Category Archives: Just for fun

All lit up

For as much as a Grinch as I am, the one thing I really appreciate about Christmas on our side of the globe, is all the lights glimmering in an otherwise darkened world. I find the idea of an evergreen … Continue reading

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Glimpses from the 2017 Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase at Lan Su

I have my sweet friend William to thank for the privilege of attending the opening night of this floral extravaganza. It’s an annually occurring event centering on the Chrysanthemum – the flower of the ninth lunar month – and taps … Continue reading

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How to build a fern table

Let me just preface this post by saying that I had a great day! I had nearly an entire, uninterrupted day to do something I have wanted to do for months – build some fern tables! Ever since I first … Continue reading

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Ikebana – a brief overview of Japanese flower arrangements

At various library sales, I found two wonderful little books, dating back to the mid-1950’s, explaining the art of Japanese flower arrangements. Both were written to demystify Japan to foreigners; one was issued by the “Japan Travel Bureau, Tokyo” as … Continue reading

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Short list of useful tips for a newbie gardener

  A comment in this week’s Wednesday Vignette post revealed that the garden that had puzzled me so, represented the efforts of a recent widow, who had begun gardening after her husband’s death. Pondering this made me think about what … Continue reading

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Field trip!!!

Today, two of my favorite merry pranksters (William and Gina) and I, went on a field trip to a little gem of a nursery called Nowlens Bridge Perennials. William has been there many times before, and this time he was interviewing … Continue reading

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The Big de-Grinching

I don’t usually get very excited about Christmas. My holidays of choice are Halloween (which caters to my inner child creative) and Thanksgiving (which is just plain nice). If you ask me, it’s all downhill from there. This year too, I … Continue reading

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