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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

A Fast Inexpensive Spring Touch

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring rarely arrives as quickly as most people want. 

Christmas is the highlight of the year for many, 
and Valentine's Day is filled with love, 
but shortly thereafter 

the  w.e.a.r.i.n.e.s.s  of Winter 

begins to make us long for Spring. 
With no more Winter holidays to brighten our days, 
we look ahead longing for new life, warmer days, and blue skies. 

We look for 

How do we dispel Winter's GLOOM while it 
is still too cold to plant outside? 
"How," you ask, "do we find Spring?" 

Here are my go-to ways for how to find Spring 
that always works for me. 
Takes me from Winter lethargy to a 
s-p-r-i-n-g in my step and humming June is Bustin' Out All Over 
long before March goes out like a lamb. 

What better way to combat the dreariness of overcast skies 
and frigid temperatures than to d r e a m about Spring? 
To dream by looking at seed catalogs, 
planning flower beds, and creating diagrams for vegetable gardens?  

Then when bedding plants arrive in the garden centers, 
 dreams begin to become realities.  

Bringing small four-inch pots of lavender into the kitchen 
is a fast inexpensive Spring touch that banishes Winter inside. 

Just two little lavender plants create an indoor garden 
that smells divine, feels fresh, and looks beautiful. 

Easy, Fast, Inexpensive... 
No green-thumb required... 

Set two pots inside a large oval bowl that will catch water that drains from the pots. 
Use a large oval serving platter to protect furniture from moisture. 
Leave the bedding plants in their original plastic containers to make 
it easy to transplant the lavender outside after the last freeze. 

Until the last freeze, enjoy a little touch of Spring inside in a sunny window. 

Herbs of any kind will not only provide a little Spring green, 
they will also provide fresh scents to the kitchen and 
fresh flavors to homemade recipes. 

Try mint, basil, rosemary or sage as well as lavender for a fast inexpensive Spring touch. 

For more ideas on how to bring a Spring touch inside while Winter remains outside, see 

See more Spring Inspiration on 

Friday, March 11, 2016 

at the 

Bluebonnet Blog Hop 

when I am joining several of my good blogging friends in Texas 
and sharing even more about how we find Spring 
in so many ways. 


Please join me at these inspiring sites...

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic and Refined




  1. Love the creative way you potted the plants in the server. wonderfully creative.

  2. Oh, I love lavender! And lots of other herbs.

  3. Oh such a lovely post! and what a dreamy photo of the potager
    I haven't been able to find good lavender plants here yet (sigh)- soon I hope.

  4. Bonjour chère Judith! I hope to catch more of the Texas fun tomorrow! I had a gorgeous lavender plant a friend gave me on Christmas. It lasted for about two months in my kitchen and added such HOPE and beauty. I had it in a zinc bucket and was SO French. I love your white iron stone container!

  5. Hi Judith, lovely lavender and how beautiful your plant in the white ironstone.
    So inspiring for the new season. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. xo

  6. I bet is smells wonderful! And it's pretty! :)
    Have a lovely one, Judith.

  7. Love, love this post! The lavender is beautiful in the white bowl.The purple jars are such a fun idea too.

    See you tomorrow. :)

  8. Your plant pots turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing on Your Inspired Design!

  9. This is a wonderful arrangement. I didn't know you could grow lavender indoors.

  10. I adore the lavender! It loo9ks beautiful in the white bowl! I need MORE! I have a huge plant outside, but none inside. I feel the need to go to the garden center! It was 84 degrees while I was running errands earlier today. The lemon tree is blooming and the other plants that were cut back a week or so ago are greening up. I think Spring is here in the desert!

  11. I am in love with the container you used to hold the lavender.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.

  12. There is NOTHING like Lavender or purple to chase away the last of Winter. I love how you planted it!

  13. I love lavender and you have displayed it beautifully. I am so excited to start my spring planting! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!


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