Archive for May, 2011

Flower scrounging

One of my favorite parts of both the Master Gardener plant sale and the Ravenswood Manor yard sale is scrounging plants. Like find what’s $1 or $2 and bringing it home.

Last year it was like cactus paddles and catmint.

This year it’s chamomile and tansy and winecup and autumn clematis from the master gardeners.

Mollie Parnis met Ann Sunshine and Naomi Wise

I was trying to learn more about this spectacular party dress that just didn’t fit me. Its waist is too teeny tiny.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Mollie Parnis, American gem. Designed for First Ladies. Tons of silk.

Expensive from the time she started. And she never told her age.

Lots of her work endured. Oh wow!

This peach day dress.

This polka-dotted silk day dress.

This beaded cocktail dress.

One more day dress.

And the ladies who originally sold it, Ann Sunshine & Naomi Wise, incorporated in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1954.

They sold all sorts of exclusive.

Navy lace cocktail dresses.

Green lace cocktail dress over purple.

Damn damn damn tiny waist!

Look what I found.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Purple, rustly party dress.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Dropped waist, square neck, little  cap sleeves, back straps I’ve never seen before.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

Feels and moves and sounds like silk taffeta.

And it’s made by a talented designer, sold originally in an exclusive shop.

gone dress Mollie Parnis purple

But damnit! The tiny waist! The teeny tiny waist.

I can’t risk hurting it. I love this dress too much to harm it. Someone else should have it.

Savannah, Ga.

Just back. Glorious times, eats, down south with Mister I love.

Because the second anniversary is cotton.

catherine ward house inn

colonial park cemetery

colonial park cemetery wall

From old garden to new garden

An old neighbor let me into the old yard to thin out some plants I had stuck there a few years ago. He helped me dig them up, too, which was key with the lillies. Those suckers took root since I left which is silly because they wouldn’t grow for me.

perennials recouped

recovered perennials

Tiger lillies, recouped from the side of the road, in bags.

recovered lillies stuck in a tricky spot

Ginger-something bought at a yard sale where the homeowner got out a shovel and dug up a clump for me.

recovered perennials

Mostly in the ground now, in a bright shady spot.

shady garden

In the new yard, I found this guy popped up on his own. What is he?

sprang up on its own: what is it?