My Home is My Happy Place

“My home – my haven.  I surround myself with things that I love, a reflection of myself. It is a place of comfort from the chaos outside.” – my friend, Maryce

Your home should be a special place. When you’ve had a tough day, you want to head home and to put everything behind you. I’ve written about home quite often here on the blog. I’ve called it a haven and a refuge. We’ve talked about making it welcoming and cozy. I have even written about how to make your home a happy place.

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Peony Garden, University of Michigan Arboretum

Photos are courtesy of my friend Diane. Her garden club visited the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is one of the world’s premiere collections. The garden holds nearly 800 peonies and over 10,000 flowers at peak bloom.

June is the time to visit the Peony Garden at U. of M. Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The flowers are amazing.

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How to Make the Most of Your Garden

A few days ago I wrote about summer maintenance tasks for the garden: weeding, mowing, and weed and feed for lawns. Today I’d like to talk about projects in the garden to enhance your enjoyment. If you’re lucky enough to have outside space at home, are you making the most of it? At this time of year especially, it’s so nice to get into the garden whether it’s to entertain friends, make memories with the family or just to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet by yourself. We all need a spot in the garden for a morning or evening drink. A place to sit and read or just relax and enjoy the view. When the weather is nice, the garden essentially gives you another ‘room’ in your home to enjoy.  Here are a few ideas that can help you create or improve your special space and make the most of your garden.

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Heather’s Michigan Garden 2022

I’m very happy today to share another season of Heather’s Garden in Michigan. Heather is married to my nephew James.  Photos today by Heather Murphy.  (Slight editing and mosaics by yours-truly.)  Thanks again Heather for your generosity.   For several weekends toward the end of May, Heather was working in the garden. First with her extensive perennials and then adding annuals. The overall effect is a lush green oasis in suburbia.

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Visions of Amaryllis – Amaryllis, Snapdragons and Pink Begonia Bouquet

This post was originally shared on April 20, 2016. I was a new blogger and my photo composition wasn’t great. This is one of my all-time favorite bouquets. I purchased it at the farmer’s market. The amaryllis flowers are larger than the ones in my yard. I remember the petals looked like velvet. I’ve re-edited some photos, and I hope you enjoy a second view.

The beautiful red of amaryllis still fills yards in my area, bright red heads standing watch over gardens. I brought the colors in to the bedroom for a bouquet of colors – red amaryllis, snapdragons, and pink begonias.

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