Friday, November 16, 2012

Jeanne D'Arc Crocus, Paperwhites and Thoughts of Spring???...

Okay...  so in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations...  and Christmas on it's way...  what am I thinking about today?...  Spring!...  I do love the holidays, but try as I might, I cannot yet say I am enjoying winter!...  I am giving it my best shot... I really am...  but I am just NOT a winter person!... so, to get through these days that are getting shorter and shorter...  and colder and colder...  my thoughts drift off to Spring...  I am sure I am the only one posting about Spring today!...  

So, yesterday I ran to my favorite garden center... this time of year they have a beautiful section overflowing with gorgeous Christmas ornaments, trees, decorations and such...  but, with my lifetime of collecting vintage Christmas as well as newer Christmas decorations, I didn't need one thing...  infact, I breezed right through the Christmas and over to the bulbs... I know most of you plant paperwhites each November like me, but I also plant little pots of Crocus...  I bought Jeanne D'Arc white ones (actually developed in 1940... and named after the 15th Century heroine Joan of Arc,   long before the popular magazine!)... and mixed white, yellow and lavender ones as well...  being such an avid gardener and warm weather lady, I need to see flowers in my home in the winter...  and birdies outside my windows at my feeders... telling me in their little songs that  another Spring will come once more...  I always plant my little bulbs in vintage china cups and sugar bowls and little tin containers...  with an angel's kiss and a wish tucked inside... and the birdies promise of another Spring to come...  there, I feel much better already...  

   Moi age 1

See, I told you the other day...  I always was a Summer girl!.. (who really does love Thanksgiving and Christmas too!)...   xoxo...  Julie Marie  


  1. Hi Sweetie!
    I just planted my paperwhite's two days ago, lol! I too am already ready for spring. I am throwing myself into the holidays right now to keep my mind off winter. But as soon as Christmas is over, the winter depression will set in :( But it can always be spring inside our homes :)
    Love and hugs,

  2. were such a sweet baby! Still are!

    I have to get out and get some paper whites. Last year mine bloomed in January and I was hoping for Christmas! It sure does make us think of spring when we have flowers blooming indoors!

    I am getting too old to wish the seasons away! Each one holds something special!

    Have a great weekend, my friend!


  3. I keep forgetting to go get paper whites. Maybe this weekend. Yours will look lovely in their vintage containers.

  4. Hi Janie... you are right about not wishing away the Seasons... and there truly is something special about each one... we just have such long, cold harsh winters here in Utah, and Jack and I still walk every day all winter long... some days the cold makes my fibromyalgia extremely bad and that makes everything hard on me... but, I will look at the positive things... like my flowers blooming inside and my birdies singing outside!... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. You may be the only one posting about spring today, but...I'm with you. Not a winter person at all so your post is quite refreshing.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  6. What beautiful pictures- You were so danged cute!!!! I love paperwhites but have never tried them myself.

    I am trying not to think about winter after Christmas yet- xo Diana

  7. Blooming crocuses in tea cups in the dead of winter. What a great idea. I am following your lead right over to the garden center this weekend. Thanks for the tip!


  8. Nice idea, placing them in cups. Pretty!


  9. Why don't ya'll pack your bags and come stay with us until winter is over. Obviously, Mississippi hasn't seen winter time yet. Still in the 60's and 70's here, although the grass and trees are turning brown and that is so depressing to me. Come on, I will put fresh line dried sheets on your bed, and cook you some rib sticking southern meals....and we will give Tess all of the doggie lovin a girl can handle.

  10. Your paperwhites planted in the vintage tea cups are gorgeous! And lucky you having the Jeanne d'Arc Christmas book ♥
    Such an adorable photo!
    Have a wonderful weekend xo

  11. I have Christmas Cactus and African violets in the house blooming right now ! The weather here has been cold at night but pleasant and sunny during the day no snow yet in the forecast ! I cant wait to see your paper whites all a bloom . Have a good day !

  12. I too have turned my thoughts towards spring and next years gardening. What a cutie! It reminds me of a sweet picture of my "other" mom wearing about the same thing. And she was definitely a summer gal as she taught swimming to kids every year for 50 years!

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  13. How cute are you!!! Love that you are still planting!