Foraging & a Thousand Water Lilies

Sep 16, 2014

Upstate New York. WHOA. WHOA. WHOA. Coming upon a giant lake sized pond of thousands of water lilies means I lost my mind a little. It means I talked about it all day, in awe, and probably annoyed the daylights out of the rest of the ETF crew. Especially since it wasn't one, but several water lily ponds we happened upon. Cut me some slack; I'm from Southern California and I grew up in a desert. Yes, I took one for the bouquet.

Monkberry Moon Delight (aka Overnight Oats)

Aug 20, 2014

Thanks to Lauren (Lorncorn) and a small & weird juice/snack shop called Moon Juice, I discovered overnight oats. Overnight oats, I love you. You're so easy to make and good. I can prepare you the night before, put you in a jar and grab you on the go. And scarf you while waiting for the train. Or admire you while I have a slow morning. This recipe doesn't have Monkberry in it, but it's as special as it sounds. When I was little, I used to eat raw oatmeal with cold milk, like cereal; then I found Muesli (which is alrooiiight). But this recipe is a whole new level of good, and I can't believe I've only just discovered it! I feel like I must do my part to spread the Overnight Oats word, so here's how I like them...

Ingredients & Recipe (all in one!)

The ratio for oats to liquid is 1:2; so for one person, I usually use a cup of oatmeal to 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk. I get a bowl large enough to allow the oats to grow a bit; first I pour in rolled oats, with a splash of steel cut oats. I add walnuts & pumpkin seeds to my liking, and 1-2 dates chopped up. The dates will become soft and the perfect amount of sweet. Then I add a dash of ground ginger and cinnamon; more ginger than cinnamon. Honestly, I don't measure any of this, and I want to tell you to add a teaspoon of ginger, but only if you have made a serving that's a bit more than a cup of oatmeal (I am not so good at being precise when cooking)! Just make sure there is enough liquid to cover the dry ingredients. Cover the bowl or jar and put in the fridge over night. In the morning, you can add fruit, bananas, or, like I did below, dried rose petals.

HA! Just kidding, who on earth has dried rose petals?! Just this once, just for fun, just for curious.

Don't mind if I do. (Thanks, Lorn.)

Puerto Rican Jungle Things.

Aug 19, 2014

A little addicted to flowers and plants over here.

I don't know what these crazy reds are, but they're unreal.

A tree covered in a GIANT ORCHID PLANT.

Late Afternoon Things

Aug 18, 2014

My favorite time of day to photograph little nothings.

It means that in I'll be inspired to catch the light on one of my most loved summer flowers, the lacecap hydrangea. Look at all those muted colors-- it's like a milky faded tie dye.

Because the shadows in my room at this time of day are warm and crazy.

And because it makes my 3 year old geraniums glow (can you believe they look this good even though I forgot to water them for 3 weeks while I was away!?)

My Eternal Question at the Moment

Jul 8, 2014

...since I always have an eternal question, and somehow it always (often) changes.

How to make a floral something that mixes this:

With this:
And this:

But that still looks all wild and crazy and shiney-like. It's Stan Brakhage meets Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"-- my favorite song EVER--  in Romi and Michelle's Highschool Reunion. Opal nail polish meets Europe.  ...In an arrangement.

A Hanging Orchid Garden in Buenos Aires

Jun 25, 2014

My uncle's orchid garden in Buenos Aires is nothing short of amazing. I wish I could tell you that his expertise runs in the family, but he's actually my uncle through marriage, so... While I can certainly claim that I have NOT-a-black thumb, I am not the wizard that he is.

Read and see more images of his garden on Gardenista! (Family, because I think you may just be the only people reading this, click where it says "Gardenista!"). I also wrote a DIY that shows you how to create a hanging orchid for your home or garden. Check it out here.

A Walk Through Buenos Aires

Jun 1, 2014

Until May, it had been almost 5 years since I had visited my family in Argentina. I used to go almost every year, so this is way too long to have been gone. I had almost forgotten how much I love it, how inspired I am by its landscapes, its lushness and beauty, and of course, my history there. Buenos Aires is old and grand, an urban city with a lot of character, a little bit run down and a lot a bit beautiful- Spanish and French architecture, lots and lots of lush green. So much to see. Here are a few shots of the city, and a link to a must see spot I wrote about on Gardenista. (It's also my dream space- a café, flower shop, tea shop, design store all in one. YUP.)

Bringing the Outdoors In...with Photographs

May 19, 2014

I'm very psyched about this post I did for Gardenista because, as you may have already gathered, I am just a little obsessed with photographs. I am constantly snapping them, for work and for fun, and they are, save a few special knick knacks, the only artworks that adorn my walls. I like my photographs BIG, so big they could almost be a window, a view onto a beautiful, luscious world.
So, for Gardenista this week, I wrote about bringing the outdoors in with large scale photographs. Check it out here. And what I would give for the photo that's featured, by photographer Emily Nathan.

Crocus, Strawberry Leaf & Magnolia Arrangement

Apr 23, 2014

I just like the sound of it- Crocus and Strawberry; it can't get much better than that. Oh wait, yes. Yes it can. Throw in a big ol' cloud of MAGNOLIA in your face.

This arrangement & Gardenista story I worked on for Emily was a FUN one, a small but very inspiring day/project, and one I will write more about later, when I am not so tiiiiired- early morning at the flower market today and a long day afterwards; but spring is here, so many exciting and beautiful things in the works, and lots to share. Check out the full arrangement story on Gardenista. Also. I LOVE Gardenista.

This is real life: March's Flower

Mar 22, 2014

And they are a type of ranunculus and I can't believe them. They are the never ending flower. One flower dies, and the little bud next to it lives on and blooms and it's wild! These colors...pretty insane. I'm dying, as I tend to do when things are very beautiful or very cute, or, as the old lady that I am, very quaint (small towns, you kill me). Anyways, look at this!

Can we talk about the flower in the middle up there- coral?! How are you so coral when the flowers around you are pink and faded?! STOOOOP. 

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