Living An (Almost) Fragrance-Free Life

Some of you may recall my 2015 post (Scents and Sensitivity) wherein I discussed the flowers that do or don’t trigger my fragrance allergies. It recently occurred to me that it might be helpful to also talk about some of the products that I’ve found to be either ‘safe’ or almost entirely so. You might…

‘Porcelain Plus…’, Part 2: Porcelain + Crystal

The dramatic combination of art porcelain and rock crystal was something that only one studio – Albany Fine China – chose to utilize in any quantity. All of those designs also incorporated bronze as well. Several of the crystal-enhanced sculptures were an ‘upgraded’ version of the same piece’s standard porcelain-and-bronze version, the most interesting being…

‘Your Services Are No Longer Required’

It’s amazing how one thing leads to another. Remember my brief mention of an overenthusiastic volunteer conifer, at the start of my Disappointing Surprise post? It’s been here for at least five years and only registered in my consciousness as That Volunteer Conifer. It turns out that the correct description was “volunteer male Juniperus virginiana,…

A Disappointing ‘Surprise’

Gardening holds so many surprises; some pleasant, and some…not so. Some are open to interpretation, such as the discovery of ‘volunteer’ plants that may or may not be welcome (a hint to Toxicodendron radicans: you’re not.) And sometimes the initial evaluation changes over time, such as the cute little 8-inch-tall volunteer conifer I discovered at…

New Month, New Look

I realize that I’m fudging a bit by trying to pass August 8th off as the ‘start’ of a new month, but it certainly does feel as if we’re not that far into it. Anyway, you’ve probably noticed that as of today, the site has a new, updated look that I hope everyone finds easier…