giveaway winners and a confusing start to spring

by Sharon Santoni

Well this is a confusing start to spring – as if life wasn’t already confusing enough at the moment. Here we are literally busting at the seams to get out into the garden, and enjoy meals al fresco, and pull out our spring wardrobe, but we are forced to be patient.

Every morning, the first thing I do is pull open the curtains to check on the weather. This past week, each sunrise has revealed a heavy frost! Not good for me, not good for my plants and not that good for my morale either!

So today I’m looking to spread a little happiness with this blog post. Here are a few blooms from the garden,, including the tulips that are being so brave right now.

I don’t know about you, but in these strange times I’m looking for all the comfort that I can get, and that is why we are so happy with the theme of our May edition of the MFCH Subscription Box. We have called it ‘Time for Moi-Même’, and it’s all about me-time, and making the most of ourselves with a little extra self care and some very special treats.

Of course I can’t tell you the contents of the box, but I can say there is something for your home, and lots of wonderful things for you to use personally. I can also tell you that we are very excited to be working with the oh-so-chic Parisian jeweller, Imai, for one of the items in the box.

We ran a giveaway, and today we picked our two winners, namely: Jasmin Martin and Annick Todd. Congratulations ladies! We have your email addresses and we’ll be writing to you directly so you can claim your boxes.

In the meantime, for those of you who entered the giveaway but did not win, we are sorry! We still have some of our May boxes available to purchase HERE, and if you want to get a copy of our beautiful May magazine with your box, just tick that option when you get to check out.

My French Country Home Box (formerly known as My Stylish French Box) a few of the May boxes are available here :


Lisa D. April 15, 2021 - 8:02 pm

I’m sorry about your frosty weather, Sharon. I wish you could send some my way. I’m in California. We’ve had another winter of not enough rain, and it appears we will have another too hot summer.

Sharon Santoni April 16, 2021 - 11:18 am

The grass is always greener 🙂



Vicky from Athens April 15, 2021 - 11:53 pm

Hi Sharon! That is a shame about the delayed beginning of Spring … ours is glorious here in Georgia. The azaleas and other flowers are “to die for”! However, we didn’t really have much winter weather and I really need Winter to fully appreciate Spring.
The February box was one of the best!! It was so heavily packed with wonderful goodies … I was amazed!! Can’t wait to see what May brings!

Sharon Santoni April 16, 2021 - 11:20 am

Hi Vicky, Thank you! I’m so glad that you loved the February box. I’m very excited about the May box too and dying for you all to discover the contents.

The garden is definitely struggling, and despite protecting our apricot tree I don’t think we’ll get any fruit from it this year. Sadly the wisteria also got hit by the frost, so. we’ll miss that special moment. But these are only aesthetic worries, compared to wine and fruit producers whose livelihood has been affected.

Take care

Pat April 16, 2021 - 12:54 am

We got a late frost here in Chattanooga, Tennessee and it killed the tender leaves on my hydrangeas. I would have covered them with bed sheets but did not realize they would be damaged. Oh well! There is always next year (I hope).

Sharon Santoni April 16, 2021 - 11:21 am

Oh no! I know how frustrating that can be. Luckily I was late on the pruning here, and hadn’t cut my hydrangeas back yet, so I’m hoping that they will still perform. Fingers crossed 🙂



Nettie April 16, 2021 - 1:11 am

We also had a frosty morning here…..fortunately it didn’t affect the forsythia or the Bradford pear trees that are blooming everywhere. Thank you Sharon for sharing the beautiful photos! The birds are singing morning and evening and the geese are noisily mating. Today a gorgeous turkey had flown onto our deck rail and we got a closeup view of this huge bird. Spring is coming and we look forward to coffee out on the deck. As you are, we are looking forward to being out in the garden.
Looking forward to many days outside in the garden.

Sharon Santoni April 16, 2021 - 11:22 am

Ah Nettie, Pear blossom! To my mind one of the prettiest blossoms to be found. Spring cannot come fast enough



Audrey Friedman April 16, 2021 - 1:18 am

I am so lucky to be living in Texas. Our weather is beautiful, but for today it’s raining. More importantly we are totally open. All the shops, restaurants, movies etc. are open. No lockdown here. I miss my beloved France and as far as I can see it will be a long time until the border opens up for us Americans. I can’t imagine what the last year was like without American tourists in Paris.
I miss you dear friend and can’t wait to see you .

Nan April 16, 2021 - 1:19 am

So sorry to hear about your late frost and the worry for your plants! Here in Houston, TX we experienced a terrible freeze that damaged so much of our plant life as they are not prepared for frozen weather for several days, so I know how you feel. However, much of it is just starting to see some new life sprouting, others not so, but so grateful for those beautiful little sprouts shooting up out of the earth.
Love your boxes and have ordered many, however, I think you might get more orders if you were to showcase in advance what the content of the boxes is. I know I hesitate at times to order due to the cost of the boxes. Just my two cents, however, I am sure that you have very good reasons for keeping it a surprise.

Gayle Callahan April 16, 2021 - 4:10 am

No magazine yet in California. I know this is beyond your control – our mail deliver has declined thanks to some political foolishness. Looking forward to its arrival and not reading about the issue in your blog as I hope to be surprised when it arrives.

Kathy to Juracek April 16, 2021 - 6:22 am

Beautiful Blog!

C April 16, 2021 - 2:44 pm

The spring weather is unusual in a lot of places around the globe. Here in the Upper Midwest of the U.S. we are well below normal temps. We’ve had snow again too! Today it’s foggy from the little moisture that began a couple days ago.

However, all that being said, we (and all our plants, grass, trees, grapvines) are SO grateful for the moisture whether it came in the form of rain or snow because our state has been in extreme drought (only one catagory away from the highest drought!) since July of 2020!

Yes both you and your flowers will be “confused” but none of us can control the weather. As my dear great aunt, who lived so happily and healthily for 107 years used to say “Take One Day at a Time.” 😀

Oh and another side note…..I live in North Dakota where we’ve been fully open for months and months. No lockdowns. Even masking is mostly gone. All that is something to celebrate this springtime!

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