The boys spoiled me with this gorgeous antique armoire (my new coat closet!) with hand-painted faux wood graining. I like to think it began life in a French farm house in Provence.
And then my real gift was several uninterrupted hours in the garden (or "digging the dirt" as Hayes calls it).
The peonies are just about to burst into bloom.
My herb garden is finally ready! I had to wait for things like our late April snow this year. But now it is well stocked with three types of oregano, two kinds of fennel, four basil varieties, thyme, chives, sorrel, savory, rosemary, parsley, several sages, and my favorite scent--lemon verbena.
After hours of garden therapy, I finished off the day by wandering around taking photos. A few...
I couldn't resist taking a picture of my neighbor's little "princess path" as we call it. It looks like the perfect petal-strewn aisle this time of year when the pink camellias are in bloom.
The camellia that caused all this loveliness:
And the two elm trees out front are in bloom with neon green pods. They are huge, and are two of only 500 American elms left in the U.S. They are actually on the National Historic Register of Trees!