MY NEW FAVORITE PERENNIAL

My new favorite perennial (for autumn) is:

Helianthus salicifolius ‘Low Down’

Look at all that brilliant yellow!
These plants are now about 18″ tall and, knowing I just planted them in April, I am amazed. Most perennials take a year or two really develop, but these have taken off. They are in full sun and receive water from my watering system every other morning for about 45 minutes. We’ve had a very VERY hot and dry summer and they have flourished.

Above, with the Scabiosa Black Knight behind them

 

Here, looking glorious with the dark red dahlias!

By |2019-10-03T11:02:48-04:00October 3, 2019|8 McDowell, Friday Flowers, Garden|

DEVILED EGGS: YES OR NO?

How do you feel about deviled eggs? Yes or no?

The term “deviled” was originally used in the States back in the mid 1800’s and referred to any food that was spicy. Over time, and certainly after WWII, the spice was dropped and the eggs became ubiquitous and popular everywhere. But there are, of course, many different ways of both preparing and serving them.

They are an absolute staple of Southern cooking and entertaining!

Living in the South for the past nine years I have certainly served my share of deviled eggs…and now have started to look for the plates made to serve them. No, I am not looking to make a huge collection;  a few fun and whimsical plates will do just fine.

When I spotted this cute plate at an antique store in Washington, N.C. a few days ago, I couldn’t resist!
How cute is this?

The next question might be: how do I like to make my eggs?

Split your eggs in half lengthwise (just in case you didn’t know this!)
I use Duke’s Mayonnaise: a Southern staple.
Mustard and sometimes chopped Cornichons.
Salt and pepper mixed in.

 

 

By |2021-06-02T19:59:40-04:00September 29, 2019|Cooking|

A COTTON COVERLET FOR YOUR BED

A cotton coverlet is a joy to behold, and to sleep under!
Do you use one?

So many beds are now covered with a duvet which is then covered with a removable cover.

Well, we tried that route. And tried again. And found it just was NOT for us. A faux-down, or real down comforter/duvet sounds wonderful especially if you live in a cold climate.  But we found that the lightweight cotton cover somehow made the wrapped duvet very heavy and cumbersome. It was worse with a faux down than with the real thing…but back in those days we had a dog (who, yes, slept on the bed!) who was allergic to down. In any case, it didn’t work.

I opted to try the “old-fashioned” way: a cotton coverlet or, dare I use the word, BED SPREAD! I grew up with these but oh my, they went out of fashion.  What goes round, comes round, as they say. And now, we have quite a nice selection of all cotton coverlets and bedspreads to choose from!

 

Below is our current bed situation!
Classic white quilted coverlet: mine from Linens ‘n Things many years ago!
Antique bed tables (two: each from very different sources but they almost match!)
A classic table lamp
Custom made fabric headboard with […]

By |2019-09-23T05:35:46-04:00September 22, 2019|8 McDowell, Shopping|

MY SHOP UPDATES

If you’re new here or haven’t followed me for very long you may not know my
Etsy Shop
ONENUMBEREIGHT

If you look to your right you will see a small preview of some of the items!
But let’s talk about what is NEW

Calendars

This is brand new for 2020! A wall calendar, 6″ x 6″, with each month showing one of my Flower Portrait images. All are on a soft but dramatic textured grey background.

It’s printed on a nice heavy/but not too heavy gloss paper. 
It measures 6″x 6″ or 6″ x 12″ when fully open.
There is a hole at top for you to hang the calendar.

 

 

My most loved item:
“Jewel Case Calendar”

This has been my #1 selling item for three years now! It is available as the full calendar in the plastic jewel case but also as a refill. If you already have the case, just order the refill!

 

And these
NEW NOTEBOOKS

Each notebook has 50 pages with a […]

By |2019-09-15T19:40:43-04:00September 15, 2019|Shopping|

SHOPPING FOR THE PERFECT ‘BRETON’ SHIRT

Let’s start with the definition of ‘Breton Shirt’ :
The Breton shirt was first made for the Royal Navy in 1858. It was thought that by wearing this uniform sailors who went overboard would be much easier to spot. Each shirt had exactly 28 stripes: one for each of Napolean’s victories!

Then, in 1917 Coco Chanel incorporated the look into her nautical collection and, as they say, the rest is history. They were an immediate success and have not really changed much over the years. New fabrics and new, expanded colors have all become popular. Some are long sleeve, but the short and three-quarter are just as popular. Boat necks, round necks and v-neck are all available.

There are many, many versions out there. I have done a round-up of some of this season’s most popular and easily accessible here for you:

#1   #2   #3   #4

 

 

#5   #6   #7   #8

 

This one ships from France but arrives within 7 days! A true Breton look..

By |2019-09-08T11:48:00-04:00September 8, 2019|Shopping|

FRIDAY FLOWERS: GROWING DAHLIAS

One of the best garden blogs around is
The Middle-Sized Garden

Yes, it is based in the U.K. so of course discusses gardens over there. But the information is, I have found, so very universal. Plus, I come away with so many new places I want to visit!

Go to the home page and look around. See what you think.

Last week Alexandra did a video chat all about growing dahlias. Listen to how the Brits pronounce this flower: dahlias with the ‘a’ being a long one. Do you like it?
I found this video talk so informative even though I have grown dahlias for years. But watch it until the end: I love the way they discuss companion plants for dahlias. I’ve now started thinking of next spring and making certain I plant some sun loving dahlias right with my cannas. Somehow I never saw those two together before!!

 

This is the only dahlia I’ve grown this year…sadly. These came to me from many family generations and I do treasure them! I dig up some of the tubers each fall but also leave some in the ground for the winter. In this climate it doesn’t really seem to make a difference (sigh of relief!)

dahlias

By |2019-09-04T17:04:36-04:00September 4, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden|
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