1. Up here in Canada we don’t put annuals out or plant our gardens till the third week in May. Our tulips and daffodils come up in April.

  2. When we lived in NC, I heard that the way the squirrels shake their tales is confusing to snakes so generally snakes stay away if you have a lot of squirrels in the yard. Being I hate snakes, I fed the squirrels. Happily so!! No idea if it works but only saw one snake in our yard in almost 10 years in that spot. Besides squirrels are cute aren’t they??

  3. Such sweet flowers. I bet they make you smile and anxious to plant them somewhere in your cute patio.

  4. I have those pansies in my yard every year and never knew their adorable name! I just thought they were called little pansies!! Haha!! Thanks for the education and the pretty view!

  5. You are so lucky that your garden centers are open with all the pretty spring flowers already. Johnny Jump Ups are one of my favorite flowers. I can’t wait until it’s time to buy them here. Can you believe we’re supposed to get 3-5″ of snow on Monday? Ugh.

    House finches are very common here in northern IL. They’ve been around at my feeders all winter. The males are so pretty with the red underneath their feathers.

  6. Whatever you do they will be lovely. Trader Joe’s ad these beautiful jasmine plants the other day. We brought one home and it is nestled on my sideboard with several other plants happy as a lark. We actually had snow and hail the other night! Along with a crazy lightening and thunder storm!

  7. Love the johnny jump ups, the trouble is the squirrels always dig them up!
    Its my own fault as I invite them into the garden every winter where I feed them
    Right now they seem more interested in making babies than eating.
    This year we will concentrate on buying flowers that benefit the birds and insects. I have already ordered a bee and bug house to hang on the fence.
    If it goes okay I will buy more.
    Looking forward to seeing your new decor.

  8. The red will be a nice addition to your usual palette… purple and red are great colors together. Do you by chance remember the “Red Hats” group? They were a bunch of ladies that met for lunch and wore hats. Their colors were red and purple.

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