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January 15, 2011

TidBits of Information

  • Victoria Tea Festival

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, the 5th Annual Victoria Tea Festival is sure to warm your heart like no other event. The two-day festival will be held in Victoria, BC, from February 12 to 13, 2011 at the Crystal Gardens and features an international collection of black, oolong, green, white and herbal teas for sampling. Tea experts and purveyors will be on hand to discuss traditions and trends of tea, health benefits, and serving suggestions while bakeries, chocolatiers, and restaurants will be in attendance to provide samples and recommendations for food pairings.

    Festival goers can also attend complimentary presentations given by local and international tea experts. Topics include Cooking with Tea, Naturopathic Medicine & Tea: Health Benefits and Risks, and Making Iced Teas Fresh. The Fairmont Empress Hotel is the official host hotel for the event and is offering rates starting at $99.00 CDN / $100.00 USD. Tickets to the Victoria Tea Festival are $20.00 CDN/USD ($25.00 CDN/USD at the door) and available by calling 250-370-4880. For more information visit

  • In December the Pantone company revealed the color of the year for 2011 as Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle. The bold spirit of Honeysuckle will infuse you and lift you up to carry you through the year. It’s courageous, confident, dynamic reddish pink will inspire you with verve and vigor. Just what we all need to jump start 2011!! It is a beautiful carefree colour and be sure to look for it…

  • Tips for what to do in January

  • Houseplant Care During Winter...
    or why I have fungus gnats!

    With the holidays past and New Year’s resolutions in place the cold days of winter generate a renewed interest in our houseplants. Indoor plants are partial to warm temperatures and long days. We attempt to fool them with our furnace-driven warm weather and the luminescent lengthening of our typical winter days. But despite this, a plant’s internal sensors still detect the real conditions outdoors and they shut down for a “long winter’s nap”.
    more here...

  • Tropical Treasures at Home

    Need a pick-me-up? How about visiting a tropical paradise without the expense of leaving home? Look no further than your local garden centre where tropical orchid displays are very much in vogue right now. Not only will you discover many different types, colours, and even fragrances in the orchid world, but I would also advise that you take advantage of the many Orchid Care Seminars that take place at this time of the year.
    more here

  • A Case of Plant Abuse

    Some of us treasure our houseplants with tender loving care heaping words of praise upon it, while others show their affection by playing some soothing classical pieces, or Broadway show tunes for a change of pace. Then there are others who…how shall we say…act less than civilized-bordering-on-abusive…towards their plants. Frequently, these types start out with good intentions but somewhere along the way end up in an abusive relationship of the leafy kind.

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