could spring be on its way?

by Sharon Santoni

It is quite uncanny for the beginning of February, but I could swear that there is the tiniest hint of spring in the air!


Yesterday as I fed the horses I heard the first skylark singing way above me, and there is that je-ne-sais-quoi tingly feeling floating around.

Tomorrow morning I shall even be heading off to a fair, very early in the season …. in a small town I’ve never been to before.   It may be rubbish, but I’ll head over there with a pal, and it’s nice for us to think that our brocante hunting season will soon be in full swing.

In the meantime I leave you with pictures of a little bouquet I put together yesterday.  THis bunch of pink ranunculus was calling out to me, and once home they looked quite comfortable in the company of ivy and mahonia from the garden.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.
 Thank you for all your birthday wishes yesterday, you are a great bunch of bloggers.


Vesna February 2, 2013 - 11:08 am

OMG!! Love your bouqet!! Beautiful!!!
Have a lovely weekend!

Angie Burrett February 2, 2013 - 11:29 am

Lovely flowers – the sun is shining and there is a hint of spring in the Devon air too – I am off to find what flowers and greenery I can put together from our garden! x

Parfum de Provence February 2, 2013 - 11:32 am

It's a cold rainy day here but with your pictures I can feel the spring! Thanks!

Anonymous February 2, 2013 - 11:43 am

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Mary Ann- Tampa, FL

Teresa Chambel February 2, 2013 - 12:13 pm

What a lovely bouquet ! I love ranunculus ! thanks for the beauty of your blog, in Lisbon is raining..a very ugly day. Have a nice week end

Lilablu at home / Tina February 2, 2013 - 12:39 pm

I am afraid we have to wait for the spring. This morning we have had snow in our town (and it hardly never snows here!) So thanks for this beautiful (spring) flower pictures. Have a nice day tomorrow (great that the brocante season starts so early!)
Kind regards,
Tina / LilaBlu/ Holland

wilma oud February 2, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Oh wat een prachtig boeket!!!

thefarmfiles February 2, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Gorgeous flower arrangement. Loving the pink! Have a good weekend.

Purple Flowers February 2, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Beautiful flowers. We have tulip and daffodil sprouts coming up, and it snowed a little last night. I just checked them, and they are still there and green as ever. It's unbelievable. I am looking forward to getting my hands in the Spring soil (when it arrives). For now, I will watch them from the window with a cup of hot tea in hand.

Enjoy your weekend!

La Table De Nana February 2, 2013 - 2:59 pm

How pretty with the platter /plate in the background..Just spot on:)

Anonymous February 2, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Lovely! Your arrangements stunning! Would you be willing to sell your tray in the background? :). Rie.

Nantucket Daffodil February 2, 2013 - 3:10 pm

We have had snow and bitter cold….but I had a similar feeling…the snow melted and beneath the soil seemed teeming with life! How odd in New England!

Gina February 2, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Dear Sharon, Have not seen renunculus paired so beautifully as in your charming arrangement. Wishing you a great weekend and lots of success at your new brocante spot. ox, Gina

donna February 2, 2013 - 3:27 pm

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donna February 2, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Here, in Atlanta, Georgia, we are seeing the crocus just beginning to bloom, and the grape hyacinth about to burst with color. Daffodil and tulip are not far behind. Although this "race to spring" is a bit early for my New England soul, I find excitement in the new life bursting through the earth. I can fully attest that Spring is nearly here!!

CÉLINE CHOLLET February 2, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Un beau bouquet comme toujours !
C'est une petite pensée vers le printemps…?
Merci !

Sophia Home February 2, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Beautiful bouquet Sharon! Yes, I think Spring is on its way. Have bulbs peeking through the soil in the garden here in England. Hope you had a lovely birthday and enjoy your first 'brocante' of the season!

Sussi.Sussinghurst February 2, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Lovely bouquet.

The enchanted home February 2, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Your arrangements are spectacular! Are you sure you aren't a florist to the stars!! I love this, its so old world looking. Beautiful job!

Things and Thoughts February 2, 2013 - 6:16 pm

I wanted to post the photo of my bouquet with buttercups but seeing this one, I will think it once more. It is really fantastic.
Love Olympia

Roxane February 2, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Sharon, sorry to miss your birthday yesterday! I hope that you had a wonderful day celebrating with family & friends. I can see you made yourself a beautiful birthday bouquet! The only sign of Spring here in New Hampshire is the bouquet of daffodils, daisies & lilies on my desk. We won't be seeing any green shoots pushing through the dirt until at least April. Happy hunting at the fair!

Ideezine February 2, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Just a beautiful bouquet to start the day always makes me smile. Nature's gift to us if we dare. Just lovely!

michele February 2, 2013 - 11:09 pm

oh the ranunculus! the loveliest!


Bonnie February 3, 2013 - 12:04 am

Your bouquet is precious. I wish my mahonia berries looked so nice. I do have plenty of ivy. Have a fabulous time at the fair.

Rosaria Amorim February 3, 2013 - 12:10 am


Madonna February 3, 2013 - 12:35 am

This is just gorgeous. Looks like I need to plant some mahonia and ivy to copy your style. I love ranunculus, but my bouquets always look a little sad. Now I know they were just lonely for some greenery.

Alison @ BaysideVintage February 3, 2013 - 2:48 am

Beautiful Sharon, and so is the antique tray in the background..lovely!

Karen (Back Road Journal) February 3, 2013 - 3:32 am

I think you have given us a lovely look at what we have to look forward to when spring is officially here through your pretty bouquet. We had a storm two days ago that brought heavy rain instead of snow. It melted our snow on the ground…yes, I think spring may be early in New Hampshire this year. I hope you find a little treasure at the fair.

Amelia February 3, 2013 - 4:42 am

Nothing lovelier than to stop by MFCH and greeted by one of your gorgeous bouquet. Thank you Sharon!

Hope it was fruitful brocante day for you and your friend.


Anonymous February 3, 2013 - 7:14 am

I always love your floral arrangements. You make them look so easy. They are tres pleasing to the eye, n'est-ce pas? I have not heard the expression for a very long time….je-ne-sais-quoi. It was always one that made me smile as I did tonight while I read your expressive post. Have a wonderful day with your friend tomorrow. How nice to spend the day with someone whose company you truly enjoy. I will be doing that one day this week and we shall have tea at her lovely home.
Merci beaucoupe,
Sylvia Faye

Patricia February 3, 2013 - 8:25 am

Let me begin by saying that I love your blog and never miss a comment. You live in one of my favorite places on earth; one that my family and I have been blessed to visit several times.

That having been said, your post today made me chuckle. You see, I live in Miami Florida, and we are currently, joyously enjoying what passes for winter here. When I read, "Could Spring be on its way?", I was reminded of a contest my next-door neighbor and I have every year. We race to see which one of us can detect "a chill in the air" first. We too call it, "a tingly feeling in the air"!

While the rest of the northern hemisphere is hoping for Spring, we are praying it doesn't come too soon for it will mean having to turn the a/c back on! These are our days of clear blue, cloudless skies, flowers, picnics, and outdoor farmers markets. For the past three days we have been so enjoying a "cold front". Today's temps ranged from a low of 61 to a high of 73 – wonderful chilly weather, n'est pas?

Your fan in Miami,
Ana Maria

ivana February 3, 2013 - 8:33 am

Happy b-day, hope it's never too late! Yes, I could feel spring breaking through too.

The Blue Farmhouse February 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

I love the tight coiled petals of the pink ranunculus flowers…and the bouquets are beautiful. Good luck at your brocante and looking forward to seeing pictures of your "finds".


Lis Steeden February 3, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Wishing you a belated Happiiii Birthday – hope you were spoilt rotten!

As ways the photos are lovely, beautiful flowers, want to go straight out and buy some pretty flowers to arrange in an old French pot!

Could spring be on its' way? Hmm, just across the Channel in London it's 3C (we have been told that a bit more snow could come our way) and in Provence where we have a place, the temperatures are fluttering between 0C-10C, but then we're only juuuust in February, so the right temperatures, and spring will come when spring is ready, it always does 🙂

Colleen Taylor February 3, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Gorgeous bouquet Sharon. You do have a way with your flowers. I'm wondering if ranunculus will grow in Arizona. I must find out since I do love them.

vicki archer February 3, 2013 - 5:55 pm

A beautiful bouquet Sharon… xv

BRASWELL February 3, 2013 - 7:44 pm

An early spring! yep the groundhog didn't see his shadow. Stunning flowers.

Emom February 3, 2013 - 8:03 pm

An absolutely lovely arrangement!…thank you for sharing it!….smiles

Jacqui February 4, 2013 - 1:13 am

Wonderful flowers xx

Lorrie February 4, 2013 - 6:50 am

Gorgeous flowers. Those ranunculus look right at home with the mahonia and other plants.
We've been away and I've not been blogging, so I missed your birthday. Belated greetings and best wishes for a wonderful year ahead, Sharon.

Amy February 4, 2013 - 3:10 pm

So pretty! It's only 3 degrees F here in Minnesota, and it snowed last night, but I heard springtime birds singing this morning when I went out to my car…it can't be far away now!

Carla Coulson February 6, 2013 - 7:20 am

Beautiful arrangement of flowers Sharon….made my heart sing and fingers crossed for and early spring x Carla


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