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
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
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!
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.
The easiest bulbs to grow, freesias are spectacular spring bulb flowers just like daffodils. These bulbs are small, but the flowers are stupendous. They come in a rainbow of colors and have the sweetest fragrance. Freesias epitomize the ultimate cottage style flower. Freesias grow freely under any conditions. They do well planted in shade, a sunny spot, and even in pots. Continue reading Freesias
What is really beautiful about fruit trees and many times overlooked is their spectacular flower show in the Spring. Every fruit tree bears beautiful flowers before they become fruit. When these fruit trees are in bloom they rival any sought after Spring Cherry Blossom trees. Peach and nectarine trees have gorgeous flowers in a dark shade of pink. Cherry, plum, and apricot trees have mauve pink flowers as well. Apple trees bear sultry pale pink/cream colored flowers with a darker pink center. Even orange and lemon trees have lovely little clusters of white flowers whose intoxicating fragrance wafts through any garden. Continue reading Flowering Fruit Trees
Daffodils are in bloom everywhere in the Bay Area right now. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Sometimes they even start blooming earlier in January – February depending on the weather.
Aah celebrating birthdays. These days it seems each kid wants to do something unique and with so many kids it can be hard to do something totally original. That is the dilemma the twins were facing, what to do for their 14th birthday. Around this time is when I got a very timely newsletter from Filoli Gardens announcing their Daffodil Daydreams! A totally unique experience with hundreds and hundreds of daffodils in full bloom, what an awesome idea for a birthday event! I asked the girls if we could all go with their friends to see the daffodils and if this trip could be the twins’ ” birthday party celebration”. This would be something so original and special. Both Anjali and Rani agreed and invited three of their friends for the daffodil viewing. It ended up being a gorgeous sunny day and what a memorable experience it was!! Continue reading Celebrating the Twins Birthday at Daffodil Dreams At Filoli Gardens
2014 was a big birthday for me; you guessed it, the big 50! To celebrate this milestone my entire family came to California from all corners of America. All arrived on the day of my birthday to surprise me! Continue reading Celebrating My Birthday with My Family
Every year I host a Spring Garden Ladies Lunch for all my girlfriends. It’s usually in late April or May depending on when the flowers are blooming at their peak. Continue reading Spring Garden Ladies Lunch
In the summer of 2008 I hosted a Summer Garden Ladies Evening. I wanted to give all my lady friends a chance to get dressed up and come hang out in the garden. But I also wanted them to just enjoy themselves and just be served. After thinking about this for a while I came up with the idea of asking the guys (mostly husbands of the ladies coming) if they would be willing to be waiters and servers and bartenders for the evening. The guys were thrilled to be surrounded by so many ladies and happily agreed!! It was a fun filled evening with drinks, food, plenty of laughter and good cheer. Continue reading Summer Garden Ladies Evening