Hoya, Queen

Someone told me once that you can tell the difference between a Hoya Krimson Queen (left) and a Hoya Krimson Princess (right) because the Queen wears her crown on her head (white on the outside of the green) and the Princess wears a white gown (white on the inside of the leaf) down the middle.... Continue Reading →

Cebu Blue

Please don’t tell the others, but this Cebu Blue ((might be my favorite houseplant.)) I try to keep it low key, but I think the others know. The leaves on a Cebu are so magically blueish silveryish. I just love it! I bought this one from a local seller as a little rooted baby and... Continue Reading →

Dried but not hung.

I’m finishing up my first season as a hydrangea grower. They have been so much fun to nurture and learn about and watch their rhythms. I can’t wait to see what grows from their stalks next year! I’ve tried to amend the soil to be more acidic (coffee grounds and fertilizer) for the blue blooms.... Continue Reading →

Happy Hydrangea

Last week I bought my first hydrangea (Nikko Blue).This week I bought all new sheets and rearranged a bedroom just because of the amazing blooms.I’m doomed. Let the hydrangea addiction begin! I even hung one to experiment with drying them... There are worse addictions, right??? (Famous last words!) Do you grow hydrangea? If so, what kind and... Continue Reading →

hydrangea

Hydrangea is such a funny word. But man oh man, do they have gorgeous blooms. I am a houseplant person. Period. I am not a gardener. So it’s with a great deal of fear that I present to you my Nikko Blue hydrangea. I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, but I hope we can... Continue Reading →

Patio, Pups and Projects

Our neighbor had an intrusive tree removed last year that made a lot of sense for her. Cleared up her backyard nicely. But this spring I'm noticing how MUCH more sun we are getting on our back patio (and we got a lot to begin with.) The hardest adjustment to California from the Midwest has... Continue Reading →

REFORESTING FAITH by Matthew Sleeth, MD

A friend on Instagram mentioned this book recently and it seemed to speak to many of my core beliefs. We were created to live within our natural surroundings but as a result of societal advancements, we have walled ourselves away from our native home. REFORESTING FAITH speaks about the importance of trees within the Christian faith.... Continue Reading →

Orchid Magic

When I first purchased this orchid it had two burgeoning buds on the end. When the biggest one began to unfold, it seemed to happen quickly. It's amazing how such an intricate flower could start as such a simple bud. So I decided to set up a timelapse with my old iphone and see what... Continue Reading →

The Colors of Quarantine

One of the smaller home projects I've been meaning to get to (thank you, COVID-19 for forcing my hand) is to refresh my home office/library/blog-writing room. I am firmly in the neutral camp when it comes to the rest of my home but I wanted to add in some color to a room filled with... Continue Reading →

Ode to the DNF

As readers, we've all experienced the mental pros and cons list we automatically go to when facing a potential DNF (Do No Finish.) It took me quite a few years into adulthood before I would actually NOT finish a book. Finally I reached the point when I realized my time and comfort level was worth... Continue Reading →

orchids and epiphytes

I have resisted buying orchids for years now. It seems like they would be (another) hard-to-quit addiction. But I gave in recently and purchased a beautiful white Phalaenopsis and after reading all the specific instructions about how to raise them and keep them blooming...whew! I think one orchid baby is enough for me to handle.... Continue Reading →

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