Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where've ya been, Lynn?!

 I guess that was a sign for me to update my blog!
Not two, but 3 friends recently asked why my blog has been so quiet.
I must say, it's nice to be missed!  
H. Pandora's Box:
 My only explanation....
I was kidnapped by aliens!
 Actually, the summer has pretty much been a blur.  I found myself on auto-pilot
most days.  More garden clients meant re-arranging my Zumba schedule a bit.
H. Wineberry Candy (one of my faves!)
But thankful for the extra earnings so I'm not complaining
(but, oh, my aching back!)
I'm sure you guys who garden full time can relate!
H. Who's Your Daddy
 I did get away for a 4-day Spa-cation and will share
pics on another post.
In garden news, my daylily collection is growing!  Many new mail-ordered
plants suffered neglect (delayed planting) and heat, but seem to
be doing well now...thank goodness!
 H. Peacock Curls
H. Bright Sunset
H. Ruby Spider is one of my new additions.  HUGE 9" blooms on tall, sturdy scapes...
certainly grabs your attention from across the garden!
And, I'm trying my hand at hybridizing again.
 It's easy to make crosses but I'm finally keeping records of
pod/pollen parents....let's see what comes of it!
H. Fooled Me
To my blog friends not yet growing daylilies, this is a great
time to find 50% sales at your local nurseries.
Easy, easy, perennials...every color of the rainbow.
But, a WARNING!  You will become addicted!
 H. Aaron Brown
 This beautiful red daylily is the one that started it all for me!
H. Scarlet Orbit
And with almost 80,000 different varieties, you can't grow just one!
I dare ya...

Happy Fall, guys!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The ultimate F word...

It's official!  I am freakin' F-F-FIFTY!
(THAT F word...haha!)
Yep, you heard (read) correctly!  Half a century old!
Though in Asian culture, time spent in the womb counts so I'm technically 51!
How the heck did THAT happen?!
You know that old saying, "time flies"?  Well, it truly does!
When I was a little girl, 50 looked ancient!  Do you remember thinking that, too?
Even our grade school teachers, in their 20's and 30's, seemed so old!
But now that I'm HERE, I certainly don't FEEL ancient.  
So what exactly does 50 feel like? 
Let's face it, 50 has gotten a lot younger as we have gotten older.
 Maybe it's because our views and fears on aging are so different now, right? 
To celebrate, I was lucky enough to plan a wonderful vacation in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), dancing the week away.  Though I 'worked' 6 of the 7 days as a fitness instructor (teaching Zumba), I had a wonderful time!  Free accommodations, all the food and liquor you can handle, AND bring your spouse at no charge(!)...all in exchange for teaching an hour or two a was too good a deal!  And the perfect getaway to reflect and embrace the BIG 5-0.
There is no better feeling than seeing laughter and joy light up so many faces.  
Who doesn't love music and dancing!  I could do it 24-7!
Though my 50-yr. old joints would need a few squirts from the oil can!
I will cherish these memories for a very long time.
Back to the F word...
We also often hear, "age is just a number".
Age is so much more than just a number.  It's your state of mind, your spirit,
your life's journey.  How you live it.
That's what makes you whatever age.
I certainly don't have it all figured out yet, but I do try to learn from my actions,
and not just go in circles making the same mistakes.
I've learned if you have an itch to try something new, go for it!
Don't be afraid to fail. Dream.  Dream BIG!
Accept things you cannot control.  Learn to let go of baggage. 
Easier said than done I know, but, try.
Do more good.  Help others.  Make more friends.  
Realize that family and friends are more valuable than all the riches in the world.
 Appreciate them.  Tell them you LOVE them.  Every day.

Be hopeful.
Soar high.  
Also believe that what you seek seeks you.
 And, most importantly, get to know yourself.  Take time out each day and just be.
Meditate, read a book.  Take a walk, or dance like no one is watching. 
 Breathe deep and enjoy each day we are given.
 No, I'm not always this cheerful...ask my family! 
Life gets to me, too...and baffles me at times. 
Yet, it still delights...and I find treasures in the ordinary.

Don't be afraid of dark days. 
They are needed to make us appreciate the bright ones.

If I've learned one worthwhile truth, it's this:
After every storm...
appears a rainbow.
You just have to look for it.  It's there!
So here's to a new chapter and a new saying, "life begins at 50"
        Thanks for visiting, friends.  Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Articulture" ~ Take Two

I'm taking you on another stroll through the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Ready?  Let's go!

While I was not a huge fan of this year's theme...I can certainly appreciate all the work that went into creating these massive orbs of floral materials. 
Do you recognize these tropical blooms?  It's a Gloriosa Lily.  I've actually bought tubers from the show in past years but the vines were weak and very few blooms.  Maybe worth another try...I do love them!
These variegated boxwoods were quite formal and tulips planted en masse...Aahh!
There were lots of cool vertical plantings.  Are you a fan?
These framed designs were my fave.  Looks easy, yes?
I love orchids...just didn't love them in blue!
Ok, how about some 'real' flowers to end this post...
Thanks for visiting, friends!  Hope your week is in full bloom!