Sunday, April 20, 2014

Flowers and a giveaway!

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Happy Easter everyone!
 
I bought a gorgeous bouquet of blue hydrangeas at the grocery store yesterday. They were such a great deal at only $6.  I put them in some water right away but the next morning they were all wilted except this one stem! Such a disappointment but I'm glad I at least have one to enjoy!

 

I love flowers! I was excited when I received an email from Hoffman Media that they wanted to send me their new book, Flowers with Southern Lady and they also sent me two more to giveaway on my blog! 


This book is stunning!  So many beautiful flowers! It makes me want to recreate some of them.  I really love the one above with the peonies and hydrangeas!
 

 
The book has flower arrangements for every season and they even have instructions on how to create some of them!
 
 
 
If you would like a chance to win one of these books, please leave a comment and just let me know if you have a favorite flower or if you love them all? 
 
I will randomly select two winners next Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Since I will be shipping these out myself I'm going to limit it to those and the U.S. and Canada to keep the shipping costs down.  If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address so I have a way to contact you.
 
Good luck everyone!
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107 comments:

~Nan said...

I LOVE lilacs. And roses....and pink peonies! Great giveaway! Nansbliss@yahoo.com

Bonita Kypros said...

The onset of spring for me is the beautiful blooming drapery of wisteria. The way it gently moves in the breeze lifting the scent for me is breathtaking.

You have a beautiful site and the photographs speak directly to my "decorative" soul.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a great giveaway! I have a hard time saying my favorite flower--probably roses..followed by peonies and lilacs!

Deborah Cline said...

Cindy
My favorite annual would be double impatients and of course the perrinal rose by no other name. I'm having a give away at debbgoesshabby.blogspot.com also. Email to win!

Debby!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I am a real flower lover....but I would have to say that roses are my favorite! Hugs, Penny

Pam said...

Thank you for such a lovely give away Cindy...I love lilac, peonies, and roses...

Joann Heidt said...

What flower can their possibly be that isn't beautiful but I do love David Austin roses and dahlias and.......... on and on. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Easter.
Joann

ljjeh@monitorcoop.com

Gayla said...

It's hard to choose because all flowers are so beautiful, but probably big roses... But then hydrangeas are amazing! Lilies... Pansies.... .

Debra Lee said...

I just love peonies!

Erin said...

Hydrangeas are so beautiful.

Erin
eparker@arkwest.com

kjgatlin said...

I don't know of any flowers that I don't like, but I especially enjoy the delicate flowers like little violets and mini pansies. Thank you for making this offer possible, and it's always a pleasure to read your blog. It inspires me!

SizzlinLiz and her Hotdogs said...

Beautiful home, would love to read through these books.

JanisHill said...

Hydrangeas. They are the loveliest of all.

B said...

I love white and light pink roses. thank you Cindy!

Susanne Hefner said...

I love most flowers. What a lovely giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. I love your blog.

Crystal Mitchell said...

I love pink roses!

shabby inspirations said...

I love all flowers. But if I had to narrow it down to just a few it would be roses, hollyhocks and lisianthus.

shabby inspirations said...

I love all flowers. But if I had to narrow it down to just a few it would be roses, hollyhocks and lisianthus.

Betty Young said...

Hi Cindy,
I would love to win the beautiful book.
I have a large flower garden and I love roses. I'll be having a Garden Tour on May 3, 2014. I have plenty of flowers for bouquets, but I need ideas.
Joyously,
Betty @ My Cozy Corner

Sarah said...

Flowers are a part of my life, so singling out a favorite is difficult. Tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses are certainly at the top of the list. Thanks for the chance to win this new book.

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I love a few. Roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, peonies, and orchids.

Silver Parnell said...

My favorite of all time, of course, are ROSES. Their appearance and their aroma are exquisite. Secondly, I love hydrangeas, tulips, any bulb flower, really. Thirdly, all flowers of all description! Flowers are a wonderful treat from God.

Brittany Ruth said...

I really don't have a favorite flower but I love to see the tulips in Germany and Amsterdam.

Victoria said...

I love Lavender and just got a couple of Hydrangea plants for our lanai, which I'm loving:) Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Denise B said...

My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas. I had the same thing happen to me with hydrangeas I bought them home from the grocery store put them in water the next day they were all wilted. Then I read somewhere that if you take all the leaves off they will not wilt. So try this next time it really works mine last a week or more. Happy planting everyone.

sums_36 said...

It's difficult to choose just one flower as a favorite. Thanks for a great give-away.

Laura Mueller said...

I love blue hydragenas! They are so beautiful!

Cristan Lamb said...

Such a lovely giveaway <3 Now, for my favourite flower...Angelique tulips, because their fragrance is completely enchanting and the colour is pink perfection <3

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

How lovely,I love roses and peonies,but I live in Australia,but good luck to the winner,it looks like a lovely book.

Janice said...

Peonies and hydrangeas and lilacs are at the top of my long list.

c09900b8-926b-11e3-88fd-000f20980440 said...

I love peonies and they are soon to bloom! I'd love to have a copy of the book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Beth D

Dan White said...

Lovely blog. We have a large garden and I love all flowers, but my favorite is cultivar day lilies which my husband and I hybridize. He works on skinny forms (spiders) and unusual forms. I love red and pink day lilies with ruffles and veining. This book looks delightful and should be in every flower lover's library!

Linda Rubin said...

I love roses and second behind are peonies....pink and pink. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a lovely book.

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Looks like a great book--my favorites are hydrangeas, roses, and I love dahlias. I hope you have a good week.
Darrielle

Scribbler said...

All Hoffman Media's publications are such eye candy. It would be a treat to win.

carolpie said...

My favs are orange blossoms and hyacinth! Super sweet and special.
Gorgeous pictures and book!
spcale at yahoo

Frances Mullis said...

I love sunflowers ~

Shannon said...

I love just about all but I get so excited when I can have peonies in our home. They are so pretty!

Susan said...

Hello Cindy...

The book looks lovely.

While I love most flowers, I think pink roses and pink hyacinths are my faves.

Thank you! Please put my name into the hat. Sincerely, Susan

feather in my cap said...

So hard to choose just one...but I always buy lantana for my containers!

Olivia Godfrey said...

Looks like a great book! I love flowers... hydrangeas are my favorite. My wedding bouquet was all white hydrangeas. :) Glad you got to enjoy some.

Donna said...

I am a Hoffman Media fan. My favorite flowers are iris (as you can see from my email handle) followed by roses then paperwhites.I do so enjoy your blog.
Blessings,
Donna
Ozarkiris114@gmail.com

Tins and Treasures said...

Greetings, Cindy,
I enjoyed catching up with you on your blog...have always enjoyed your posts! I really love spring flowers, especially the iris and of course, hydrangeas.

I'm glad to hear you had a good Easter holiday. Have a marvelous Monday. ~Natalie

Botanic Bleu said...

Cindy,
I love hydrangeas and other blue flowers...any kind.
Thank you for giving away such a beautiful book.

Judith

Botanic Bleu said...

P.S. When hydrangeas wilt, they often can be revived by soaking in the sink/tub in enough water to cover the blooms. Soak for 2-3 hours for the best results.

Judith

Junkchiccottage said...

Cindy what a great give away. Thanks for a chance.
One of my favs is hydrangeas. My lilacs are just starting to bloom. Have a great week.
Kris

Jean Bee said...

Beautiful book! I love Peonies and I'd love to win this book!
Thank you!

Terri Bartgis said...

What a nice giveaway! The book looks beautiful.

Joanie said...

Cindy love your blog! My favorite flowers are roses!
Thanks,

Joanie

Joanie said...

Cindy love your blog! My favorite flowers are roses!
Thanks,

Joanie

Grammi Sharon said...

Beautiful book. I love so many.............but absolute favorites are hydrangeas, lilacs, and dahlias.

missreneer said...

My absolute favorite flower is the magnolia. The smell reminds me of my grandmother. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

Renee
fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

Teddee Grace said...

I really love lilacs, but your hydrangeas are gorgeous. I think if you smash the stems of woody stemmed flowers with a hammer before you put them in warm water, they will absorb more water and remain fresh longer.

SCENTS OF H O P E said...

Hi Cindy...LoVe your blog! I've been on here looking around today! I came from Olga's blog..just kinda surfing around!Lol Thx for the chance to WIN one of these BeAuTiFuL books on Flower's! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Have a nice evening ;-) Patricia

Komali Nunna said...

I love hydrangeas and lilacs. I love peonies too, too bad I can't grow them in Los Angeles.

Dream Mom said...

Take your hydrangeas and soak them in water to revive them. A Country Farmhouse blog has instructions on how to do this. Good luck.

Tammy Ellis said...

I can't think of a flower that I don't love especially this time of the year!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would be thrilled to have one of these books. I love hydrangeas best! Happy Spring sweet lady! Hugs, Diane

Susan said...

My ❤ of lilacs,peonies,French lavender,old roses and hydrangeas are all some of my favorites!Thanks Susan

Susan said...

My ❤ of lilacs,peonies,French lavender,old roses and hydrangeas are all some of my favorites!Thanks Susan

Lorraine Terry said...

This sounds like a wonderful giveaway!
I love all flowers, but my most favorites are ~roses, peonies, hydrangeas, lilacs and lavender~

joanne said...

oh, please include me, flowers always have a way of brightening up a sad and lonely day.

KhaVi Pham said...

Hi Cindy,

Thank you for your lovely blog. I really enjoyed the Eden pictures that you posted in the past few years, too bad that we cannot see the Eden photos anymore...I love roses and hope to have the lovely giveaway book. My contact: vinatranpham@yahoo.com
Thanks,
KhaVi

Lori R. said...

I love all kinds of flowers but would have to say that my "favorite" is the Iris.

G said...


Choosing a favorite flower is almost
like choosing a favorite child.
Love so many.

Roses and hydrangeas are way up there for me.
Enjoy hearing about activities and
favorite places in Calif.

Lynda said...

Foxgloves, hydrangeas, roses, and peonies.

Thx, lyndalara@att.net

Michele Henry said...

My favorites are violets and forget-me-nots. Oh, also morning glories....and lily of the valley.....I could keep going!

love your blog and all your gorgeous pictures.

michelehenry4@gmail.com

Terri said...

soo funny that you are talking about hydrangeas.... I love them! They are my all time fav flower... but I do not seem to have a green thumb when it comes to my fav flower!! :( ... I am determined though... to figure out what I am doing wrong!!! The book is gorgeous!!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love all kinds of flowers, but I would have to pick white roses as my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

Terri Gordon said...

Hi, What a beautiful post, I love all flowers, but my favorites are Lilly of the Valley, Roses, and Tulips, thank you for the opportunity to win. I really enjoy visiting your blog, you always have such beautiful posts. Have a wonderful week and thanks again. Terri

jodie said...

The book looks really lovely. Thank you for so generously giving away 2 copies on the blog.

I love all sorts of flowers, although among my favorites are roses, hydrangea, lilacs, & columbine.

Donna said...

Cindy, my favorites are peonies. Mine are just beginning to bud.

I have really enjoyed reading about your move and your new place!

Cindy~ said...
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Attic Clutter said...

a beautiful hydrangea(:)

Cindy~ said...

Count me in please! I spent the day learning details about annuals and perennials so I am soooo in the mood for this book! :)

(I had to delete my prior comment due to spelling mistakes on my phone. Sorry!)

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Cindy, the book looks very pretty, please count me in for the drawing! My favorite blooms are roses, but I love your blue hydrangea as well :-)!
Christina

Maite Echevarria said...

hola tienes un blog precioso,gracias por esas maravillosas fotografias,
te dejo la dirección de mi blog
maitedecopart.blogspot.com.es
!un saludo!

Penny Young said...

my all time favotite flower is peony
my email bigdaddysgirlpenny@gmail.com
Thanks!

R Blakeley said...

How does one choose a favorite?
Lavender and carnations for fragrance. Spring bulbs are a welcome sight after a long, cold winter. Marigolds, geraniums, zinnias, pansies, violets and petunias give us color all summer long. Hydrangeas and magnolias were my favorite when I lived in the South. It's just too difficult to choose a favorite!

Thanks for sharing this opportunity.

bagleynotes@icloud.com

Stephanie said...

Roses (of course!) are my absolute favorite...I have loved your blog for years, Cindy!
Chastainstk@comcast.net
Stephanie

Jean Tepper said...

I love roses.

Sharon Avinger said...

My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, roses and tulips. I'd love to win that book! Thank you!

Hellokitten said...

Everything is so gorgeous. I love my roses, dahlias and irises. I get them every year from my son. When they bloom I am gifted again from my little sweetie.

The Victorian Girl said...

My favorite flowers are roses--on china, on fabric, in the garden, you name it! Would love to win the beautiful Flowers book!
kellam.susan@yahoo.com

°°valeria°° said...

il mio fiore preferito è la gerbera
è semplice e rimane fiorito allungo
ciao Valeria

elena said...

Hi Cindy!
My favorite flowers are peonies and antique garden roses. I would love to win the Flowers book. Flowers make such a big difference in the home. Romantic and uplifting.
danele625@gmail.com

Curtains in My Tree said...

Well Cindy

Hydrangeas have been my favorite flowers for several years and every year I plant another hydrangea bush in my yard somewhere.
How nice of Hofmann to offer us these magazines

Janice

patti said...

Flowers always brightens ones heart :) Thank Your for sharing

Barbara said...
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Barbara said...

Hi Cindy! I love Peonies and Gerber Daisies and Carnations. Thanks for the opportunity of a great giveaway!!

bjbrown05@gmail.com

Tanya said...

Well Cindy....you just bought my favorite flower at the grocery store! Blue Hydrangeas capture my heart!

Carolyn said...

Hi Cindy,
I love almost all flowers but especially roses ,peonies and lilacs.

Looks like a beautiful book!

Carolyn

a pink-bee said...

Flowers -my favorite thing to paint :)

dynochick (Jan) said...

I can't pick a favorite flower because they are all beautiful. BUT this tie of year it is hands down....lilac.

MimiG said...

Great giveaway! So happy the warmer weather is here and i can look outside and see all the buds popping up! I want to try and grow peonies this year. Love them.

molly- See you downtown said...

My favorite is a little multi-color treasure, Moss Rose. The book looks lovely. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

LibbyLu said...

Hi Cindy...Thank you so very much for the fabulous opportunity to win such a dreamy book!!! :) I agree with you, that photo in the book with the peonies and hydrangeas...Ahhh, heavenly!!! I love roses (of course...lol!), and dahlias, and daisies, and gladiolus...just to name a few. ;) I always enjoy your beautiful blog!!! And p.s.... I have heard if your hydrangeas droop, fill their vase (container) with warm water...
:),
Libby
zeiglerfamily@me.com

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Wow Cindy, that looks like an amazing book. Anything published by Hoffman Media is usually full of beauty and romance. My favorite flowers are peonies and lilacs. Full of grace and timeless elegance. Thank you for the inspiration.

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

Miss Polly said...

I would have to say that peonies, roses and hydrangeas are among my favourite flowers, although i just love them all! Lilacs remind me of my childhood, as do irises and lily of the valley. I so enjoy your site - thank you for the opportunity to participate in your give-away.

Rachel said...

Thank you, Cindy, for the give away. There isn't a flower I don't love. My favorites are roses, lavender, and hydrangeas. -rachel

Edna Guerrero said...

I LOVE all yellow flowers but my favorite are Sunflowers.

Edna.Guerrero@outlook.com

Annette said...

I do love them all, but Tulips are my favorite. They're here for such a short time and when they appear, I know that Spring is here.

Frances N said...

I love hydrangeas! They are so pretty but they are really hard to manage--they need tons of water and many times they look wilted!!! I'd love to have some in the yard.
Your giveaway book looks beautiful, and I'd love a chance to win!
Thank you so much! Frances
fnelson1@comcast.net

Persian_princess said...

I love all flowers, it's very difficult to choose one, but I love Orchids, Peonies, Roses and Hydrangeas especially.

VintageCrafter said...

I love flowers of all kinds....it is tough to choose just one. I guess if I had to it would have to be roses!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh dear! I might be too late, but it's worth a chance. My favorite flower is ALL of them. When I got married my wedding bouquet had roses and freesia and irises and ranunculus and....the list goes on. It must have weighed about 25 pounds or more! Soooo heavy. But I digress. Please enter me in the giveaway and thank you and Hoffman media for the opportunity.

Dee in BC said...

Oh my! Trying to pick a favorite ? I guess I'd have to say" all of them" from my wild lupins to my tiny pinks & naturalized violets. From my towering sunflowers to my ancient apothecary's rose I love them all.