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Special Event – A Morning on the Farm

When Bloomsbury Lane Farm was just an idea in my head, I imagined hosting people in this beautiful space to relax, share ideas, and enjoy working with the flowers I grew. I heard laughter and saw people enjoying themselves in those early visions. As the fields have been blooming all summer, those visions have come into sharper focus. Now I can announce that I have three workshops planned for 2017; the first is a flower arranging workshop in September. Placing flowers in a tall, slender vase is relatively easy, as the vase keeps the flowers upright. But once we start using wide-mouth and/or short vases,...
When Bloomsbury Lane Farm was just an idea in my head, I imagined hosting people in this beautiful space to relax, share ideas, and enjoy working with the flowers I grew. I heard laughter and saw people enjoying themselves in those early visions. As the fields have been blooming all summer, those visions have come into sharper focus. Now I can ...

Inspiring Gardens Series: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

My mom and I love going to England and visiting as many gardens as we possibly can. We've been to Sissinghurst, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Highgrove, Kew, Great Dixter, and many others, both large and small. We go mainly because we are obsessed with gardening and love immersing ourselves in the beauty of these magnificent places. But we are also drawn to these gardens for the inspiration they provide us. Now, sometimes that can be a bit problematic. For example, my mom's yard is tiny, but when we stroll around these iconic gardens, she decides that she needs a pond and a wall and an ornamental tree and a scu...
My mom and I love going to England and visiting as many gardens as we possibly can. We've been to Sissinghurst, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Highgrove, Kew, Great Dixter, and many others, both large and small. We go mainly because we are obsessed with gardening and love immersing ourselves in the beauty of these magnificent places. But we are al...

Firmly Rooted

We have inadvertently lived a nomadic life. Although my husband (whom I call Turfman…he loves lawns) had grown accustomed to moving regularly with the Army, he had left the military by the time I met him. I had no reason to believe that we would leave my hometown outside of Dayton, Ohio, but within a few months, our company moved us to Pensacola, Florida. We thought it might prove to be a place we could call home, and so it was for a few years. But when his boss told us we would have to relocate to a place we weren’t wild about, Turfman instead took a job outside of Atlanta, where I hoped we could put down so...
We have inadvertently lived a nomadic life. Although my husband (whom I call Turfman…he loves lawns) had grown accustomed to moving regularly with the Army, he had left the military by the time I met him. I had no reason to believe that we would leave my hometown outside of Dayton, Ohio, but within a few months, our company moved us to Pensacola,...

Repurposed Flower Vases

We own two actual vases. One was a gift from a friend, and the other is a memento of a wonderful day with my stepson during a vacation in Colorado years ago. We took him to see a glassblowing demonstration at a studio in Frisco, and since we were the only people in attendance, the artist asked my stepson to help. He was a teenager then, so he was generally unimpressed with anything. Throughout the trip, I kept giving him the same scenario: “If your happiness were a gas tank, where would the needle be pointing right now?” The answer was almost invariably “about 1/4.” It always stung a little, as my answer ...
We own two actual vases. One was a gift from a friend, and the other is a memento of a wonderful day with my stepson during a vacation in Colorado years ago. We took him to see a glassblowing demonstration at a studio in Frisco, and since we were the only people in attendance, the artist asked my stepson to help. He was a teenager then, so he was g...

Inspiring Gardens Series: Great Dixter

A few years ago, my faithful travel companion (that would be my mom) and I set off for England again in search of glorious gardens. The itinerary was a veritable bucket list for gardeners. We were going to Hidcote Manor (more on that in a later post), then back to London for a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show, then on to East Sussex, where we made the fantastic Rye Windmill Bed & Breakfastour home base for day excursions. The garden I was most interested in seeing on this trip was Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson’s famed Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent (and more on that in a later post). In ...
A few years ago, my faithful travel companion (that would be my mom) and I set off for England again in search of glorious gardens. The itinerary was a veritable bucket list for gardeners. We were going to Hidcote Manor (more on that in a later post), then back to London for a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show, then on to East Sussex, where we ma...

The Real Power of Flowers

In the early days of 2003, as I was preparing for my doctoral exams, I began to think about several classmates who had become really sick in the semester they took their exams. Determined not to follow them, I picked up a copy of Dr. Andrew Weil’s book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health with the goal of boosting my immune system. The program breaks the journey down into manageable increments, adding lifestyle adjustments each week. In the first week’s “projects” under the heading “Mental/Spiritual,” Weil writes, “Buy some flowers to keep in your home, where you can enjoy them” (49).[1] I remember ta...
In the early days of 2003, as I was preparing for my doctoral exams, I began to think about several classmates who had become really sick in the semester they took their exams. Determined not to follow them, I picked up a copy of Dr. Andrew Weil’s book 8 Weeks to Optimum Health with the goal of boosting my immune system. The program breaks the jo...

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