Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

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Georgetown Garden of Tudor Place

We set off in search of Dumbarten Oaks but before we got there came across the garden at the Tudor Place on 31st Street NW. Originally opened by a granddaughter of Martha Washington. We only had time for walking the gardens rather than the guided tour of the house, but in between showers, it was beautiful. The house was built in 1815 and includes 5 1/2 acres of land. It remained in the hands of the same family until 1983. The plants are being accessioned into the museum holdings as a living collection. I loved the outdoor rooms (walked through but couldn’t sit down because everything was wet. Here are some highlights:

A gate like that would be welcoming…

The store had fascinators so you can outfit yourself for a royal wedding!

Old trees, formal beds…

Places to sit (they recently lost all their fish in the ponds because they do not know how to hide). Along with the formal parts there is also a dell

(And mosquitos…)

Love the boy and his dolphin…

My favorite plants…

And historic restored cold frames to grow them…

It was a beautiful stroll through history (I have a feeling I am going to be saying that a lot this week.


Freesia Break…

It is such a good thing that there is a Trader Joe’s to run to in order to quickly pick up a spot of color for the table when you have guests. After the blooms grace the table for the event, they can do second duty as photo subject. A nice way to test composition and color combinations.

Hipstamatic app, Fusioncam app, Blender app




The rest are taken with the native camera of the iPhone and processed with Snapseed app on the iPad.

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Coffee Break…

I am a fan of Blue Bottle Coffee, so when their Facebook page said they were looking for recipe testers of recipes that their pastry chef is developing for a cook book I volunteered…I leaped…I said yes! Yes!
Had my book club help me eat them yesterday…oh, yeah…double chocolate, ginger molasses, rosemary pine nut shortbread, and fennel Parmesan shortbread…


And, since Heath Ceramics sells the coffee in their factory store, I just had to include some Heath vases in my cookie still-life.Join me for coffee…lots of leftovers…


iPhone Photo Friday…

I am totally loving Snapseed app for the iPad. While in Seattle we stayed in the University District. It was very much like Berkeley near it’s University. Exciting and dynamic with lots going on, even though we were there the weekend after graduation. We took quite a few walks looking for meals and just looking. The days were dark and wet, not much light. The center street of the district was marked with wonderful small sculptures on it’s light posts. I tried to get pictures of the sculptures but I was shooting up, trying to miss trees and buildings. Everything was very dark, not many shots seemed to have turned out. Today, I put them all through Snapseed and could actually save them. I cropped, adjusted, blurred the edges, pumped up the drama, and added a frame. These sculptures marked stores and were signed with the artist’s names on one side. The book store had a soaring book and The Wooly Mammoth was a store with outdoor supplies. I loved the concept. Think it might be better than flower baskets (which are lovely and I enjoy them, too), but sculptures wouldn’t require as frequent maintenance. I suspect their was fund raising going on with it. Kind of like the Giants selling you a brick with your name on it to go in their hall of fame walkway. Art for the public good, I like that.

Bees in front of a flower shop.