Hello, and happy April! Well, it has already been a busy spring here at the Outside the Box House! As you would expect, flowers and plants are popping up everywhere in the garden, and it is a lovely sight!
The tulips are in full swing. I planted a mixture of three white varieties: one early-, one mid-, and one late-blooming, so the show lasts three times as long as a single variety. The first wave has been great, and I can’t wait to see the next two!
In fact, everything has seemed to be blooming at once and came together perfectly for one of this month’s highlights: a garden tour and lunch by the ladies of the Evergreen Garden Club of Little Rock.
Even as the tulips exploded, the daffodils were still in full force, and the dogwoods had just begun to open.
The dogwoods were so lovely that we took some of the branches inside to create a dramatic display on the dining room table.
Elsewhere throughout the house, we made several gorgeous arrangements from various spring flowers gathered and given to me by a friend. Their natural beauty was the perfect way to bring the feeling of spring indoors!
The bath got an arrangement of its own, made from delicate soaps, perfectly molded into realistic leaves.
Back outside, in the courtyard, the ladies and I lunched on delicious boxed meals from Bouchée, a wonderful bistro located on the Downtown Fayetteville Square.
More spring branches and hurricanes converted into terrariums by adding Maiden Hair Ferns adorned the tables.
The weather was perfect, although a tad bit breezy, and the ‘Snowdrift’ Crabapple trees in the fountain garden lived up to their name, showering the whole courtyard with tiny, white petals!
It was a beautiful, fun day, and it was a pleasure spending it with such a wonderful group of fellow garden lovers. I hope you are enjoying this spring, as well, and have the opportunity to get out and Live Outside the Box! See you next month!
Exterior designer Daniel Keeley is an Arkansas native and founder/principal of DK Design. His work has won numerous awards and accolades and is featured regularly in various publications. For more information visit dkdesignoutdoor.com.