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Eye Prefer Paris 15th Anniversary Prize Winners

First, I would like to thank you for your kind and generous comments and emails about the 15th Anniversary of Eye Prefer Paris last week, and I especially want to thank those who took the time to take the quiz and for their answers.   Below are the correct answers to the quiz, highlighted in red.   2006 What department store had an exhibit of dolls that Christian Dior, John Galliano, Kenzo, Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and Versace designed costumes for? A. Le Bon Marche B. Gal...
Tags: Travel, France, Los Angeles, Paris, Italy, Eiffel Tower, Monaco, Bill, Contests, Taylor, Meredith, Lyon, Gardens, Christian Dior, Jessica Simpson, Monet


SOTD 3.7.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 3.7.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 3.7.2020
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15th Anniversary of Eye Prefer Paris

On June 26, 2006 I launched Eye Prefer Paris, and last Friday was the 15th anniversary. Here’s the first post I wrote.   About This blog This blog is about how a native New Yorker dreamed of moving to Paris …… and what he discovered once he got there. Come live this Paris dream vicariously through the eyes(and ears) of Richard Nahem. He writes his blog from his 18th century apartment overlooking tree-lined Place St. Paul in the fashionable Marais district of Paris. I had no idea wha...
Tags: Travel, France, Events, Paris, Italy, Eiffel Tower, Bill, Contests, Taylor, Meredith, Lyon, Gardens, Christian Dior, Jessica Simpson, Monet, Emilia Romagna


5 Things to Know About Getting Married in Your Local City Parks & Gardens

COVID-19 crashed in and postponed your big wedding plans? A public park or garden could be the perfect ceremony location for you. Here you can have an intimate wedding, with enough space for everyone to socially distance, in a beautiful setting, with a pretty affordable price tag. Not to mention, glorious mother nature turns on a show, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on floral styling. With a little planning, you can have the most beautiful wedding in your local park or gardens. Continue re...
Tags: Wisdom, Wedding, Gardens, Ceremony Wisdom, The City Issue


SOTD 26.6.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 26.6.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 26.6.2020
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Sweet Pea-ce

Sweet Peas always begin with a dream. Way back in the beginning of January, I placed an order with Floret Flowers for sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) seeds. The days were dark and the air was cold, but all I could think about was how beautiful the blooms would be in the summer. With Summer Solstice just past, the sweet peas that were ordered in January, started in February, and planted in the garden in late April have finally burst into bloom. The biggest show is in the Idea Gardens, particular...
Tags: Gardening, Richard, Gardens, Judy, Charlie, Rose Garden, Flake, John Grey, Cutting Garden, Idea Gardens, Albutt Blue Arch, Oban Bay Arch, Naomi Nazareth Arch, Blue Shift Arch, Joyce Stanton, Judy Richard


SOTD 19.6.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 19.6.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 19.6.2020
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Paris Window Boxes 2020

Here is my annual edition of my window box photos. It seems the window boxes were filled earlier than usual because of the very warm temperatures during April and May. It’s been a strange June weather wise, we went from temperatures in the 80s Fahrenheit with sunny weather, whereas June has been mostly cloudy, with temperatures in the low 60s during the day. Nonetheless, it has not affected the abundance of flowers from the window boxes.   Your Favorite Paris Story from last week receive...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Paris, Gardens, Parks, Richard Nahem


DIY Terrarium: How To Make Your Own Tiny Garden

It is true when many interior design experts say that natural green always gives the final touch to the house decor.  But let’s not forget that plants are not there just to make your house look good, they can improve both your mood and psychological state. Plants in a DIY terrarium can relieve stress symptoms and there are indications that it is positively correlated with battling depression and anxiety. Caring for plants in a DIY terrarium can do wonders for your own wellbeing and also te...
Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Europe, Fashion, Gardening, Diy, Plants, Diy Projects, Gardens, Tiny House, Tiny Home, Terrariums, Terrarium, Diy & Crafts, Indoor Plants, Diy Terrarium


June is for Roses

If you have been waiting for the right moment to see the roses in bloom, now is the time! The next few weeks will be full of beautiful roses blooming their perfumed heads off in the Rose Garden. Many of our favorites have already sprung into bloom, but there are more to come! We have over 40 varieties of roses on display. The Rose Garden is in transition this year as the garden beds were reshaped last fall and we transplanted a fair number of our roses from one location to another. We also have ...
Tags: Gardening, Gardens, Roses, Rose Garden, Bellflower, Blithewold, Cutting Garden, Campanula, Allium 'Ambassador, Allium schubertii, Jerusalem Sage, Martagon Lily, Rosa Easy, Miami Ostara Graceful, Allium Ostara Allium Miami Allium, Idea Gardens Jerusalem


SOTD 12.6.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 12.6.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 12.6.2020
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This botanical garden in Corona del Mar is one for your bucket list

If there is a bucket list for gardeners, I can think of two places – one local and one far away – that should be on it. The local one is Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, and the far-away place is the Jardin Botanico on the Canary Island of Tenerife, located 200 miles off the northwest coast of Africa. However, you do not have to travel halfway around the world for a glimpse of the spectacular native flora of Tenerife, as it is admirably represented by one of its signature species in ...
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The Farmhouse Reopens for Al Fresco Dining With New Cocktail Menu

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens  Reopens for Al Fresco Dining With New Cocktail Menu!   Rich Mead, Owner and Executive Chef of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens is thrilled to have reopened his restaurant for dine-in service on Monday, June 1, 2020. With over 4,000 square feet of al fresco dining, guests can relax outdoors while responsibly […]
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A Peony Kind of Love…in the Gardens of Winterthur

Guest Rant by Debra Moffitt In this burdened, budding springtime, we are all looking for something to do. I suggest falling in love — rollicking, floating on a marshmallow cloud, I’m-not-even-hungry love. To be honest, my paramour and I have been carrying on since 2016 and this year we are as star-crossed as any two have ever been. Confession: I’m married. But the real problem is my heart’s desire lives behind the gates of an Eden-like public garden called Winterthur. The place draws a crowd, ...
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Place des Vosges Bench Photos Caption Contest

Last week all the parks and gardens were reopened since being on lockdown since March. Once again Parisians were treating their parks like an extended urban backyard. What a difference a week makes; The week before I walked to the almost deserted Place des Vosges and the center park was literally under lockdown, an eerie sight, devoid of human life.   The following week the park was packed with kids playing in the playground, infants and toddlers shoveling sand into their plastic buckets ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Paris, Gardens, Parks, Place des Vosges, Palais Royal, Richard Nahem, Eye Prefer Paris Book Club Click


Doorstep delights: why front gardens matter

A place to socialise, an oasis for wildlife, a gift to our neighbours – a front garden can be all of these things. Isn’t it about time we showed them some love,asks Clare CoulsonLast month, with more time at home than usual, Charlotte Harris, one half of the landscape design duo Harris Bugg, decided to dig up her paved front garden in Newham, east London. “It was a discussion we’d been having for a while,” says Harris, who gardens with her girlfriend Catriona Knox. They’d already removed the pav...
Tags: London, Environment, Life and style, Homes, Plants, Gardening advice, Gardens, Sichuan, Newham, HARRIS, Charlotte Harris, Clare CoulsonLast, Harris Bugg, Catriona Knox


SOTD 5.6.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 5.6.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 5.6.2020
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Musette’s Musings

Perfume PosseMusette’s Musings These past 6 weeks have been interesting for me – I’ve been simultaneously doing a lot of Musette’s Musings while also trying to NOT get too much into my own head (more on that in a minute).   As we… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseMusette’s Musings
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SOTD 29.5.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 29.5.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 29.5.2020
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Brian May was 'near death' after suffering heart attack while gardening

The Queen guitarist said doctors found three blocked arteries after he experienced a ‘small’ heart attackAfter admitting to shredding his buttock muscles while gardening earlier this month, Brian May has revealed further details of an incident that led to a small heart attack and the discovery of three blocked arteries that left the Queen guitarist “very near death”.In a series of posts on his Instagram account, the 72-year-old said that a week after he was sent home after sustaining the gardeni...
Tags: Health, Music, Heart Attack, Culture, Pop and rock, Queen, Gardens, Brian May


SOTD 22.5.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 22.5.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 22.5.2020
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Life of the Garden

So much life happens in the garden. Right now the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and newly returned (human) visitors are snapping pictures or leaning in for a closer look at a flower. Our theme this year is “Life in the Garden” and I cannot think of a more fitting one considering our current circumstances. With so many still staying home more often than not, the garden calls to us. We want to get our hands dirty, spend time outdoors, and create something beautiful. Gail, Joe, and I hav...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, Spring, Gardens, Clematis, Blithewold, Spring Gardening, Gail Joe, Itoh Peony, Dove Tree, Tamarisk, Tamarix ramosissima, Rose Garden Clematis Guernsey Cream, North Garden Dove


memory

Perfume Possememory it is a cool, soft rain day here in the Garden.  I woke up to that gentle pitter-patter that said ‘get the hell up NOW! and get all those plants out of the greenhouse and off the addition (Greenhouse Annex)… Continue Reading → Perfume Possememory
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‘It's our sanctuary’: gardens in lockdown, as seen by drone

Photographer Robert Ormerod uses his aerial camera to document how neighbours are finding solace in their green spaces. By Rhiannon Lucy CosslettRobert Ormerod had just moved house when lockdown began. “We lived in a flat before. We moved for a garden,” he says. “So when this kicked off, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have moved in time.”As with most photographers, his ability to work has been limited, so Ormerod hit upon the idea of shooting his Edinburgh neighbours in their gardens. ...
Tags: Photography, UK, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Edinburgh, Gardens, Ormerod, Robert Ormerod, Rhiannon Lucy CosslettRobert Ormerod


SOTD 15.5.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 15.5.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 15.5.2020
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Working Beauty

  May is a very busy month for all plants, to say the least. With so much going on in the garden, it can be overwhelming for people who don’t want to miss anything. While not as in-your-face with flowers that arrive with June’s heat, every plant is hard at work in May. Whether it’s putting on new growth, leafing out, budding up, or flowering, May is a time when rest is not an option for plants. Grow now or forever hold your peace. May always has a strong floral showing. Surrounded by dozens o...
Tags: Gardening, Gardens, Rose Garden, Daphne, Rock Garden, Ajuga, North Garden, Carol Mackie, Amur maackia, Blue Mist Fothergilla, Blueberry bush, Bugleweed, Carol Mackie Daphne, May flowers


At the Backyard Diner...

... the early lunch crowd is rolling in. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Gardens, Ann Althouse, Backyard Diner


Leaves and Flowers From My Courtyard Garden

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CHOCOLATE, CHESTNUT CAKE RECIPE- There’s an error in the ingredient list, it’s a 17.6 oz. can of chestnut puree, not 6 oz.   As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do a brisk, 30-minute walk in my courtyard garden every morning, which I started at the beginning of the lockdown. I usually listen to podcasts, either Fresh Air with Terry Gross with her great interviews, or the empowering Brené Brown with her series Unlocking Us.   I’ve been noticing the changes in the ...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, France, Paris, Gardens, Parks, Brene Brown, Terry Gross, Richard Nahem, Courtyard Garden


Shanghai Disneyland reopens, serving as blueprint for Disney’s California and Florida parks

The reopening of Shanghai Disneyland with a host of mandated COVID-19 health and safety measures is expected to serve as a blueprint for how Disney’s U.S. theme parks will need to function if they hope to swing open their gates in the next few months. The Shanghai Disneyland theme park in China reopened on Monday, May 11 with additional health and safety measures including face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, social distancing and constant sanitization. Sign up for our Park Life ...
Tags: Japan, Florida, California, France, China, Disney, Sport, Tai Chi, Things To Do, Soccer, Shanghai, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Gardens, Donald Duck, Tomorrowland


Venice Royal Gardens Reopen (Again)

Iris Dalmatica - Photo courtesy of Venice Gardens Foundation (Venice, Italy) Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9th, Venice's Royal Gardens come out of quarantine, ready to welcome Venetians back into its lush embrace. Since its conception back in the times of Napoleon, the Gardens have faced many challenges, but like true royalty, they have always managed to bounce back, more charming than before.The Royal Gardens had only reopened on December 19, 2019 after undergoing a dramatic restoration headed...
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