Garden Bouquets!

The best part of having a large garden is planting lots of flowers for cutting. Thanks to the mild winter and prolonged spring conditions, the garden has put out more flowers this year than I’ve ever seen. In fact, there are a few that we’ve never seen bloom before — or at least never noticed due to their low performance — the maple tree has tons of little helicopter seed clusters and the honeysuckle is covered in buds that I can’t wait to use for a desktop bouquet. I tend to mark cutting garden season as starting with lilies of …

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May bouquets and this whole mom thing.

Earlier this week, I opened the front door to find a bundle of dandelions on our doorstep, an offering from the two adorable preschool-aged boys that I invited to set up a kids’ allotment garden in our veggie patch. The next day, the little girl next door perkily handed me a bunch of wildflowers when she came over to visit with her mother. These two little posies now have their place right alongside my bunch of Mothers’ Day roses (from the hubby, who is still a kid at heart anyway), making me smile every time I see them. They are simple, …

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2015 Spring Garden Update

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We’re 2/3 of the way through spring, so here’s my first garden picture roundup of the year! Mostly spring-flowering bulbs and some rhubarb right now — the fruit trees are just starting to break bud and should be flowering in another week or two. Just got back from visiting a friend in England and they are a full month’s growth ahead of us, with the berry bushes already having set fruit! We’re slower to get going in the spring, but once the days of midnight sun hit, you can practically hear the plants shooting up nonstop all around. We are breaking ground on …

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Spring in winter.

Short and sweet today. I saw several of these ice blocks decorating our garden center’s parking lot when I was shopping for flowers last month. Such a pretty way to add color outdoors when the weather is cold enough. Might try doing this with aging winter bouquets to get a second display out of them.

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2013 Garden Review: Flower Edition

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This would be my annual spring photodump of pictures from last year’s garden. It is mostly to help me remember what I tried and whether or not it worked out. Looks like I was rather lazy last spring, probably since I was mostly too sick to do anything more active than sprinkle a few seed packets around. Then again, last year was dry and gloomy even through most of summer, so it’s not like I missed out on THAT much. We’ll see how this year goes.

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Convertible bouquet FTW!

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The hubby is quite dependable when it comes to flowers and holidays. That’s one of the advantages of marrying somebody with a primarily scientific background – if they see that something has had positive outcomes in the past, they will make damn sure to replicate that procedure in the future with all due reliability. He still occasionally manages to surprise me with his choices, though. For instance, this thing from last month’s holiday involving the color red, overdecorating with hearts and overindulging in chocolates. Generally, carnations aren’t really my thing. Too many associations with high school and supermarket bouquets and …

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August in Taiwan Photo Album (in which there is snake!)

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In late August of 2012, I had to return to Taiwan due to familial obligations. Afterwards, we spent a bit of time exploring some local attractions that I didn’t get a chance to see last time we were there. This included sampling some of the more unique food offerings at a night market. Hence the snake. Amongst other things.

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