Flower Fridays: Bird Of Paradise

It is not surprising that in the language of flowers, bird of paradise means magnificence—they are showy splendid specimens! Although I am not usually drawn to them, they make a wonderful addition to large table displays, towering over—as if they are watching over—the other more petite flowers. And their exotic flair makes me dream ofContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Bird Of Paradise”

Flower Fridays: Delphinium

Many years ago I planted delphiniums in my garden and they were tall blue beauties. Unfortunately they never came back! Given my poor success that first year I have been hesitant to plant them again. I will probably try once again some time soon because I think they are such romantic additions to cottage gardens—andContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Delphinium”

Flower Fridays: Fern

Fern is a magical plant. They begin as a tightly wound disk called fiddleheads that are delicious sautéed up in evoo with some garlic. And when they unfurl they are beautiful plants that 1) the deer won’t eat, 2) do fine in shade and 3) are lovely additions to flower arrangements. With so many varietiesContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Fern”

Flower Fridays: Dandelion

The egg-yolk yellow flowers are popping up once again now that spring is in full speed. I like them except that they go places that I don’t really want them to be. They are taking up home in my lawn mostly, as they battle with the crabgrass to win our backyard. But dandelions, as sturdyContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Dandelion”

Flower Fridays: Spring Flower Shows

Each year I make a trip to Macy’s Flower Show in New York City in early spring. It is usually too cold out to feel like spring so I am more than happy to see an abundance of flowers inside. Macy’s puts its main floor into full bloom with all of my favorite flowers asContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Spring Flower Shows”