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Here’s an Update

Here’s an Update

Well this post is a bit of a test. I am going to update you on previous posts, but if you haven’t read them (shame on you)…I mean please do. I fixed my washing machine! As you recall form “It’s a Glam life” it had broken down. I disassembled and cleaned the drive motor, replaced a couple of belts and a switch, and it purrs like a kitten. I know this because after I repaired it I stood and watched a ...

Horton, Can You Hear Me?

Who doesn't know Dr. Suess?  And who doesn't know his classic story Horton Hears a Who?  I remember being enchanted by it as a child, with its magical language and its compelling situation and its friendly pictures. I actually had this book called to mind today, and it wasn't for any of those reasons.  I was passing some time reading assorted blogs and facebook statuses, trying to come to know my friends better.  Then it occurred to me how similarly we ...

Food: A Taste For Dessert…

“Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Ernestine Ulmer Food: A Taste For Dessert... Berry Crumble & Custard Food: A Taste For Dessert... Trifle But I, when I undress me Each night, upon my knees Will ask the Lord to bless me With a fine dessert please (amended) Eugene Field I love desserts and, frankly, given the chance I’d eat my dessert first… Some of my fondest memories of my High School days in England revolved around food; especially lunch time desserts in our refectory. I loved all our ...

Piglet’s Plot in May

This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden; what’s growing when, where and how well. Despite being away for nearly two weeks I’m pleased to say my friends did a sterling job looking after all my fruit and vegetables. Everything was just as I’d left it(alive), but almost twice the size! The onions planted at the end of November are now ready. I’m not sure if I should lift them now, or wait until the green stems die down. ...

War Memorials

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Viet Nam Veteran's Statue Thought #1 While I thoroughly enjoyed all the sights around Washington DC this week, I will say the war memorials were among the most moving for me personally. Nothing "shakes me to my core"  more than looking at the families that are doing their etchings of their loved one's name on the Viet Nam War Memorial wall. It is the Viet Nam Memorial in particular that I have a personal connection.  Those 58, 272 names were men and women ...

My Book is an Amazon Best-Seller

I’m kind of stunned that my book, which launched today on Amazon, is currently the #1 “New Hot Release” within the Religion & Spirituality category. I took a screenshot because I couldn’t believe it myself!  While it ain’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal best-selling lists – I’ll gladly take it and give all the glory to God! It’s not too late to join the party, click the link below to get your copy plus more than 60 FREE bonuses!!! http://thedailyretort.com/faith/ I’ll ...

A New Contest

Hello to everyone. Today I’m making a big announcement.  I am sponsoring another writing contest. The topic of this contest is National Pride.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, and no more than 1200 words.  The winner will receive  three ebooks of your choice and posting of your story on this blog.  The runner-up will receive a copy of the Historical Fiction, Dobyns Chronicles when it is published in a few months. Please send the stories to shirley_mclain.com with your email address and the three ebooks ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Every year on the first weekend in February, the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, hosts a spectacular flower festival. It is during this time when the flowers are in bloom. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful displays of fresh flowers, including chrysanthemums, dendrobium orchids and Damask roses. photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com photo credit: zigzagtravellers.com That being said, it’s not a flower festival unless there’s a parade! The main attraction is the flower festival parade that takes place on Saturday morning, ...

Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile flowers have been used for centuries to treat an assortment of ailments. The flowers are known to contain anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. There are two main types of chamomile used in traditional herbal medicine: German Chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman or English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). If you are a gardener, you can grow your own flowers. Alternatively, you can purchase dried flower heads, liquid extracts or creams from specialty or herbal stores. Chamomile tea is readily available at most grocery ...

How to Celebrate Day of the Dead

Happy Day of the Dead! Also known as “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish, Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Latin American countries. It is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. It is a joyous occasion where people celebrate the loved ones who have died. There is a belief that the souls of the dead come back to visit their loved ones. In fact, Day of the Dead is a celebration ...

Valentines Blooms – Alternatives to Red Roses

When most people think of Flowers & Valentine’s day it’s Red Roses that immediately come to mind. Probably because everyone knows that a Red Rose means love (it’s true meaning is “Passionate Love”). Red Roses are also a very popular flower & welcomed by most women, but they aren’t for everyone. Also for the forgetful man, the closer it gets to Valentines Day the harder it can be to find Red Roses, at least to find good quality ones. If your ...

Fun Flower Facts: Angle’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)

Angel’s Trumpet, also known as brugmansia, is a heat loving tropical annual shrub or small tree that produces attractive white, pink, orange or yellow flowers that hang down from their branches. These large, trumpet-shaped flowers are also pleasantly fragrant, especially at night. The plant is native to South America. These plants can reach a height of 3-11m or 10-36ft tall. The leaves are large and are often covered in fine hairs. The flowers can grow to be about 6-20 inches long ...

Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are those patterns you’re seeing in all the stores and magazines? Here’s the scoop! Ikat started the recent trend and quickly spread everywhere, from fashion to interiors. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (or mum) is a genus of flowering plants native to China that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is related to the aster, dahlia, pot marigold, zinnia and strawflower. It is one of the most popular plants in the world. There are hundreds of different varieties, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. And flower breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. Chrysanthemums can be two different types:  standard and spray. Standard chrysanthemums will produce a single flower head at ...

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How to Throw a Garden Party!

garden party

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer:

Food featuring edible flowers:

If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, this guide will give you some tips.

Outdoor Decorating ideas

  • floral pillows
  • floral candles
  • Fill glass jars with water and fresh flowers
  • Fill mini terra-cotta pots with tea lights

To learn more about creating the perfect mood, click here. It’s all in the details!



Summer is short! So start planning soon.  You can read more about how to plan the perfect party here. Have fun!

Photo credit: theglitterguide.tumblr.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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