The Winter Garden…at Christmas

This garden is definitely a Winter Wonderland.    I can only imagine how many miles of lights that have been used in this garden. The hedges in my front garden are topped with (many) mini lights casting a soft, warm glow.  I'm not sure what I will do when these old-fashioned clear mini lights are no… Continue reading The Winter Garden…at Christmas

“O Christmas Tree”…

Bringing cut evergreen boughs indoors over the winter months goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who were convinced that the fresh greens kept evil spirits and illness away.   Believing this to be a pagan celebration,  it took centuries for religious leaders to accept the tradition of setting up a Christmas tree.  German… Continue reading “O Christmas Tree”…

“Friday Night Bistro”…

  I bought this mat for my back door as a surprise message for my husband...it was code for, "We are having dinner at home tonight".  Friday night is date night at our house, and we alternate who plans the evening.  With the cooler evenings, I'm choosing more and more to cook dinner at home… Continue reading “Friday Night Bistro”…

French Lessons…Part 2

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I have travelled to France numerous times.  Like many of you, I love all things French!   In Tish Jett's second book, "Living Forever Chic", she opens the doors into the French home showing us "l'art de vivre", a well-lived life. Frenchwomen love their… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 2

Fall Gardening…

  Last week's snow was a cruel joke and an abrupt reminder that summer is definitely over.  It's time to prepare and protect the garden for the windy and cold winter months ahead. I wish I had thought ahead this summer and planned to do up my front planters to look as inviting as these… Continue reading Fall Gardening…

Bountiful…

As you all probably know by now, my cooking skills are limited, and I can safely say the kitchen is not my favourite room.  I do, however,  love to garden.  A couple years ago I had two raised vegetable beds made.  Since then I've been growing vegetables and herbs.  My favourite way of eating these… Continue reading Bountiful…

Gardening…101

Anyone who knows me will agree that I love gardening.  Now that I have the time,  I especially like to spend my summer days outdoors.  I have to admit, though, that I have created a very high maintenance garden and this spring has brought some challenging days in the garden. Part of the problem was… Continue reading Gardening…101

Peonies…

Peonies have been sharing their beauty with the planet since 1000 B.C. It's believed they were first grown in China eventually finding their way to Japan, Europe and North America.  In ancient times peony roots were used medicinally for epilepsy, headaches, asthma, nervous disorders and childbirth.  Today scientists are researching the healing properties of the… Continue reading Peonies…

Maison des Fleurs

. I don't remember when I first became consumed with gardening,  but it's been for some time now.  Another thing I don't recall is why I'm so obsessed with the formal garden style. One of the considerations about moving into my older neighbourhood was all the mature trees on the property.  It was in the… Continue reading Maison des Fleurs

Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses

    During the summer of 2016,  I was able to realize one of my dreams...to have my own greenhouse.  There was a perfect spot at the back of my garden and with the efforts of many,  "Maison des Fleurs",  became a reality. There were many "dreamers" long before me who wanted to extend the… Continue reading Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses