Friday, March 6, 2015

A head start on spring

Spring is heading our way, super! Τhe fact is that she is coming 
lightning fast so that I find myself racing behind her. Again! 
Such a stressful feeling, isn’t? 
It was snowing and raining pitchforks a week ago! 
And one morning you just get up with birds singing merrily,
with sun’s cheer gleaming and with beautiful flowers blooming...
I get the message, no time to waste. But, scheduling tasks 
is not the easiest thing in this world, what with family
and professional obligations. Ι'm changing the decor inside 
both homes! 
And the worst thing is all the gardening jobs that must be done
 Raking, trimming, fertilizing, seeding, cleaning up. 

We tend two gardens and that makes a different story this year! 
Our country garden needs an ergonomic project immediately
so that it has an informal layout which will be easy to maintain.
Sometimes, I feel guilty about skipping good ideas 
that come my way, about not being very courageous to take 
decisions on time… 

Regardless, I never do without color,
so flowers are in everyday devices. 
Yellow tulips were sent by my mother,
 anemones, muscari and carnation can be easily bought now
as they cost very little. Nothing from the garden, yet! 

Hope spring doesn’t confuse you as it does me!
Joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday,
Wishing you a head start on spring!


  1. I cannot get enough spring flowers !!! I'm sure your gardens will look fabulous....all your hard work will be rewarded. I too noticed the birds are going crazy and singing early in the morning (when it's still dark) ....they are so excited it is spring....Gail x

  2. Hello Olympia

    I feel the immediacy in getting to your gardens. They refuse to wait and will get going on their own if allowed. Your bouquets are beautiful and the anemone or wind flowers (unsure of name) are some of my favourites. Have a delightful weekend

    Helen xx

  3. Oh Olympia, love your flowers. They are so expensive this time of year in the Pacific Northwest that I have passed them up each time I've gone to the grocery store. Spring has sprung in this part of the world though with daffodils in bloom and flowering trees providing pink canopies on many of our streets. We will also be tending two gardens this year - this one and the one in Greece. It should be a most interesting time! Happy weekend to you~ and happy spring! Jackie xx

  4. It makes me very happy spring will arrive the coming days. I have to do a lot of work in the garden. I can't imagine it will be green about some months because it's a disaster now ;-).

    I love the flowers in your house! Wish you a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Ingrid

  5. Such a beautiful post Olympia,
    full of lovely flowers and array of color, to warm the heart.
    Spring is on the way.
    Two days now, and working in the garden. We have had no rain.
    Yesterday started to water the plants as they were looking droopy.
    I tend to leave the bulbs a little late for planting.. but am looking forward to getting some new plants
    When one has a garden.. there is always work to do.
    Happy weekend .. val x

  6. It's a lovely feeling as we finally head off into the spring which is so beautifully captured by your bowls of glorious flowers. The anemones in particular are beautiful and, as I am sure you know, are said to have sprung from Aphrodite's tears as she mourned the death of Adonis.

  7. What a nice beginning off Spring, youre colorfull photo's...
    This Weekend Spring begin also here.
    Enjoy youre Weekend.

    Inge, my choice

  8. Enjoy delicious but your wonderful spring flowers!
    Lovely bright for a good start of spring!
    Here in the Netherlands we have a beautiful spring weekend with warmer temperatures, so we can enjoy!

    With love,

  9. Que Deus te dê um esplendoroso dia, com raios luminosos que te possam clarear os olhos para ver o quanto és importante. Deus Pai te fez assim: mulher importante e figura do próprio amor. Ele te moldou como uma rosa: forte e justa como os espinhos, linda e suave como as pétalas. (fonte:aqui)

    Um doce abraço, Marie.

  10. Dearest Olympia, your flowers are stunning! I could look at your photos for hours :)

    I am so excited to have Spring on its way and your images have made me even more happy. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

  11. Dearest Olympia,
    You make me very happy with your outstanding photos! The joy of fresh flowers, how we all yearn for them after a stubborn long winter. Yesterday we had 23°C in Dublin, Georgia but we were for the day in Atlanta where it was very windy with only 5°C. What a difference 2-½ hours north can make! But today we too got cool weather again and a night temperature of 0°C is the forecast. Hope our Japanese magnolias will not get damaged as they did open up in a hurry over the last couple of days.
    Our clock will go forward this Saturday night and let's hope that will invite srping!
    Happy weekend to you and yours with love,

  12. Wonderful photos, so colourful! Spring is coming soon and that really makes me happy!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  13. What a pretty assortment of posies, each one a charming prelude to spring!

    Here on the island, it is a grey and gloomy day, but your beautiful bouquets have brightened it!


  14. jolie avec ces couleurs

  15. Your flowers - especially the tulips! - are so beautiful!!! I find spring a bit overwhelming when I start to think of all that needs to be done. I need to start a list!! xx

  16. Dear Olimpia, how I like yours flowers, pillows all the colours!
    You are right, gardening is started and after winter it isn't so easy.
    Hugs from France.

  17. Lieve Olympia, kan wel met je meevoelen......zodra het warmer wordt in het voorjaar willen wij vrouwen het liefste overal tegelijk aan de gang,zowel binnen als buiten, duidelijk voorjaarskriebels;-))
    Mijn man heeft daar heel duidelijk een andere kijk op en zegt altijd;eerst je plannen in je hoofd uitwerken en pas daarna één voor één uitwerken want je hebt maar 2 handen.
    Je zit wel heerlijk rondom in de voorjaarsbloemen die je weer op een prachtige en sfeervolle wijze geschikt hebt in schattige vaasjes.

    Kijk er met veel plezier naar en bloei er helemaal van op na de lange en natte maanden die gelukkig weer tot het verleden behoren.

    Olympia ik weet bijna zeker dat jij over een poosje weer bloemen uit eigen tuin kan plukken en kan me bij die gedachten al verheugen op de kleurrijke blogposten met foto's.

    Succes met al je plannen en fijne zondag gewenst!!!
    Lieve groet,Ger

  18. Υπέροχες φωτογραφίες , τα χρώματα των λουλουδιών φωνάζουν άνοιξη και ...Πάσχα (Πέφτει και νωρίς φέτος!)
    Καλή σου μέρα.
    Τινα xxx

  19. Υπέροχες φωτογραφίες , τα χρώματα των λουλουδιών φωνάζουν άνοιξη και ...Πάσχα (Πέφτει και νωρίς φέτος!)
    Καλή σου μέρα.
    Τινα xxx

  20. Dear Olympia,

    All your colours cheer me up as I am a colour person myself.
    Flowers rules, you can never have enough of them. You are so Lucky to live in Greece, so soon your garden will be full again.
    I am going to plant some today, Weather forecast gives us 18°C today!

    I absolutely adore your bird cushion in picture 4,
    and truly love the bouquets in pictures 8-10. What is the flowery fabric in the back-ground? Is it a sofa? So gorgeous pattern!

    Have a nice sunday!


    1. The flowery fabric is a quilt covering an armchair. It was purchased from Zara Home.

  21. Che meraviglioso post, riempie gli occhi di colore e di gioia di vivere , e bene sì , primavera è arrivata , ed il giardino ci attende. Ma che piacere direi :-) Abbraccio e buona domenica .

  22. Precioso!!! que maravillosas fotos llenas de alegría y color.

  23. Such a treat to see all those flowers!!

  24. Oh how I love a beautiful bouquet of tulips. What a nice gift from your mom. I love the muscari as well and that I do have blooming in my garden. It sounds like your country garden is going to be a fun project. All of your photos here are gorgeous. Take care ~ Stacy

  25. Your flowers are beautiful. There are so many inexpensive flowers available. The colors add so much to any home.

  26. I love the wonderful colours of all your flowers and flowerarrangements, these are the things which make us happy! Spring is the most busy time in the garden, I actually almost don't know where to start so many things to do in a relatively short time. I actually started pruning roses last week.
    Wish you a happy new week!

  27. Hello dear Olympia, love your images of flowers. So bright and cheerful. Ahh.. Spring is on its way to you. Can't wait to see the outcome of your beautiful garden. Just out of curiosity, are you using macro lens?
    Hope you have a wonderful week.

  28. Olympia, what pretty flowers you will have in your garden this spring. I just planted those same red flowers, but in PINK. I love carnations too, reminds me of when my husband would bring me some when we were dating. You have a lot going on right now with decorating both of your homes. That is, indeed, time consuming, but I can't wait to see your ideas. Your purple flowers are beautiful.

    Have a wonderful week.

    love, ~Sheri

  29. Those spring flowers gladden my heart and it is so good to see spring is on it's way! Sarah x

  30. Beautiful flowers. The yellow tulips are a bit of sunshine indoors.

  31. Such a beautiful and colourful post! These flowers and bouquets are wonderful!

    Carpet cleaners Ealing

  32. Yes springtime can be stressfull...both inside and much to do and no time!! Not good at all but I try to take it easy, enjoying the sunshine, the flowers and the birds...
    Have a beautiful week and take care Olympia!

  33. Such beautiful flowers...They have certainly brighten my day. It is amazing how fast Spring is approaching. A very beautiful time of the year. Enjoy.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  34. Spring does sneak up on us....but we are just one person and can't do it all.....some things have to be left to the imagination! Lovely flowers in their beautiful containers bring springtime indoors - so beautiful. I love the saying, 'Keep calm and carry on'. I keep telling myself that...over and over and over when I look at all that needs to be done this time of year. Sending you hugs xo Karen

  35. Beautiful flowers!!!! <3
    I love spring.....
    Hugs Sofia

  36. Beautiful pictures!!!!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Love Tina

  37. I loved all the beautiful flowers in this post, Olympia! Such colourful spring flowers, and such pretty arrangements! You sound so busy, especially with two gardens to tend this spring. Sending you warm wishes for a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  38. You have captured 'spring' in your images! It's a magical time and as you say now is when all the work in the garden starts.
    Have a very happy weekend!
    xoxo Ingrid

  39. Just wonderful colours in your spring, dear Olympia!♥
    This is just amazing time!:))

    Enjoy, my dear friend!!♥

  40. You have got spring earlier than I. I love yellow color, too.

  41. It's too early for spring flowers here too, but I did notice a few little snowdrops since most of the snow has melted away. I always love the colour in your posts, Olympia! I admire you for taking on 2 gardens!


  42. Wow, absolutely gorgeous!!! C'est pas encore le Printemps ici a Montreal encore, mais grace a vos tres belles photos, j'ai le Printemps dans mon coeur! Thank you so much for sharing.

  43. Wow, absolutely gorgeous!!! C'est pas encore le Printemps ici a Montreal encore, mais grace a vos tres belles photos, j'ai le Printemps dans mon coeur! Thank you so much for sharing.


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