March 1, 2017

Every year for Easter we create various vignettes for our bunnies to ‘hop’ around.  One of my favorites is to individually pot a variety of vegetables, allowing them to be shifted around to suit the setting and/or collection of bunnies, chicks, ducks or other barnyard...

March 1, 2017

A grouping of artificial veggies simply set in mossy pots is an easy way to create a large arrangement. 

There is something about the vegetable garden that brings spring and Easter to my thoughts.  Perhaps it is Mr. McGregor's patch and the rabbits that gave him trouble...

March 16, 2015

Last Sunday was a glorious day and Mother Nature was beckoning - I very much needed to get out of the house.  One of my favorite things to do is gather driftwood and we have one of the best offerings right out our back door.  The lake side of Shasta Dam is covered with...

March 4, 2015

 

Our annual spring classes are about to begin again.  I count my blessings that work includes my passion – and need – to be creative.   To be able to share that passion with others in a teaching environment is icing on the cake (chocolate please!)  Our in-house classes...

February 8, 2015

Dad had a nickname for  everyone and everything – my sister, Liz was Squeeze Boo, I was Taddy bear, his truck was Old Blue and Mt. Shasta “the Queen”…. but Mom was always Mom and when he said Mother, you knew he was talking about Mother Nature, for whom he had a profou...

October 8, 2013

Tansy is native to Eurasia, however it is found in most all parts of mainland Europe. Tansy was once considered a medicinal herb, but later it was its flower that caused it to be considered a necessity for English gardens.

 

Tansy, like yarrow is great for the punch of g...

October 7, 2013

Growing up in Colorado, there was always a void during the winter.  Yes the majestic snow crowned mountains and the stoic blue spruce laden with glittering ice crystal are breath taking, but there are no flowers.  So when we moved to California, it wasn't the availabil...

September 8, 2013

 

Lavender:  lavandarius, from the Latin word  lavare, meaning to wash.  A Mediterranean mint that is widely cultivated for its narrow aromatic leaves and spikes of lilac-purple flowers.

 

The most widely used herb today, Lavender is considered a romantic flower and long...

July 9, 2013

The new LED lights are excellent for their savings in electricity and therefore money, their cooler temperature, and kudos for being environmentally friendlier.  However, they are substantially more expensive and LED lights and do not photograph well (not a concern for...

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