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The National Cherry Blossom Festival

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I’m imagining that going to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC may be one of this country’s best springtime trips ever. This year, in 2015, the festival is from March 20 to April 12.   I have not been there yet, but it is on my list of places to go. It no […]

Doubled-Flowered ‘Meringue’ Coneflower – A Perennial a Week

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  Weeks ago I posted about a beautiful coneflower that I discovered this summer, and, while searching for information on it I discovered a whole world of coneflowers from the Cone-fections (trademarked) series, introduced by AB Cultivars of the Netherlands.   These double-flowered coneflowers are so pretty with their abundance of petals covering the entire […]

‘Coconut Lime’ Coneflower ~ A Perennial a Week

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My fascination with this gorgeous perennial all started one day while at a favorite little neighborhood restaurant. We took some of the kids to breakfast, and they wanted to eat on the outdoor patio. It is full of round tables and market umbrellas, all of which was quite lovely on a summer day at mid-morning […]

Pillow Talk

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It’s finally spring and the temperature is gradually warming with the promise of summer just ahead. It’s time to get your outdoor living areas spruced up and looking their best for all of the gatherings that the summer season holds.   Just like decorating indoors, the quickest way to add sparkle, a particular mood, or […]

Wordless Wednesday – Pergola Covered Walkway

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Wordless Wednesday – Pergola Covered Walkway      

Weathered to Polished – Reproduction or Authentic – How Would You Use Nautical Style Lighting Outdoors?

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What is it about the nautical decor style that so many of us simply love? The nautical style is certainly charming, to say the least, and lucky for those of us who adore it, it never goes out of style. The style has a range of occasion – from a weathered fishing boat to the […]

Flowering Crabapple Trees – Choose Disease-Resistant First, Flower Color Second

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  I used to have a flowering crabapple in my backyard, and it was gorgeous in bloom – its lovely dark pink blooms created a big colorful canopy. Those few weeks when it was in bloom it was simply fabulous.   But the rest of the summer months it was absolutely unsightly, just a tattered […]

Wordless Wednesday – Brighten Up a Cold Winter’s Day

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