Still Blooming in November

This post is made with my Pittsburgh friend Tookie in mind, as she grows beautiful geraniums.

Here’s a link to the blog post about her magical geraniums

What is still blooming in Samobor, Croatia?


Pelargonium peltatum Ivyleaf geranium

Pittsburgh’s Peony Season has Played

Until next year.

Peonies are perennials so will return next Spring. The peony blossoms seemed extra lush this year. And there were some varieties in the Highland Park Gardens I’d not seen before.

Peonies“Peonies are usually sold as bare-root tubers with 3 to 5 eyes (buds), divisions of a 3- or 4-year-old plant” from the Farmers Almanac “Peonies are said to symbolize a happy life and a happy marriage”

Here is an article about the Biological Mutualism of Ants and Peonies. “It’s a myth that ants are necessary for peonies to bloom” (but they do love the nectar from Peonies)

Artist and fellow blogger from Just a Smidgen blog, paints gorgeous peony blossoms. Click to see her beautiful flower paintings.

Monet Painting Waterlilies at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Monet in Bloom, designed by Associate Director of Exhibits Jordyn Melino, is open Sat., May 7 – Sun., Sept. 25.”

A new flower show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Click link to see more of show.

If you like Impressionist painter Claude Monet you’ll enjoy the colorful displays.

Monet at work

Do you like the scent of lilacs?

I love the old fashioned look of lilacs in the white ironstone pitcher.

But do I like the scent of the bouquet in my house?

I like the scent of lilacs when they are outdoors on the bush, not in the confines of the house.
Reminded me of scent of Hyacinths at Easter.
Pretty intense.
Purple lilacs on the north side of my house
White Lilacs

Silk, Paper, Nature

Three types of fall flowers for decoration were near my DIL’s table in Ohio when I was visiting.

Silk, paper, nature.

Her mother created the paper flower bouquet with her Cricut for a gorgeous birthday card.

Silk flower centerpiece
Marlene crafted these lovely paper flowers
The supermarket fall bouquet of real flowers. Although the green ones (bottom left) look dyed.