Posts Tagged ‘Petunia’

I always maintain that La Vie en Rose is in work in progress but perhaps this confection of a cottage is almost done since we both swear we certainly can’t add or put another thing into the house.   Murray was here on Sunday, he opted to come even though the weather was bad and he hadn’t seen Stacey and Matt who had arrived on Saturday, in a long time.

Murray took some great little snippet photos of what I refer to as Life in Pink;

The front porch is pinker than ever! My friend Jane, who owns the Lilligaard Hotel has been doing some redecorating and I’ve been the lucky recipient of some cast-offs!  The new pink wooden rocker  as well as some beautiful pink and turquoise floral cushions have definitely enhanced the front porch.

Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose

Pinking Up the Porch

Finally my birthday present to myself bike was put together by my brother-in-law, Matt.

Schwinn bike, pink and white petunias, Ocean Grove

My Birthday Bike

The hydrangeas in the front yard are in full bloom and gorgeous.

pink and purple hydrangeas, Ocean Grove

Pink and Purple Hydrangeas

Squirrels are the official mascots at La Vie en Rose.  Peter feeds them all year round.  On the rare occasion when a live squirrel isn’t on the porch looking for a hand-out, we always have our ornamental friend.


Our Mascot

And here is the real live version chomping on a treat from Peter.

ocean grove, Peter Press

Yum yum! A peanut

Looking at So Cute from the front porch.

Nash Metropolitan, American Flag, Ocean Grove

A View From My Porch

All the floral beauty isn’t just in the front of the cottage.  This year I put a huge planter of pink and white petunias in a white wicker planter next to the shed.

wicker planter

Pink and White Petunias

By the way, squirrels aren’t the only wildlife that get fed on a regular basis.  The birds have feeders in the backyard a couple of Blue Jays show up from time to time for a peanut treat also.  Bold and brazen, they are not fazed by humans, at least not when there’s a peanut in sight.

Blue Jay, Fourth of July

In Pursuit of a Peanut

All photos by Murray Head

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It’s that very special time of the year when almost everything in your garden or the Conservatory Gardens is in bloom.  True we’ve already gloried at those burst of yellow from daffodils and forsythia marking the end of winter and we’ve enjoyed the tulips with their heads bobbing in the breeze and have even said farewell to the Lilies of the Valley last month.

But June, omg, June is just a cacophony of color and sweet smelling flowers and bushes.  Think about all the blooms in June;  Roses, Petunias, Pansies, Hydrangeas, Coral Bells, Sweet William, Azaelas, Geraniums and lots, lots more.  So it’s in the gardens of New York City, that our friend and photographer Murray has been heading with his camera.  The flowers are playing second fiddle this year to the insects who frequent them, but nonetheless, you can’t have one without the other. And having said that, I do have some great flower photos to share with you, maybe tomorrow.

bumble bee, honey bee

The Bee Nose What To Do

A Wasp Between Two Thorns

Cabbage moth,

Cabbage Butterfly On Purple Buds


garbage fly, green headed fly

Don't You Wish You Were A Fly On The Leaf?

The Bee's Knees

Uh Oh! Do Bees Share?

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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"New Look Revised" (1995–present)

New York Knicks

I do have photos (somewhere on the computer) for a FAB FOTO FRIDAY but this day like so many others recently has been spent cleaning up, repairing, renewing and re-doing and I wish I could say it was on myself BUT no, it’s been the house and yard.  So the day goes by and I haven’t researched the photos for today but I have hopes for a FAB FOTO feature before the weekend is over, check back!

AND this week I learned two new things which only goes to prove (for the hundredth time) that you are never too old to learn something new.


First of all, did you know that when you are deadheading your flowering plants there are some plants that you should not be pinching off.  WOW for years I have been hunched over my petunias and pinching off the dead blossom and the sepal containing it.  My plants kept blooming despite my beheading tactics BUT this week I learned that petunias should not be snapped off – rather you should gently pull the dead blossom out and if you look closely you will see a bud inside! The next flower!!!  Presently I have a huge 15″ planter brimming with pink and white petunias and I’m carefully extracting the blooms.  However, petunias can get leggy and they should be pinched back so your planter doesn’t get all straggley looking.

Ocean Grove NJ, La Vie en Rose

Pluck Not Pinch

Looks like I missed one in the front!


If you live in New York City, you are certainly familiar with the New York Knicks, Knickerbocker Beer, The Knickerbocker Hotel, The Knickerbocker Club and at one time, even New Yorkers were referred to as Knickerbockers.  Where did this all originate?  There was a book published in 1809 entitled A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker (1809).  This was a satire on self-important local history and contemporary politics. Prior to its publication, Irving started a hoax akin to today’s viral marketing campaigns; he placed a series of missing person adverts in New York newspapers seeking information on Diedrich Knickerbocker, a crusty Dutch historian who had allegedly gone missing from his hotel in New York City. As part of the ruse, Irving placed a notice—allegedly from the hotel’s proprietor—informing readers that if Mr. Knickerbocker failed to return to the hotel to pay his bill, he would publish a manuscript Knickerbocker had left behind.  

So there you have it, a myth debunked.  There was no Diedrich Knickerbocker, just Washington Irving pulling off a great hoax and giving birth to one of New York’s legends.

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