Getting Sybilized

I had the opportunity twice recently to witness floral designer Sybil Sylvester working her magic. Her designs for the Antiques in the Gardens extravaganza in Birmingham were extraordinary ...     I loved the pinecone garland amd will be trying this at home...     The … [Read more...]

View From The Top

On Saturday I attended a luncheon and garden tour in a private Birmingham garden thanks to the Southern Garden History Society...     When I tell you this garden has a view I am not joking! Situated high above the city of Birmingham, AL, it commands a bird's eye view of the … [Read more...]

Flower Mart

While I was in Nashville assisting daughter with her latest move I finally made it into Flower Mart...     This cute shop is at the corner where I turn to arrive at her apartment.  Each and every time I visit I vow and declare that I'll make my way in there for a little retail therapy … [Read more...]

Wicker Handbags

All the end of school and graduation pictures have me thinking of summer and what says summer any better than a wicker handbag... I must admit the animal themed bags are appealing... Elephants seem to to be very popular... the snail nail is a cutie... Here is the bag for Kentucky Derby … [Read more...]

Garden Walk

Some of you have reminded me that I have not given a garden tour this spring!  So here we go... The weather has been so strange and suffice it to say the garden has reflected that... Everything was ahead of schedule! peonies bloomed early and didn't last nearly long enough... sweet peas … [Read more...]

2017 Year of the Rooster

It was fun seeing all the images from the Chinese New Year posted on social media over the weekend.  So, it is goodbye to the monkey and hello to the rooster! 2017 is a Fire Rooster Year...   Chinese astrology accords that every year is associated with one of the five elements and an … [Read more...]

A Rough Start to 2017

Hello friends! I'll just be honest with you, we are off to a rough start to 2017 here OPP.  We have lost a young man near and dear to us and way too soon.  He and number 2 son were freshman college roommates and it just seems like yesterday. You know how much a garden means to me and so I was … [Read more...]

Festive Holiday Gathering

I loved getting to see my friend's beautiful Christmas decorations at a festive holiday gathering last week... Santa was quite a hit... Every room was decked out for the holidays... Notice the crackling fire through the window in the garden folly... Beautiful centerpiece... Kitchen … [Read more...]

A Holiday Field Trip

I set out on Saturday to procure a small beef tenderloin because I wanted to try a new recipe before Chrismas Day and ended up on a holiday field trip! As I headed north toward Kroger I made a snap decision and kept on going to Flora, MS and the Flora Butcher.  I have read about this entrepreneur … [Read more...]

This That and The Other

You may know that I've been in the midst of a kitchen renovation over here OPP.  Well, I'm still without the power to bake thanks to a faulty set of ovens being installed.  I'm kind of really really tired of it now!  Here's the silver lining, a warming drawer that is also a slow cooker.  I … [Read more...]