How to grow hydrangeas from cuttings

It was a gorgeous day today. The sun was flooding into our kitchen nook. Don’t you just love days with no schedules? It seems like they’re trickier to find as the kids get older. But I’ve been more intentional about trying to find that quiet space…. ….more time to enjoy life’s treasures and simple beauties. So I […]

healthy spring side dishes

  i love making introductions…and this one was particularly awesome b/c i got to enjoy the results…yummy and healthy spring salads at an awesome party! my foodie friend Peilin Breller is a food stylist, and she did me solid by catering another friend’s party. when you’ve got mad skills to make food look good in commercials and […]

spring flowers

remember that day last fall when i rode my bike around cutting hydrangea clippings from my neighbors? you don’t remember? it’s ok, neither do my neighbors….jk. they just all thought i was nuts. hydrangea are incredible. they’re hearty and do so well in the cooler beach climates here in newport beach. you can take a cutting, stick […]

yummy summer garden party by Heidi Ristau

  my friend Heidi Ristau is a woman of many talents.  she’s a high-powered and hard-charging product manager during the day, and caters for high end events on the weekends. her food is an inspiration as i aspire to create such tasty and wonderful dishes for my get togethers! Heidi’s use of fresh, local and […]

loving the fall flowers

this makes me happy. have a great day! sharing is caring

hanging on to summer

it’s really hard to get into the fall spirit when it’s 90 degrees outside!    so i’m just going to sit and appreciate the fun times we had this summer! this was one of my favorite garden surprises.  an artichoke flower!  it sort of looks scary like it could bite you, but then it’s also […]

summer hydrangea tablescape

i love hydrangeas. i had the luxury of spending a few hours in the garden today and cut a bunch of hydrangea as they’re starting to look a little hot…. sad… so let’s enjoy them while we can, shall we? for this table scape on our outdoor dining table, i put some candles in mason […]

how’d that tomato plant get there?

i love seeing the world.  but i also love returning and seeing what’s happened in my garden after a week away. the trumpet vines on our garden trellis are finally blooming and they’re gorgeous! these make me so happy!!!!  you can see that all of the raised beds are doing great.  the heat hasn’t started […]

teeny, tiny peaches!

i love spring. the flowers are blooming, and you find cool stuff in the garden you’ve never seen before! like this one here…i’ve no clue what it is, but it appeared in my raised bed…so i transplanted it. it’s cool! in so cal, we don’t have to remove the bulbs each year…they just stay there […]

pretty spring flowers

i stumbled on these gorgeous flowers last week.  they made me so happy that i ended up living up to my Chinese heritage….snapping away like a mad woman.  🙂 this display of white cabbage is so delicious…you almost want to squat down and taste it…almost.   have a great week!   sharing is caring

fall day with my new camera

  don’t tell my husband, but i bought a new camera… isn’t this hibiscus divine? i just love the old wooden crates.  why do i love the old distressed wood look so much? the colors are coming in on the fall flowers around the arch of the front door.  so pretty. this child moves too fast […]

summer’s here. the flowers prove it!

We’ve still got another month or so of what we southern Californians call June gloom.  That’s right…don’t come here expecting hot blazing days.  Along the coast, you’ll get foggy mornings until it burns off around noon…these days last until July 4th.  Then we finally get some morning sun! But the June gloom is perfect for […]

summer flowers :: hydrangea, roses and lavender

i LOVE my garden, and particularly love the flower arrangements that come directly from the garden.   the hydrangea is quite unusual with 3 layers of florets.  also, i’ve noticed as it warms up that the flowers are an interesting shade of grayish/pink.  so pretty! the roses smell amazing. love. sharing is caring

spring garden party

the party went off without a hitch.  we’re blessed with amazing friends who lend their time and help!  in between setting up, politely bossing my friends around, and trying to be a gracious hostess, i tried to snap a few pix…. the weather cooperated….it rains one day a year in california.  and thankfully, the first […]

Gorgeous, rustic wedding florals

the direction was:  rustic, but not too rustic.  princess. blue hydrangea. i’d say the florist nailed the look.                 sharing is caring

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