Cappadocia

I don’t often create posts that are primarily photographic, mostly because I’m not that good of a photographer, but when Mrs. C. and I visited Cappadocia, Turkey, we found it so bizarre and interesting that I figured not even my photography skills could fail to capture the uniqueness. This region of Turkey, created millions of years ago by a nearby volcano, was one of the earliest sanctuaries for early Christians outside of Judea. They enlarged caves into churches in this ...

Chanel Opens Pop-Up Flower Stall in London

Photo Credit: Boymeetsfashion.com Last Sunday, international luxury brand Chanel opened up a Pop-up flower stall in London, England just outside their boutique to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was a dazzling and elegant display. The flower stall was a chic, white barrow filled with fresh lowers used in their iconic perfumes, including roses, jasmine and irises. Along with the beautiful display of flowers, giant bottles of Chanel bottles were also showcased. Photo Credit: Boymeetsfashion.com Customers who bought a 100mL bottle of perfume from the ...

Musings: If Money Didn’t Matter…

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela Musings: If Money Didn't Matter... Do what you love, the rest will follow? Are you doing what you truly love or what pays you the most money? If you won the lottery tomorrow, would you quit your current job? When I first read the Plinky prompt on jobs we’d do if money didn’t matter, the thought that flashed in my mind was “Do what you love and the money will ...

Inspiration: Twelve Tips To Help Shift Our Attitude…

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Reigler Inspiration: Twelve Tips To Help Shift Our Attitude... Behind every cloud is a sunrise... ♥Happiness is an attitude. Embrace it.  Francesca Reigler quote Since we started the Daily/Weekly Post Challenge, we have been prompted, encouraged, and presented with countless opportunities to get our blogging game on. Early in the year, we had to choose blog buddies, some fell off along the ...

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

By: Nanci Wilson I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories of my own grandma’s house when ...

Reflections: Conversations With Strangers…

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” Fydor Dostoevsky Reflections: Conversations With Strangers... On a Supermarket checkout line Me: You’ve got quite the selection of cat food there. She: Yeah… they’re on sale (laughs) Me: My cat loves Fancy Feast. Does yours have a preference? She: That’s good; I like to buy a few cans of the different brands… Me: I see that. What type of cat do ...

Freebie Friday: Free Widescreen HD December 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpapers!

Is it the end of the month already? Time sure flies by! Celebrate a new month with these December 2012 Desktop Calendar wallpapers that were created just for you! These high definition (1920×1080) are ideal for widescreen monitors! Click on image to save to your desktop. Enjoy!

The Best Shade Loving Plants for Your Garden

Some like it hot. Some like it cool. Not all plants are created equal. Some plants do best in full-sun and others do thrive in the shade. Shade loving plants do best in cool conditions, avoiding direct sunlight. They are often planted under trees, shrubs and overhangs. Though these flowers are not as bright and vibrant in colour as their sun-loving counterparts, shade-loving plants can still make an impact in the garden! There are many beautiful plants to choose from, ...

Cranky Cherubs

Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20's This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day. Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died ...

Two Warning Alarms: Guilt and Pain

This past week, one of my daughters brought to my attention an annoying beep that kept happening every minute or so in her bedroom where she happened to be playing before dinner. I got up from my reading and went to her room. Before I entered I knew exactly what it was – the battery in her smoke detector was low. You need to understand that we’ve got 10-foot ceilings throughout our house and the builder installed the detectors out of reach ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

Brief Book Previews from The Millions Magazine

You may enjoy a look at what one magazine, The Millions, took much time/effort to create for people who live and breathe books–or for people who read only a few each year and want to make sure they’re picking up on good ones. Previews of new books coming out in 2012 are provided here in helpful article part one and part two. I haven’t read any of these yet, and probably won’t for another year or two. You see, I don’t ...

Artwork as Unique as You

What’s even more distinctive than custom furniture? Custom artwork! Once only attainable by royals, rulers and the elite, commissioned art can now be a reality for any art lover.  And creating a one-of-kind work of art, inspired by your imagination and made exclusively for you, is an amazing experience that continues every time you view the piece. We recently worked with clients that desired unique works of art for their home and introduced them to one of our favorite galleries – La ...

Do NOT make an eHarmony Video...

Here is another entertaining spoof from the Gregory Brothers.  Apparently, they acquired this young woman's video profile from eHarmony. I offer this as a cautionary tale of the comedic tsunami that can happen as a result of a seemingly well-intended, harmless video introduction to an online dating service. Hey, I like cats as much as the next person. But I'm not sure that the average 18-32 year old guy seeing this video shares her passion for cats and running - rather, ...

The Difference Between Monotony and Boredom…

Repetition isn't always boring. For some reason I can listen to the same great song on auto repeat for an hour straight. I could eat the same foods every day, and I wake up every morning at 6:30am. I’m not sure why but when I find something I enjoy, I prefer to experience it over and over. Perhaps that’s why training and running marathons appeals to me as do the routines of married life. I like the repetition. Most of my friends define ...

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December 11, 2013, 4:45 pm

Dictamnus – The Real Burning Bush

When you use the common name “Burning Bush” most people assume you are talking about Kochia, a popular annual that is grown for its foliage which turns red in Autumn. But they’d be wrong!

The true Burning Bush is actually Dictamnus, (also known as the Gas Plant) a plant with a magical quality that will amaze you! You see, if you light a match near the flower heads once the blooms have faded and on a warm still day the volatile oils will actually ignite! A blue flame will surround the upper part of the bush but the plant will not be damaged. Cool huh!

This plant, besides it’s entertaining properties, is a beauty to have in your garden. It’s lemon scented leaves help control mosquitos and the tall spidery flowers are simply beautiful. It does take a couple of years to get settled but once it does it flowers reliably and is long lived. The tall spikey blooms on Dictamnus Albus are white or pale purple and are about 1.5″ in diameter. If you want larger, more showy & brighter blooms then go for Dictamnus Purpureus, these blooms are pink with red stripes, just stunning!

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Dictamnus Purpureus – Image Credit:  plant-world-seeds.com

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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