Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Favorites on the First







It's Favorites on the First! 

Wow! 
Where on earth did April go?
I am not ready for this month's theme.

How did this happen?











It has been cold here lately...
too cold to plant any flowers.
 In the Chicago area,
the standard for spring planting
is to wait until Mother's Day
weekend when there is less of a
chance of a late spring freeze.







So I ran out 
and grabbed some 
fresh cut flowers
today 
just to take 
some pictures to post.
Embarrassing, really.







Yesterday,
I snapped some photos of the yard 
that is still in the very early
spring stages of growth. 











Love the colors and scents 
of springtime, don't you?

So tell me,
have you got your front door
decor in full bloom?

Show us what you've got!
Link up now.


The back of the house last evening.

Irises starting to bud.





31 comments:

savvycityfarmer said...

great may day party!!!

I'm heading out to the tent with thoughts of your front door!

xoxo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the basket, it looks fabulous. Your yard is about to burst into bloom, looking soooooooo pretty. Hugs, Marty

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Alison...your basket of flowers are beautiful....The perfect welcome with beautiful fresh flowers...love the basket!...Your flowers in the yard are gorgeous...and I love the back of your home at sunset...such a scene of serenity!...Thanks for hosting..and have a marvelous day!

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for hosting such an appropriate party for today, Alison! Thanks for letting us "hook up" an older post even. Your basket (is it a fishing creel?) looks fabulous on your front door. My iris' blooms have already come and gone here in Alabama...I hope you will post more pictures of yours in bloom.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

I wish I had something to share, Alison. My front porch is pretty blah, since I don't have all my flowers out. Your door bouquet is gorgeous, and your grounds are heavenly!!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, I do wonder where did April go! Your basket looks beautiful on the front door. I see you will soon enjoy beautiful spring flowers that have come and gone here. We are already into summer temps and flowers.
Have a happy day Alison and thanks for hosting.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Jann Olson said...

Hi Alison, your basket looks so inviting. And boy do I love the color of your door. I so want to paint mine a color but hubby is not too hep on painting over such gorgeous wood. Your zone is similar to mine. We also wait until Mothers Day to plant and I have the same colors flourishing in my garden. Your house is very pretty and looks like a wonderful place to call home. Thanks for hosting this fun party!
Hugs,
Jann

Eclectically Vintage said...

Alison,
Fabulous front door - love the non traditional "wreath"!

Your hydrangeas are gorgeous - my favorite flower.
Kelly

Karen said...

You've done a beautiful job! ...and the back of your house is just as dreamy as the front!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Thank you so much for hosting this linky party! I love all your beautiful flowers....and the sunsets....*sigh*.

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
blessings,
karianne

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your door looks beautiful. Looks like your yard is a little ahead of mine. My iris have not started to bud yet and there's nothing on my hydrangea except leaves.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison your basket looks beautiful along with your beautiful grounds! Thanks so much for hosting!

Maria Elena said...

Alison, your flowers looks beautiful! Thank you for hosting!

Shelia said...

Hi Alison! Oh, your home is beautiful! Love your front door adorned with flowers! Your gardens are so lovely too.
I just found out about your party and I wanted to come!
Thanks for hosting.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Karen said...

Alison,
Your garden looks like its about ready to burst into spring with a riot of color. Your home is so lovely.
Thanks for hosting the party!
Karen

SavannahGranny said...

Alison, Your flowers are gorgeous. Loved the tour of the garden. I don't know how I have been missing this. I just recently starting getting emails notification of your posts. I saw this and did a happy dance.
Hugs, Ginger

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Your door basket is adorable. The colors are perfect. Thanks for hosting...your party is one of my favorites. I'll be back over the next few days to visit some links. Have a good week!

andrea@townandprairie said...

I didn't realize this was for front doors and already had you listed on my post as a destination! Hope you don't mind! I'll just be the back door on this one!

Mary Anne said...

Hi Alison:

Your door is beautiful with its fresh flowers. In fact, it is outstanding. Love the selection of flowers and the colors you put together. No need for embarassment. Fresh flowers to fauz (or everlasting flowers) anyday. Loved it Allison! Also, thanks for the party!! This is my first and decided to just wing it!!! (and there I was) M.A. ox

Mary Anne said...

Hi Alison:

Your door is beautiful with its fresh flowers. In fact, it is outstanding. Love the selection of flowers and the colors you put together. No need for embarassment. Fresh flowers to fauz (or everlasting flowers) anyday. Loved it Allison! Also, thanks for the party!! This is my first and decided to just wing it!!! (and there I was) M.A. ox

Mary Anne said...

P.S. That would be FAUX!
m.a.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a pretty bouquet, Alison! I am so sorry that I have lost track of your party, I would have joined although I don't have a thing on my front door but for a big carrot that says Welcome!! I guess it's time to take the Easter/spring stuff down! ;-D

Your yard and gardens are going to be bursting in a few weeks...what a shame we have to wait so long to plant anything and then it's over so soon! I still love my Chicago though!

Have a good week!

XO,
Jane

SavannahGranny said...

OMG! I was so excited to see your party I didn't know or realize I was doing a theme. I just got over to Babs' blog and realized I should have done a front door.
Just call me dunce. Send me the cap and I will wear it. Hugs, Ginger

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The basket of fresh flowers is just gorgeous!

Thanks for hosting this fun party, I'm joining in this time!

Katherine

NanaDiana said...

Alison- It is all looking lovely. We are the same way here-too cold to really plant outside yet. We usually wait until after Memorial Day.

The back of your place is just gorgeous! I love it- xo Diana

Gail said...

Your flower basket is beautiful Alison and so is your grounds! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your evening, Gail

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Alison. Noting on our front door to share. I may have to explore the neighborhood to see if I can find a pretty door decoration. ;-)
This is lovely. Fun to see more shots of your home.
~ Sarah

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Thanks so much to all of you who have come by and linked up or commented this week!

Tomorrow is the home tour that I have been working on for WEEKS and once it is over, I can get back to blogging again.
_AND answering your fantastic comments!)

I will be in touch soon!
xoxox
Alison

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

EVERYTING you do is magic! LOVE the flowers on the door. Beautiful!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

The basket turned out beautiful. It's been cold and rainy here for weeks now. I can't wait for it to warm back up.

Dee

Susan Hawthorne said...

Your front door basket is gorgeous, but your Kentucky Derby table is breathtaking! Just went on the home tour and was wowed by the table you put together! Stunningly beautiful. Loved the blue ribbons with your shop name!