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FRIDAY FLOWERS: ALL ABOUT HYDRANGEAS

By |2016-06-09T21:06:00-04:00June 9, 2016|Uncategorized|

We inherited two Hydrangea macrophyllas when we bought our house.
Both had been here since the house was built in 1992 and were doing well. But, unfortunately for my taste, one was pink and the other white.
I longed for a true blue Hydrangea…you know, the kind you see by the dozen at the Jersey shore! I had never tried to grow one in the Hudson Valley as everyone said it was a losing battle. Hmmmm. I’m not too sure that was true.

Nevertheless, in my partly shaded courtyard I am the proud Mama to a pink and a white.

Do you know why they can be different colors? It depends on the pH of your soil: my soil is, obviously, high pH and thus has little or no aluminum. A soil with high amounts of aluminum (and low pH) will produce blue flowers.

This spring I decided to track my large, voluptuous, almost decadent, pink Hydrangea over time. Here are four time images:

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I am thinking about trying to change the color to blue. Yes, it is easier, and possible , to change pink to blue and very difficult to do the reverse. […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: TULIPS

By |2016-04-07T20:24:10-04:00April 7, 2016|Color, Friday Flowers, Uncategorized|

Tulips

Just in case you don’t know: tulips are my favorite flower.
And these are no exception.

“Perestroyka”

Here is the description from the John Scheepers Catalog:
“A Temple of Beauty sport also known as a Lefeber Tulip, Perestroyka is a large, Lily Flowering-shaped beauty in a magical combination of currant-red and coral-orange with raspberry flames atop a sunny yellow base.”

I was surprised, and pleased, at the variety of colors here! Each flower has a slightly different coloration and combination of corals, pinks, yellow and cream. And then when they open (scroll down) they are so pretty as the petals seems to get larger and open.

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Above is the true-to-color image of these lovely tulips. And below, well, I couldn’t resist a Lightroom Preset Moody-ish. Yes, these are done with a preset, but really, the colors in each flower are so varied..

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And another of the Perestroyka in the kk_5 Friday preset.

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Below are some Spring Green and Dordogne from John Scheepers along with Renown from Blooming Bulbs.

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These are the more classic tulip shape and […]

TALKING ABOUT BOOTS

By |2015-10-11T18:58:24-04:00October 11, 2015|Uncategorized|

Are you a boot wearer? Are you a fan? Do you wear them all the time, some of the time or occasionally ?

I am a recent convert!

I was never really into boots. I know there were times when my poor wet feet wished for a nice pair of sturdy, waterproof boots only to be forced into a pair of slightly damp but oh so good looking ballet flats. Not good, right?

Then last winter I was fitted for orthotics for my just-slightly-off-center walk. I had to find something to wear that would fit with the orthotics inside. Off to Nordstrom!

I found Munro. I can tell you, the Munro ankle boots I bought, the Lexi, are, without a doubt, the most comfortable foot wear I have ever had. No kidding. I can actually walk for hours and not feel a thing. So I am a devoted fan of the brand.

I put together a few options for you…and have included #2, the Lexi.

Ankle Boots #1. #2. #3. #4. #5.

 

That was last winter.
This year, still needing the orthotics, I thought I would begin my search for high boots. I like a very classic […]

TRENDS: MELAMINE DINNERWARE

By |2015-05-10T21:58:24-04:00May 10, 2015|Color, Shopping, Uncategorized|

Melamine: It’s not just for outdoor use any more.

If you will remember, last year I did a post:
Outdoor Dining: The Melamine Trend
I have also been updating my Pinterest board
Melamine For Outdoor Dining
A name change is overdue for the board: maybe a simple “Melamine?”

There are so many great new, fun, and colorful designs coming on the market each month. Here is a roundup of some of the new designs I’ve found:

 

Melamine Plates Collage 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

 

39ebaa1550e1657c1b601342a9c1c72a This, called Daisy, is one of my personal favorites. From Crate and Barrel.

 

1a0e228119cc981ebe012ea9343d57b3 This Swirl from Pottery Barn is wonderful when combined with Medallion, below.

 

1585ee603e36f57246bdf91653c1cc7d Medallion from Pottery Barn.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 1.17.01 PM Target does it again with Mudhut Ikat pattern: very fun..

Hope you have enjoyed this roundup as much as I did in putting it all together.
Is there any product, or trend, or them that you […]

PINTEREST: LETS HAVE FUN!

By |2015-04-05T22:04:58-04:00April 5, 2015|Uncategorized|

I, and thousands of others, have so much fun with Pinterest!
THIS
is the link to my Pinterest account.

I recently upgraded to a “Business” account and, among other “privileges,” I have access to Pinterest Analytics for my account. I can see my Pinterest Profile, my Audience, and Activity generated from this blog. I never realized how useful this could be.

Here is the #1 repined image from all of my 78 boards, for the last 30 days:
And, this board “Succulents and Terrariums” is always in my top three for views and pins.

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This is my #2 most repinned image:

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And coming in at #3 is:

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The last two are from the board  Gardens: Down the Garden Path. That is certainly one of my most popular boards. But I guess nothing compares to
Succulents and Terrariums!

Another popular board has been
Pearls
but that seems to have died down a bit in favor of the more seasonal garden boards.

And last, but certainly not least, is the most repinned […]

IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING ON….

By |2015-03-12T12:03:54-04:00March 12, 2015|Uncategorized|

If you’re here, on the blog, and reading this….
well,
GOOD!

We are having some major server problems and the blog has been mostly down, off-line, for the last few days. Sometimes it’s up and running; but mostly it’s down. I’m  hoping this will post while the blog (for the moment) is up and running.

We are working on it!

Thank you, one and all, for your patience.

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