Photographs taken of flowers from the garden last spring

With travel placed on hold during the middle of winter, I took to designing the perfect garden with a bit of paper and pencil on a cold and windy afternoon. My love of flowers took over as I imagined what areas around the house would look like if I brought the South of France to Heath. I could see the garden in full-swing this summer, while looking through the deck doors filled with old-fashioned slub roses, potted camellias, a bit of night blooming jasmine and scented geraniums dotted around for an intensely fragrant affect.

Orange and red ranunculus have been ordered with additional hydrangeas to go around the front porch and deck to keep deer from noshing all season long.I’ve enjoyed creating this fragrant landscape, and will continue to draft and edit for the rest of summer into fall so, that I may carry this idea into the following year.

Looking forward to warmer weather,

Passion for Flowers

Early dawns, long days, late sunsets and short nights ….. welcome to the beginning of summer 2020. Given the challenging moment we find ourselves living in, it’s important to experience the beauty of nature in order to stay centered. Today my dearest friend Kiwi said she’s been buying flowers lately to place throughout her home to stay uplifted, as we travel this arduous road to a new normal. I too have taken to scouring farmers markets for flowers I cannot harvest at Heath, but enjoyed the blooms above from our garden.

Here’s to bringing beauty to our lives!!!

Living Simply

Lately, I’ve taken to indulging in daydreams, cherishing fantasies of happier, healthier times for all!!!

I cannot express how much I miss my friends, don’t get me wrong…. I love my family and spending quality time with them. But, I do miss chatting face to face with the girls in order to get the local scoop; lunching for hours enjoying one another’s company, while laughing so hard we are crying, or popping into a museum or gallery to see current exhibitions …. and lastly, what I truly miss is booking a flight to a distant land to spend time with friends and family.

Current issues and challenges have stayed with us a bit longer than intended, many states are entering Phase I of reopening this week to bring some semblance of normalcy back to our communities. While the majority of us are continuing to work from home; I find it imperative to set a few minutes aside each day to indulge in a spot of “gracious living” to reduce stress.

Photographing flowers {irises and peonies} from the gardens at Heath after an unusually chilly winter. I have not experienced such cold before, and have not spent time in the garden due to high winds. But, taking pictures of blooms as they appear is wonderful way to celebrate spring.

Can you believe this simply delicious snack is comprised of avocado, watermelon radishes, and rusk toast. There is an international market I frequent and they now have this heirloom variety of a daikon called “watermelon radishes”. They taste mellower than red radishes and served with a bit of salt are wonderful to nibble on busy days.

Stay safe,