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Holiday Red and Green Salad

While I know how important fresh veggies are, I am not ready to go to a raw food diet. . . I know cooked veggies are good, but the heat does kill some of the phytonutrients. Simply put, fresh is always better. My question is: how many salads can you eat without dying of boredom. Which means, of course, that I am always trying new ideas and combinations to keep myself entertained. Last week we were in our local health food ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth…

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Tentacles of a budding Japanese Peony Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony budding. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony growing. Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony fully formed buds Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth… Japanese Peony flower Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature — by Emily Dickinson Growth of Man — like Growth of Nature – Gravitates within – Atmosphere, and Sun endorse it – Bit it stir — alone – Everywhere we look, every ...

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. Robert Louis Stevenson Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration – My 4 Year Anniversary on WordPress What inspires me ...

That's Me... Behind The Crazy Lesbian Mom!

This week the winners of the 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards were announced... and hey, Alfie may be the world's cutest canine but the blog named in his furry honour did not take home the first-place ribbon... On the upside, alfred lives here did get second place for best LGBTQ* blog in Canada... so woo hoo, there are a lot of gay gay gay blogs out there, and this is pretty damn exciting! *(LGBTQ = lesbian/gay/bisexual/transexual/queer) What is this award? From the awards website: ...

Airline Safety

The recent story recently regarding the Southwest Airplane that lost cabin pressure due to a hole being ripped in the roof made all the news outlets. This made me do a little digging. According to the Bureau of Statistics there were 10 million flights by US and Foreign Air Carriers in 2010 in the United States alone. While anytime there is an incident it makes news, and justifiably so, the incident percentage is relatively low. There is no way to ...

One Lovely Blog Award!

Ain't it lovely?! Red, over at Momma’s Money Matters has honored me with the One Lovely Blog Award. I’d never thought my blog was lovely or even particularly upbeat. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to accept this award. Red, you made my day! Now, for the 10 secrets I am required to give up. Actually, only the first 3 are secrets. The rest are little-known tidbits about myself: 1) I once had one of “those kind of dreams” about Howard Sprague. He’s the dork ...

Those bastards hacked my LinkedIn account...

Last weekend I got an email from LinkedIn, the omnipresent business networking social media site, that I had to reset my password because their site had been hacked and passwords posited online, including mine. First reaction... holy f**k! Second reaction... well it's not like there's personal details or potentially embarrassing photos on there, like on Facebook, so no big deal... Third reaction... my boss and most of my coworkers are on there, someone could do some nasty damage to my reputation by doing ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Dubai Miracle Park

Growing flowers in the desert is no easy feat, especially in the scorching heat and dry conditions. It must have took a miracle to created the Dubai Miracle Park, where 45 million flowers were planted! If you visit the park in person, you will see why the 721 000 sq ft outdoor recreational park has been dubbed the “World’s Most Beautiful and Biggest Natural Flower Garden.” The spectacular display of flowers and sculptures throughout the garden is just incredible! There isn’t ...

Finished Triangle-Loom Project

Now that you've seen a work-in-progress on the actual loom, here is one of the finished triangle projects. Versatile, it can be work as a cozy wrapped scarf, or shawl-like:

Authentic Curry Virgin!

Can you believe I was an authentic curry virgin? Sizzling Curry My friends, the curry addicts, could not understand how I’d managed to reach the ripe old age of xx and had never eaten at an authentic Indian restaurant. In fact, they thought I was joking when I informed them the number of curries I’d eaten in my entire life, cooked at home, parties or otherwise, could be counted on one hand! Anyone else not tried an authentic Indian curry? To be honest, I’d ...

Walking Palm, the Plant That Can Walk!

A plant that walks? That’s right! Meet the Walking Palm, also known scientifically as Socratea exorrhiza. The Walking Palm, a tree native to tropical rainforests in Central and South America, has an unusual root system. It has stilt-like roots that grow up to 6 feet off the ground, which gives the Walking Palm the appearance of having “legs.” Attracted to the light, the palm will “walk” from shade to sunlight by growing new roots and allowing the old roots to die. But ...

Flower Crafts: Learn to Make Your Own Rose Water

Since the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance. Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known ...

How to Plant Tulips

There’s no denying that tulips are one of the most popular spring-flowering bulbs! Tulips are reliable and winter hardy bulbs that do well in cold, harsh climates, like Canada. While tulips are considered perennials, they are often treated as annuals in North America. These beauties, which come in a rainbow of colours and variety of forms, are garden showstoppers, especially when planted in masses. So if you want beautiful colour in your garden next spring, late fall (before the ground freezes) ...

A Roaring Success!

What’s better than dressing up in roaring ‘20s style for a fabulous night? Dressing up in roaring ‘20s style for an important cause. Catching up with Stephanie Haney, www.themovemagicians.com CASA of Collin County recently held their annual gala to benefit abused and neglected children, and the night was a huge success! The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and always receives tremendous local support. Held at the exquisite Hotel InterContinental Dallas, Clarice Tinsley, an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist, opened ...

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2013 Colour of the Year: Emerald Green Flowers

Pantone, the globally recognized authority on colour, has declared emerald green as the colour of the year. This rich, luscious and ever so elegant colour will be big this year in weddings, fashion, home decor, and more! The colour, as precious as the gem itself, invokes images of growth, renewal, harmony and prosperity.

From Boston Fern to Xanadu Leaf, there is no shortage of emerald in the floral world! Florists have been incorporating all sorts of greenery and foliage in their floral designs long before Pantone made the colour cool. Along with greenery, florists can use these emerald flowers:

Green Lady Slipper Orchid

green orchid

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikemcd/

Ornamental Kale

kale

Green “Trick” Dianthus

green dianthus

photo credit: cfabbridesigns.com

Hellebore

hellebore, green

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drriss/

Ranunculus

ranunculus, emerald green

photo via Pinterest

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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