• Stargazer Hydrangea, A Stargazer Hydrangea to Gaze at, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/20/stargazer-hydrangea/ #gardening #plants #shrubs #hydrangeas #stargazer #garden
    Plants

    A Stargazer Hydrangea to Gaze at

    This Sunday was sunny and warm, the kind of Sunday where you just want to set up a lounge chair and read a book. Instead, I worked in the garden. I weeded for a while and then transplanted my Stargazer hydrangea, a lovely pink shrub with pointed flowers.

  • 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
    Books

    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 an event planner who regularly orders flower arrangements from Le…

  • Magenta Hibiscus in Hawaii, 7 Heavenly Flowers That Will Enchant You in Hawaii, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/02/hawaii-flowers/, #Hawaii #flowers #plants #tropical #gardening #islandlife #BigIsland
    Plants

    7 Heavenly Flowers That Will Enchant You in Hawaii

    Hawaii is far away from just about everywhere on the U.S. mainland and crazy-expensive. Yet it’s enormously popular. Why? It’s the warm sunny weather, the lush landscapes, and the relaxing escape that comes with vacations. But most of all, for me, it’s the heavenly flowers. Interestingly enough, Hawaii had very few endemic plants before Polynesians settled the islands. They brought…

  • bee on flower, What You Can Do to Prevent Bee Collapse, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/03/24/bee/ #bees #beecollapse #wildflowers #gardening #plants #TheForgettingFlower
    Plants

    What You Can Do to Prevent Bee Collapse

    Years ago, I was trimming English lavender at a client’s house in Seattle. It was a sunny summer day, the kind of day for which I was thankful to work as a gardener. As the sun warmed my arms, I cut the fragrant stems with my pruners, shifting my kneepad a few inches at a time. The bees hovered and…

  • A Hidden Garden in Paris Waiting to Be Discovered, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/03/04/hidden-garden-paris, Photo by Guilhem Vellut #SquareBoucicaut #Paris #France #parks #gardens #secretgarden
    Paris,  Plants

    A Hidden Garden in Paris Waiting to Be Discovered

    In Paris, there are plenty of grand gardens to visit: Jardin des Plantes, Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries to name a few. But there are also small gardens that offer a respite from the city. One such garden is the Square Boucicaut in the 7th arrondissement. It’s notable not only for its wonderfully central location near Saint-Germain-des-Prés but also for…

  • Peace Lily, A Little Problem Solved with a Lovely Plant, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/01/30/peace-lily-plant/ #dogs #indoorair #plants #BelgianShepherd
    Plants

    A Little Problem Solved with a Lovely Plant

    In Spring several years ago, we adopted a big black dog. He was a Belgian Shepherd mix about six months old with pointy ears and a pointy nose, the largest dog my husband and I had ever owned. I’m 5’6” and he came up to my mid-thigh. Since all of our dogs have had or have names that start with…