Calamondin Orange Marmalade: Homemade Beauty for Breakfast . . .
Beauty for Breakfast:Â Calamondin Orange Marmalade & Vintage RosesÂ I really, really wanted a vacation this winter, but fate had other things in mind and personal responsibilities held me close to home. So, I’ve been giving myself mini-staycations to compensate a bit. These weekend retreats —usually nothing more extravagant than a new book, homemade pÃ¢tisserie or […]Read More
Narcissus, Tulipa & Fragrant Hyacinth: Smith Botanic Garden’s 2018 Bulb Show
Tulipa, Narcissus & Sweetly Fragrant Hyacinth at Lyman Conservatory It’s 3:30 p.m. and snow is falling steadily here in Southern Vermont. The forecast is calling for 5-8Â inches overnight. These late winter storms can really give a gardener the blues, but I knew this nor’easter was coming, so I prepared. Bread and milk? Oh, no, […]Read More
Calamondin Orange: Sunshine in a Pot
Calamondin Orange Tree in the Kitchen As we move closer to the shortest day of the year, and the long, dark nights of winter, sunlight begins to feel like a rare and precious commodity. During the cold, colorless months, I find myself seeking out warm hues —bright yellow, orange, lime green— and all things tropical. […]Read More
For the Love of Miniature Roses . . .
Â Fragrant, Gold Roses on a Cold Winter’s Day (Rosa chinensis hybrid) Although I am very fond of winter, at this time of year, I confess that my indoor garden is a great source of pleasure. There’s something undeniably delicious about waking up to the sweet scent of roses on a cold morning. Buying fresh flowers […]Read More
Casual, Late Summer Arrangements … Shadow, Light & Texture for the Vase
The Dark Centers of Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and Fine Texture of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) Play with Light and Shadow on the Early Evening Dinner Table – Â Jar from Terrain I love fresh cut flowers, and at the end of a busy week, I find there’s nothing more relaxing than a stroll through […]Read More
Indoor Gardening Gifts to Inspire & Delight …
I own and love many of Terrain’s terrariums. And this modern take on the garden-beneath glass (above) is my current obsession:Â Terrain’s Glass Drop Tillandsia Kit December 10th —what— already? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I confess that I haven’t wrapped a single present. However, I have been doing a bit of late-night, browser-window […]Read More