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My Garden Mantel

Well garden season is almost here, and I can barely stand the anticipation!
The weather is not quite ready for flowers, 
even though there are garden centres opening up around us!
Where I live, you don’t dare plant flowers until at least May 24, or even June 1.  
Major bummer.

So you can imagine, most gardens around here look like this.
Brown, with some plants coming to life…slooooooowly.
My pots are all empty and sad looking.
I actually think that little shovel is frozen into that dirt.
And can you see the grass?! It’s brown.  And yellow.  And sad.
So I thought, I’m going to bring my garden in!
My mantel seemed like the perfect place to garden-scape…
…it’s central to my home, so I can be regularly reminded that garden season is coming!  Hang in there just a little longer.
Pops of green.
So I’m feeling ready for garden season, are you?
Want to see more garden-inspired posts?

Have a great day!

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    April 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Love your garden mantel!

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    [email protected] Line House
    April 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Yes! I can’t wait!

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    April 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Loving the choice of decor that you added! It looks very natural:)

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    April 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    your garden mantel looks great! good for you!

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    April 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    I love your mantel! I’m wanting Spring soo bad. I know our winter was very mild, but I am soooo ready for warm temps and sunny days. Today would be much more enjoyable if this wind would die down! Anyway, love the mantel. And the grass in the pots is very cute. I bought some cat grass last week at Safeway. I told my hubby I needed some summer in the house. haha

    Have a wonderful weekend!! I’m hoping to get some spray painting done. : )

    ~ Catie

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    April 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Jo-Anna, I always LOVE seeing the new look you place on your mantle. I have awarded you the “Sunshine Award”, could you please take the time to read about this under my blog post of today’s date. Blessings to you …

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    Ali Richardson
    April 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    SO pretty 🙂 I think the indoor garden is a great idea 🙂

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    April 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Love those pops of green

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    April 21, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    What a beautiful mantel! I love the natural, spring look! So pretty!

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    April 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Love it is it real grass?

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    April 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Your mantel is so beautiful, I can’t wait for gardening season too! We are pretty much in the same boat as far as planting outdoors, May long is usually when I start planting outside, that is if it isn’t pouring rain or hurricane force winds!

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      April 28, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      I usually try to wait for May Long weekend too, but this year I’m going to try to plant some pansies a few weeks earlier! Wish me luck!

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    April 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Nature on your mantel – beautiful! We had a few days of spring here last week, but it’s back to almost freezing temps again. My poor tulips that just opened!! I love your idea of bringing some spring into your house when it just won’t arrive outside!!

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      April 28, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      Thank you Bronwyn! I really need some real plant life around, so why not bring it inside I say! Our winters are just TOO long! 😉

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    Carrie Burrill
    April 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    How pretty! The green really pops I love it. Especially that green throw pillow in the chair.

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    April 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Love your mantel. Simple, earthy and artsy. Much of these pieces would fit in your bedroom. Did you pick accent colour yet.

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    April 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Ahh you did such a beautiful job on your mantel!! Love all the decorations~ Love the touch of green and those bark holders!

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      April 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      Thank you! I love the birch too! And they are just pieces of wood that I scavenged from my Mom & Dad’s firewood pile! Love it!

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    Barrett Family
    April 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    New follower from Thee Network Blog Hop. Adore your blog!


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    April 23, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Classic & Beautiful! Love it!

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    Gena @ Red Tag Mama
    April 23, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    This really inspired me to try again at growing things. How is it possible that I grew up weeding a gigantic garden and snapping green beans but I can’t grow a thing on my own? Stopping by from the hop today (we are neighbors). New twitter and pinterest follower.

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      April 28, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Thanks Gena! So happy to have you here! I too grew up weeding a gigantic garden and snapping green beans! I think I inherited my Mom’s green thumb!
      I say go for it and garden!

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    April 23, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Your mantle looks beautiful…I am your newest follower from the networking blog hop! I would love if you would stop by my blog and if you like what you see follow back 🙂
    Modern Modest Beauty

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    Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch
    April 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    JoAnna, Good for you…it can be spring inside right now! 🙂 I love your mantel! It really does say spring! Beautiful! Love the bee and the flowers on the hearth.

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    Linda @ it all started with paint
    April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    The garden mantel is so pretty! And I’m very much loving your amazing fireplace too!



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    Lyndsay Wells
    April 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Hi there 🙂 I come by way of the Food Bloggers of Canada – looking to meet more bloggers close to home and I love yours! Your spring decorating pictures are just beautiful and put me in the mood for summer. Nice to meet you and I look forward to following!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    April 24, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    What a pretty mantel – I love the wheat grass, it’s such a bright, happy shade of green. And I love your green pillow too! 🙂

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    Denise at Forest Manor
    April 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna,

    I LOVE your spring mantel! This is so inspired; I love it all, but I think my favorite is the old window frame and the bee plaque. What a wonderful idea! Your home is just lovely; I really like your built-ins. Beautiful bookshelves are such a great feature in a home.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. That’s not one of my prettier posts 😉 but the middle of a renovation rarely is. I’m so ready for the finished result. I really like your blog, and I’m a new follower. Would you consider following back? I enjoyed looking at your recipes; I’m collecting for when the kitchen is finished.

    Hope you have a great week!


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