Category: Flowers

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I recently unearthed a quilt that came from my grandmother, that was tucked away and forgotten (translation: I cleaned out a bedroom closet :-)  The hexagon pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but it is thought to have been quilted by neighbor and friend of my grandmother. My…

The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper **** by Sarah Addison Allen An Edible Book Review inspired by Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word. “The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog…

Dining with Butterflies

I’m dining with the butterflies~ enjoying this book~ with its beautiful illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), German-born naturalist and artist. At a time when few women were educated or literate, and rarely travelled, Maria Sibylla Merian was a pioneer, and made history with her studies of insects in Surinam. Trained as a copperplate engraver and…

Blooms, Bees & Bliss

A few pink Rose of Sharon blooms~  Providing a pop of color~ Attracting busy bees. . . Buzzing from bloom to bloom. . . In a state of pollen-collecting-bliss. . . “Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.”  ~Oliver Goldsmith Wishing you a little bliss & amusement in your tasks :-) Thank you for…

Soothing Whites

Gardenia blooms and buds are beginning to appear, just as the temperatures climb into the 90’s. . . There is something soothing to my soul and inner thermostat :) when I see white~ “Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The…

The Essence of the Fairy Realm

  “Flowers are our miraculous tools from the heavens, entities of light and magic the we can feel and touch in this dimension. Flowers channel the essence of the fairy realm into our world, offering themselves as the ultimate design in creation, grace, and fancy.”  ~Paulette Cole, from the foreward in Flowers for the Home,…

Daylight & Butterflies

As a lover of green, both indoors & out,  Mikasa’s Daylight Dinnerware appealed to me when I first saw it, with its fresh, crisp design. I loved the vibrant green leaves. . . a shade that reminds of the first tender growth of spring.  The leaves trail across the contoured plates, wind their way inside the generous soup bowls,…

Garden Variety

    A little garden stroll and the wonders of photo editing and I have more variety in my garden~     My peonies have finished blooming. . .I used Picasa’s soft focus & warmify effects, to create a new & dreamy flower image that I can enjoy, despite the fact that I can no longer enjoy their heady fragrance~…

A Lakeside Picnic

  Still a little cool for a pontoon picnic, we enjoyed a little waterside dining  instead. . .    Some pasta salads~ A baguette~ A little fruit & cheese~    A beverage with bubbles~ With glasses held in place by Steady Steaks~ No bees to buzz around us this early in the season, except the ones on the flatware…