quickening of time…

the quickening of time is hard to ignore as we find ourselves at the end of February already…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-omis-clock

Mother Nature has wobbled from winter to May like temperatures and back again…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-sunroom-views

I ended up at a garden center last week on a glorious 78 degree/25.5 Celsius day which was a good 20 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year here in northern Virginia…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-spring-fever

a few plants came home with me and I will have to babysit them mostly indoors until planting time arrives in a month or more…

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I can’t seem to snap enough photos of this potted Lenten Rose…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-meyer-lemons-first-daffs-from-garden how do you spell spring fever…

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we have eaten a good bit of cake this month celebrating Mr Magpie’s birthday…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-pear-tarte

 still celebrating with a yummy Sunday treat of pear puff pastry tarte OH MY… magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-helleborus

wishing everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover a Happy T Day… 

33 responses to “quickening of time…

  1. Your wonderful post is full to the prim with eyecandy!
    Amazing!
    Happy T-Day dear♥ liebe♥ Patty!
    Best wishes for your Jim!
    oxo Susi

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  2. Gorgeous photos! Thank you for brightening my day!

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  3. YUMMY pear tart. I want a piece. We had some warm weather in New Hampshire too. According to my family it is still warm but I am bundled up here in New Mexico. Usually it is the opposite way around. Oh well. Enjoy the spring weather and another piece of the pear tart. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Your plants look so happy! That Lenten Rose is beautiful! No wonder you can’t stop taking pictures. And now I’m off to find something to eat because your cake and tart pictures have got me salivating!

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  5. Wow, your house looks so magical bathed in all that beautiful sunshine! You have so many pretty bits and bobs, flowers and plants that make me full of hope that spring is just around the corner! How lovely your new Pink Frost Helleborus look and such a very pretty addition to your garden, your art has captured their beauty wonderfully! Wishing Mr. Magpie a very happy birthday too 🙂 . It looks like you celebrated in style with that spectacular cake and pear puff pastry tarte – ooh la la! Wishing you happiness this T Day! J 🙂

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  6. What a fabulous post Patty! I love all those flowers – Spring is trying to make it here but we went a few miles away today visiting and it snowed! Your food and drinks all look so appetising! Hugs, Chrisx

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  7. Oh what a joy to look at your amazing sunny photos dear Patty. Your home looks so nice with all the flowers and wonderful decoration. Your cakes look yummy too. Happy Birthday to Jim!
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

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  8. oh my what a real welcome of Spring, love, celebration, treats and blooms! Beautiful photo vignettes. How I wish I had a green thumb…
    And yes, this weather in our parts has been pretty crazy. Happy T day!

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  9. I really enjoyed all of your pretty photos-we are getting same type of weather here in Missouri too-up and down and then up and down again lol Happy T day

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  10. Your post is full of goodies today, don’t know where to start – beautiful flowers, plants, and cakes galore, what a yummy mix! Happy Birthday to Mr Magpie! Happy T Day, Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  11. i already missed your Posts… and you can really tell spring has sprung!! wonderful samples of it. the hellebori are my alltime favorites (oh my, how often do i say this about plants, ha!). but hard to cultivate in the garden, they easily react miffed and don´t come back though i don´t know the reasons.
    and i spy a gorgeous table Cloth!
    celebrate spring and your husband´s b-day, patty!!

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  12. Wonderful photos of your beautiful decorations and the flowers! Your house looks very sunny, and lovely how Mr.Magpie blows out his birthday candles!
    Oh my, I wish I could have a piece of this cake now …
    Liebe Grüße, Rike

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  13. Gorgeous photographs, you have such beauty around you 🙂 We have been enjoying early spring like weather as well. We even sat outside on our deck several times, unheard of in Februray ! No complaints 🙂 Take care, Shirleyxx

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  14. Patty I have so enjoyed my visit here. The spring flower blooms are beautiful, the photos you shared from your home are lovely and the rooms look so welcoming and sunny.
    The cakes of course looked delicious and I’m sure were really enjoyed.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. Wonderful collages of beautiful things

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  16. Every photo has me all but salivating! It’s all so pretty, Patty — and looks delish too! Belated Birthday wishes to Mr. Magpie!

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  17. Your beautiful photos gives me spring fever, too- love your lemons with daffodils, – and the Lenten Rose , oh it is stunning. About the cakes, they are all looking too yummy and I can relate to not stopping celebrating Jim`s birthday,lol. Your house, dear Patty, is so filled with spring love, and all other kind of love, -beautiful, and calming pictures to look through – so lovely with the pink tulips in your old white vase , and the mixed media pieces.
    Thank you , sweetie , and hugs. xx

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  18. Eileen the Artful Crafter

    You make very beautiful photo montages and art, Patty. I absolutely adore the very last image of the Helleborus layered over a subtle script background.

    Your pear tart looks scrumptious and your home looks warm and cheery. What a nice visit we’ve had this T-day. Oh, and belated birthday wishes for Mr. Magpie 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  19. You must not own a cat… totally envious of you having gorgeous indoor plants…lol Love your photos.. you take the best photos… and your arrangements are to die for… Happy belated Birthday to Mr. Magpie!! and Happy happy T day to you too! Hugs! deb

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  20. I haven’t gone to any garden centers yet, but I look forward to picking out some things. I look forward to seeing yours again once they’re situated for summer 🙂 Happy T Tuesday!

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  21. You sure do love your garden Patty…and it obviously loves you back. What a cute little watering can vase!

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  22. I think most of us are having a good dose of Spring fever this year. Our weather is doing the same dance out west, a week of mid to high 70s then back down to frost on the roof tops. I have bulbs blooming and sprouts sprouting too……………………..oh I do wish spring would finally stick around.

    Tomorrow we get to start a new month……again……already! We have already had our March winds and April showers LOL! But I’m not complaining…..better than the drought condition.
    Happy T-day

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  23. Belated happy birthday to Mr Magpie! Those cakes looked absolutely yummy. Especially the pear thing. I do like that beautiful quilt.
    I have thouroughly enjoyed your post (as usual), with the beautiful photos.
    Beautiful helleborus! I used to have them in my garden when we lived in England and this one was always the first to flower. I suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and the flowering helleboris always was a tonic. It meant that longer days were on their way and i would get more light.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  24. I feel horrible that it has taken me so long to visit. I’m afraid I’m not a very good host this week.

    I was delighted to see your photos enlarging again. I especially enjoyed seeing Mr. M.’s birthday cake. Isn’t it wonderful when your window sills look as new and lovely as yours do? That’s the part I miss if I don’t keep up with cleaning every day.

    I’m a bit confused about the house you showed that is like mine. Is it a planter? Mine is a bank. I must get it out so we can compare them one of these days. I think mine is from the mid 80s.

    I really enjoyed the photo collages this week, and love everything about them. You have such a clever eye for these things. Thanks for sharing your cups and cakes from Mr. M’s birthday with us, as well as those beautiful plants you purchased that will find their way to your garden soon, I’m sure. And thanks for your patience in my comment. At least it’s still Tuesday here.

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  25. Oh MY!!! ♥♥♥ What an amazing collection of lovely photos that just scream SPRING and all things beautiful. Those cakes are screaming at me too…wanting to jump right out of the screen and into my watering mouth. Our storms have passed and we finally got that rain we needed so badly. No damage that I can see so all is well. It’s about 20 degrees cooler today and wet so a good day for staying inside. Happy Belated T Day!!!!!

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  26. oh you made me soooo hungry!! that birthday cake looks awesome … and sadly, me thinks it will be a HOT summer with such a warm winter… xoxo

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  27. Your page is Spring Fever. Love all the flowers. The cakes look delicious. What struck me most are the lemons in the blue dish (well, it looks blue to me) offset by the blue mat. Lemon yellow and dark blue is one of my favorite color combos. The view from your window is just lovely, and I really like your string of blue birds. Happy Belated T Day and Happy March

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  28. What an absolutely Yummy post!!
    From the thought of your warm temperatures, to the gorgeous flower picture and to those Delicious looking treats for Mr. Magpie!! Yumminess at it’s finest,I say!
    Happy Thursday sweet Patty!
    Lots of love, Jackie xx

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  29. Love your pictures!!! You stage everything beautifully – where do you get the time!
    And did you cook all that good stuff!
    I have given up cooking for Lent!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  30. You’ve made me well and truly have Spring Fever! Such lovely photos, and unseasonably warm weather. I think it’s a trick… Happy T Day very late!

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  31. Lovely photos my friend! Here Fall starts by March 21st. Hope it arrives very fast so that the weather may cooll. Wish you a happy T Day! A bit late I know!

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  32. Hello Patty, your photos are divine. They would make stunning greeting cards. I’ve been looking for a nice one for a friend today and managed to find one that was OK, but nothing like yours would be. The clock! The Helleborus! The patchwork cloth! (swoon). Hope all is well and you are still enjoying cake.

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  33. A very happy, albeit now belated, birthday wish to Mr. Magpie. Good thing birthdays come along so we have such a great excuse to indulge in cake!

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