Friday Photo Roundup - April 7

Happy Friday! We made it! High fives all around!

This week was pretty exciting. We adopted (well, my mom adopted) a little rescue dog. Her name is Molly and she's a two year old Chihuahua and Boston terrier mix. She was rescued from a hoarders house where she lived in a crate for her entire two years of existence. She's the sweetest little pup. She's super clingy with my mom and will not leave her side (or chair.) We're working on giving her lots of love and attention and building up her confidence. Photos and a proper introduction coming soon!

This week was also the start of The 100 Day project. Every evening after dinner I locked myself inside my studio and tried to paint small 6x6 abstract paintings. It's.... going. It's actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. But I haven't quit yet! Follow me on Instagram and keep up with my 100 day project.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this weeks photos. These are all from last spring at the Garden.

Hosta fine art photography by april bern photography
Red and White Rose by april bern photography
spring daffodils by april bern photography
spring blooms by april bern photography
spring lilacs by april bern photography

Today I'm headed back to the Garden in order to capture and document spring happening. I really feel like spring sneaks up on us. One minute, trees and flower beds are bare, and then BOOM! Leaves and flowers happen, practically overnight! I want to capture moments that help me savor this brief season. This trip also marks the beginning of my much anticipated tulip stalking adventures. Yeah tulips, I'll be watching you.  (Be on the lookout for updates!)


I hope you have a lovely weekend!



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Spring is in the Air- This week at the Garden

Spring sure seems to be taking it's sweet time getting here this year. We were teased a week or so ago with 70 degree temperatures and it was amazing! Since then, it's been a bit of a roller coaster in terms of weather. Warm-ish one day, cold and snowy the next. Lots of rain, and even thunder snow. There was a day last week where i swear we experienced all four seasons within a few hours!

Spring Fern, Fiddlehead growing

Even though it feels like spring is elusive, I see it. It's happening. Trees and bushes are slowing beginning to bud and their leaves are starting to grow. Teeny plants are beginning to break from beneath the soil and send forth their little green shoots. It's so exciting!

I'm so giddy and excited to see all these new growing things. Winter is so rough for me. Not only because of the darkness (that seems to last forever) but everything is either dead, dormant, or asleep. I know there is beauty in winter, but, most of the time I'm so down and depressed that I don't notice it. All I want to do is eat and sleep. I dream of green growing things.

In order to combat the dark dreariness of winter, I've been going through my vast collection of photos and posting one photo a day on Instagram.  At least this gives me (and you) something pretty to look at and it's a small reminder that spring and green growing things are just around the corner.

This is the time of year I go to the Garden almost every week. I don't want to miss a thing! Here's what was growing this week at the Garden:

Spring blossoms
Gowing Tulips
spring crocuses in bloom
magnolia buds
tulips are starting to grow
spring daffodils

Stay tuned for weekly (or nearly weekly) Garden updates! :)


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Garden update- first signs of spring

I'm super excited that it's finally beginning to look and feel like springtime in Chicagoland. Everyday I get home from work and I go outside to check out how my little garden has progressed (what, you don't do that?) 

Last year, I planted 5 grape hyacinth and 4 miniature daffodils along the side of my house leading up to the front door.  While planting,  I discovered that I had about 4 inches of soil and then i hit a black plastic liner. I assumed this liner was to deter weeds, so i tried poking (tearing) holes in it in order to plant my little spring flowers. I didn't think I planted them deep enough, but they lived out their short little spring lives and I didn't give them much thought.  Once they petered out, I planted ground cover to fill up the space. Those did really well and went on to look amazing and full by the time winter rolled around.

Imagine my surprise this year when I noticed that my little grape hyacinth and daffodils started to bloom all by them selves!

early spring mini daffodil

That was in late March. After a few weeks,  (another snowfall) and a few really nice warm days, almost all of my little spring flowers are nearly full grown!

spring grape hyancith
spring miniature daffodils
springtime side garden
spring ground cover

I can't wait for it to get a little warmer (read: no more threat of snow or frost!) I need to pick up some tulips and some more spring bulbs to fill up that area a little more as well as new plants to start my patio garden! This year is going to be bigger and better than before and will have a mini pond (Shhhh!!! G doesn't know about this yet, so let's just keep it between you and me, k?)


Do you have a garden? What do you recommend I pick up? Have any photos? Let me know in the comment section below!


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Wednesday Inspiration- Tulip

Hello! We made it halfway through another week! You know that old adage. "April showers bring May flowers", well, I suppose after all the rain we've had this month, we'll have a spectacular showing of flowers in May! Tulips are just one of my favorite spring flowers and this weeks Wednesday Inspiration is all about the Tulip!

Spring has sprung, part 2

In honor of Earth Day, I'd like to share with you some signs of spring that I photographed while at the Chicago Botanic Garden. These were taken about two weeks ago and as you can tell, the tulips aren't quite ready yet. I'll be heading back to the garden this weekend to check on their progress!

For more signs of spring, check out my flickr!


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Wednesday Inspiration- Spring Fever

I am SERIOUSLY tired of winter. Seriously. I've been scouring etsy for pretty spring things to decorate my house, or to wear (I'm LOVING the spring scarf from AnnikaLikes since it's still so chilly here!) and I've found some really great items! I hope you enjoy!


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