bringing the spring indoors

by Sharon Santoni
As you know, I love to have flowers indoors, and whenever possible my bouquets and vases are filled with whatever is flowering in the garden  ….  March is a little tricky!   The daffodils are not quite open, I’ve done the snowdrops to death, and we have to wait a few more weeks for the magnolia.
Bulbs provide a good solution, and I often pick up budding hyacinths at the market and slip them out of their plastic pots and into a container at home.
Last week, I bought these blue beauties, who – placed in an antique bowl in the warmth of the house – shot sky high and then started to fall poetically under the weight of their fragrant flowers.  I love that.
I have been moving them around the house, and when this weekend, I found a little family of white primroses, hidden behind a bush, they were lifted and placed on a tarnished tray.   I’ll  keep them here for a couple of days then replant them in a corner of the garden where they can grow on undisturbed.
In the meantime, we have enjoyed the blue and white together,  brightening the sitting room and perfuming the house.
 Keeping it simple, bringing  the spring indoors.


Angie Burrett March 11, 2013 - 11:04 am

Your blogs are always full of inspiration – I shall be buying hyacinth bulbs in the Market tomorrow!

Francy Sydney March 11, 2013 - 12:51 pm

What beautiful flowers..thanks dear

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) March 11, 2013 - 12:59 pm

The floweres are fabulous, but of course you know that I drool over your cloche. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Katherine March 11, 2013 - 3:14 pm

The arrangements you create are always so pretty, yet you've taught us all to not over-think the use of flowers. Simply beautiful.

Lorrie March 11, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Just lovely.

Nib's End March 11, 2013 - 4:16 pm

It is raining at last, and the snow is almost gone, but not even snowdrops are bold enough to show their faces yet. I am wishing for green moss and white primroses in an old silver tray for my Easter table. It is the season of hope; I'll think of something…

The enchanted home March 11, 2013 - 4:26 pm

So pretty and I bet the scent is intoxicating! I too love flowers and even though my husband thinks i sometimes go overboard they just make me so happy, so its non negotiable, when I get the urge i go on flower shopping sprees…it could be MUCH worse!! LOL…..Love them!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon March 11, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Why does my attempt at bouquets always look a little scraggily and lonely and yours look so beautiful in their simplicity? Thank you for a peak of beauty today.

Andrea March 11, 2013 - 4:42 pm

your flowers are gorgeous, but I am adoring the figure in the cloche. I would love to learn more about her =)

Phyllis @Around the House March 11, 2013 - 7:21 pm

I love your beautiful flowers and your photo skills, love the cloche and small statue of the lady, the whold thing is beautiful together.,

French Heart March 11, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Beautiful…I love flowers. In San Francisco and Santa Barbara both my living rooms looked out to the sea and loved white and violet arrangements against that backdrop. Thanks for that beautiful reminder today, along with your gorgeous photos!

vicki archer March 11, 2013 - 9:44 pm

They look beautiful Sharon… especially in those cache pots… xv

Vicki March 11, 2013 - 11:00 pm

You have a way with floral arrangements, Sharon; so lovely.

Can I go back to the painted floor post? I remember your previous post when you were trying to decide to paint a wood floor or not; you got a lot of comments. What made you decide to do it? A bedroom has the least traffic; how is it holding up to dogs? Are you happy with it? I love the look so much.

I'm trying to buy my mom's house and it has untouched wood floors from the 1950s but they're not in the greatest shape and, frankly, I'm a little weary of varnished hardwood from that era. I'm on a budget and would like to try painting the floors; I can always pay to have them sanded and stained later although, of course, it's optimum to do all that when I have this opportunity of the house being empty. I can't stand paint/varnish/polyU smells for a long time after it's done and have to vacate for awhile. Anyway, I've got a guy next door who is a painter by trade (and a good one); should I give it a go? My husband works in behind-the-scenes television and they paint the studio floors once a year; something about light reflection and cameras. He also believes in painting concrete garage floors, which I'd never heard of. I just need to convince him about painting over wood.

Please…need your opinion, Sharon! How did it work out for you. Ghetto doesn't seem to be a problem on your light-colored (gorgeous) chair in the bedroom OR the light-colored painted floor?

Thank you; from one of your loyal fans here in coastal Southern California, USA where we are nearly 80 degrees (F) today with watery but clear blue sky, feeling truly like Spring! I have tulips forcing! Blooms in time for Easter.

sharon santoni at my french country home March 11, 2013 - 11:03 pm

HI Vicki

Thank you for your comment, today and on many other occasions!
If you'd like to send me your email address I'll happily answer your questions; at present you comment under a 'no-reply' address.

For the moment the painted floors are holding out very well and we are loving the extra light that it brings to the rooms..
I look forward to sending you more info once I have your contact details

Anonymous March 12, 2013 - 4:25 am

So beautiful Sharon. They must light up your rooms and your day! Best wishes, Pamela

Julian Levi March 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Love the flowers and decoration too which you did with flowers… thanks for sharing this inspiring blog..!

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Laurie March 12, 2013 - 4:51 pm

This touch of spring is just beautiful; it will be here soon! It has been a somewhat dry winter here, so I hope for spring rains. The combination of the hyacinths and primroses must smell just wonderful!

peggy braswell March 12, 2013 - 6:31 pm

such beautiful photos, don't you just love hyacinths + their smell is heavenly.
Spring isn't far away ..hurrah!

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PURA VIDA March 14, 2013 - 10:23 pm

this is so beautiful!

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I am loving your beautiful flowers in the Cloche. I recently found your blog and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. Thanks

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