In the Conservatory

with my husband … having a lovely time of it … and dreaming about the eventuality of spring.

My husband and I spent some time at the Como Park Conservatory this past “balmy” Saturday. It seems we Minnesotans can hardly stand living here by mid-February. And, at the first sign of 30 degree weather, men, women and children of all ages, are donning spring jackets and yes, even shorts. Although peculiar, it’s understandable.

The tropical indoors of the conservatory and gardens is such a nice respite from cold Minnesota days. You can visit the tropics without checking a single piece of luggage.

How did you spend your weekend?

Mondays aren’t usually terribly romantic around my house but nevertheless, it is Valentines Day! I hope it’s a *lovely* one for you!


February 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

Clever terrarium gardens

It’s all about terrarium gardening for me this year! I’m so fascinated by anything miniature. Anyone remember “Land of the Giants” when you were a kid?

Terrarium gardening has never been cooler. From cake stands to martini glasses … there is no end to the creative ideas for re-purposing containers to showcase nature in miniature form.

What are you most excited to create this spring?


















sources:  herb jar pendants, light bulb, hanging bulb, bulb figure,

February 5, 2011 at 7:58 am 10 comments

A Perfect Day

First we’ll make snow angels for two hours,

then we’ll go ice skating,

then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-house Cookie dough as fast as we can,

and then we’ll snuggle.


December 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm 1 comment

The Space Between

It’s that space between…

beautiful, warm fall days and chilly chilly nights with the reminder that soon, the snow will fly. The color in a few of our pots is living on borrowed time. This space between is a love-hate time of year! Love the beauty and the bounty but hate the impending and sometimes brutal dips of temps.

Oh well. One good thing about winter in Minnesota~ it keeps the bugs from getting too big. {sans mosquitos, of course}. Happy Fall!

fall foliage

October 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm 2 comments

Medicinal Herbs: Rosemary

Yes, I’m still talking about Rosemary.

Although it’s my favorite herb, I’ve never fully realized all the medicinal benefits of Rosemary as antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic and fungicidal. What exactly an “antispasmodic” does, I’m not entirely clear but I’m confident that Rosemary is the herb to get the job done!

You see, I have this fear that I don’t know enough about surviving in the natural world~ and if I {we} were ever forced into man vs. wild mode…  well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty… I’d probably just wander about hoping to come upon something of brick and mortar and resembling a Taco Bell. And so while somewhat irrational, I’m on a quest to improve in the self-sufficiency department. Because I hear the chances of actually finding a Taco Bell in the woods of middle of nowhere might be slim. That said, I start with the medicinal properties of~

ROSEMARY….what it is good for

Absolutely everything. Modern herbalists recommend it for treatment from depression to  indigestion issues to headache, muscle pain and bad breath.” I snagged the following excerpts from

Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants The antioxidants in rosemary may also offer some level of cancer protection.

Rosemary has been shown to help kill bacteria that cause infection, which supports its traditional use as an antiseptic treatment for wounds. The scent of rosemary is also thought to help relieve congestion caused by allergies and respiratory infections.

Rosemary contains phytochemicals that help guard against the depletion of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is crucial to proper brain function. Rosemary also protects the brain from oxidation and increases blood flow, two actions that may help prevent or slow the development of Alzheimer’s.

Rosemary has a long history of use as a treatment for gastrointestinal disorders. It helps relax muscle spasms in the digestive tract, and is approved by Commission E for treatment of indigestion.

Rosemary is available in commercial teas, extracts, and essential oils. You can also use dried rosemary needles to make a home-brewed rosemary tea. {in the tea {above} I used fresh rosemary and let it stepp 5 mins.} Do not consume rosemary oil; it can cause stomach irritation and even poisoning. Rosemary may stimulate uterine contractions and menstruation, so pregnant women should not consume highly concentrated forms of this herb.

I think it safe to say~ that Rosemary is our friend! But please… check with a professional to make sure you’re consuming/applying it safely!


September 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm 2 comments

Falling in Color

This time of year always leaves me feeling a bit wishy-washy. Love the colors. Dislike {cuz hate is a strong word} saying goodbye to summer. Love the change. Hate Dislike what’s in store for us mid-January through February.

In any case, it is a beautiful, beautiful time of year and while the hummingbirds are still showing up, I’m not going to complain about dipping temps- just yet. And, true confession… I actually like putting the garden away for the winter. Maybe gardeners aren’t supposed to say that, but it’s true for me.

Plus, I’ve got some pondering and reflecting to do this fall and winter. Like, what in the world direction this blog is going to take. Who am I as a blogger- er I mean– online writer? Do I simply chronicle creation or go deeper to the Creator… Do I have the guts… the inspiration…

I hope you’ll stay with me as I play a little ping-pong with these questions.

{Red Wing, MN}

September 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm 3 comments

Rosemary Topiaries

I’ve got topiaries on the brain as of late.  They are just so charming and artful. Althouth I imagine it’s not too easy to force a live plant into a certain shape and then maintain it.  I don’t know about your plants, but mine… well, they’ve got minds of their own!

Since it’s going to get chilly in the Twin Cities soon, I decided to get my rosemary out of the ground today. And, I thought it the perfect time to try and make a few topiaries out of my unruly rosemary.

The plan is to create Christmas trees topiaries. I trimmed the bottoms of these sprigs and put them into moist soil. I’ll keep them moist, hope for the best and trim and snip until Christmas time. With any luck, I’ll have 5 sweet smelling herbal gifts that resemble mini Christmas trees.

Luck… I think I’m going to need it. Wish me some, won’t you! Or better yet, offer any advice if you have it! Thanks.

Happy Sunday!

September 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm 6 comments

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