Category Flowers

Window boxes, autumn edition

Back at the beginning of the summer I wrote about planting some flower boxes outside my kitchen window.  They were full of pink geraniums, yellow snapdragons, and a mass of trailing petunias.  I never followed up with a “here’s how they turned out” post because, well, they never quite lived up to my hopes.  This […]

I’m in Wales!

After a nearly sleepless night in sweltering London, we left early for a weekend road trip to Wales. By early afternoon we were in the green, hilly, blessedly cool Welsh countryside where all the road signs have more Ys, Ws, Ls, and Ds than you ever thought possible. First stop: Powis castle and gardens. It’s […]

Sunday, sunny Sunday

What do you do when you have a rental car in London on a sunny Sunday? Return the car early and spend the day at home! Haha, I know what you’re all thinking:  “Riiight. Who are you and what have you done to my brother/boyfriend/hot role model.” But I kid you not.  The point of […]

The gardens at Great Dixter

About eight miles down the road from Sissinghurst lies another significant English garden.  Designed in the early 20th Century around a Tudor mansion, this garden, too, has been a repeat player in the gardening books I’ve been reading.  So after prying myself out of the Sissinghurst rose garden, I set out to find Great Dixter. […]

Sissinghurst castle garden

Saturday was the last day of June!  Since June is peak garden month in England, and the weather was forecast was perfect, I rented a car and set out to see a couple of my top bucket-list gardens. First stop?  Sissinghurst castle garden in Kent (about 2 hours southeast of London).  There is no “castle” […]

Sun and design (and then some rain) in Copenhagen

How exciting to explore a new city!  I’m staying on the north end of Copenhagen’s city center (Osterport), which meant I was not that far from two of the things I wanted to see first:  The famous Little Mermaid statue, and the renowned Design Museum. The walk to the mermaid took me around a 17th […]

Walking at Bray’s Head

One of my colleagues had recommended visiting Bray, a village on the coast a few miles south of Dublin, and walking up to the cliffs at nearby Bray’s Head.  Thanks to the beautifully long days here in Ireland, I was able to make it there in time to watch the sun set.  It was gorgeous. […]