Parker and Riley (surprisingly, not the name of a law firm) are both based in Portland, Oregon. Riley’s floral studio Erba strives for simplicity in design, only using the most necessary elements for each piece, whilst Parker’s photography is inspired by everything from simple polaroids and Kodak film to the Lord of the Rings.
Life as a dog can be ruff. It can be ruff-er if you’re surrounded by plants that could kill you. So it’s time to paws and check whether any of your plants are potentially poisonous to your pup – and if they are, to take the lead in doing something about it…
I never know how to feel about traditional medicine. On the one hand, it makes sense that if you knew a lot about the properties of different plants and herbs, you would be able to identify which ones would help to cure various ailments. On the other hand, I was once given a prescription by an African witch doctor to cure an ‘evil spirit’ in me by giving away a red chicken and some salt. Even the most tenuous scientific principles would struggle to explain that one.
Experiments have shown that plants flourish when played music (well certain types, anyway. According to this experiment, if you want your astroemerias to be resistant to disease and to flower well, you should play Black Sabbath music). So the dedicated gardener will play or sing music to their plants – and we’ve come up with some of the best (and worst) garden-related song choices.
The days are getting shorter and darker and the wet weather is setting in… it’s about this time of year that people start to feel SAD – seasonal affective disorder. That’s the winter blues to you and me.
It’s Judi Dench’s birthday today and to celebrate, why not watch a youtube video of her talking about one of her favourite places, Hever Castle in Kent? Judi says that her family often visits: “We come to it in all weathers, in all seasons, and this is where we recharge our batteries.”
It's lovely to eat the gorgeous fresh fruits of hotter countries when we go abroad on holiday, but even for us who aren't lucky enough to get much decent weather, there are still some fruits that will grow in cooler climates if you give them a bit of care and attention.