Spring is coming!

A single blossom of decorative dahlia Maxime, showing how the flower's  tomato-red petals are outlined in pale yellow.

We at FWandD are starting to plan our cutting garden and we couldn't be more excited! We'll stick with zinnias and lupines but expand on dahlias! Please share your garden plans with us as the days get longer and the temperatures warm up. 

Keeping things simple in summer

Summer decor

In the summer, I think we all can agree that keeping life simple is key. And that goes for your decor as well.  The path to comfort leads us outside.  The best one can do is bring some chairs outside, set up near a big ol' tree with some chilled wine and hard-to-break tumblers and enjoy.  The more we can bring the outside in or the inside out, the better.  Minimal detail, lively color or white-only and materials like metal or plastic seem to make things easy.  As for me, I threw some white flat sheets over our dark chenille sofa.  It's keeping us cooler, both physically and mentally, and when fall comes I can just throw them in the wash. Simple.

summer patio pick

Summer patio

This enticing, bold summer scene reminds us that the carefree days of sun, fun, friends and family are on their way.  Note the use of mesh colanders to hold and display sweet summer fruits. Outdoor pillows are also a great accessory for temporarily adding some pop. Add a large clear carafe of sun tea or sangria to finish setting the scene.