November 29th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
Campbell Soup Flower Arrangement by CarlisleFlowers.net
Rarely when discussed the line-up for Thanksgiving dinner is there mention of soup. Pumpkin pies, sweet potato casseroles, onion dip and roasted turkey might translate into creative ingredients for post-game festivities but the in-between football games dinner certainly would never include a bowl of tomato soup. So when I arrived at the relatives for our turkey dinner with this Campbell soup can full of flowers, a woman stopped in her tracks. ”A bowl of soup,” she said. ”No, it’s Andy Wharhol!”
The ingredients for our tomato soup include: mums, roses, sunflowers, carns, eucalyptus, and sunset safari. The caloric intake, sodium content and how many servings this can contains will have to be referred to Safeway, Towson, MD. Now, back to the game. “Oh, can I interrupt for one more second? Serve these ingredients cool.”
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November 24th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
Keys to Happiness, A Reader’s Digest Guide to Successful Living copyrighted by the Reader’s Digest Association in 1955 was once the property of the Hotel Rockaway. Thanksgiving is four days away, the oak leaves on the hydrangea bush and trees hang tight in the wind of early morning light. The provocative title by Eric Manners, “The Art of Being Nobody,” was a phrase I had never heard. Here’s a paragraph from the essay:
Photo Courtesy: Hampton Mansion, National Park Service
“You’re you. If it’s truly a part of the youness of you, sleep in a tree. (Charles Waterton, the grand old English naturalist and grander individualist, used to do that every now and then. He said it gave him the right tuning for feeling like a piece of God’s creation, along with the chimpanzee and the owl.)
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November 12th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
Picture: Courtesy Carlisle Hashim
The Tour, “Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre’” in the French Quarter of New Orleans included a courtyard on Royal Street, a “well-detailed double residence with attached three-story kitchens.” It was built around 1833 for Paul LaCroix, a classic Creole-style building with a central passageway, arched ground floor openings, narrow wrought iron balconies and curved dormers. Story has it that two brothers who had inherited the building were feuding and decided to split the building so they erected a wall. The mother managed to scale both sides.
Picture Courtesy Carlisle Hashim
“Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre’, is hosted by the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre’, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the French Quarter. Formed by French Quarter residents as a garden club focused on sharing new plants, Patio Planters brought tropical and semi-tropical exotics to courtyards in the 1950′s. Bromeliads and orchids grew with more traditional banana trees, oleander, althea and ginger. Fig and other vines were espaliered on brick and masonry walls which replaced the last of the horizontal board fences from 1880. Since 1946, Patio Planters has sponsored Caroling in Jackson Square in December. All proceeds from the tour fund the Caroling event.
Picture Courtesy: Carlisle Hashim
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November 5th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
Gardens in the French Quarter of New Orleans are lush with tropical plants, walled enclosures with water, ironwork and hanging art. It was such a treat to be in the city whose motto is “Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler” on the third weekend in October for a self-guided tour of seven gardens in New Orleans. “Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carre’ was hosted by the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre’, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the French Quarter. Formed by French Quarter residents as a garden club focused on sharing new plants, Patio Planters brought tropical and semi-tropical exotics to courtyards in the 1950′s. Bromeliads and orchids grew with more traditional banana trees, oleander, althea and ginger. Fig and other vines were espaliered on brick and masonry walls which replaced the last of the horizontal board fences from 1880. Since 1946, Patio Planters has sponsored Caroling in Jackson Square in December. All proceeds from the tour fund the Caroling event.
For more information: www.patioplanters.org
The first home we toured is a two and one-half brick townhouse with a detached kitchen built around 1830 for Francois Boisdore, a free man of color. The ground floor has arched openings, each of which leads to a passageway, and the upper floor has square-headed openings. The post-supported gallery has the original wrought iron balcony railing.
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October 14th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
What is felt from a house facing south? Shadows on the wall are good. How fortunate you are if when you look out your front door you see something of beauty. These are subjects discussed in short yet lovely fashion in Patience Strong’s Book of Homes and Gardens.
A Vista of Atlas Cedar by CarlisleFlowers
“If you cannot have a vista” out your door with some pretty plant or tree, “make yourself a glimpse,” Ms. Strong counsels. Her book, first published in 1953 by Frederick Muller Ltd. of London, reminds one of a coffee table book, pretty pictures with not a lot of text. Her book measures 8″ x 5 1/2″ so it can be placed upon a guest’s bedside table. Returning to a house “Facing South,” Ms. Strong wrote, “How good it is to look at a house that stands squarely in the full light of the sun.” She activates the sunshine by its saturation into a home’s brick, stone or timber. The sun’s “warm glow must surely linger on” when winter descends. Just that thought, a bank of sun draws interest in winter months of rain and snow.
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October 9th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
A suckingly pig from Tio Pepe’s, the best Spanish restaurant in Baltimore, Md. This pig arrived seemingly well educated although the one lens of his glasses was a bit singed. What can you say to a guest at your party? ”Go home and get some clear glasses before we clear you away!” Frankly Mr. Suckling Pig came to the party with just the right colors, golden and crisp, a burnt autumnal leaf brown. He just knew how to wow the guests with red carnations and Granny Smith apples to say, “I’m here.” His coat was as good as his lining, tender, moist and for those who don’t like pork, he wowed them.
“Mr. Suckling Pig,” I asked him after everyone had gone. ”How did you know that your coat of golden brown would match so well with the Amsterdam Rose and Versilia Rose arrangements for the party? Your complimentary colors were just like our sugar maple tree, its tips a pink and salmon yellow rose. The race is now on. We are writing invitations now for next year’s party. We have your head and the rose petals to bioengineer this delicious combination for 2014.
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September 17th, 2013 by carlisleflowers
Figs with Gorganzola, Picture Credit: CarlisleFlowers.net
Drum roll please. Last night to benefit Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Easton, Maryland, husband and wife chefs donated a six course meal paired with wines from their own cellar. The third course was fresh figs stuffed with Gorgonzola in a bed of baby spinach with a sherry vinaigrette. The dinner was served on the screen porch of Pickering’s main building, a house overlooking Pickering Creek.
Mirval Rose, from Provence, a vineyard owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie produces dry and crisp pale pink wine and it was paired with the plump figs, a word which could also describe the sweet Choptank oysters served with the second course.
Tonight we ate figs stuffed with Gorgonzola in honor of our Audubon friends.
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