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The Midway Museum

February 28th, 2020

When we were in San Diego a few weeks ago we spent a day at the USS Midway Museum, it was a day well spent. We had no idea that you could go through most of the ship, learning about what life was like on an aircraft carrier as you go.

We were so glad we went to this museum, it was well worth it and we enjoyed seeing the ship and all the airplanes. If you’re even in San Diego I highly recommend it!

I’m Back

February 19th, 2020

It’s been a while, thanks to those of you that have been e-mailing to see if things are all right. Last year was a bit of a crazy year for us, mostly we were super busy because we built a commercial building (office/warehouse space) for Mr Chiots’ company. This took up lots of our spare time and made things a bit crazy. We are just buttoning up this project and things look like they’ll be getting back to more of a normal pace (whatever that means). Last week we were lucky enough to head out to California to thaw out (sort of, it was chilly while we were there). We flew into LAX and then headed south to San Diego for a few days, stopping at the San Diego Botanical Garden on the way.

It was so nice to see so many tropical thing, so much color, and so much green. The blooming aloes were stunning, a breath of fresh air since we had left snow and sub zero temperature behind in Maine.

The gardening season is kicking off here, when we arrived home I started onion seeds for the coming year. This year will be a building year, I’m growing less in the main garden and focusing on building hedges and walkways. Stay tuned for more details and the garden plan I designed a few years ago finally gets implemented.

What’s up in your neck of the woods? Cold weather? Planting season?

A Few Days in Philly

July 30th, 2019

Last week, Mr Chiots had to be in Philadelphia for work. Since he was headed there anyways, I decided to tag along and visit gardens. The greater Philadelphia area has tons of gardens to visit. I’ve been lucky to visit a few in the past, but there are so many there are always some on the list that I don’t have time to get to. This past week I was able to visit 3 different gardens each day for three days. The final day we spent at Longwood Gardens, a favorite that I try to visit every few years. (more on the gardens I visited later this week)


I actually purchased a membership to Longwood, it’s cheaper in the long run, especially if you plan on visiting more than once in a year. Since we wanted to see the fountain show, it was well worth it. We were able to make the fountain show on Saturday night, which had a Disney theme. One of the great benefits of hitting a show in the evening, is that you are able to see the night flowering water lillies.



The following day, we headed back to the gardens in the morning and spent most of the day walking around and enjoying a leisurly lunch in the restaurant on site. Longwood is always a feast for the eyes, it doesn’t matter when you go (though I’ve never been in the winter, hopefully this year). The long flower borders are stunning in spring with the tulips and equally stunning in high summer filled with a riot of flowers that graduate from dark purple on one end to white on the other.















There are always new plants to see and old favorites to savor. I’m always inspired with their plant combinations, color selection, and new plants to discover!

Do you have a favorite public garden to visit?

Farmers Market in Paris

May 8th, 2019

After spending a few days in the French countryside visiting gardens, we headed back to Paris for the rest of the week. Mr Chiots had a few meetings in the city, which was the reason we ended up in France. On Sunday morning, we decided to walk to the Eiffel tower and see the city as we walked. Our apartment was on the western side of the city, about a mile away. As we walked, we lucked out and ended up in a really great farmers market. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know how much I love farmers markets, fresh vegetables, and good food.














Friday Favorite: Seeds

April 5th, 2019

I’m finally back and unpacked, our week in France was fantastic. One of the places we visited was Villandry, a place I’ve been wanting to see for a LONG time! I’m not really the type to buy kitschy souvenirs, typically I try to find something I’ll use. At Villandry, I bought two packs of seeds, both French heirlooms.

Cinderella type Pumpkins ‘Rouge tres Hatif d’Estampes’ and my favorite lettuce ‘Merveille des Quatre Saisons’. If they both do well, I’ll start saving seed for these two varieties each year. This variety of lettuce is a favorite of mine, one I’ve grown most years. The last batch of seed I got didn’t have great germination, so I didn’t have any of this last year. Fresh lettuce seed germinates very quickly, so I’ll be happy to start saving seed for this particular variety so I always have viable seed in the future.

What types of things do you purchase on vacation as a remembrance of your trip?

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