard Display’.