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99 CENT SALE!
Apples Should Be Red is now on sale for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Happy Weekend!
Penny

99 CENT SALE!

Apples Should Be Red is now on sale for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Happy Weekend!

Penny

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gunera:

by Dalang55555 on Flickr.

Me likey!

Me likey!

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“We’re weeding all right. Bastard weeds. You ever seen stinging nettle?”
“No. That doesn’t sound good.”
“How about Jimson weed?”
“No, I get dandelions.”
“Dandelions. For Christ’s sake, those aren’t weeds. They’re food. They’re edible. I’m talking about bastard, motherfucking weeds. Plants that try to kill you, poison you, shoot you with chemicals. This garden isn’t some pansy-ass annual border with mari-fuckin’-golds. This is war. I’ve got weeds that try to strangle the other plants. I’ve got poison ivy that will send you to the ER. War. We’re at Defcon One. Got it?”
Tom’s face was so close, Bev could see every wrinkle around his eyes, every black and white whisker on his cheeks, a scar on his chin. She nodded. “Got it.”

EXCERPT from Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson
Now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“We’re weeding all right. Bastard weeds. You ever seen stinging nettle?”

“No. That doesn’t sound good.”

“How about Jimson weed?”

“No, I get dandelions.”

“Dandelions. For Christ’s sake, those aren’t weeds. They’re food. They’re edible. I’m talking about bastard, motherfucking weeds. Plants that try to kill you, poison you, shoot you with chemicals. This garden isn’t some pansy-ass annual border with mari-fuckin’-golds. This is war. I’ve got weeds that try to strangle the other plants. I’ve got poison ivy that will send you to the ER. War. We’re at Defcon One. Got it?”

Tom’s face was so close, Bev could see every wrinkle around his eyes, every black and white whisker on his cheeks, a scar on his chin. She nodded. “Got it.”

EXCERPT from Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson

Now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward photographed by Gordon Parks, 1959.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Coming Soon. Kick-ass book cover by Penny Reid.
Can you still have a life after 50? Yup.

Coming Soon. Kick-ass book cover by Penny Reid.

Can you still have a life after 50? Yup.

CAMP CHLOROPHYLL: Making a Centerpiece with Penelope!

Today’s Project!

As most of you know, I’m a plant geek. I went to school for botany/plant taxonomy/horticultural science, followed by floral design school, followed by years of working as a florist and gardener.

I decided to try a new project for 2014…each month I’ll do a botanical tutorial: design, holiday decor, gardening stuff, indoor plant collections, etc.

❧ CAMP CHLOROPHYLL! ❧

Not those kinds of plants!

For January 2014, I thought it would be great to start off with a really fun, simple, colorful and festive way to usher in the new year. It’s a table centerpiece you can make at home with a plate, candle, hunks of oasis, and colorful flowers.

Step 1

Pick up some bright flowers with sturdy stems. I got roses, stock, and hydrangeas at Trader Joe’s. You don’t need to spend a ton of money for this project. Just getting some basics at the grocery store will work. If the weather was better, I would putter around outside and collect some branches and flowers from my garden to use.

 Step 2

Soak the oasis (green foam blocks you can buy at a craft store, florist, or sometimes grocery shop).

Step 3

Condition the flowers. Recut the bottoms of the stems and soak in lukewarm water. You can add the packet of preservative if you want to.

Step 4

Get a nice big chunky candle and place it on a sturdy plate. NOT good china!

Step 5

Take the oasis and cut it into pieces that will fit around the candle.

Step 6

Cut flowers and foliage into pieces, make sure bottom of stem is stiff, not flimsy, or it won’t pierce the oasis effectively.

Step 7

Start making a “nest” with foliage pieces.

Step 8

After inserting greens, start adding flowers. Make sure stems are in contact with oasis so they will absorb the moisture.

Step 9

Pack on flowers until all the oasis is hidden. 

 

Step 10

Spritz flowers with water to keep them fresh.

DONE!

Light candle and order take-out for dinner since you’re now too exhausted to cook.

Gorgeous! You have now completed Task #1 at Camp Chlorophyll. Congrats!

Until next month,

Stay Green!

Penelope

Beard + Book = TRUE LOVE 4-EVAH!

Beard + Book = TRUE LOVE 4-EVAH!

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