Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mother Nature is Fooling Around…

Years ago, there was a television commercial that featured Mother Nature tasting a margarine product When she learned that the product was not real

butter, she pitched a fit and cried out that it was not nice to fool Mother Nature.


mother nature


Well, I believe she is fooling around with US this time, lulling us into the false belief that we’d be enjoying warmer temperatures and nice weather now that is

is officially spring on the calendar.  Not nice of you, Mother Nature!

  Our southwest Ohio weather is in the 20’s. brrr….  Adding insult to injury, there were snow flurries this morning.

Last year at this time, it was 80º out!

At least the sun has finally peeked through the clouds and the winds have subsided- for the moment, anyway!

My belief is that spring is still going to be a long time coming.

spring basket 1

I was chomping at the bit to see a bit of color on my front door two days ago, so I placed a few bunches of faux flowers and greenery into a small

basket to hang on the glass. Voila~ instant spring to brighten our cloudy days.


vignetted basket

The purple and orange flowers added such a fresh look to the cranberry red front door.

I’d love to see a new color on it this year. I’m so over the classic red and am thinking of a fresh new color such as Wyeth Blue.


focal zoom



.snowy snail

There is a light coating of snow that still hasn’t yet melted from the warmth of the sun remaining on this display in one of the front beds.

The weatherman says we can expect scattered snow showers for the next week or so.

I’m wondering if he has an “in” with Mother Nature and is accurate with his prediction, or if he’s just trying to stay on her good side so we can all be

thankful to her when the temperatures finally do make it into the 60’s!


I hope it will be warmer in North Carolina when we go down for the Furniture Market in a few weeks. I always enjoy seeing those gorgeous azaleas blooming

everywhere. The city sets out potted flowers in many of the beds bordering the downtown buildings. It’s so nice to see spots of color in an urban setting.

Over the years, I’ve been fascinated with the pine straw mulch that they sit in, and I even contemplated using it for the front beds last summer.

But when I found out that the cost would be exorbitant to get it brought up here, I decided to stay with the shredded black mulch that I normally use.

My guess is that you southern girls just look at the pine straw as an ordinary and everyday fact of life for the garden beds. Is that true?


If you’re in the same boat I’m in with this cold weather, try to stay warm and cozy.

But if you’re enjoying sun and nice weather, celebrate the onset of spring and give thanks to Mother Nature.

If you’re being nice, maybe she won’t notice that I am silently cursing her…..



Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Sorry bout the false spring!! I think I will quit at that, cuz, is gorgeous here!

Marti said...

Don't you have pine trees up there? I guess I never thought about it. I used to live in a neighborhood with a lot of pine trees and raked up all the pine needles I wanted as they are usually unwanted.

Maybe spring is a week away for you. It's in full force here, which is nice, but that means summer is around the corner, and I dread that.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Love your cute basket of flowers! We had 80's a couple of days ago; and now, they're talking about a cold front coming through. I was so ready to get out and start some planting. Mother Nature is very confused!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The warm temps we had a while back was just a tease here. Back to cold temps and light snow during night, turning to cold rain by morning. :/
Lots of pines around here and the joy (not) of the thick yellow/green heavy pine pollen that clings to everything in the Spring (yet to come) - bring on the allergy meds.:/

Blondie's Journal said...

I remember those commercials...they were quite popular! I give up on questioning nature, it is what it is. No snow here, just very cold. Great to see you post, hope all is well with you!


NanaDiana said...

LOL- Your post ties right in to mine today. We had a blizzard on the first day of Spring and WHAT A MESS! Mother Nature has not been kind this year- I am going to feed here Crisco next time! xo Diana

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I say get a new groundhog....he really blew it this year! I could really use a visit south right about now. ~Ugh! Hugs, Patti

Jo said...

Maybe, just maybe, we will have a decent summer this yr since we suffered through the winter

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL - I remember that commercial! Also obviously before the warnings about tanning, right? Wow is she dark! It's freezing here in Chicago as well -- snowing yesterday too. Boo. Your door piece sure is pretty and definitely tells us it IS spring even if it doesn't FEEL like it!

Barbara F. said...

I love North Carolina, I don't think I've seen that straw though. Have to pay attention at my favorite bloggers' from NC when they show their pretty yards. It is cold and blustery here, with a threat of snow still, for next week. xo

Lori E said...

I don't even wear a coat around here but then again I don't spend a lot of time outside either. My front window is even wide open this late afternoon. Our lucky year of mild weather.
I think your faux flowers look amazing and I thought they were real. Do you enter through that door yourself? It would be nice to see it every day.

Pam said...

I believe the groundhog was drinking when he predicted an early spring. I think we're getting paid back for last year.

Sarah said...

Sue, I wish I could send you some of our beautiful weather. It has turned a bit cooler again, but still lovely. It's just as spring should be. Our recent spat of 90s was not nice. Mother Nature, not nice!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the pretty basket of flowers!

I remember that commercial! :) Yes the weather in ATL has been crazy one day we're all wearing short sleeves and it's 70 and then like today there's a freeze warning and wintry mix!!

Babs said...

Sue, The weather here is not very Spring-like, either. It's finally gotten to 52 today, but feels colder. I need to work in the yard, but I'd rather just stay indoors and have a cup of hot tea. LOVE your door basket and that you can see it from inside. It's really pretty.
Yes, we Southerners use pine straw in our flower beds and around the trees. The only thing is that it has to be refreshed with more the next year. But it isn't very expensive down here..about $4 a bale. We've actually switched to cedar ? mulch. It doesn't seem to disintegrate like the straw.
Hope Spring gets to your house soon.

Jemsmom said...

I am sooooo not liking the hubs right now for moving me from Charleston to Minnesota. Boooo for snow!!!! I just saw we may get another inch tomorrow. Booooo! Hissssss!!!! We had pine straw that the builder put down,but we changed to mulch. The pine straw packs down pretty quickly and isnt' very pretty. I also didn't like it because snakes like to get in there. I am a mulch girl!