Category Keeping Up Appearances

Speaking of flowers… those lilies did not cooperate đź¤¨

After two full weeks —aka eternity—the lilies finally deigned to bloom. By then nearly all the berries had turned brown, the pussy willow buds had either dropped off or begun to sprout—and the lilies weren’t even white. Pink! Sigh. But it’s good lesson in the importance of getting the timing right in floristry. And of […]

The hand bouquet

The second task in my floristry class was to create a hand bouquet—meaning a bouquet constructed with stems held in hand, rather than inserted into a vase. The result was supposed to be compact, roughly symmetrical and appealing from all sides—something in the vein of a bridal bouquet. I chose to build mine with a […]

Home gym

Well, I’ve joined the Peloton bandwagon. This is what happens when you realise that two years of pandemic DoorDash orders have not been kind but still cannot even with the never-ending chilly grey Seattle weather that makes outdoor cardio such a drag. So the “gallery” hall that leads to the roof will double as home […]

Floristry! First task: the vase arrangement

Back in, hmm, maybe 2010 I spent a few days in Guatemala City with my friends Jennifer and Mark who were living there on assignment with USAID. I have a lot of good memories from that trip, but one that has had a surprisingly long lasting impact is of an enormous vase of stargazer lilies […]

Urban guerilla gardening

There’s an old, fire-damaged house down the street from me with an overgrown garden that, in happier days, must have been a pretty little garden. Every spring amidst the overgrown brambles and roses, I’ve admired a crop of unusual oxalis plants with pink flowers rather than the typical white. Well, today I saw that the […]

Also, my monstera is living up to its name

It is seriously going to take over the home office slash guest bedroom. And that cactus I got in Portland six years ago that was small enough to drive home with between Amanda’s feet in the front seat? Well, that’s all grown up, too. Almost taller than I am!

More of the garden

I’m realising we’re already more than halfway through the summer and I’ve documented virtually nothing of my garden this year. Not sure why—especially since it has been huge success. Maybe I’ve just been too caught up enjoying it to want to stick my nose back in the phone to post about it. But if hate […]

Snow in Seattle!

It’s the most snow I’ve seen in seattle dine moving here seven years ago! A few days of lovely white, with the city basically shut down, and then rain to wash it all away before we could tire of it. Exactly the right way to do snow, in my opinion. And now we’re done for […]

Flowers in wintertime

Oh hellebore, you lovely thing. Exactly what’s needed to lighten the midwinter darkness.

From guest bedroom to home office

When my company announced that we’d be working from home at least through June, I decided I’d had enough—it was time for a proper office. You see, when I designed my house I intentionally went with a minimal setup. The idea was to have someplace to pay the bills and check personal emails. Work was […]

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