• Heart & Home ~ Valentine’s Day is Coming!

    Posted on January 12, 2013 by in Bird sanctuaries, baths, feeders and more, DIY home and garden craft projects, Things that inspire me in the garden
    A tiny heart for Valentine's Day ! http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Heart Birdhouse

    Mid- winter now and, besides a couple brief snows, the garden is quiet. Time to look to a wonderful winter blooming shrub: Mahonia Japonica, for adding a bit of color to the landscape and outside decor. Since Valentine’s Day is in a month, I decided to change up a few outdoor displays today. Out came the front door wreath with its golden bumble bee and sweet pink roses on a grapevine heart and a few birdhouses with just the right heart accents.

    For the kitchen deck window box, I just switched out birdhouses and a few accent pieces and added a lovely piece of blooming Mahonia Japonica. This beautiful shrub is beginning to pop in our back garden and presents a study of contrasts: delicate light yellow flowers and dark-veined leaves that are both shiny and pointed like holly.

    A cast iron bird perches in front of the cedar birdhouse on the deck bench. The tiny heart accents provide the subtle touch I’m after that announces the coming holiday.

     

    Little heart birdhouse in the kitchen deck window box http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Little heart birdhouse in the kitchen deck window box!

     

    cedar birdhouse with hearts http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    cedar birdhouse with hearts

    Mahonia provides the bloom in the window box http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Mahonia provides the bloom in the window box

    Mahonia Japonica just starting to bloom in mid-January http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Mahonia Japonica just starting to bloom in mid-January

    Valentine's wreath on the front door http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Valentine  wreath on the front door

    Close-up of the front door wreath http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/heart-home-valentines-day-is-coming/

    Close-up of the front door wreath

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