While they're not really my favourite flowers, they sure do scream "spring's here!". So I was eager to get a great bouquet, but boy, those flowers are expensive! I went to the local flower shop and she told me that they don't even have them in stock because they're just too expensive and they only get them when you order them first.
I did eventually find some and the bouquet turned out quite nice! Nothing like some colorful flowers to brighten up your house!
What we see most in our garden, are flies. So.. not very idyllic. Which is why this idea sounded great. When we were on our last trip to Intratuin to pick out our flowers to plant in the garden, we found a mix of flowers to grow that would appeal to butterflies.
All we had to do, was mix the 2 bags in a bowl, spread them out over some potting soil and make sure to give them plenty of water. Easy enough!
The first two weeks nothing really happened and we were wondering if we might've done something wrong, but then one day we looked outside and it had really started growing.
From then on, it kept growing and growing, but it stayed green and to be fair, it looked like we had planted just a bunch of weeds you find on the side of the road. And we hadn't seen any butterflies either. But then, just as quickly as it had started growing, there were flowers in all colors growing and we got visited by 5 butterflies in one day. Honestly, it still does look like weeds for the most part, but the tiny flowers and butterflies make it worth it!
So all in all, mission accomplished!
Last year we gave our garden a much needed spruce up. We got rid of all the grass that was there (which was mostly weeds anyway) and threw away our outdoor furniture. We put down new grass, bought new furniture, planted some trees, bought a fun outdoor playhouse for our daughter.
Because it looks better now, it's even more fun to pimp it up from time to time.
So a few weeks ago we went out to a huge garden departement store in The Netherlands, that we really like, called "Intratuin". They only have a Dutch website, so I don't know how much you'll be able to make of it, but it's basically like Ikea but with nothing but stuff to use outdoors.
We picked out some great plants and had fun getting them all garden-ready.
.When you think about spring, you just picture blue skies, baby animals, green grass and sweater weather. However, where I live, we get lots and lots of rain during the first months of spring. So one way to help you realize it actually IS spring, is to surround yourself with tons of beautiful flowers.
My favourite flowers are tulips, especially closed tulips. They're just simple and colorful and work in every room. And, a nice bonus, they're not expensive at all! We have a supermarket not far from here that has a flower-section and they often have tulips on sale. A few weeks ago, you could get two bouquets of tulips for only 6 EUR (or $7). Score!
Another thing we did on our yearly end-of-october-forest-walk, was collect tons of leaves, pineapples, nuts and more, in the most beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red, brown.
When we got home, we couldn't come with a great way to use them for decoration. So we did what everyone would do: Pinterest, baby! We found some great and easy-to-make ideas right away.
We loved these the most:
The DIY Fall Centerpiece from May Days The Thankful Tree from Simply Vintagegirl
We didn't have the tiny pumpkins, but other than that, I think we managed to recreate the centerpiece quite nicely. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving because we're not American, but I loved the idea of the thankful tree anyway. This year we just went with a variation with leaves and pineapples, but next year we're doing the small chalkboards as well! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do have a lot to be thankful for!
This is how it ended up, I think it turned out lovely!
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