Sunday, March 24, 2013

Making the Move

Yeah! I finally did it! I'm starting on my new garden blog adventure! If you'd like to learn more please join me over on my new site at LISA.ORGLER.DESIGN.  Can't wait to see you again!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Big Change

You may have noticed my posts have become a little more spread out over the past few weeks.  That's because I'm whipping up something different, fun and exciting!

Without going into too much detail right now I'll just let you know that Topiary & Tiramisu will be transformed into a new garden blog with a slightly different focus and name.  It won't be revealed until early February 2013, so until then I'll be taking a little break from blogging here, though will continue on my other blog, The Lunch Box Project.

As my transformation date approaches I'll make sure to pop up a post about it.  Until then enjoy the holidays!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Photo 101 (a little more)

Here are some "abstract" practice photos taken on the Iowa State University campus for my Photo 101 class.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Photo 101

I've been taking a Photo 101 class at Nicole's Classes and have finally been learning to use the manual settings on my camera.  I still have a lot to learn but wanted to show you my progression.  Here are a couple of my first shots.  Hopefully we'll see some improvement over the next couple of weeks!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bee Boles

I've always been fascinated with bees and honey, so was absolutely thrilled to see this antiquated sweetening factory several years ago on a trip to England.  These are bee boles filled with straw structures called skeps circa 1820 to 1840.  Bees were important to gardens for several reasons:

  • They provided a sweetener for ordinary people
  • The bees provided pollination for the garden
  • Beeswax was still an important payment of taxation

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Little Things are Grand Things

My daughter and I found this cute little chair at an antique store last weekend.  It's a great miniature of the many Adirondack chairs my husband builds each spring for those yearning to get outside after a cold winter.