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I am Mary Louise Hagler, an event Floral Designer and Master Gardener. I host workshops and blog about living, planting and cooking with a purpose

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What Makes the Rose Unfold?

                      We sang 'Here is Our King' by David Crowder at 5:30 Mass tonight. There is a line within the song "And what was said to the rose to make it unfold was said to me here in my chest" . That line stuck in my head tonight so I came home to Google it, of course. The line in Crowder's song was taken from "What Was Said to the Rose" by Rumi. Watch the YouTube video of a reading of Rumi's poem. I have listened many times. It is a beautiful poem about our … [Read More...]

No More Dry Chicken!

  The colorful cover photo of The Local Palate magazine grabbed me in Publix a few months back.  I tried this recipe for Buttermilk Roasted Chicken since we eat chicken a good bit and the directions were short. I shared on Facebook how much we all loved the chicken prepared this way and have had several requests to share again--the latest request from Biffy. I hope you will try this one!!   Yields 4-6 servings from Chef Dale Hawkins of Fish Hawk Acres, Rock Cave, West Virginia Ingredients 1 whole fryer chicken (3−4 pounds) 1 quart … [Read More...]

Summer Snazz-zinnias

Spring is here! Actually, in Augusta it has been in the 90's for the past few days- summer? The Knockout roses have given us splashes of color from the kitchen window, and the coral honeysuckle is bowing to the hot pink country roses covering the rebar arbor. Sam informed me that I needed to put more color in the garden--it was too green! He's right, I know once the spring flush fades I will need summer color. What's the plan? I have to keep the home garden simple since I am short on time. Plants in my gardens must give me some sort of return on investment--flowers or food. Zinnias. What … [Read More...]