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IMG_0904{Snowfall on Lawyers Road last Monday, March 25th}

Spring Seeds
Over the winter I drafted then planned the vegetable and herb gardens onto paper. Now with great anticipation a variety of seed packets have begun arriving and I cannot wait to get into the garden to plant greens, beans, watercress, garlic and parsley.

Walters Art Museum
This gallery located in Baltimore, Maryland is a pubic art museum and a fabulous spot to spend an afternoon perusing its collections. One of my favorite pieces is The Madonna of the Candelabra by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael ca. 1513, Renaissance), which was the first Madonna painted by Raphael to enter a North American collection.

Massage Envy
Having the 90-minute massage with Zach this past weekend was the ultimate stress reducer which helped me unwind so completely that I looked as if I had a facial. Consider massage as a necessary component to your health and beauty regime by establishing a regular treatment plan at Massage Envy.

Clyde’s of Reston
It is always a treat to meet up with the girls to have lunch, but this week T3 and I had a great time at Clyde’s chatting and catching-up while sharing the Asian Calamari tossed with sweet and sour sauce, scallions and cilantro, which was absolutely delicious. After lunch there is always shopping at Chico’s, where we met a fabulous new friend Sibyl. She was extremely creative in regards to fashion and full of innovative ideas.

SH2 Soft Jazz Playlist
As always music is constant in our home, here are a few additional songs to enrich your playlist!

  1. Waters Run Deep by Bolero Orchestra on Pure Acoustic Moods
  2. Desafinado by Leonard Brothers on Time After Time
  3. Samba 1000 (Nicola Conte) by Ursula 1000/Nicola Conte on Den of Thieves: The Sound of the 18th Street Lounge
  4. Sabor a Mi by Kenny G on Rhythm & Romance
  5. Bella Serra by Larry Rauch on Our Time
  6. Snowbound by The Rippingtons on Curves Ahead
  7. Down in Brazil by Leonard Brothers on Time After Time

Have a luxurious day!!


Color Palettes of Spring

{Picture of the Cherry tree at Heath last spring}

There is something about being sequestered within the winter season; seeing endless grey skies, the occasional sprinkling of white snow and navigating formidable black ice, which begins to take its toll. With the wind seriously whipping up extremely cold weather, my thoughts are focusing on the warmer days ahead.

I have already noticed the first glimpses of spring with the arrival of blue jays, cardinals and humming-birds fluttering around the property setting up their roost. Hyacinth and daffodil shoots are darting through the ground and buds are sprouting on various trees. Each weekend I carve a bit of time to leisurely peruse seed and plant catalogs. My focus has been on the color scheme of the spring garden and how the shades of each flower will unfold over the various seasons.

IMG_0764{Southeast side of Heath Garden in fog}

Since pastels are usually acquainted with early spring, I am really trying to enjoy their softer palette, but my eye is moving towards richer more vibrant colors, such as radiant reds, outlandish oranges and fabulous fuchsias. Each time I open a fashion magazine color is splashed everywhere and orange is a predominate color seen on clothes and within the touches of makeup. It is a tone I am eager to experiment with throughout the garden. I have ordered a myriad of dahlias from Swan Island and cannot wait to see this rich vibrant shade with its beautiful mixture of reddish oranges and rusty golds within the flowering blooms.

While most gardens are still dormant this is great time to let your imagination become an incredibly creative tool when drafting your spring garden!!

{Rosemary that survived the winter season in pots on deck}