Alyssa’s Bridal Shower

Thank you, Alyssa, for getting married …and for choosing excellent wedding colors! Continue reading

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Cage Match

As a renter without a yard, I’ve invested in a few pots and various types of edibles that are pot/deck/patio/porch/balcony happy. My two year old columnar apples were getting lonely, so this year we bought some herbs.

I have a tendency to want to buy EVERY herb at the nursery… somehow we managed to finally narrow it down to three: chocolate mint, habak mint and chives. (I like chives for their lovely petite flowers, especially.)

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Rose Gardens

If you’re ever in Portland, make sure you visit the Portland International Rose Test Gardens (they don’t have a great website, but some of the information is good). I love going up to the gardens to walk, read, watch people play tennis – I can find any reason to spend time there.

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Hollywood Farmers Market

I have happily spent the last two saturday mornings at the Hollywood Farmers Market basking in local honey, pesto, bread, asparagus, and the coveted early strawberries (and flowers, of course).

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A Taste of Mother’s Day

The selfish child in me wishes I had kept these for myself, but the loving daughter in me was happy to share.

Please enjoy.

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On Aging Well

As usual, I found it impossible to leave my leftover flowers at home while I sit in a beige and grey cubicle, so I brought them to work to enjoy their beauty, and inevitably, watch them wilt.

When I came in this morning, the red peonies, yesterday having faded slightly to a more magenta hue (one even is nearly purple with white streaks), had lost a handful of petals. There is a scattering of petals on the floor that look more like feathers than petals. The soft cluster where they dropped on the desk amazes me – I look at the blossom and swear there can’t be so many petals having fallen off when so many are still firmly attached.

Again, I wonder at the lives of flowers.

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Birthday Flowers

Last week I found the most gorgeous dark red peonies. I’m ashamed to say it, but at first I was tempted to keep them to myself. But shared joy is increased joy, so I was so happy to find an excuse to share them: the 23rd birthday of my sweet friend Abbie. I handtied a bouquet of peonies, viburnm and a few other flowers, and carted them off downtown to the Pearl to meet up with the girls.


Because really, what is a party (or a birthday) without flowers? Or a fantastic feathered headress, for that matter.

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