Happy first day of Spring! At the Spring equinox, today is the day when our hours of daylight and the hours of darkness are the same. This means that as from tomorrow our nights are getting shorter and our days of lightness, sunshine and outdoor summer activities officially begin!
When we are tired of winter and we look up into the silhouette of bare-leaved trees and marvel at the bright hues and pastel colours of nature and a blue-pink sky, we dream of spring florals and happy days ahead.
Pink flowers on a blue background, pastel shades on ditsy floral prints, and my complete favorite, hand smocking across the bodice of a girl’s dress, delicate hand embroidered daisies and roses in harmonising colors.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than growing and picking flowers from my garden. I am often surprised and delighted when plants I have sown from seed create the perfect naturally occurring bouquet.
One of my favorite cut flowers (other than peony and roses of course!) have to be tulips, growing upright and strong in their bright pastel colors. It is worth the effort of digging the earth in autumn in the cold and rain to plant the bulbs, and worth the wait when in spring when I see the colors bursting through. They say that ‘patience is a virtue’ and I am trying to be.
Other than flowers and smocked dresses, another one of my favorites is matching! Call it mother-match, twinning, or sibling matching, more of the same always seems like a good idea to me! And I love my daughter’s comment ‘Are you even siblings if you don’t match?’ It is sure to turn heads when ‘on repeat’ and it will give them such good (or bad) memories to cherish.
Let’s finish on another of my favorite things, while we are on the subject, 1920’s and 1930’s French wallpaper designs. I often look at archive material for design inspiration and here are a few on the subject of spring florals.