Monday, January 9, 2012

New Beginnings

"To make an end is to make a beginning." - T.S. Eliot

Hi all, did you enjoy the weekend? Ours was so lovely I hate to see it come to an end. The perfect mix of outdoors and exercise and cozying up inside. Of socializing and nesting. Of projects and diversions (Downton Abbey!). But there are no new beginnings without other good things coming to an end, I suppose. 

My Illustration

This time of year, with the holidays over and Christmas packed away, when the days are short and often gray and rainy, I always depend on the little harbingers of spring to keep my thoughts fixed on the bright times that are really just around the corner. 

I've been forcing some hyacinth bulbs in my favorite blue and white container. They greet me at my dressing table each morning, and this week a bit of purple is beginning to peak through.

Design Sponge 

Cambridge News
Martha Stewart

Franz Mortlem 

Martha Stewart

Henri Fantin-LaTour

New York Parties

I can almost smell their heady fragrance already.

What's your favorite harbinger of spring?


  1. I also looove hyacinths, besides looking so darn pretty the smell is intoxicatingly fragrant. I love the idea of even the talk of spring but I feel like we have hardly delved into winter yet! Is it possible that we could escape a winter being snow free! Humm......happy planting!

  2. Lovely, the fragrance, the bold shot of green, just wonderful to have indoors in the winter.

  3. I have hyacinths on my mantle right now. That scent! And just watching them grow is so lovely. Here, I would say a fun harbinger of spring is when you can start to eat outside again at the cafés comfortably. Of course, there are some folks that do it all through winter but they are just crazy!

  4. I love hyacinths and the scent is delicious. I forced paperwhites for Christmas, and I adore them too.

  5. Hyacinths are one of my favorites. Beautiful images and so many ideas.
    I love spring, but summer follows, which is torture for me. Love the cold and cool.
    Have a great week, Jeannie.

  6. Tulips... I do not consider it officially spring until I can see some tulips in the front yard, and in the local stores. They are my favorite flowers. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  7. Oh, I just love hyacinths. They are so fragrantly heady! I'm a little behind as I am just now getting my paperwhites to bloom.

    I recorded Downton Abby but haven't watched it yet. Am hoping to catch some tonight! I missed the first season, so I'm really excited to see this series that is so buzzed about!

    Happy Monday, Jeanne!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  8. So lovely - I'll be tossing the wilting paper whites and will replace them with hyacinth.

  9. anything bright and cheerful that I can pick up from the Korean deli on my way home makes me happy! Wishing you a fantastic week!



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