Hydroponic Tulips

Last updated February 17, 2017
Home & Garden

How beautiful are these tulips that my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day? However, you might notice that those aren’t cut flowers. They’re tulips with bulbs still intact and sitting in water! These tulips are hydroponic. After my marveling over the air-grown, substrateless epiphyte orchids at Longwood Gardens, it’s probably not too surprising that I’m […]

Sakura Sunday Celebrates Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossoms

Last updated April 21, 2017

Tulips and daffodils are sure signs of spring. But so far cherry blossoms! What started as a Japanese tradition of picnicking under the blossoming cherry trees has been adopted internationally as a rite of passage each spring. Cities around the world are now celebrating spring by hosting celebrations under the cherry blossoms. Philadelphia is no […]

Going Dutch: Philadelphia Flower Show 2017

Last updated May 8, 2017

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) knocked it out of the park this year with the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show. Holland: Flowering the World is a people-pleasing theme. The florists and landscapers from around the region have beautifully executed the theme. If, like me, you love tulips then you simply won’t want to miss this year’s […]

Must See List: Keukenhof Gardens

Last updated March 5, 2017
Home & Garden, Travel

Imagine a 79 acre park with more than 7 million flower bulbs. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! That park is Keukenhof in the Netherlands and it is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Every year, the park opens in late March for two months. Visitors flock to see these spectacular flowers. […]

Afternoon Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room

Last updated August 17, 2016
Food, Travel

It was only several months ago that I discovered the tea world of the blogosphere. It didn’t take long of reading blogs — my favorites are Kathy Yl Chan and Oh How Civilized — to get my heart set on attending a proper afternoon tea. I mean, it’s tea and pastries — what’s not to […]

A Visit to: Philadelphia Flower Show

Last updated August 17, 2016

When I was growing up, I vaguely recall that once a year my grandmother, who lived with us would meet up with her friends and they’d ride into city for the Philadelphia Flower Show. I’ve really never had much interest in the show until I saw photos from last year’s show. It was more than […]


Last updated July 11, 2017

Canele, cannele, canelle — there seem to be an awful lot of ways to spell this small French pastry with a hard, crispy, caramelized exterior and a soft, custardy inside. And that’s even before we non-French speakers try to pronounce them (“What? You’re making cannollis?” “No, canneles!”). To be serious, canelés or canelés of Bordeaux […]