Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday Morning Delights: Souffles, Books, and Roses

Once in awhile my sisters and I become rather spontaneous on our days off from work. This morning it was breakfast at Panera and then a quick stop at the salon that carries my favorite shampoo. Girl stuff, you know. :)

Roasted Tomato & Feta souffle, Orange scone, & coffee is how we do breakfast at Panera

On our way out of town, we saw that a local antique store was having a tent sale and so we pulled in to have a look. Inside we found a vintage copy of Jane Eyre. It being one of my sister's favorite stories, it wasn't hard to talk her into buying it! I even got her studying the bookshelves for familiar titles or authors like I often do. ;)
Books and vintage typewriters are so wonderfully library-ish!
On our way home I stopped at the nursery to show my sister those lovely English-bred roses and it was her turn to easily talk me into purchasing the Carding Mill variety. ;) She fell in love with them and upon returning home, Mother-dear fell in love with them also.

Forgive the harsh early afternoon sunlight, but I promise these are simply divine in real life. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A New Start

My first English Lavender in the prime of its life

In the midst of weeds, tangles, and plants that appeared literally out of no where, my poor English Lavender was overtaken and most likely destroyed. Several weeks ago I discover a tangled mess of dry, brittle stems with no sign of life. Trying to remain hopeful, I still have it in the ground since every trace of weeds and green were ripped up and out in the bed where it once lived for a good 12 years. (That area was literally picked clean for the fire pit that was a huge highlight for my sister's open house. Who doesn't like S'mores?)

Today at the nursery I spotted a very small section of English Lavender for a good price, and went ahead to purchase it. I have missed having fresh arm-filled sized bouquets in my bedroom or near my pillow. The new plant found its home in my "bench garden" among heirlooms such as Sweet Rocket, Johnny Jump Ups, and then some Silvia and other random plants and bushes.

Now if I can get my mind off of those David Austin roses I mused over for far to long at the greenhouse… :)

Sunday, May 04, 2014

'Tis the Season

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1 

In a couple of days my younger brother will be a college graduate.
In a couple of weeks my youngest sister will graduate from highschool.

And in other news, the lilacs will (hopefully) be in full bloom for my sister's open house party. One may or may not feel as though they have a small taste of Mackinac Island. Last I counted we have 17 bushes in 6 or 7 different varieties ranging from 6 feet tall to 6 inches tall.