Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

In Astoria, the iris blooms in autumn and winter, too.

I moved to Astoria on a February day, when the daffodils were in full bloom and the snow was on the red, red roses.

It wasn’t just my front yard that was blossoming. Up and down the block, the mini gardens were filled with summer flowers in winter: black-eyed Susans, tulips, lilies, iris, dahlias, carnations and a profusion of petals in comical circus colors that I’m sure even God doesn’t have names for.

Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Fake...

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Comment by Nancy CC on February 16, 2012 at 3:01pm

Read your piece in HP...hysterical. I feel the same way about plastic and silk flowers. Maybe because I'm a Taurean? I love fresh flowers but learned to do without (my cats liked them too). I cringe at putting fake flowers in my front flower box, but...they do look real from the street and their colors do perk up the "curb appeal" so I gave in -- once (clenching my jaw all the way). I promised myself I would change them with the seasons, but, so far, there is still some dead looking sea-grass type stuff in the flower box. Fake just rubs me the wrong way...

Comment by Nancy CC on February 16, 2012 at 2:46pm

Love your photo. Very sweet.

Comment by Nancy Ruhling on February 15, 2012 at 10:27am

Yes, but she didn't plant it in her front yard!

Comment by Beau Gould on February 15, 2012 at 10:00am

Yeah I bought my mom a cute fake flower in a flower pot she keeps next to her desk.  They never die and she always smiles when she looks at them.  A gift that gives forever.  I am so much better than those other sons who give their mothers real flowers. lol  ;) 



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