Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Flower arranging

Last week, my friends came for a visit from Boston. It is always good to spend time with the people we love. My friend Shobha and I share a love for cooking, flower arranging and table settings.  We did all of those things while they were here.


We had many cups of chai sitting in the patio overlooking the garden.


Last post I shared my front garden blooms. Here is one of the protea plants overloaded with blooms.



We harvested flowers from the garden. This is our loot from the garden.




Both of us arranged flowers for the entire house. The following one is for the kitchen table.


 One for the entrance table




Another one for the family room





We had lot of fun with the hobby we love, arranging flowers.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Front garden blooms

In spring, my front garden is filled with exotic blooms, such as Australian and South African native proteas, bougainvilleas, birds of paradise, agapanthus (which is not in bloom right now) along with fifty palm trees. This is my effort to create a tropical garden in sunny California. Please come along to tour my garden blooms.

Leucadendron "Red Eye". This is my most favorite at this time of year


Birds of Paradise






This is an another pincushion variety, called Leucospermum "Flame Giant"


Leucospermum "venesa". Another pincushion protea.


Doesn't it look like someone weaved a thin ribbon into the flower?





Pink Protea 



Leucodendron


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flower arranging

I have been absent from blogging for a while now. I was on my annual visit to see my mom in India. While I was away, Southern California got lots of rain, way more than I could dream of. Everything started blooming, including my lilac vine, acacia, and pink proteas. 

As you know, all the flowers featured in this blog comes from my own backyard. 


Vine Lilac





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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Getting ready for Christmas: Gift wrapping

Wrapping presents is the important task for getting ready for Christmas.  I like to wrap my presents in a simple but elegant way. I don't like to buy various patterns of wrapping paper anymore. I keep brown and white craft paper in my gift wrapping arsenal along with different colored cords, raffia and a variety of ribbons. This year, all gifts were wrapped with brown craft paper and different colored cords to tie the knot.












 For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Living arrangements

A couple of days ago, I was at Home Depot shopping for poinsettias for the house. At the time, I came across miniature flowering plants. Instead of poinsettias, I come home with multiple potted plants to make living arrangements around the house. These arrangements can last all through the holidays and beyond. For the upcoming spring, I will plant all these plants in the patio. This is the best way to stretch my dollar, don't you think?

This arrangement is made with bronze-colored  syngoniums, pink flowering azaleas, African violet, Hesperozygis 'Supermint Midnight Mojito' and a miniature orchid.








Here is an another one, made with anthuriums, fern lemons, two African violets, candy corn, and a miniature orchid.





For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Amazing wedding venue

Recently, I attended a wedding of a very dear friend's son, outside Austin, Texas at Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks. This was my first time in Texas.  As a nature lover, I enjoyed the picturesque countryside  from downtown Austin to Camp Lucy.  What a ride it was!
When we reached the venue, I was in awe of the rustic setting and those majestic oaks. It was a serene, breathtakingly beautiful setting in nature. It was a gorgeous site indeed. Here are some photos I wanted to share with you all.








Those magnificent oak trees








For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

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