Amaryllis v. Winter

I think we have a winner. By the way- this is the same bulb that was blooming at Christmas. Third set of flowers. Serious thanks @colorblenders !!!!!

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Snowy Sunrise 

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Hot pinky red for Christmas- straight from the Netherlands. Thanks! @colorblenders 

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Nana’s Christmas Cactus 

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Feeling like fall… asters about to go over in a birchbark container.

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Poignant Beauty

Talisman Rose- the variety from Nana’s wedding bouquet, with Mac’s memorial pine. 

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Flowers for Nana

The kids’ beloved Nana is coming to visit, and we will have a houseful. In commemoration, naturally, we’ll have copious cut flowers. 

First up, my six millionth attempt at cut elephant ears!

A sunny arrangement for Nana’s room (and an homage to her famous Zinnia painting.

Bathrooms shall have flowers, of course.

Casablanca lilies in the new Madeline Island vase.

Mixing up my hydrangea game with some hot pink Zinnias.

Crocosmia in the dining room- to remind us of Nana’s 80th in Asheville- in the vases that we got from her art shop in Rochester.

And then the indoor herbs, for a week’s worth of meals… along with Nika’s Rose… in a perfectly proportioned vase, thanks to 🌲.

Sadly, I need to think of a new solution for flowers in 🌲study… he keeps knocking them over. I think Oasis is the answer. For now, though it’s dried statice in my pewter baby cup.

Can’t wait for the crew to arrive!

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Flowers and Sweet Pomona 

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The Bathroom Garden

When Mr. Amazing and I first met, I would visit his beautiful home and daydream about his gardens. As if I didn’t have enough gardens of my own to worry about. After awhile, I moved in and have had the opportunity to do something I’ve never done before: create an all color garden, with all-season color, that only has to be seen in the mirror while I get ready. That cost nothing.

The idea was simple. The execution even simpler: go find plants in the yard and fill the space. 

It is truly a “nothing” area, and it can only be seen from our master bathroom. It is less than a dozen feet wide and bordered on one side by rock mulch, the other by the property line. But why neglect this tiny space? 

It has become one of our favorite gardens. Even Mr. Minimalist has fallen in love with the maximalist English cottage garden outside our window. And with no one else to see it- I felt unconstrained. Which is as unusual as it is delightful. So here you have it. The bathroom garden. Use every space you can- it makes summer even better!

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Bountiful Gardens

I was never a fan of vegetable gardening until Mr. Amazing’s Bestie’s garden (Mr. AB). That man knows how to garden!  Between the eight foot high fence, weed cloth, irrigation system, fish meal fertilizer jet pack; he grows some impressive vegetables.

And with our meager help, he generously gives us a share. This snap is just this afternoon’s drive-by harvest courtesy of Mr. Amazing.

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