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Gorgeous Annuals

Whew, Manic Monday. Agree?

I have flowers on the brain BIG time. I guess you could call it a case of Spring fever. I know I still have a couple months before I can plant at our house, but I just can’t help myself. It’s the sunshine – it’s making me a little crazy. In a good way.

I always like to browse online and see what new annuals will be making their debut for the year and I found a bunch on Better Homes and Gardens. It inspired me to make a new Pinterest board, which you can check out here. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites I hope to be able to find in my area.

I’m a huge fan of petunias! I always have a variety of them in my planters and am looking forward to using them in the window boxes we will be putting up this Spring. There are so many amazing colors to choose from and I love the new varieties that bloom all season and don’t require a lot of deadheading and pinching. (Although, I do think it’s fun to do that in a few places.) I love the double-petunias and their almost rose-like quality. I enjoyed them last year and will be using them again for sure.

Supertunia Picasso In Pink Petunia

Supertunia Picasso In Pink Petunia

Surfinia Summer Double Petunia Family

Surfinia Summer Double Petunia Family

'Blue A Fuse' Petunia

‘Blue A Fuse’ Petunia

I love all varieties of Alyssum, but I especially love the variegated leaves on this plant. I often tuck these into my planters, but it’s just as beautiful in the ground around the feet of taller, stalkier perennials.

Frosty Knight Sweet Alyssum

Frosty Knight Sweet Alyssum

These next few are another favorite of mine – Verbena. I love, love, love this flower and these new colors and multi-color petals knock my socks off.  They are so beautiful trailing out of a planter or hanging basket.

Lanai Vintage Rose Verbena

Lanai Vintage Rose Verbena

Lanai Lime Green Verbena

Lanai Lime Green Verbena

'Estrella Pink Star' Verbena

‘Estrella Pink Star’ Verbena

I have a bunch more on my Pinterest board and will be going back and adding more for sure. What are you looking forward to planting this year? Any of you lucky enough to already be putting in your annuals at your house?

 

 

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“Window” Shopping

Raise your hand if you like Target.

Raise your hand if you love Target.

Raise your hand if you could spend hours in Target (and probably have).

Raise your hand if every time you go you find a countless number of things you want need.

“I KNOW!” (insert Monica Gellar voice here, please)

Seriously? EVERY. time. Blast you, Target.

On Thursday afternoons, I have a wonderful college girl come watch my girls so I can have some time for myself to do whatever I need/want to do. It’s such a blessing. Highly recommend it. Anyways, I found myself in Target shopping for my daughter’s birthday. I promptly found gifts for her and of course had to meander around the back endcaps to check out the clearance stuff.

Come on, you know what I’m talking about – those addictive little spots with their red tags. LOVE them. I showed great restraint today and was feeling very victorious. However, at the end of the aisle, I came to THE spot that always gets me. I don’t know what it’s called technically, but for the sake of this conversation, we’re going to call it: “The spot that makes you want to redo your house every other month”. Know what I’m talking about? NO? Let me show you a few pictures I snapped…

Target mirror, tray and bird
Love the trellis patterns on the mirror and wooden tray. The tray is much more orange in this photo than in person. It’s more of a coral color. I am kicking myself for not buying that yellow bird…it’s a bank! I don’t think it was supposed to be sitting there. It would be fun to keep on the kitchen counter for a rainy day fund.

Target clock
The clock is fun, but I LOVE those vases! They are handblown glass and wouldn’t they look fantastic grouped together with stems of orange or yellow flowers?! Drool.

Target accent table
These accent tables are really fun. They are quite small, so I pictured using it as a plant stand. They would add a fun industrial feel to some of our more traditional spaces.

Threshold Throw
This is super soft and I love the houndstooth pattern. It’s classic and really a neutral with the black and white. I’ll take two.

Canisters
How cute are these canisters with their little birdie tops? Oh the things you could put in them.

Chevron Tote
I’m glad chevron seems to be sticking around. Me likey.

Blue accent table
My oldest saw this table last time we were at Target together and said, “Mom, you should get this for your room”. She’s so smart. Train ’em young.

What have you seen at Target recently you would love to take home with you?

I’ll Take One of Each

I received this in the mail today.

 

You’re going to want to click on that and browse a bit.

Along with 100 other items, I want the yellow bench that is on the cover. I’m sad that it is $499.00(!). I think I’ll be thrifting to find one to paint that color. I really love yellow right now.

Check back next week to see what I already have in my house that is yellow and to see which item from this inspiration catalog is sitting pretty in my house.

Have a wonderful weekend!