Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment…

“We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant.” Alfred Eisenstaedt Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl waiting for boy. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl ignores boy…lovers tiff? Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… Street Photos from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Girl ready to walk dog but makes a call first. Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment… ...

Fun Flower Facts: Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia)

The Black Eyed Susan Vine, also known as thunbergia (thun-BER-jee-uh), is a genus of 100 plants native to tropical regions of Africa and Australia that produces large, funnel-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, cream, orange and blue with dark centers ( or “black eyes”), along with heart-shaped leaves. The blooming period is from summer until fall. Plants can climb 4-10 ft tall. Thunbergia is generally grown as annual plant. It is easy to grow from seed and thrives in just about ...

The Tempest

This jewel of a painting, glowing like a stained glass window, is more modern than it looks at first glance. We don’t know exactly when it was created (probably around 1508) and we don’t know its real name—The Tempest is a nickname to make it easier to identify. So what makes it so modern? Giorgione (a nickname meaning Big George) was an astonishingly gifted Venetian painter who died young and left only a handful of paintings. The colors and textures are ...

Peculiar Picture #8

Those familiar with Chubby Chatterbox know that I was a professional illustrator for many years and that I have a file cabinet of peculiar pictures that, for one reason or another, were never published. I thought this illustration would get a lot of use when I painted it about five years ago, but you never can tell what images will please art directors and which ones won’t. I always liked this little demon, but maybe he scared people away. Do you ...

Musings: A Bundle Of Ideas…

“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” Warren Buffett Musings: A Bundle Of Ideas... Tangy's words of wisdom Ideas: They come, they go… Just take it slow. In this post, an exercise in briefness, Tangy shares some of his ideas/wisdom and wishes all ...

Musings: Food To Die For… Almost

“Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Food To Die For... Almost... Clam Chowder is no longer on my menu... Is there a food you used to like but no longer eat? What changed? Food is like medicine, it aids health and gives us sustenance… Yet, food can also be poisonous if we eat contaminated products or are ...

Daily Adventures: Twelve Fun Things To Do…

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller When I read the Daily Post prompt for today, I was glad because I liked the topic, Top Ten Favorite Things to Do, and I love list posts. Okay, I did modify it from the original which was to write on top things we hadn’t done in a year. I decided to ...

The Greatest Artist I've Ever Known

Grandma Chatterbox is finally home from the hospital and she’s progressing better than she wants to admit. Her surgery has left her weak and she needs assistance to maintain her apartment and independence. It’s fallen on me to find someone to help her. There are many good organizations to draw on and much of my time is currently being spent searching for a suitable individual who can put up with Mom’s idiosyncrasies. This hasn’t prevented my head from filling with ...

Sometimes Evidence is NOT Enough...

Jakarta Street Children: Is This Evidence Against God's Existence? I don't have all the answers. In fact, most of the answers I do have tend to spark more questions - and most of the questions I have seem to be unanswerable or have overwhelming evidence to the contrary. For instance, the pervasive presence of evil in the world and the severity of suffering that innocent children endure are some of the thorniest issues for me to reconcile with the existence of a benevolent ...

Book Review: Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World - Dr. David Jeremiah

For anyone who may read this in the future, this past weekend (5/21/2011) marked the latest failed prediction of a global, doomsday prognosticator.  What’s interesting is the incredible amount of media attention and coverage that such claims have continued to engender. I think that one of the reasons why so many people pay attention to such misguided speculation to name the actual day of our destruction, is due to a collective inner dread or suspicion that we can’t continue living the way we are and avoid consequences on ...

5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

Stolpe family in Guatemala Early this month, our family traveled to Guatemala to serve the orphans and widows in and around the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Deciding to go in the first place was a pretty significant leap of faith. As a father and husband, did I think we would be safe in a strange land removed from many of the luxuries we currently enjoy? Did I really want to spend my vacation time working instead of relaxing somewhere? How were we going to ...

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), Bless Them

The Midwest Book Review (dot com), bless them, has given their own version of a thumbs-up to my book The Cleveland Rutters. An organization of volunteers, established in 1976, MBR is among the very few established review sources to include self-published authors alongside books published by small presses and academic presses. The organization is “committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing.” (Visit their website to get a feel for how MBR operates.) When I was a small press ...

Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

Capturing Nature’s Palette with Chip It!

Have you discovered Chip It! yet? It’s one of my favorite new design applications. The tool allows you to take any picture and turn it into a collection of up to 10 Sherwin-Williams paint colors through a matching process with the company’s extensive database. Not only is it very helpful, it’s also a lot of fun! I’ve been a bit of a mad scientist lately, experimenting with images and coming up with some unique and exciting color palettes. And recently I ...

A Soft Surrender

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn't help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the flitting birds above whose cares blended well with green? And what of the greedy squirrels dropping acorns as they ran the soft thuds of a midwinter snack was it jealous ...

Waiting in Line for Life

I recently went to a nearby fast food joint for a quick lunch of chili and a diet soda, tenaciously avoiding the delectable, but deadly, cheeseburger and fries. While I was in line waiting to order my skinny girl feast I noticed a man in front of me who looked to be about my age but with a little more wear. His hair was salt and sunshine blond, loosely pulled back into a ponytail, allowing a crop of stray hairs ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts
August 14, 2012, 9:41 am

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!

Activities

Themes

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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