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Flowering Branches

We've been a having a lot of rain lately and well...honestly... it's getting a little tiresome but I am taking great pleasure in witnessing the slow bloom of all the flowering trees. Dogwoods, cherry blossoms, camellias. I'll take them! Give me some brightness and beauty amidst the gray! This weekend, I plan on going out into the garden and bringing in some of these gorgeous flowering branches. They make the most beautiful display. Inexpensive, dramatic and inspiring you can't help but want them in your home. Check out these gorgeous images via Style and Home.com...

Don't you love the deep shades of navy, teal and amethyst and how they contrast against the lightness of the blooms? So lovely!

What spring blossoms are you enjoying where you are?

xo,

Hints of Spring

Portland's February is typically a bit of tease.

The sun likes to come out and remind us of its warmth, its soft caress and the way it illuminates everything - trimming the trees in golden light and turning the raindrops to diamonds.

Just for a moment.

Then...without much warning...we are cloaked in clouds once more.

But little hints of Spring have begun to show themselves in our wet soil. Modest crocus' and snowdrops unfurling, while daffodils bloom, looking cheerful after their winter slumber. My favorite, the cherry blossoms, are beginning to burst from their buds...

It may rain a lot here, but the beauty that emerges each Spring is worth every gray day.

I hope you are seeing signs of Spring where you live too. It makes you smile, doesn't it?

xo,

Ivy

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