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lilacs and lilies

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This oddly early and overly warm spring has our favorite posies coming at us all at once and in full force – and almost an entire month sooner than usual! Heady, inspirational and almost overwhelming to those of us who may, indeed, have been bumble bees in another life (as Mr. Elliott likes to say). Thank you, dear Barb for sharing these gorgeous blooms from your lovely garden – we can’t imagine a more appreciated or a more beloved gift!

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NYC gardenia cutting garden

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With three gardenia plants growing currently at our place on 16th street (some given as recent birthday gifts), we are truly spoiled when it comes to having sweet, heady posies on hand (and at nose) virtually at all times. They need lots of sun and water, but are otherwise quite easy and we’ve had luck keeping them alive over the winter – which is always a happy surprise. An occasional handful of coffee grounds makes them extra happy). These three cuttings in a hanging glass votive holder from our favorite shop of the moment, Haven’s Kitchen makes a pretty nosegay anywhere in the house, especially when entertaining – and so much nicer than just lighting a scented candle!

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Ngoc Minh Ngo’s book party

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We were invited to a lovely event at the upper west side West Elm store to celebrate the publication of the super-talented Ngoc Minh Ngo’s gorgeous book, Bringing Nature Home (floral arrangements inspired by nature). And with arrangements by collaborator, Nicolette Owen of awe-inspiring Little Flower School fame abounding, it was a true feast for the eyes – thank you for the invite and for the wonderful inspiration, ladies – and what a glorious way to ring in the season!

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micro arugula in micro pots

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Taking advantage of this warm weather, we started growing our own favorite salad green – micro arugula – in some tiny pots we’ve been saving for just the right tiny crop. Already quite peppery and delicious – the trick will be will be actually keeping them around to enjoy a bit visually (perhaps on a lunch or – even better breakfast table as an edible centerpiece to enjoy with one’s soft boiled egg!) before harvest time.

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purple party!

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When a taste-making two-and-three-quarters-year-old requests that her third birthday party have a particular color scheme, there’s only one thing to do: start making purple food and purchasing all things lilac through violet for the occasion. And with a house full of twirling, pointing and donkey-tail-pinning lavender ballerinas – what an auspicious occasion it was! Happy birthday, beautiful CeCe – we love you!!

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Japanese tree peonies and lilacs

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Can lilac season actually be upon us already? And can anything look prettier than a bouquet of these deeply scented beauties with our favorite sea anemone-like Japanese tree peonies? So gorgeous and so fleeting – gather all ye lovely buds while ye may!

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caramelized cocoa nibs & grinder

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Leave it to the most inventive gift giver we know to do the traditional wooden anniversary gift and make it this foodie-friendly – a Pure Dark Caramelized Cocoa nib grinder in gorgeous, natural wood! Pure Dark roasts the hearts of their cocoa beans, leaving them nutty, caramelized and crunchy (and slightly sweet and, more importantly not bitter!) for grinding. There is nothing better on ice cream of any flavor to add just the right amount of that much-coveted crunch factor – Happy 6th and thank you, D!!

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