Posts Tagged ‘flowers’


Local Talent & Local Events

October 3, 2012

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything. I must confess, I haven’t been quite myself this Summer as I was attacked by a bulldog in July and it threw me for quite a loop! I was squatting down to look at some paint cans at a client’s camp and their bulldog charged at me from across the porch and both hit and bit me in the face in one hard punch! By the time I got to the hospital, my blood pressure was 200/116. I’ve never had high blood pressure before in my life and the trauma was so shocking, I’m still battling it. Thankfully, my face is healing fairly well and that part of it could have been much worse. I’m still trying to figure out “the lesson” in all of this, but for the life of me, I have no earthly idea! Any thoughts or ideas are most welcome.

On a more pleasant note, my dear friend Beverly Walker, who’s well-known around the St. Francisville-Baton Rouge-New Orleans area for her brilliant and beautiful parties and flowers, has outdone herself once again, by creating one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! I couldn’t resist sharing some of the photos.

The wedding was at the bride’s family home which was designed to look like Live Oak Plantation. 


I love the tablecloths Beverly used which are made from bleached burlap.


Beverly even used some of the same bleached burlap to make the grooms’ boutonnieres.


The Bride’s Bouquet

As you can see, Beverly is our local “Martha Stewart” and is available both locally and she also will travel to create magical parties just about anywhere. She can be reached via her email: (Rosebank is the name of the plantation where she and her family have lived in St. Francisville since 1989 when I first met her.)

On another note, Randy Harelson and New Orleans’ photographer Richard Sexton just came out with a gorgeous and most interesting book, New Roads and Old Rivers, on Pointe Coupee Parish which has already received glowing reviews by Southern Living Magazine. The town of New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish is just across the beautiful new bridge from St. Francisville and I love making the short trip (now only 15 minutes!) because it has such a totally different landscape and architecture from our English-inspired parish.


Pointe Coupee is one of the oldest settlements in the Mississippi Valley, dating to the 1720s. French for “a place cut off,” the name refers to the area’s three oxbow lakes, separated from the Mississippi over centuries. A peninsula edged by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, Pointe Coupee remains a land rich in Creole heritage, distinct in geographical beauty, and abounding in historic homes and farms. 

If you are thinking about planning a visit to our area, now is the perfect time as fall weather has finally arrived! Winter is also an excellent time if you live in the cold northern climates as temps can easily get up into the seventies during our mild winters. And if you are looking for a unique and private place to stay, Shadetree Inn in St. Francisville has never looked better after sprucing things up for Willem Dafoe, who stayed in our Gardener’s Cottage while filming his new film with Matt Dillon and Tom Berrenger, “Whiskey Bay”. He liked it so much, he brought back his wife for a visit!


Shadetree Inn‘s Gardener’s Cottage features 13 stained glass windows and sweeping vistas overlooking the 4 acre hilltop in St. Francisville’s historic district. (Above photo is of the living room in the Gardener’s Cottage.)


“Anyone Using Ellen Kennon Full Spectrum Paint?”

May 16, 2009

Imagine my surprise and delight to see a new thread on the Garden Web’s Home Decorating Forum with this as the topic (Anyone Using Ellen Kennon Full Spectrum Paint?)!  To all the wonderful, loyal customers who posted such nice words:  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!   I swear, you just can’t buy this kind of PR, so I am MOST appreciative!!

On another note, it is already hot down here in Louisiana during the afternoons.  I can’t tell you how much I LOVE my outdoor shower because it is the perfect way to cool off and rejuvenate at the end of the day.  Thankfully, our early mornings and evenings are cool, so that’s the time I enjoy spending outside feeding and watching the birds.  For the second year in a row, we have a family of Eastern Bluebirds living in the little bird house on the shower post!  Although I haven’t been able to catch a photo of them, I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of the shower and the flora & fauna I get to admire while showering.  If you have a private area outdoors, I highly recommend installing an outdoor shower.  There’s nothing like it!


Ferns, Ginger Lilies,  Honeysuckle & Other Vines Surround the Outdoor Shower

Nature at Work!

Flora & Fauna Near Outdoor Shower - Mother Nature at Work!


Spring is Here!

March 6, 2009

The town of St. Francisville is beginning to look like Spring with azaleas blooming everywhere!  We’re getting ready for our Annual Audubon Pilgrimage which is always held the third weekend in March.  Many plantation homes will be open to the public including Rosebank Plantation, home to Beverly & David Walker.  Beverly is the most talented “Martha Stewart” around, so I’m certain her home will be decked to the nines with flowers!  Also on tour, although I haven’t seen it yet, is the recently renovated 1885 Queen Anne’s Cottage on the corner of Royal & Fidelity Streets in the Historic District.  Patrick Tandy was the decorator, so I’m sure it will be fabulous!  The Cabildo, also on Royal Street, a building dating from 1807, is the oldest building standing in St. Francisville’s Historic District, and served as headquarters when the short-lived West Florida Rebellion declared the Florida Parishes an independent colony in 1810. During Pilgrimage the Cabildo will house an exhibit of new works by wildlife artist Murrell Butler.  An antiques show & sale will also be going on in three locations in the historic district:  Masonic Lodge, Market Hall & Jackson Hall.  Saturday evening will be the wonderful dining al fresco event catered by Chef Scott Varnadoe of Varnadoe’s Restaurant at The Bluff’s which is still open, despite recent news reports about the development closing.  Only instead of dining on the veranda at  The Bluff’s, it will be outdoors under the stars at the other end of Royal Street  from Shadetree Inn, home of Full Spectrum Paints

Here’s a photo of our driveway at Mon Soleil, Azaleas in full bloom!