• Dahlia, It's Official, Flowers Make People Relax, Daily Stress ReLeaf, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2021/03/11/flowers-make-people-relax/(opens in a new tab), #dailystressreleaf, #plants #destressing #stress #relaxation #dahlia #flowers #mentalhealth

    #25 It’s Official, Flowers Make People Relax

    In my last post, I talked about the amazing effects of forest bathing. Today, I want to talk about another study that Japanese researcher Yoshifumi Miyazaki conducted. It shows some interesting results on whether flowers make people relax. A Small but Key Study Miyazaki’s team wanted to see if there…

  • Pink Roses, Do Cut Flowers Put You in a Better Mood? Daily Stress ReLeaf, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2021/03/04/cut-flowers-better-mood, #cutflowers #bettermood #dailystressreleaf #plants #relaxation #destressing #mentalhealth #roses

    #19 Do Cut Flowers Put You in a Better Mood?

    Yesterday for Daily Stress ReLeaf, I talked about a book that teaches readers how to create a sacred garden space. Jessi Bloom’s Creating Sanctuary talks about honoring yourself and how your garden can be a reflection of that. But what if you don’t have a garden or any outdoor space?…

  • Bee on a Black-eyed Susan, A Bee on a Wildflower Is Wonderful Stress ReLeaf, Daily Stress ReLeaf, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2021/03/02/bee on a wildflower/(opens in a new tab), #freewildflowers #wildflowers #bees #dailystressreleaf #spring #plants #gardening #seeds #free

    #17 A Bee on a Wildflower Is Wonderful Stress ReLeaf

    You know how in summer you might notice a bee on a wildflower, collecting pollen and getting nectar? Usually the temperature’s warm and the sun’s out. The flower glows with color. You may hear a faint buzz, the song of birds. At that moment, you often feel a brief interlude…

  • A Pretty Petunia Blooms Best for Beginner Gardeners, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2020/08/06/petunia/, #petunia #beginnergardener #flowers #gardening #garden #annuals #best #easycare

    A Pretty Petunia Is Best for Beginner Gardeners

    For beginner gardeners, a simple reliable petunia is the best choice to grow for long summer color. Experienced gardeners might argue these zone 9-11 annuals are trite. They’re available at every nursery and hardware store, bursting in bright colors, begging loudly to be taken home. Still, they cheer up a…

  • Wildflower seeds packets, How to Get More Free Wildflower Seeds, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2020/05/02/wildflower-seeds #free #wildflowerseeds #bees #flowers #seedpackets #books #gardening #annuals

    How to Get More Free Wildflower Seeds

    Last year, when The Forgetting Flower debuted, I gave away free wildflower seeds to anyone who pre-ordered the book. Well, this year I had almost 20 packets left so on social media I offered the leftovers to those who signed up for my monthly digest, A Vine of Ideas. I…

  • Flower Shop, A Best Friend and a Boss in The Forgetting Flower, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/03/best-friend-boss/ #TheForgettingFlower #books #novels #crimefiction #thrillers #Paris #flowers #plants

    A Best Friend and a Boss in The Forgetting Flower

    Today’s post focuses on Renia’s best friend and her boss in The Forgetting Flower. These two characters’ relationship sets the foundation for the novel. One’s death launches the story. You’ll see why they were friends and how they came to be who they are. Best Friend Alain Tolbert Alain is…

  • Fern Fiddlehead, On Being Astonished and Capturing the Sight in a Poem, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/03/on-being-astonished-and-capturing-the-sight-in-a-poem/ #ThomasAThomas #poems #poetry #photography #fern #plants #gardening #photos

    On Being Astonished and Capturing the Sight in a Poem

    Here's one insight poet Thomas A. Thomas shared during our chat the other day: "There is enough awfulness in the world, and I pay attention to that too. But I want to look at what makes the horrors worth fighting through, what makes the suffering bearable." Check out this interesting…

  • wine shop painting, Why I Love My Two Paintings of Paris, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/06/paintings-of-paris/ #Paris #paintings #bookshop #France

    Why I Love My Two Paintings of Paris

    One Sunday afternoon, I was browsing a nearby second-hand shop when I came across two enchanting paintings of Paris. One was of a bookstore, the other, a wine shop. They were snippets of that city’s life. The focus was solely on one store rather than an entire street or overview…