Tuesday, June 01, 2010

bloom has moved

please click HERE to be re-directed [you'll like what you find!]

please update your links & bookmarks


Friday, May 28, 2010

chives! can you believe it?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

vintage perrier-jouet champagne bucket...for flowers!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More Peonies!

Not a great photo but I wanted to share with you anyway

flower of the day: camellia

[image: moosey's country garden]

i l o v e camellias
growing up, we had a neighbor named camellia. maybe thats why. she had a high wall in her yard and if memory serves me correctly, it was covered in flowers. camellias, perhaps.

here are some facts about alabama's state flower from wikipedia:
  • they are native to eastern and southern asia, from the himalaya east to korea and indonesia
  • colors of the flowers vary from white through pink colors to red, but yellow flowers are found in just a few species
  • the japanese camellia – often simply called "the camellia" – is the most prominent species in cultivation
also see:
international camellia society
american camellia society

Monday, May 24, 2010

flower magazine.
two of my favorite things combined into one.

also see: flower magazine's blog

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

My pretty bodega

flower of the day: lilac

[image: www.rabbitrunnursery.com]

facts from gardnersnet
  • lilacs bloom for only a very brief couple weeks in the spring
  • there are over 1,000 varieties of Lilacs.
  • they come in several colors, with the most popular being the color lilac and purple. white and pink are also popular.
  • vary widely in size from the small 4 to 8 foot varieties to types that can grow up to 30 feet.
see: lilac festival

also see: when lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed by walt whitman

Thursday, May 20, 2010

gorgeous flowers my friend joy received for her 30th 31st birthday from green fresh florals in hillcrest, san diego
more fun b-day / flower photos here

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

flower of the day: peony

i'm starting with the obvious choice both in terms of the season and popularity.

[image: www.paeoniarockii.com]

here are some basic facts about peonies from the flower expert

named in honor of paeon, the physician of the gods
native to asia, southern europe and western north america
Bloom in late spring & early summer

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

isn't life grand?

here are some things i'm excited about right now:

stoop sales all over brooklyn
vodka lemonade
my hasbeens
my new quilt -- a family heirloom
babies [the movie]

Thursday, May 13, 2010

this book is fantastic.

the photos are beautiful and its full of ideas that leave me feeling inspired.

what inspires you?

arrangement for mom

love you mom!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

cute gardening stuff from anthropologie.  

do you have a garden?

i have a lovely little fire escape garden. [i'll take some pictures for you.]

in the meantime, take a look at this adorable urban garden [i adore this picture] & this one.

here's another good one from apartment therapy...

and another...

and another.

send me your urban garden pictures, please. i'd love to see them.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

some early horticultural experiences

my mom made (makes) the best zucchini bread in the world. i'm pretty sure she was disguising healthy food as sweets before jessica seinfeld was even born.

here's the recipe:
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
1.5 c sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips
2 cups peeled and grated zucchini, rinsed and drained
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease (2) 8x4 loaf pans
Break eggs into mixing bowl and beat well
Beat in vanilla followed by oil & sugar
Stir in grated zucchini.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir into egg mixture.
[Thoroughly stir in nuts or chocolate chips]
Divide the batter between the two greased loaf pans.
Bake in preheated 325 degree-oven for 55 minutes or until done.
Allow to stand in pans 10 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool.

By now you're exhausted, so go enjoy a cold glass of vodka lemonade

[p.s. happy birthday, dad!]

hi. meet my new flower cart!

purchased from treasure again. have you been to her shop? it's a MUST.

anyway, i'm giddy with excitement imagining it covered in sweet little arrangements and plants in weathered terra cotta pots.  

how does your family grow?

i love these family trees from cozy blue.

when i was home recently, my mom and i re-read a family history written by my great uncle, eugene. it detailed the story of his grandparents (my great, great grandparents), david and nanno o'neill, both born in ireland in the 19th century. nanno was 15 when she married david, 45 - a man 30 years her senior so poor her rich family disowned her.  they came to the united states with nothing- and went on to have 15 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood.

david lived to be 92 and nanno 65.

interestingly, nanno's family name was also o'neill [which, saved the trouble of changing the credit cards, driver's license etc when they married]

the coat of arms for o'neill clan of ireland shows a bloody hand and legend says an o'neill once cut off his hand and threw it ashore to beat another explorer to a claim. [which i'm certain was a pair of louboutins and a tiffany necklace for his wife's birthday]

Sunday, May 09, 2010

happy mother's day! i love you mom

[brooklyn botanic gardens, april 2010]

Saturday, May 08, 2010


i'm in cleveland this weekend for mother's day and both parents birthdays. (happy birthday, parents!)

pictures to follow.

in the meantime, aren't these birch bark planters and birdhouses neat?

Friday, May 07, 2010

i've become a total sucker for succulents.

i just purchased three [more] from succulents galore: a pinwheel (also known as also known as hens and chicks as it forms fleshy leaved rosettes on stalks followed by little chicks), a penwiper (a succulent from africa with flat leaves and burgandy red spots) and 'string of buttons' (it has rosey pink and light green stacked leaves and it grows straight up - its adorable!)

i can't wait to add these to my growing succulent garden

[all info & pictures from succulents galore]

do you love these cookies from linda's edible art as much as i do?
i want to buy them all and just gaze upon them lovingly for hours.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

G O R G E O U S bunny vases from kim lust pottery