A Stroll Through My Garden

In a prime example of procrastination, I diligently went out and took these photos of my garden at the end of May… and never did a thing with them. So a random Friday in August is as good a time to share them as any, I suppose. You can never go wrong with flowers in my book. Happy Friday!

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While these plants are a bit more full and lush now (except my beautiful pot of coleus that was mowed to the ground by a heinous squirrel), the arrangement of my garden remains the same.  Also, I apologize for the timestamp that appears in some of the photos… I didn’t know it was on, and was unable to crop them all out.  I will note the name of the plants below the photos if possible.  Enjoy your stroll!

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This stunning old red fence was a piece we salvaged out of an old barn. The paint and all the markings are original.

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The color of these Drift Roses is called Popcorn. It is a perfect name, as the color changes from white to yellow as it blooms.

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I love the vibrant green of this Lemony Lace Elderberry Bush.

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Reliable Knock-out Roses and a healthy Sedum that comes back every year!

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This shady part of the garden is a difficult place for plants to thrive, so I hung this antique window to add some fun!

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These lovely Sun Coleus grew to be about two feet tall before they are devastated by a vicious squirrel.

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This is a Supersonic Tomato, and he is taller than me and producing well now!

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So pleased with my front porch arrangement! The bright green Sweet Potato Vine looks great in a cherry red pot from Westlakes.

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Be sure to stop and smell the roses this week!


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My Magnolia Experience

A recent trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area quickly became the perfect reason to take a little day-trip to Waco, Texas.  In fact, I may have informed my husband that I wasn’t coming home unless we stopped at the Magnolia Silos.  Although… he secretly enjoys the show too and enjoyed our visit almost as much as I did!  Shhhhh… don’t tell him I told you! 🙂

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I have always been a fan of Fixer Upper, but after reading their book became even more inspired by their journey.  It’s always been a dream of mine to make my life’s work doing something I’m passionate about, and I love when I see people doing just that.

I was careful to plan our trip on a weekday, because I had heard how busy it was on weekends.  I’m glad I did, because it’s almost difficult to imagine it being busier than it already was!  All the staff there was fabulous, friendly and did a great job of keeping things moving without rushing you.

The setup of the Silos is really beautifully thought out.  While the shop is full of people, the open lawn and landscaped outdoor area give you plenty of space to relax and not feel rushed.  Covered tables, swings, and bean bag chairs provide lots of places just to soak up the experience.  Should you find that you can’t find a seat, I would suggest visiting the garden and finding a nice patch of grass to relax on!

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I also truly appreciated the fact that, while the store and the bakery are both filled with beautiful things, the Silos have been designed so that you can absorb the entire experience without spending a dime if you didn’t want to.  I love that they have made it accessible for all ages and all budgets.

We parked in the convenient and free Silos parking in the back of the complex.  A lot of people didn’t seem to know it was there as it is tucked around the corner.  Should this lot fill up, there are nearby churches that were offering parking for a fee.

We began our visit by simply strolling about the lawns and soaking up all the sights. The famous #MILESTOMAGNOLIA sign is right in front as you enter the main gate, and they have staff there to take your picture so your whole party can be in the photo!  That was a touch that I really appreciated.

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The charming little bakery sits to the right of the front gate, and the old grain building that now houses the Magnolia Market sits to the left.  As you walk between these two buildings, you will enter the open spaces that are filled with the green lawn, tables and swings, and lined with food trucks.  The charming rose garden and the small Magnolia Seed & Supply are tucked at the back corner.

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We made our way slowly through the store, taking in all the beautiful displays. Everything is layed out in that “Joanna Gaines” way, that gives such nice inspiration for how to use the items in your own home.  Because we were flying home, I knew I couldn’t go crazy and buy a lot of things… so I just chose a super cute Magnolia T-shirt, a coffee mug and tote bag to use at home, and a few gifts for family.  I really wanted to come home with that famous Magnolia wreath, but I knew it would never survive the flight without being damaged.  Maybe that will be a future online purchase!

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By this time it was lunch and we were ready to hit the food trucks. I ate at the Cheddar Box, and while it was super yummy, it took over 30 minutes to get my food.  It’s understandable… I guess there’s only so fast you can go in a tiny food truck, but I was a bit hangry towards the end! 🙂  My husband made a better choice and ate at the hot dog truck.  He got his food right away and said it was the best hot dog of his life!  My recommendation would be to plan to have your lunch either before or after that noon lunch rush.

We journeyed next into the little Seed & Supply shop. This is a peaceful, quiet part of the property and while there weren’t really any seeds, there were a lot of cute knick-knacks and gardening tools.  The benches on the front porch and in the garden provide a perfect spot to rest awhile and people watch.

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At this point we had been there for several hours and we were ready for a cupcake! But sadly, due to the long lines at the bakery and the bakery truck, we made the tough decision to move on without a Magnolia cupcake. We had a few other stops to make on our Fixer Upper tour, and we had a couple hours to drive back to our hotel.

Next we headed over to JoJo’s original shop on Bosque Boulevard. They still own the property, and while it is empty now, you can still see her original sign and the beautiful gates they installed at the back of the parking lot.

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The next stop on the tour was the workshop and store of Harp Design Co… the business run by Clint Harp, Joanna’s carpenter from the show. The shop still sets right next door to their house, which was a dramatic transformation that was featured in Season One of the show!

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After this we headed back to the hotel, having had a wonderful day. That night in our hotel, we happened to watch the episode of Fixer Upper where they remodel the bakery.  This was Nate’s first time seeing that episode, and after watching it we both began to feel like we missed out by not making time for a cupcake.

Sooooo…… on our last day in Texas we had some time to kill before heading to our 6:00 pm flight. You guessed it!  Back to Magnolia!  All I can say is I have the best husband in the world!

We stood in line at the quaint little bakery shop on a beautiful, sunny morning. We were greeted in line by staff that gave us order cards so we could decide what we wanted ahead of time.  The line actually moved really quickly!

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The staff at the door let a certain number of guests in at a time to keep the experience from being over crowded. This was so nice, as it allowed me to notice all the details of the charming little shop.

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We decided on the Lemon Lavendar cupcake and the Shiplap cupcake, and handed the girl at the counter our order card. Our cupcakes arrived at the end of the counter in an adorable Silos Baking Co. box (which of course I kept!), and we headed out to the sunny patio to enjoy our treats!

The cupcakes were works of art, and just as delicious as they looked! I even loved the frosting, and I typically am not a frosting person.  We shared them both, so we could have half of each, and finished every bite!

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After another farewell tour around the market, we said good-bye to the Silos for good this time. While it may have been silly to drive all the way back for a cupcake, I am glad we returned and completed the whole experience!

Not only does the Magnolia Market and the property at the Silos feel like an extension of Chip and Joanna, but it was thoughtfully designed with every guest in mind. If you ever have the chance to visit I highly recommend it.  Even my husband enjoyed it.  It is about so much more than a store… it is about the Magnolia Experience!

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Being A Welcoming Hostess

I was inspired by Joanna Gaines’ post about providing a tray for your guests with fun goodies and overnight essentials.

We recently had some dear friends come to visit and were thrilled to be able to host them for the night!  I loved idea of leaving them a few welcoming touches.  Here is what I included for them on our guest tray…

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L-R: Small vase with some fresh greenery, some skincare samples (Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil & Perricone MD Finishing Cream), fresh bar of Yardley soap, candies, clean towels and a handwritten welcome note with our WIFI password and useful information*.

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*Including some notes for your guests about where to locate some household essentials is very helpful!  Let them know where to find the aspirin, outlets, remotes and extra bathroom necessities.

Whether you have a large house or small, making your guests feel relaxed and welcomed will ensure everyone has a wonderful visit.  Please let me know what you do to welcome visiting guests!

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Think Outside The Vase

I love to have flowers in my home. I think they contribute such a feeling of life and movement.  As often as possible I try to bring in fresh blooms from my garden, but when I can’t, I have a stash of artificial flowers to place around my rooms.

I have a collection of glass and crystal vases that I have always used to display flowers. Some of them I still love… this Mikasa vase is a favorite… but I have decided it is time to think outside the vase when it comes to showcasing these beautiful blooms.

After searching my home for items I could use, I was so surprised with how many choices I found!  And when using faux flowers, my options were endless since no water was needed.

This large, glass container is an antique Planter’s Peanut jar that belonged to my husband’s grandmother!  Instead of letting it sit unused, I decided to use it as a vase and added these faux lavender flowers.  I surrounded it with these rustic saucers and bowls to give some dimension to the arrangement.

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A pretty teapot makes a wonderful vase!  I love white accessories… white is fresh and clean, plus it’s an excellent way to show off other colors.


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Sometimes, incorporating unusual greenery is fresh and fun.  Here I used a traditional vase, but mixed things up with a bouquet of hosta leaves!  Trimming my hosta bushes helps them grow and these vibrant, green leaves stay fresh for weeks.


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Don’t forget about a good old mason jar for a cute and convenient vase.


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A clear pitcher can be a great way to display tall flowers, and I can’t wait for my gladiolas to bloom so that I can display them in a pitcher with lemon slices in the water!

It was fun to search through my home to find inventive ways to decorate using things I already owned!  If you think outside the vase, tag me on Instagram (@jilliandanielleblog)… I would love to see your ideas!

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My Little Garden – Simple Pleasures

Well, my garden is finally done.  I am so behind, but everything is finally in the ground and growing!  It is such a nice feeling to see the yard landscaped and to enjoy all the bright pops of color.

Growing up, I was never much of a gardener.  Picking lots of vegetables and pulling weeds was never tops on my list of fun activities!  Now that I have my own home I love to see a beautifully designed garden full of blooms, but I still don’t want to put in a ton of work.  I’m a lazy gardener!

In order to maintain my sanity, I keep my vegetables to a manageable minimum.  I have four tomato plants, four pepper plants, four kale plants, four brussell sprout plants and a few onions that won’t take much maintenance or weeding.

For the rest of our landscaping we use easy to grow perennials and potted plants.  I also love to use stones, logs, and antique elements as accents in our garden.

Intentionally keeping things easy and maintenance free allows me to avoid becoming overwhelmed, and to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening.  It brings me joy to look out my door and see the beauty of our flowers!

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I love this weathered, old wagon among all my drift roses.  The color of the roses is “popcorn”.


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It’s the end of Iris season… there are only a few left.


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I love antiques in the garden!  This jug and cast iron pot look great against the brick of our house.


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This arrangement sits right in front of our vegetable garden.  The plant in the center is sedum and it is one of my favorites!



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These are ornamental peppers.  They are just starting now, but soon this will be covered with tiny purple, red and orange peppers!



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We just planted this, but it will fill out quickly and be packed with coleus in another month!


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This old dynamite box adds a nice touch to this wooden bench.


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Knock-out roses are a low maintenance way to add tons of color to your yard!


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Coleus is a favorite and easy to grow.


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This watering can is functional when I need it, and looks so cute sitting among my flowers.


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