"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese Lantern Festival

This year the western Valentine's Day happens falls on the same day of Chinese Lantern Festival. On this day, the 15th lunar day of the year, traditionally, light lateens are used to decorate the houses, towns and temples. Some places have lantern carnival where people can enjoy the beautiful lanterns, parade and food. The tradition food for this day is called Yuan-Xiao or Tang-Yuan. The are made of sweet rice flour into sticky glutinous ball, filled in with sesame, red-bean or peanut paste. In my hometown, we also make salty Tang-Yuan, filled in with ground pork. 

Let me contribute some flowers from my garden to celebrate this special day!

Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese Lantern Festival!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


I can't believe I have left for over a year.  Although I have not posted for a while, I do occasionally come back to check out some of my blogger friends' posts. Yes, I am still here tendering my garden, family and work, just not have enough time blogging. 

Just found a blogger iPhone app that let me post using the pictures right out of my phone. It is very convenient since nowadays I feel a little lazy to use the camera. Downloading pictures into computer and editing/resizing  is just so time consuming. Although the quality of the pictures from the iPhone will not be ideal, thought  at least now I can more likely write some posts to say hello and not to be a complete stranger :) 

My garden is now over 4 years old, and evolution never stopped. Today let me just simply show some pictures of my garden without much words. Would like to see how this iPhone App works. If it works fine, I promise I will try to post more. 

Front garden


My favorite corner look through from the breakfast area. ..

Hope I can be back soon. Happy gardening!
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