My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

simple joys

Hello My Friends!
I took a break from my current project and headed outside to clip a few blooms from my "Bridal Wreath "  Spirea Bush!
It's one of my favorites and always makes me smile when it comes into bloom. It's fragrance fills the kitchen today and smells faintly of honey!

So simple but still a favorite.

This week I am finalizing my vendor list for the upcoming French Market and sending out the packets to the chosen few!
I am always glad when I have reached this gives me a chance to catch my breathe...
Work out in the garden for a bit...
And search out these simple things that bring me joy...

Even something as easy as clipping a few branches from a bush has a way of bringing a smile to my face!

Do you have a "go to" thing you do to make you smile? I hope you have a chance to do just that today!

Well, I  must get back to work...this afternoon I am working on some new slipcovers for the dining room chairs

Sew far sew good...(I couldn't resist the pun!)
Until next time...


  1. Oh I love Bridal White bush! So simple and beautiful....Yes - I find myself picking flowers also, it makes me so happy!!!

  2. Donna- I love Bridal Veil. It is one of my favorite bushes. We don't have any of it here at this house and I miss my big bushes at my old home. I can almost smell yours from here. Now..

  3. Hi Donna,
    I can't wait to see how beautiful your slipcovers come out!

  4. Lovely flowers. We used to have spiraea bushes at our old house that looked just like this. The scent was heavenly. I do miss them.

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Your Bridal Wreath Spirea blooms are gorgeous. I have not seen these before. Simple joys are the best. Blissful day dear...

  6. Beautiful! Yes, it's amazing how fresh flowers can bring a smile and brighten a room!

  7. Donna, I love the look of the bridal veil in the blue/white pitcher. I can see why you cut those branches, that is a nice scent, isn't it. Have a pleasant day. Smiles, xo, Susie(She Junks)

  8. Gosh, i have the same bridal wreath bush blooming right now, and i haven't even taken the time to grab a few cuttings... Thank you for reminding me to stop, and do that!
    It's always the simple things that are the best. Sometimes even just a few minutes in the garden can rejuvenate me... I love yours in the little white pitcher...
    my main "go to" for comfort is usually music... but a fresh gardenia, or honeysuckle are a close second...


  9. Oh Donna, The Bridal Wreath Spirea is one of my favorites and I think I have at least five bushes now. Unfortunately, mine is just beginning to turn green, so it might be a little bit before i have any blooms. Your are so beautiful:-)


  10. Love your little pitcher... and the flowers are lovely!
    Have a wonderful weekend

  11. I can almost smell them!

    I am so excited I'm gonna get to see you home in person! Yeah!


  12. beautiful blooms, donna. your slipcovers, or the beginnings of them, look great. donna

  13. What a beautiful spirea is just starting to bloom and one of my favorites also. I have some pink one too and the are also lovely.

  14. Pretty Donna! I planted a whole row along a side of the victorian house I had..its such an antique style flowering shrub. I love them!

  15. Hi Donna!!!

    Those clippings are so fresh and beautiful!!! I love how you can garden, sew and renovate various projects with such ease!!! I am still learning to do even half of that!!! lol Thank you dearly for the kind words on my last post - your visits are always greatly appreciated! :) Take care and enjoy your new week!



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