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 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


    The calendar may say that Spring is days away but looking out my back window I'm not so sure.  The squirrels are busy though, scampering up and down the trees chattering away and driving Chloe, my dog, crazy.   Sparrows are darting about in and out of the hedges.  Do they have more faith… Continue reading Spring…almost?

Winter Wonderland!

        As I peer out my windows I believe my garden is more beautiful in the winter than in the summer.  There's something about the way snow sits atop of the hedges and on the statuary.  It accentuates details that I have missed during the other seasons.  Mother Nature has dropped a… Continue reading Winter Wonderland!

Forcing Bulbs

The Christmas spirit has arrived early at my house.  This will be the third Christmas since my store has closed.  The first year after we were away over the holidays so I didn't even set up the tree.   Even last year I was still missing all the hustle (stress??) of being an independent retailer… Continue reading Forcing Bulbs

Decorating 101…Part 3 “Making a House a Home”

      Now that you have found your decorating style and have decided on your basics,  you can make your house a home by adding your own flair.  This is where your personality shines through.  You may be an artist, a collector, a traveller, a writer (or avid reader), a crafter, a photographer, a gardener, a sports enthusiast… Continue reading Decorating 101…Part 3 “Making a House a Home”


It's Thanksgiving Monday as I write the first draft of this post.  The last of the family left before noon today... the house is always so quiet after a long, holiday weekend.  As I looked around the kitchen and dining room I knew I should probably get all the serving dishes etc.  put away, but I… Continue reading Sailing…

Tea with Royalty!

Only in my dreams could I have tea with the Queen,  Princess Diana,  Liz Taylor, Marilyn and Barbra!  Today I am talking about roses often named for royalty and other past and present A-list celebrities. Roses,  one of the oldest flora species, have been growing for centuries.  Early varieties were simple by today's standards but,… Continue reading Tea with Royalty!