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Early Spring Herbs and Blooms

Early spring herbs, spring flowers, spring blooms, daffodils, tulips, azaleas

Hello friends! Today I am sharing my first potted spring herbs of the season and some bright spring blooms in pots and in our flower beds. We have been having a near perfect spring so far in Kentucky and some vibrant spring blooms as a result. Fall is usually my favorite season but this spring has been so fabulous that I am loving it almost just as much. I have been trying to savor all the gifts that the season brings for as long as they last. *This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

I even picked a bouquet of violets and made a pretty mixed spring bouquet with grape hyacinth and pink wildflowers. I can’t remember when the last time I picked violets was. When did I grow out of picking violets, I wonder? It was quite enjoyable, and I won’t wait so long to do it again!

 

 

Beutiful Daffodil bulbs in French wooden box

If you are a regular blog reader then you know I have been all about beautiful daffodils this spring.  They have been just stunning! I have cut many of them to use in my spring decorating and tablescapes. I was so honored that Victoria Magazine  recently featured one of my photos from my Vintage Dishes and Daffodils Easter Table For Two on their official Instagram instastories!

 

 

 

Gorgeous Pink Charm Daffodils

These pink charm daffodils have been my favorite daffodils this year. The centers are almost coral.

 

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I purchased several “peach cobbler” varieties and they have been lovely too. There are still a few blooms lingering this week.

 

spring flowers and herbs dollar tree metal fleurs and jardin makeover

Now that the daffodils are finally starting to fade it’s time for the tulips to steal the show and to start planting herbs and spring annuals. Most all of my garden pots, garden treasures and outdoor decor is still packed away, but I rounded up a few of the pots I had left out and used some Dollar Tree finds to decorate the metal garden shelves/baker’s rack? outside our back side door for spring. Rosemary is a close second to lavender in my list of favorite herbs, so I always purchase a large plant in early spring which lasts through December in a pot. This year I am going to plant it in the ground in the fall and hope that it winters over.

 

 

Tulips are my favorite flower and I am going to revel in every single day that they are in bloom. While we don’t have any tulips in our yard (a sad case that I fully intend to remedy by planting many bulbs this fall), I have discovered the joys of inexpensive individual tulip plants to enjoy for the season. I purchased three red potted tulips for only .98 each at our local farm and garden center. They each had several buds on them which have now bloomed and they are so very pretty!

 

I planted the tulips and some .98 grape hyacinths in a cute metal Fleurs and Jardin planter from Dollar Tree. (*I gave it a rusty patina by wrapping it in a t-shirt soaked in a vinegar and salt mixture for 24 hours.)

 

I think the $1 planter with spring flowers and moss turned out great!

 

This pretty blue planter was a $6 grocery store find from earlier this spring. I thought it was a good deal because it was was filled with tiny daffodils that I can plant now that they are spent, and the pot can be used over and over. For now it houses a small rosemary plant until it grows bigger and needs to be planted elsewhere.  Some pretty ranuculus and a single daffodil add even more spring color. It looks like another of my .98 tulips will probably be opening up in the next day or two.

 

I also planted some lemon thyme and sage in my whitewashed clay pots (tutorial tomorrow).  Herbs are a great passion of mine and I am so excited to have gotten an earlier start on planting them this year due to all the warm weather we have been having.

 

I have had wonderful luck with thyme over the years. I just love herbs!!!

 

 

I also planted some German thyme in a plastic pot from Dollar Tree that I whitewashed and sanded. I am really pleased with how this pot turned out, so I am heading back tomorrow to pick up a few more for spring annuals.

 

potted miniature rose in French garden pot

When Jaqueline of Cabin and Cottage blog shared her pretty French pots from Home Depot, I rushed right over the next day to find one. For now it is holding a miniature rose bush until I can find the perfect little urn to plant the rose in.

 

I love using my rusty, antique cast iron garden furniture to display flowers and herbs. I started my marjoram and lavender plants in two more of my whitewashed clay pots. I am thinking the larger pot needs more distressing so tomorrow I will sand it a bit more. Otherwise I love the look of the pots and herbs.

 

An impromptu, colorful, instant spring garden came together when I grouped all of my potted spring flowers together on one of the old garden chairs. This photo is from last week when the azaleas were just starting to bloom.

Style Tip: Create and instant spring garden by grouping several potted spring bulbs and annuals tightly together on a garden table, stool, or in the flower bed. Check local garden centers and nurseries for clearance plants that just need a little TLC but still have several weeks of blooming time. Look for cute metal planters at Dollar Tree or give inexpensive plastic pots a quick makeover by dry brushing them with white paint.

 

These gorgeous, fiery tulips were a birthday present from my Dad so I am definitely going to save the bulbs to plant in the fall. Aren’t they just awesome? They opened up right along with the blooming of our azaleas this week. I definitely want to save the bulbs to plant in the fall. I am checking out some gardening and horticulture sites such as Hort Week blog for tips on storing the bulbs properly until it’s time time to plant them.

 

Lowes had tons of ranunculus on clearance for $1.00 in decent sized pots so I snatched up a few of those. I haven’t planted them yet but I did stick them down in my shabby white urns for instant color. Next week I am going to work on sprucing up all of my outdoor urns and maybe work on my spring window boxes.  It’s so hard to believe summer is just around the and there are some important things to do to getting the house ready for the season such as possibly checking out a new AC Unit website a in the event that we add a bathroom on to our family room. For now though I am just enjoying all the beauty of spring! If the weather stays sunny I will share a post about my urns with more pretty spring herbs and blooms sometime towards the end of next week.

 

Early spring herbs, spring flowers, spring blooms, daffodils, tulips, azaleas

I hope you enjoyed this first look at my early spring herbs and blooms! Is it still daffodil or tulip season in your neck of the woods too? I love hearing from you dear readers!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful springy week and a blessed Easter holiday!

Amber

John 1:29~  “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Cecilia

    That violet bouquet is so sweet, Amber! Thanks for sharing your pretty blooms at Vintage Charm!

    April 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Marie

    Amber, you are the Queen of Gorgeous Vignettes! I love all the textures and interesting posts in your outdoor Spring bloom vignettes. So so pretty! I love how you planted daffodils in a wooden box because I just happen to have a similar flower caddy. I’ll definitely be planting some Spring bulbs in it this week after seeing this. Happy Easter! Pinned 🙂

    April 21, 2019 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

    April 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, I love this post… It has all the garden ooomph I look for! Happy to be featuring this post at Share Your Style #255 this week. Beautiful and maybe I already featured but now it’s for different reasons. Hope virtual school is going well for you!!!

    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    May 7, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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