Vintage Featherweights Celluloid Orchid Jewelry – A Delightful Find!

This is a followup to my previous two posts about vintage Featherweights celluloid jewelry pieces; a reader discovered a pair of pierced earrings still on their original clear plastic manufacturer’s card and contacted me with some photographs which I was thrilled to receive! As you can see, ‘Featherweights’ was a registered trademark rather than just…

Weird and Wonderful: Broken Color Iris

Anyone’s wish list of plants with wild, wonderful or weird coloration should definitely include the type of iris known as ‘broken color.’ Although I love irises, it wasn’t until about six years ago that I discovered these unique variants. The broken color iris have petals that are variously splashed, spotted and/or streaked with color. The…

The Chocolate Garden: A Guilt Free Pleasure

The chocolate lover who also gardens has the unique opportunity to combine both addictions into a guilt-free pleasure in the creation of a Chocolate Garden. I did exactly that some years ago in a small east facing bed and my first decision was how I should define a plant’s qualifications for admittance: should it be…

A Rogues’ Gallery of Garden Villains

Eventually every gardener compiles his or her personal ‘Rogues Gallery’ of garden villains – those plants which have proved themselves to be an unmitigated menace in one way or another. My own garden is no exception, whether a particular villain was in residence when I arrived or whether through sheer stupidity I introduced it myself.…