Every year, one of the things I most look forward to is creating a large floral centerpiece for my Christmas table. I always begin this process in competition with the herds of rampaging deer foraging in my yard for cedar, magnolia, boxwood, holly, and loropetalum. When I bring in this ridiculous overabundance of greenery, I then have… Continue reading Christmas Centerpiece Conundrum
Since 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday, the turkey has been the symbol of the celebration. Benjamin Franklin even wanted to make the turkey our national symbol instead of the bald eagle, writing in a letter to his daughter that “the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird…” No disrespect… Continue reading Thanksgiving Table Settings–No Jive Turkey!
When I say flower power, I’m not talking about “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” or “make love, not war.” And I am certainly not advocating bra burning (at my age, that could cause a natural disaster). No, think less Woodstock and more “Downton Abbey.” I’ve always been a huge fan of British period dramas,… Continue reading Flower Power: How To Have Cost-Effective Arrangements Year-Round