City Garden

I am pulling you out of the warehouse and away from our staged homes to take a walk through my garden.  Bring your cup of Jo and follow is so small-it will only takes a minute!

Ever wonder why the fragrance of some flowers seems stronger at night? ** My lilies are now just opening and are incredibly fragrant. We like to bundle up late in the evening to take in the intoxicating scent. This small garden is full of surprises that add to its wonder. The containers of succulents were inspired by the Farm and Frills Junker Market where we found unusual vessels to plant in.  My pear tree yield's only 2-3 pears. I watch their progress daily as if they were my children. I can tell you which plants were shared with me from my Mother's garden, which plants came from friends and which were acquired at the coveted annual NW Flower and Garden Show. I constantly analyze the progress of this small space making mental notes of things I want to change, divide, dig out and remove forever. That's what gardening is all about. 


*When cutting lilies in your garden choose those with buds that are about to open.

*The orange pollen of lilies stain so snip off the stamens in the flower center. (I do this on those I cut to bring inside and any that are near a path or walkway).


** The fragrance of flowers is enhanced at night in order to attract nocturnal pollinators such as moths and bats. Sometimes when watering in the morning, a flurry of moths will spring from the flowers.

 Okay, now get back to work and thank you for taking a moment to visit!


Tree Trimming

I married into to these special little angels that have been attacked by my cats. This little one just lost an arm yesterday. Isn't it pretty how her hair is tossed across her body?

She looks bundled up in our freezing Seattle weather.

And the simple homemade ornaments by my girls. Thankfully they love pink. A colour which is favored by this middle sister.

Let this be a lesson to the mean people out there.

Christmas Decorating at Home

You would be hard pressed to find any red and green in my home come holiday time. It is all about the icy blues, frosty whites and soft pinks. Here are a few snaps of my Christmas decor.

 The reindeer came a few years ago from Home Depot-I just sprayed him white to fit in with everything else.

 Sister Ex gave me the sweet Santa. She knows my Santa would be dressed in blue.
 I rearranged my mantle when my deer arrived. The mirror is gone and now he reigns supreme.
 My friend J and I made him a pretty wreath collar and  "foraged" our neighbor's yards the city streets for flora and fauna for our arrangements.

 My entry has the only dark piece of furniture in the house. I have been tempted to paint it but I think it anchors and contrasts the other nearby pieces. And yes, I love its worn beat up vibe. Sister Ex, once again, came through with the jewel boxes and the mirror came from auction and belongs with a vanity. Again, I had it sprayed high gloss white to fit with my interior.

Christmas Creations

My friend J and I went foraging for branches, cones, twigs and berries for our holiday creations. Here are the results.

I used an old tarnished coffee pot for my vessel.

 J used a narrow orchid container. We weighed it down with rocks inside. My sweet cats keep attacking the birds so I have to make it sturdy.

 Another vintage vessel from my Grandma.
 J used a pretty glass container.