Coral Charm Peonies

Sunday, April 24, 2022


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The coral charm peony is one of the most fascinating late spring flowers.  Over the course of just a few days, it transforms itself from an intense coral bud to a bright watermelon pink bloom then turns a soft apricot tone and finishes as a faded cream color.  The blooms are large and lacy with many layers of petals and are stunning in arrangements.

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Coral Charm peonies are herbaceous perennials and prefer full sun.  They grow about 24" tall and 2-3 ft wide when mature.  Peony plants often take a year or two to get established and usually produce few or no blooms the first year.  In four or five years the plant will be fully mature and have many blooms if it receives enough sun and proper care.

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Peonies form a lovely complement with ranunculus and snapdragons as they are all flowers that thrive in late spring.  The round shape and large scale of the peony blooms overshadow the smaller ranunculus and the stalky snapdragons when arranged, but the three flowers together provide visual interest.

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Observing the changing beauty of these flowers inspired me to create this acrylic painting on canvas, titled "Coral Charm".  Additional information can be found here.

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Daffodils of Spring

Monday, April 4, 2022

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It is that beautiful time of year again when the daffodils spring from the ground in honor of the season to come.  The garden is starting its symphony of color and our pink charm daffodils have begun to naturalize.  They add a touch of seasonal splendor before Easter arrives.

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A vase filled with daffodils is always a joy.  They make an elegant display and have a very soft fragrance.  For longevity, it is best to keep only daffodils in the arrangement as their sticky sap will poison other flowers.

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Daffodils make stunning cut flowers and there are so many types of specialty daffodils available to grow for bouquets.  These were planted years ago and come up every spring as long as they receive an ample amount of sun and water.

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They are beautiful when massed in a bud vase, placed on an accent table, or in an entryway where the subtle scent of spring will welcome guests.

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Highlights of the Early Summer Garden

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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It never ceases to amaze me when the seedlings I plant in the spring turn into so many beautiful flowers and vegetables by the summer.  Some of my favorite floral varieties this season have been grown from seed along with our vegetable garden which is contained in elevated beds.

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Since we have an abundance of seed-grown annuals, I often plant them in containers that hold other flowers.  The heirloom pansies shown above are planted at the base of containers filled with bougainvillea.

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The elevated beds are filled with many different varieties of vegetables.  This season we are growing  a mix of tomatoes, melons, eggplants, peppers, and cucumbers.  In addition there are several more large pots of vegetable plants throughout the garden.

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These orange calendula flowers were abundant in the patio garden until the heat arrived. They were then replaced with zinnias which tolerate much hotter temperatures.

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Queen Red Lime Zinnias are one of my summer favorites.  They grow in full sun and have the most amazing range of color!

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Apricot Blush Zinnias are also a favorite and add a touch of brightness to the patio container garden.  They grow beautifully in pots and bloom profusely in the sun.

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Easter Morning...

Sunday, April 4, 2021



Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter!  


The Spring Splendor of Ranunculus

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


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This beautiful spring has brought with it an abundance of ranunculus. These early season flowers, also called Persian buttercups, are a joy to style. They not only have a lovely bloom, but usually feature a unique twist in the stem which adds a sense of movement to floral designs.

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We are growing many white ranunculus flowers in the garden this spring, which are currently starting to bloom.  In addition to those,  my sweet hubby surprised me with a ranunculus delivery subscription that has kept our home filled with bountiful blooms over the last few weeks.  I was thrilled to have so many beautiful varieties to paint and style and have selected a few favorites to add to the garden next year.

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White ranunculus are timeless and a beautiful way to transition arrangements from winter to spring with a neutral palette.  Here they are shown with silver dusty miller and white anemones from our garden.  

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The orange fringed variety above reminds me of a peony with so many layers of petals. 

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The unique magenta and green ruffled ranunculus above is the Italian Pon Pon Fanny.  These vibrant blooms have a rustic texture and pair well with garden foliage and herbs.  

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Spring pink is always a favorite hue during the Easter season and these pop with color! 


To learn more about the story of this lovely flower and how to grow them yourself see this previous post, Flower Spotlight: Ranunculus.

Winter Garden Delights

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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The first month of the year brought an abundant winter garden harvest along with many cold and cozy days to relax inside.  Here in central California the weather is usually mild, so it is possible to grow a culinary garden throughout the winter.  This year, the focus has been on salad greens and citrus which grow and thrive in cooler weather.  The Meyer lemons, blood oranges and limes have been bountiful.

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Creating a cool season garden involves planning what you want to eat as well as how you want to access the garden on cold or rainy days.  Since we like to harvest our salad greens right before they are served I keep several salad bowls filled with Mesclun lettuces on our outdoor table.  These are easy access at dinner time as they are right by the kitchen door and one can step out, snip a handful and go right back to cooking.  They are also cut and come again varieties, which means that when they are harvested, they grow back in a few weeks.  The autumn pomegranates from our tree are being dried for use in arrangements.

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Head lettuce like the ruby romaine shown above is grown in a raised bed.  

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French chervil is easy to grow in pots and can be placed in a windowsill or on a patio.  Here freshly harvested key limes are staying cold on an outdoor shelf until they are used.

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These ruffled pansies were a pleasant surprise as I planted seeds in the fall and they are now blooming! I am happy to see the first signs of spring approaching...

Pumpkin Spice Floral

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


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"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

The beauty of autumn is now upon us as we settle in to the season with pumpkins on the porch and magnificently colorful leaves falling from the trees.  Autumn has always been a favorite season of mine, and like Fitzgerald, I see it as a time of new beginnings.  I always look forward to sweater weather, a pot of hot soup on the stove, planting bulbs in the garden, and of course, the quintessential taste of the season- pumpkin spice!  

This fall bouquet of vivid orange zinnias, mixed with peachy-pink dahlias, blush lisianthus, and mustard yellow amaranth captures the mood of autumn with its spicy hues and rustic texture.  It was a pleasure to style and also to paint!

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A simple metallic gold vase highlights the warm colors in the bouquet and provides an opulent finish to complement the varied texture of the flowers.

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Dahlias in a pale warm pink soften the bouquet with their ombre color and elegant rolled petals.  

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Bright orange zinnias add earthy texture and a pop of color.  These traditional autumn hues remind me of pumpkin spice!  Happy fall!


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