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 →

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 →

Big Monstera Tip/Advice

Basically, do this before it gets too late and you end up like me. (Sounds ominous, doesn't it??) A quick backstory... Our monstera deliciosa was large when we lived in Kansas City. When we moved to California, we knew it couldn't make the trip in our car so I cut a number of stems from... Continue Reading →

Honest Abe

In December I met some friends at this coffeehouse - a first for all of us. The chai latte is good, but what drew me in was their clever play on the street on which the coffeehouse rests: Lincoln Street (in Roseville, California.) Fourscore Coffee House is filled with old desks and comfortable sofas, tables... Continue Reading →

Paradise and Growth

I broke down last week and bought a 'California requirement'. Or at least it seems to be a requirement when living in California. But first a quick backstory. When we lived in Kansas City I bought a Giant Bird of Paradise at our local Walmart. While 'giant' is in the name, this houseplant was not... Continue Reading →

A Work in Progress…

I love a good Before and After shot. Actually, it's not necessarily a Before and After but more like a Before and During. When we first moved here, I took a picture of our little backyard. There were three ratty, over-grown rose bushes behind the house and that was it. The previous owners had a... Continue Reading →

It’s a girl!

(I think.) I've been watching the growth and birth of this ruffled-leaf Philodendron Selloum (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) leaf since I first saw its tiny presence on March 17. It took 22 days from my first video to my last time-lapsed video this evening. Baby and Mama are doing fine. She's registered at Bergdorf Goodman... Now it's... Continue Reading →

Terra Cotta Dreamin’

Possibly it's due to the overexposed sun here in California that has led me to fall in love with a very California, desert-color scheme. Earth tones: Greens. Grays. Terra cotta. Cinnamon. Mustard. Mauve. Teals. Blues Soothing. Grounding. Natural. Imagine looking at a desert scene. Starting at the ground level with it's bluish-gray sage mixed with... Continue Reading →

A Neighborly Hello

(This article contains company references but is not a sponsored post. I am a dedicated customer and paid for all products myself.) My husband and I recently drove around our new neighborhood, admiring the California spring flowers in our neighbor's yards. I continue to be absolutely amazed at the magnitude of many plants and the... Continue Reading →

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