Sunday, January 29, 2012

tulip trees

It started when i saw the tulip trees blooming in San Luis, just a few days ago. When I arrived back home, I glazed some of my old clay pots, and painted them with signs of spring.

You can see why I was so inspired.


From left to right, hedgehog with nemesia, viola in a morning glory seedling pot, and thyme and thyme. I think that if you don't have a kiln, you could paint these with white acrylic and do the same thing. Even cut out pictures , glue and glaze with sealer.


Some think of spring as a time to enter their prize tulips in bulb competitions.

There are those who smell it arriving in the very air around them



Then discuss new forget me not seed varieties with gardening friends.




I visualize acres of sweet peas in my tiny side garden.

Some are more the vegetable type


Just this morning I decided to take the path marked 'Spring'.

I hope I meet you there

xxx

julie


ps thank you for you wonderful and sweet comments from my last post, meant so muchxx

pss I forgot to add I'm giving the hedgehog pot and holder to a random commenter,
the pot is originally from France, the little clay holder from our nursery right here


juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

77 comments:

kathyd said...

i been thinking it does feel like spring . maybe a little too soon.
xxoo

Librarian said...

How I envy you for having temperatures that already allow for the tulip trees to blossom! Over here, we call them magnolia, and there are two very large and beautiful ones in my street. But it will be months before they will show their full beauty again; we have not had much of a winter during November and December, and only now, at the end of January, is it getting wintery.
The hedgehog is adorable!

woodland wanderer said...

i am waiting that i could see some tulip trees at the Kew gardens. the one you saw Julie looks so beautiful!! it reminds me of a magnolias. exotics which a rare where i live.

and the hedgehog, beauty also! like your potteries also.

susanc said...

What a wonderful post Julie! It does feel like Spring ~ crazy warm weather! Your creations always bring a smile to my face ~ thank you! :)

Laura Farrow said...

hi Julie, ah the tulip magnolias! we finally put one in just beyond the kitchen window last year. there is a spot in Duke gardens where just the tulip magnolias are planted, all different varieties. they are the most beautiful riot in the spring.. a magical place to be. lovely post. I'll see you on the road to springtime. xo

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

'Tulip trees' what a lovely and apt description - I have never heard Magnolias so called!

Wonderful pots and platters and flowers Julie. Yes, roll on spring. x

blissfulsally said...

I think I'm as random as can be here in Mexico. But I miss spring and all the flowers, especially sweet peas!

Spittin-Toad said...

So lovely...I just adore your art!
Spring seems like such a long ways away, but I can't wait!
Thanks for the taste of spring!
Denise

Claire said...

Spring, what a delightful path to take......I cn see why you were inspired.

Acres of Sweetpeas the scent would be divine.
You could fill the whole house with them...

I don't have a kiln and I could paint some plant pots, but Julie they would never have the same wonderful sense of whimsy as yours do. They are delightful and I love Mr. Fox and his gardening attire too.

It's raining here.....at last, beautiful, gentle ,cooling, quenching rain.

Claire X

The Sea Garden said...

Your work inspire me to have a go at some pottery like yours. I have some friends with kilns here on the island so I think I will sometime soon. Also I might try and grow a magnolia althogh I think I'm too close to the sea. They grow beautifully on mainland Tasmania.

Carolyn Parker said...

Spring, hedgehogs, woodland wonders, tulips, forget-me-nots, fresh breezes, rabbits, hilltop cottages, rose hip tea in the garden, blackberries for supper, a time for renewal.
Your wonderful work delight, enchants, and makes me dream of this and more.
Remember me xoxo batty mae

Aprilgirl said...

My Aunt was an avid gardener and had a glorious yard/garden to play in when I was a little girl...my favorite tree there was the tulip tree. At least, that is what we always called it. Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories of spring with your lovely blog. So happy spring is right around the corner. Your beautiful pottery is a delightful reminder!

Robin Larkspur said...

So very beautiful your pots, and words of spring. My beloved mother just passed away four days ago; I just read your post about love, and mother love. So wonderful these women who loved us. Thank you for your lovely blog. Robin.

Madam Shen said...

Your work is magical. Thank you for sharing it with us. There are many tulip trees where I live, in Eugene, OR. I believe they are my favorite. A tree that flowers just to flower!! Magnificent. I think I will take the path of Spring also.

Linda in New Mexico said...

Seeing this tulip tree in bloom always calls my Mom to memory. She planted the one in our backyard right after we moved in this house 49 years ago. When it blooms (which sometimes is twice a year) I know my Mom is happy with the beauty she left behind. I always enjoy seeing your art and most especially the hedgehogs and donkeys.....so happy.
Oma Linda

holly aka golly said...

Oh, I have spring on my mind too! this time of year makes me impatient, so thank you for the preview of things to come!

Judy Shreve said...

What a beautiful post - love 'the path to spring!' We are so warm this winter in GA that daffodils are already springing up and my blueberry bushes are starting to bud leaves. I'm concerned we could still get a hard frost in February . . .
I've painted clay pots with acrylics before - works beautifully & is a fun project.
Acres of Sweet peas conjures up the best vision . . .

lilylovekin said...

Love to look at the tulip trees and see the pink against the blue. Your tree looks just lovely. Along with all the wonderful pottery you have painted for spring, I need to start along the path.

Stephanie Gentry said...

Ohmygoodeness, what a lovely sight, that tulip tree. It's the middle of winter here, but so sunny and warm at times that it feels like spring. I can't wait for all the blooms to come!

Jimmie said...

Spring is on my mind too. I start counting the days until spring about the middle of January. As I look out my window, I see "butter 'n eggs" daffodils - you know, the double variety of daffodils. We've had such a mild winter in our neck of the woods that some of the trees are already swollen with buds and many flowers are beginning to push up the dirt. Just a bit early, but scumptious, none the less.

Diane in North Carolins

Valerianna said...

Sweet! We're frozen in here, practically SKATING to the new studio over the driveway, so can't even IMAGINE blooming trees. Even so, there is a particular bird song that seems a harbinger of spring. Happy dreaming!
(that hedgehog photo is adorable, as is your pot!)

Betsy said...

I'm thinking I can smell those big magnolia blossoms even from so far away...and feel their fleshy thickness...and maybe in April if the weather is right we'll have them here! Soft petals, blue skies...always good.

Margaret said...

What a lovely post! I love tulip trees -- Oh for spring! Love the pots! You are so talented. Now you have me wishing for spring even more than before. lol!

farmlady said...

IT has been such a mild winter this year that I'm not sure I am ready for Spring yet... but your post sure states it's case. I now have a beautiful reason to look forward to the loveliness of what Spring will offer.
Love the pots. LOVE your art.

Lori ann said...

dear julie,
remember when you said you couldn't think of words for the lovely sea anenome?

this is ALWAYS how i feel when i come here.

how to describe the complete and total beauty of your work. i happen to know that your pieces are so coveted, they sell sight unseen. everything you make is stunning. and everytime i look i think oh! thats my favorite, no that, umm no this one! and so it goes.

but if i HAD to choose it would be anything with hedgehogs (once while staying a friends home in germany, we sat up late at night in her garden and coaxed one out with a cookie. omg they are cute)
and because of you i now love wee painted houses too.

xxx lori

Lori ann said...

p.s. i forgot to say how pretty is that painting in your header? and i really love foxes (we have a resident one, with babies even, here in our marsh) and striped socks. i'm loving those alot too.
:)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Although our winter has been mild, we have February to get through. I can only dream of spring. As usual your pottery and painting are top notch.

Zulma said...

Julie... simplemente beautiful !!!!

lynne h said...

oh julie, you're going to have a jillion comments here!

the hedgehog, the hedgehog... how you do it i don't know, but you capture the spirit of these creatures perfectly. honestly, every little bit conveys they're sincere intent, their essence with complete clarity...

yes, i'll join you on the path marked 'spring'!!

xoxo

Jayne said...

I too feel as though Spring has arrived early. Many plants in my garden are blooming and it is so early but it is oh so wonderful to see them. Your tulip tree is gorgeous. I so love your pottery creations - I could find a perfect spot for that cute little hedgehog.
Thanks for your inspiration.

vicki said...

Hi Julie - is it true that if we close our eyes and hold our breath and think really hard --- that spring will come sooner? I hope so - because I am doing just that!

Beautiful photos and such lovely creations - you know I am in love with all that you create!

(I hope that you are doing better - I know it still hurts~~)

Vicki

jen storer said...

I would follow that hedgehog anywhere especially if he could lead me to Spring! jx

sandra said...

I feel like Spring is happening in my little backyard :)) It has been beautiful and I am loving every minute of it. I am crossing my fingers on that sweet pot of yours to put along "my path to Spring" !!!

Cheryl Glace said...

Hi Julie, I spoke to Sissy this morning and she told me about your blog. She loved the "cube" with the dog in it:) She seems to be doing much better. Her spirits are up and she is cooking again. John must be happy. I see your sweet Emmie dog has a nice scarf to show off her pretty smile. I always enjoy looking at you things on Etsy. They warm my heart. Enjoy this beautiful weather. Love, Chesh

Anonymous said...

As always love your "posties"! Even though I live in San Diego, and we have some pretty places,
your wonderful area seems so serene and vibrant and I can almost smell the ocean air!
Cheers to you! Keeping my fingers crossed that eventually I will acquire one of your darling pieces!!!
Cocoa

sharon said...

You paintings on pots and your photos are beautiful. The flower photos are intoxicating! I believe I am ready to go to sleep and dream!
Thank you as always for sharing beauty and the positive in life!

polkadotpeticoat said...

What wonderful signs of Spring , your pottery is so amazing!!!

Mystica said...

No winter in this part of the world so no spring either but the photographs are beautiful. And the pottery is amazing.

Debbie said...

Julie, your blog is so charming and viewing it has inspired me to paint again. I greatly appreciate your willingness to share about the materials and the processes you go through to create your beautiful art. From your writing, I’ve enjoyed learning about the natural wonders of the central coast (where my youngest is attending her first year at Cal Poly in SLO). Your recent blog entries touched my heart even more as you shared about your dear mother. I can relate. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Fondly, Debbie Willheim

Vicky Lovejoy said...

Julie I love those pots!!!!
It will come as no suprise to you that my absoloute favorite is the hedgie pot :0)
Spring is my favorite time of year. It is paradise to hear the abundance of birdsong and to watch everything coming to life. It's such a magical time and the smell and sight of sweet peas is one of my favorite things!!!
I can understand why you were inspired by those gorgeous tulip trees!!!
Hugs Vicky xxxxxxxx

felicity said...

Really lovely images on the ceramics, and a wonderful reminder of the coming Spring.

cr-mics said...

We just had our first snow this morning! So spring feels miles away now..But inside I put some seedlings on a warm spot so at least it's like spring in some parts of the house. I love these first signs but I'm afraid it takes a long time before they can leave the house and grow in the wild. Enjoy the trees over there, it looks wonderful!

Country Rabbit said...

lovely spring like post- your flower pot paintings are just so adorable,
delicate and whimsical ;0)xx
your patchwork like canvas paintings are wonderful too x

Ink and Aquarelle said...

Wow! So light & happy! Here in New England, we have cold & grey, & I thank you for reminding me that spring will return!

Jo Oakley said...

hello there from a grey and bleak London sky...thank you for your comment it really cheered me on a somewhat cheerless day. ps your work is beautiful x Jo

dulcy said...

Lovely springy post Julie! I'm right there with you..... Our weather has never really turned into deep dark winter this year, but snowdrops are up, though not yet blooming, and crocus heads are peeking up around the yard. Yes.... a clear dull coat of something on my shoes would be a very good idea. Thanks!
xo
dulcy

gallerydarrow said...

I love your painted pots, those magnolias are inspiring, so beautiful but I'm still hoping winter decides to pay a visit.

xo Ro

Zuzu said...

So very beautiful! I look out the window as I type and the only pink I see is in the morning clouds. I'm afraid Spring won't dance in the woods here until late May!
You know how much I love your little hedgehogs. Each one steals a little piece of my heart! :)
Wishing you a lovely week, Julie!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Maria said...

Sweat peas! Thanks for the reminder, Julie. I must have some sweet peas this spring. Is it too late to plant some seeds?
Maria

Anonymous said...

Yes, I hope to meet you in the spring as well.

Sue

GardenofDaisies said...

We haven't had much of a winter here. A few cold days, but hardly any snow. Our magnolia trees will probably start blooming earlier than normal. My neighbors have a particularly beautiful specimen in their back yard. All of your pottery is wonderful and some day I hope to purchase another piece.

Cathy Kiffney Studio said...

I'll chime in here too, I adore the tulip magnolia, my mother has a huge one on her farm and I always steal a bouquet...And your pottery and paintings are sooooo warm, sweet and wonderful! looking forward to seeing much more! Thanks for visiting my blog. Cathy
PS, will you be making any spoons this year?

littlemancat said...

Beautiful post- always am so happy to see a new one. The pots are lovely and the tulip trees are wonderful. Here in chilly Pennsylvania [although not as chilly as most winters] I have lots of snowdrops and some winter aconites blooming. Love them so much.
Mary

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I am SO looking forward to Spring! Every year I dread the post holiday season when the dreariness of winter sets in. It will be April before we see Spring coming and I will welcome the flowers and budding trees! Love your work--it inspires me, even though I work with wool, cotton, and silk.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Love this post! Love the flowers! Love the pottery! Gee were you visiting anyone I know in San Luis . . .

Have a happy week!

Aunt Jenny said...

Oh Julie...you just make my day...feels like spring to me even here in Utah. Your lovely creations are perfect.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Maria~ I think its the perfect time to plant the Sweet peas, do you soak them overnight first? it helps them germinate faster

Cathy , Spoons, yes! I have some drying in the oven now. Now my secret drying place is revealed 0)

Thanks to everyone for your uplifting commentsxx

RosesRadishesandRubbish said...

Julie, as usual I am in LOVE with all your wares. Right now my 4 year old is going through a hedgehog love stage. We have been reading a lot of Jan Brett books she owns her own hedgehog and incorporates them most of her books. I love how your pottery is useful and also tells a story...I think I would plant more plants if I had such beautiful pots!!! :) Your work is awesome!!!

susan jenkins said...

I just love your little pots. so sweet! I love thinking of spring too!! Beautiful post!
xx

Helen Philipps said...

Such a lovely post, with your delicate creations and that beautiful tulip tree....and a real feel of spring and gardens to come. I will join you on the path to spring, Julie!
Helen x

Peggy said...

What charming pots, sadly it feels more like summer here in Florida. We've only had two days of sweater weather!!! How disappointing!! What a sweet hedgehog!!

April said...

I have been quiet for a long time now..but not because I haven't been sitting here surrounded by hedgies and hot tea. No, maybe it's a laziness...an "Oh my, she already has 100 Comments so she doesn't need mine..." But I have OOOUUUHHHHHHHH and AHHHHED everytime I have snuck in! I have smiled and enjoyed and loved and cherished. Just want you to know I am sitting in the meadow..a ways away...drinking port now and then from my Hedgie Port cup and loving every single thing you do! I'll be sure to WAVE next time and blow you a Kiss!!! XO, April.

Bonnie Crawford said...

Julie--LOVE the pots!! Have been thinking of you and Susan often lately--sending my love. Hugs, Bonnie

Sawpaul said...

I'm with you, I love sweet peas also, sadly not enough sun in my yards to grow them. Spring, I'm still waiting for winter!
You're pottery is wonderful I buy it whenever I can.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, I love sweet peas also, sadly not enough sun in my yards to grow them. Spring, I'm still waiting for winter!
You're pottery is wonderful I buy it whenever I can.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, I love sweet peas also, sadly not enough sun in my yards to grow them. Spring, I'm still waiting for winter!
You're pottery is wonderful I buy it whenever I can.

Val said...

I love those trees too. Here in Pittsburgh, I expect to see them blooming in March. Heaven on earth! ♥ And I love the little Morning Glory cup. So simple and sweet. Enjoy your weather, O' Talented One!

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

Your pottery is wonderful...love the little hedgehog. The lovers in the previous post are the best.

Barb

millefeuilles said...

Such beauty and joy here. I love your new header picture. I love the whole garden theme going here. I LOVE your creativity. Perfect.

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Wonderful to meet spring over here in The Julie Whitmore fairytales:)
Greetings from a VERY COLD and wintry Sweden
Much love
Becky

Lisa Graham Art said...

Wow...I would love to see some color like that! I love all your creations...what a great idea about the paint, etc. Might have to make a few pretties for my patio this summer. I will name one after you.

: )

Thank you for spreading such cheer!

pat said...

Julie my dear... I love coming to sit in your gardens o'plenty..you do make it seem like spring will come...even to Michigan.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Julie,

I just discovered your delightful and charming blog and have enjoyed exploring it - your art is so lovely. The hedgehog is adorable and your garden scenes are enchanting.

I signed up to follow your blog and will be back for another visit.
Have a lovely creative day.
Blessings,
Erin

Plushpussycat said...

Oh my! Your little critters make me smile! I'm so glad I found your blog today! :-) Jennifer

A bird in the hand said...

The Canadian groundhog, names Wiarton Willie because he lives in Wiarton, Ontario, says spring will be early this year... [I waved in your general direction when I was in Santa Barbara -- got back last night!). xoxo

Maggie Ann said...

How charming....and you have given me food for thought...painting a pot white acrylic and pasting on sweet things. Thank you Julie..

Trish Stover said...

Julie, I just love the little characters on these sweet pots....and yes, your blog does make me happy :>)

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