• Outdoor Living

    Iris Envy

    Bearded irises rank up there among my favourite plants. They are beautiful, easy to propogate and easy to care for. They love a harsh sun and are resilient to changing conditions. Every year, they get bigger and better, and their vibrant flowers come in an enviable range of colours, colour combinations and sizes. Personally, I am a fan of the tall beared iris that stand about a metre high. Before flowering, the blue-grey leaves put on a lovely show, but when those buds start to burst open in spring – a glorious display will ensue. Irises do well in the ground or in pots. They have above ground rhizomes which…

  • Outdoor Living

    Picnic Season

    A picnic used to be an exploration of the outdoors. It involved preparation and anticipation. There was the thoughful consideration of the space, the careful preparation of delectable finger foods, and an afternoon spent relaxing outdoors with friends and families. Somewhere in the 2000s, the traditional prepared picnic became the collect a box of KFC on the way and sit in the park picnic – at least for me. I love a good bit of KFC, and I love eating it the park – but there is very little romance in that kind of picnic. So my thoughts are, this spring-summer, let’s try to reconnect with a more traditional, romantic,…