Bouquets to Art 2016

Bouquets to Art.  What a novel idea!  Flower bouquets that mimic paintings and works of art in the permanent collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Every year I plan on going to this talked about exhibition, but something always takes precedent, and I end up not making it.  But this year I put it on my calendar 2 months in advance so as not to miss it, and I finally made it! Continue reading Bouquets to Art 2016

Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market

Every April there is a plant sale called Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market.  This is a plant fair for garden lovers.  Hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of plants, gardening tools, and accessories can be found at this fair.  But what they are mostly coveted for is their selection of vegetable seedlings that the Master Gardeners program sells at this fair. Continue reading Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

I had a small group of friends over for a holiday tea a few months ago.  I thought a simple tea would be a great way to get all of us together and catch up.  Everyone offered to bring something, and we ended up with a wide variety of snacks and treats.  My friend Babita brought Black Bean Salsa and chips, and it was delicious. Continue reading Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Flowers, flowers, flowers!! Anyone who knows me knows I love flowers! I absolutely love them. So when I read about an exhibition in San Francisco of Oscar de la Renta’s floral couture gowns, I had to go! All I saw in this little article about the exhibit was the word “floral”, and it got me hooked.   Continue reading Floral Gowns by Oscar de la Renta

Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Are you looking for a refreshing salad that is refreshingly simple? Try this avocado and grapefruit salad. I made this salad for a spring lunch I was invited to at my friend Rose’s home.  It was a casual lunch just to get a few of us together.  Rose had black bean soup and corn bread on the menu, and asked the rest of us to bring something that we felt would compliment it.  What we ended up with was a feast that was simple, healthy, and delicious and we were stuffed at the end of it!  This is a menu worth replicating. Continue reading Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

It’s early spring and all the plants are leafing out with fresh, tender new leaves.  The garden is looking green, healthy, and plump with lush juicy flower buds all ready to bloom in a matter of weeks.  I’m ready for the spring flower show!

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And then I see it! Leaves and buds eaten off some of my rose bushes and lily plants and other flowering plants.   Continue reading Bunny Rabbits: Not As Cute As You Think.

Freesias

The easiest bulbs to grow, freesias are another spectacular spring bulb flower just like daffodils. The bulbs are small, but the flowers are stupendous. They come in a rainbow of colors and they have a sweet fragrance.  They epitomize the ultimate cottage style flower.  They grow freely under any conditions. Freesias do well planted in shade, a sunny spot, and even in pots. Continue reading Freesias

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