Category: Flowers

Sunflowers on the Porch

A sunny repeat from the archives, I hope you don’t mind a second helping! Summer is slipping away and we’re on the cusp of Fall~ I’m ready to make the transition! I had hopes for a picnic with the sunflowers, but it was much too hot. Instead I’m enjoying the hint of fall in the air…

Freshly Picked~ A Watering Can Welcome

I picked some blooms and a watering can hanging from the rafters,  to fill in welcome . . . Despite our very wet summer, the coleus and caladiums have survived and the hydrangeas are loving the extra water. No need for watering cans except for decoration! “Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in…

Dishing Up Blooms

There is always something blooming in my field of dreams~ When it’s not sprouting daisies or Lacy Queen Anne, it’s growing grass to be baled for hay. I walked over to look at the shrubs bordering the field, full of delicate pink blooms~ And to my surprise, saw Passion Flower blooming in the grass~  Looking extremely…

Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad

Fresh-from-the-Farmers’ Market Pasta Salad is the answer to ‘what’s-for-dinner?’ with summer’s bounty from local farm stands or your own garden. Fresh, light, and on our summer rotation of easy meals for the summer! You can adjust your ingredients for what’s in season or what you like. My June issue of Southern Living Magazine yielded a bumper crop…

At the Table~ Sweetest Day

 I’m enjoying some garden-inspired dining with Sweetest Day Dinnerware by Pfaltzgraff. Sweetest Day brings the vibrant life of a garden to your table. Charmingly casual with the fresh feel of a summer day, a honeycomb border buzzes with activity with bees and blooms of red, orange, and blue flowers. Yellow check napkins are tied with…

Lavender Week in Review & Winners!

The Novel Bakers have been buzzing with activity this week and serving up delicious and fragrant recipes! You can visit our Pinterest board for future inspiration and see what you might have missed! If you want to Stop and Smell the Lavender, here is my week in review. . . A Picnic with Lavender Lavender Lemonade, Chocolate Lavender Brownies,…

The Bee’s Knees

I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Lavender Week. . . I’ve had a fragrant and delicious time with The Novel Bakers   playing with lavender and searching for recipes! I found several new beverages~ Lavender Lemonade and Lavender Margaritas, both perfect for summer and made with a lavender syrup or lavender sweet and sour mix.…

Dancing with the Moon

 Dancing with the Moon: A Story of Love at the Villa della Luna, continues with the adventures of Mademoiselle J that began in The Secrets of Pistoulet.  I first visited Villa della Luna through Pfaltzgraff’s collection of Dinnerware~ created from the art of Jana Kolpen and Mary Tiegreen in this magical & charming tale. In Dancing with the Moon, Mademoiselle J embarks on her…

Gather Ye Peonies While Ye May

I’m gathering my Peonies while I may, with the unpredictable weather~ Admiring their showy display and vivid color before they fade as quickly as  a pair of brand new gardening gloves  :) Our peonies usually bloom around the beginning of May. They’re a little later this year with the colder than normal early spring temperatures.  Whenever they bloom…