“But whatever the people may see, they cannot help seeing the lilies. They are all over the house, like groups of dancers, poised and waiting; those that stand near mirrors seem to take on a silver sheen,and those that catch the glow of the candles are lit with gold; in the full light they sparkle like sunlit snow, in the shadows they are luminous…and always, upstairs, downstairs, in every nook and cranny, there is fragrance.” – Beverly Nichols


Above, Rosemary examines the bouquet. This lily is the last to bloom and marks the season’s end.


Oh the luxury of working with so many stems! MORE is definitely MORE!!

Lilium formosanum all grown from seed. By me.


I have mentioned often, how I find the large mophead hydrangeas very effective in the landscape, but when they start to look like this…



They have my heart!


In my mind’s eye I can see my grandmother’s garden, and smell the rich fragrance of old roses.

The last lily  of the season is starting to bloom. More on her later…




I have been short on posts lately but hope to be back posting more regularly soon.  If you are curious, here is my kitchen … 


 I have to ‘DO’ something with all if this!!  Where does gardening end?????

Hopefully my friend Julieta of LINDARAXA can help.  Her recipes are divine!! 

Happy gardening!!




Amish Green Tomato Relish

2 quarts green tomatoes chopped

3 green peppers diced

5 large onions chopped fine

3 TBS salt

Sprinkle  salt over chopped veg. and let sit 4-6 hr. Drain well.

Combine, in a large pot the following..

2 1/2 cups cider vinegar

3 cups sugar

1 tbsp. celery seed

1 tbsp. allspice

2 tbsp. mustard seed

2 tea. dry mustard

1 tea. turmeric

1 tea. ground ginger

Simmer 10- 15 min. Add vegetables and simmer 10 min. more, then bring to the boil.

Pack boiling hot in to hot jars leaving 1/4 ” head space  & process 10 min.