For our final book club selection before we break for the summer, we’re featuring the second book in Ellen Herrick’s magical Sparrow Sisters series, The Forbidden Garden. It’s the story of Sorrel Sparrow and her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Sorrel travels from her New England home, to an English country estate, where she’s been asked to revive a Shakespeare garden imbued with family secrets. Gardeners, art lovers, and romantics will love the fairy tale Herrick spins. I had chance to interview the author and ask her some questions. She’s also happy to answer any of your questions in the comments field.
Q. You write such beautiful characters in The Sparrow Sisters. How did the idea of the sisters come about? Continue Reading
Plan ahead for winter by forcing some hyacinth bulbs to bloom. They will brighten the dreariest winter days. Per Martha Stewart, they can take approximately six weeks to bloom if you purchase pre-chilled bulbs that have received a cold treatment imitating winter. You can visit your local nursery where you will find a variety of hyacinths to choose from. Continue Reading
Outdoor living areas are extensions of your home. It’s now October, and for those of us up north, it’s time to put away our outdoor furniture and move indoors for the colder months. Brenda Coffee–of 1010 Park Place–is lucky to live in Texas where she still has time to enjoy outdoor living. If you haven’t had the opportunity to tour Brenda’s new house, click here. One of my favorite parts of her house is her courtyard! She isn’t sure what she wants to do with it yet, so I thought I would share some inspiration.
Recently on my blog I shared how I have evergreens growing up the side of my house.
The climbing evergreens add so much character and charm to what could have been a plain brick wall. Continue Reading
Garden Centers are filled with beautiful flowers this time of year. As much as I love flowers, I also enjoy container gardening with unusual plants, especially plants that makes a statement and add interest to the outdoor area.
GardenIt’s good to be back, writing at 1010 Park Place after being out of town for a few weeks.
Today I wanted to share a simple upgrade I often do for flowering plants in my home. I enjoy either fresh flowers, or a blooming plant next to my kitchen sink. As much as I love to cook, doing dishes is a chore. Flowers brighten the task!
You can jazz up your centerpiece by adding fruits or vegetables to the arrangement. It gives it a whimsical flair. You can shop your local farmers market or grocery store for colorful fruits and vegetables that would enhance your table or buffet. Continue Reading