Category: flowers

Traveling through Provence

Even though recent travels through Provence were devoid of blooming lavender and lush vineyards, the vistas were still stunning in this     beautiful and charming region of France.  Sweeping views of olive groves and snow capped mountain peaks in St. Remy de Provence.


The tiny town of Les Baux de Provence boasts a medieval castle ruin atop a rocky outcrop of the Alpilles mountains

Baux de Provence castle ruins

The 14th Century fortress of St-Andrè Villeneuve les Avignon as viewed from the Pope’s Palace

Fortress of St-Andrè Villeneuve les Avignon

A typically narrow street in Arles, France

Arles, France roof tops

The 14th century sprawling Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon

Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

Wine figured prominently into the itinerary.  The wine cave at the Entre Vigne et Garrigue inn and restaurant in Pujaut, France

Entre Vigne et Garrigue wine celler

The off season afforded a private wine tasting at the Château la Coste outside the city of Aix en Provence

Château la Coste wine tasting

Designed by architect Tadao Ando, the main building at Château la Coste combines concrete, glass and water that interplay between interior and exterior spaces.

Château la Coste restaurant

Of course good food figured into the trip-It is France!  One of the many specialty markets found through out Provence.

Aix en Provence food shop

The after supper cheese selection at Entre Vigne et Garrigue

Cheese cart at Entre Vigne et Garrigue

The weekly Tuesday market in Aix en Provence epitomizes the Provincial way of life of fresh foods bought on a daily basis.

Aix en Provence market

The assortment of flowers was unimaginable as it filled the entire square.

Aix en Provence flower market

Even the cats have it good in Provence!

Cat nip in Provence

Mr. H says: When God begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence-Enjoy!

Anniversary Gifts

Three years of wedded bliss.  Check out these traditional and contemporary gift meanings.

The traditional gift for the third year of marriage is leather.  Durable, strong, yet resilient are all qualities that make a happy marriage.

A classic leather recliner

Leathercraft chair

A gorgeous white leather jacket

White leather jacket

The modern third year gift is crystal loved for its dazzling, but fragile beauty.

A modern Schonbek crystal chandelier

Schonbek crystal chandelier

A lovely Lenox decanter for your fine spirits

Traditional 3rd anniversary colors are jade green

and White

The Sunflower is the traditional 3rd Anniversary flower representing loyalty and longevity

Sunflower in vase

Mr. H says: A spouse is someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you were single-Enjoy!

Spring Colors

Color explosion!  Charleston is rocking Spring’s color on every corner and here’s how to make it work in your home.

All over town, azaleas abundant blooms can be seen

azaleas in bloom

This luscious fuchsia room from Noz Design is over the top color at its best

Wisteria is at it’s most beautiful at this very moment

Wysteria in bloom

This lilac living space celebrates this versatile shade

The delicate white of the dogwood tree in full bloom

Dogwood in bloom

White lace curtains echo the delicate the feel

Olde World Lace curtain panels
Olde World Lace

And of course spring green, especially after a rain,

Moss on bricks

creates the perfect setting for a lazy Sunday brunch

Mr. H says: April brings out everyone’s youthful spirit-Enjoy!

Special Spring Blooms

I love this time of year, not quite spring, but hints of it all over town.  Late winter and early spring flowers are a sure sign of the season and here are some lovely ways to bring a little bit of their charm into your home.

The work horse of the Southern winter garden, pansies sweet blossoms should be arranged in short vases for a splash of color.  Derived from the French word pensée, meaning “thought”, the pansy was so named since the flower resembles a face.Pansy in vase

Stems of forsythia in a tall metal vase make for a dramatic display.  Budding Dogwood and cherry branches can work as well.

Forysthia in tin pitcher
Dreamy Whites

Camellias, the winter flower queen, can be arranged in shallow bowls and small pitchers to display their big blooms.  Camellias were introduced to the Charleston area in 1741 by André Michaux, botanist to King Louis XVI.  We are so lucky today that Henry Middleton, of Middleton Place, was the one to receive the plants where one of these original bushes stills survives!

Camellia bowl Croghans
Croghans Jewel Box

Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring.  One of the easiest of spring bulbs to grow, a profusion of cut flowers in a clear vase, heralds in the spring season.

Daffodils in vase
James DeMers

Mr. H says: The earth laughs in flowers-Enjoy!