floral friday: lilac

Lilacs have always been my most favorite flower. I had a huge lilac bush next to my house as a kid and the scent of the flower brings me back every time!


common name: lilac
scientific name: Syringa vulgaris

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There are twelve different species of lilacs, the one pictured above being the common lilac. These flowering woody plants share familial ties with the olive tree and are native to woodland areas from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia. Lilacs’ commonly pale purple flowers bloom in spring time and are accompanied by that oh-so-lovely fragrance. Some varieties produce white, yellow, pink, and even dark burgundy flowers that grow in a panicle structure, resembling a grape cluster. Lilac wood is often used in carving knife handles and musical instruments.

In addition to its popularity being New Hampshire’s state flower, lilacs are celebrated during festivals in a variety of other places throughout the country including, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, New York, California and Washington. Many of these events are happening in May, so there is still time to add them to your calendar!

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floral friday: pink peppercorn

As I prepared to make a eucalyptus wreath for Thanksgiving last month, I grabbed a bundle of dried pink berries to add to the greenery, not knowing that they were, in fact, pink peppercorns!


 

common name: pink peppercorn
scientific name: Schinus molle

DEC pink peppercorn

While the name peppercorn implies a relation to the pepper family, pink peppercorns are actually a part of the cashew family. They acquired the name as they resemble peppercorns and also have a similarly peppery smell. My introduction to this dried berry was in a cocktail a few years ago and it was so delicious and unusual. The pink peppercorn adds a citrusy, sweet and fragrant flavor to beverages.  Here are some drinks to try:

Paloma with Pink Peppercorn Salt

Grapefruit & Pink Peppercorn Margaritas

Pink Peppercorn Thyme Soda

Vote for Your Favorite Designs!

It’s that time again! Although we are headed into winter, here at IMPRESSED by nature, we are preparing designs for spring and summer. So close your eyes, think about flowers, sunshine and warm weather, and VOTE for your favorites!

Pick your top three designs by commenting with the corresponding letters. The new collection will be available in early spring.

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floral friday: eucalyptus

A prolific grower in the Bay Area, eucalyptus trees are easily recognizable by their fresh fragrance and gorgeous leaves.


 

common name: red river gum
scientific name: Eucalyptus camaldulensis

NOV eucalyptus

There are over 700 species of eucalyptus–I can think of 4 different kinds in my neighborhood alone! Red River Gum, above, are some of my favorites with their mini seed pods that change from bright green to red over time. They are often found in wedding floral arrangements and holiday decor. In fact, many species of eucalyptus are used in craft and DIY projects. I have compiled some of my favorites below, in case you are looking for a way to add some natural decor to your holidays!

Eucalyptus Hair Wreath from A Beautiful Mess

Eucalyptus in the Bathroom from Apartment Therapy

Eucalyptus Wreath from Project Wedding

Minimalist Eucalyptus Wreath from Free People

Eucalyptus Table Garland from Houzz

Eucalyptus Wall Garland from Homey Oh My

Check out my Pinterest Boards for more inspiration!

gratitude: eve

I am feeling grateful for the anticipatory feeling that inevitably happens on the eve of holidays. There’s a different feeling in the air, a renewed buzz, that’s contagious. Tomorrow I will spend the day with my closest family crafting all sorts of delicious and nourishing food and drink, making Thanksgiving my favorite holiday tradition. Here are a few things we will be making:

pumpkin spice lattes

rye pecan pie

compound butter

crispy potato roast

What dishes are you trying out this holiday season?

gratitude: night hike

Lately I have been so bogged down with work (and being sick) that I have not spent much time outdoors. Today, I finally made the decision to push aside the To Do list and get on the trail.

I have been hiking the same trail for the last three years now and it never gets old. It is a very steep fire trail that has breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area, and best of all, it’s practically in my backyard.

With the days getting shorter, I was working against the fading light, but made it far enough that the feeling of gratitude and rejuvenation could take hold. As a bonus, I spotted an owl in a nearby tree just before he swooped across my path! Tonight I am feeling immensely grateful for the fresh perspective that nature so effortlessly provides.

night hike

View from the first vista–the Golden Gate Bridge, though not quite visible, is directly in the center background.

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