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The weather has been nothing short of spectacular here this week. The sun is shining, there is no need for coats, and I can finally have the kids play outside in the backyard. I’ve been dreaming of these days for so long and am so grateful that they are finally here.

When we moved to the suburbs nearly a year ago (a year already!) I never imagined how much I’d love living here. Our life seems pretty damn near perfect right now and I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve created for our family.

With this new suburban adventure, it’s brought on some new hobbies that I would have probably laughed at myself for enjoying three years ago. One of my newest hobbies is gardening. My mom has always had a knack for it and maybe I’ve picked it up for her, but I find myself at the Home Depot, a local nursery, or my favorite new spot, Terrain, checking out their nursery department (and no, not that nursery.)

I’m googling what plants do best in our climate, looking to Pinterest for inspiration, and even buying the landscape magazines. The bug has officially bit me and I am loving every second of it.

Last fall, the girls and I planted some bulb in our yard and when we returned from vacation on Sunday, they sprouted from the ground and are so close to blooming. That was our official “welcome to spring” and I knew it was time to get started on the rest of the flowers for the yard.

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Avery has always had a love for flowers. Everyday when we would walk Harlan to school, she’d ask to stop and look at them or smell them. When I told her it was time to plant our spring flowers, she just about leaped for joy.

Yesterday afternoon, while Macks was napping, she came outside and got her hands a little dirty to help with our first planter. We added tulips, daffodils, and pansies, and cannot wait for them to start to bloom.

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This morning while Macks was napping and the girls were at school, I went outside for a little alone time and planted some more. I can’t wait to get them on our front and back porch.

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These two little crazies joined me in the afternoon for a little sunshine and more flowers.

We plan on doing more this weekend and I am itching at getting started. I cannot believe that I get giddy over these things now. Further proof I am officially becoming a suburbanite. 😉

If the amazing spring weather has made its way towards you and you want to add a little color to your yard, planters are the way to do it. They are super easy and a great activity for you and the kids or even some “me” time.

I picked up several planters at Home Goods this morning and paid nearly half of what they would have cost in major stores. I always love going to a local nursery to give them some love when buying flowers. I just went today to try a penoies for the yard, but they weren’t ready yet. In a couple of weeks I’ll be adding those to our yard.

And I’m going to leave you with some spring flower inspiration!

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These are a great way to add different heights and dimension to your backyard. Love the neutral planters. ::Source::

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We have these wooden barrels that were left by the people that lived in our house before us and I just planted tulips and dafodils in them. Can’t wait to see what they look like when they bloom! ::Source::

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You can never go wrong with clay pots. ::Source::

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So simple, yet so stunning. ::Source::

 

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Love this! I have so many old baskets laying around. Now I know what to do with them. ::Source::

 

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Love the different textures and colors of this planter. ::Source::

 

So tell me, do you love gardening? Any tips I should know?

 

 

 

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