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Pink Trees and Cherry Tea!

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Happy Spring,

Dear Friends!

Today, I am steeping one of my favourite teas – Kyoto Cherry Rose scented with natural cherry and rose flavours.  It is pale yellow in colour with a heavenly aroma and sweet taste.

Would you like a cuppa in my prized vintage China pattern? “Apple Blossom” is a stunning profusion of pink-petaled apple trees.  I LOVE this pattern!  I found it when I wasn’t looking at a roadside antiques barn while vacationing on Prince Edward Island a few summers ago! It was such a thrilling and unexpected find. Isn’t that always the way! I think I must have danced right out the door with my newspaper-wrapped bundles of joy! I hope one day to stumble across a matching teapot to complete the set.  I will just have to keep on treasure hunting…

I LOVE this pattern’s history in that it was insightfully commissioned in the early 1960’s by the Chair of Nova Scotia’s Apple Blossom Festival, then in just its second year. This enduring pattern is an artist’s rendition of springtime in Annapolis Valley when the apple blossoms are exploding all over the countryside. All these years later, the festival remains a much-loved annual tradition there.

I LOVE, too, pink-flowering trees! But you probably could have guessed that already? Each spring, I make a special pilgrimage to a particular street in the heart of our city that is lined with gracious century-old homes on handsome, mature lots.  One home on the street stands out from the rest.  Along its perimeter marches a legion of stately Japanese Cherry trees.  Their entangled branches, thickly laden with exquisite fluffy pink blooms, reach way out over the hefty black fence that rings the property, and bend down to the street like low-hanging frothy clouds of cotton candy!  Delicious, pure pink abundance!  My feet and heart always dance together at the sight.  It makes my day every time!

P1070224Wherever these frothy pink specimens grow in abundance, there is an intense ‘Bloom Watch’ and visitors queue by the hundreds to see the magic of the cherry trees unfurl in a fleeting spectacular show of renewal. Their pink vapour of nature’s perfection fill the landscapes with intense beauty, wonderment and emotion.

To the Japanese, the fallen petals of the cherry blossom symbolize a soldier who has died in battle long before his time. But Spring blooms also represent strength, rebirth and hope for the future…

Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!” She was so right about that. To plant pink trees is to beautify our communities and to help grow a future without breast cancer…I believe! The seeds of Pink Days In Bloom’s “The Pink Tree Project” in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region are just beginning to be sowed…

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time already may know that I am a breast cancer “Thriver” and that when I was on medical leave a few years ago recovering from treatments, I decided to combine my love of gardening with the overwhelming need to do something, anything, to help fight this disease in some way…

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0001GpHere are several links to some of the articles about Pink Days In Bloom in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region that appeared in our local newspaper last year. It’s a bit of a story and I think these next few articles probably best summarize how the seed was first planted and how it has continued to grow and flourish with the support of an amazing group of like-minded, dedicated volunteers and a caring business community:
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PHOTO:  Pink Days In Bloom’s Signature Garden Faeries ‘Hope’ and ‘Invincibelle’ with O’Brien’s Boat Tours‘ mermaid mascot, Miss Shell, during ‘Pink Days In Bloom On the Sea!’ in the Town of Bay Bulls last summer…
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The Empress Hotel’s world- famous Tea Lobby is a glorious place to enjoy a spot of tea!  You can see some photos of this grand lady in my previous post, THE ELEGANT EMPRESS.
During “Pink Tree Day in the Park” and “Tea Sea-to-Sea” on June 8, at the same hour that we will be planting a pink-flowering tree in Bowring Park, one of our city’s most cherished parks, here St. John’s, Newfoundland on Canada’s East Coast, our dear friends at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia on the Country’s West Coast will also plant a pink “sister” tree on their hotel grounds.
And, while we are celebrating and FUNdRaising over tea and champagne at The Bungalow, The Empress team will host a Pink Days In Bloom Tea of their own and “Sip in Support”. Isn’t that AWESOME!  
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On June 8th, you, too, can pick up your cup in support, whether on your iPad, in the office, at the kitchen table, by the pool or wherever you happen to be via a Virtual Tea!  I would love it if you could join us. Simply brew your favourite cuppa and click:  cbcf.org/GetInvolved/Donate.  Ask your family, friends and co-workers to join in, too. It’s that easy!
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For TWITTER LOVERS:  On June 8th, Tweet about your tea experience at #PinkDaysInBloom and your Tweets can be seen by guests of The Empress on a screen near their world-famous Tea Lobby, bringing us all even closer together in ‘growing’ a future without breast cancer!
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I am so excited about this next beautiful event! THANK YOU to our dear friends at The Empress for sharing in the cause! Please show them your LOVE! ‘Like’ The Empress on Facebook. Or, visit them at Fairmont.com/Empress-Victoria to discover their fabulous get-away packages and legendary afternoon teas…If you haven’t visited The Empress and Victoria yet, it’s a must to add to your bucket list!
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Read all about this exciting and meaningful event below! I hope it will help explain why I have been away from my blog these past few months!
I have met so many beautiful people on this journey. Thank you Proven Winners for the ‘Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea’ – a tough plant that is working hard to find a cure, to all the committed volunteers and amazing supporters.  Without you, it would not be possible.  It means so very much to me and so many others. XO  I hope you will join us wherever you are on June 8th for pink trees and cherry tea and for HOPE, AWARENESS AND SUPPORT!
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I hope you enjoy the photos of pretty china and the pink tree cookies made by my sweet friend Maria of Petite Sweet! Thank you so much for taking precious time out of your day to visit with me. Please leave your beautiful footprint to let me know that yo were here, and so I can visit you in return!  XO
Wishing you a beautiful day and Happy Mother’s Day weekend,

Linda

 Please ‘Like’ Pink Days In Bloom on Facebook.

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Hope yours is a blue-sky kind of day…

I’m happy to be sharing today in honour of Mother’s Day at Inspiration Monday, Make It Pretty Monday, Tea Time Tuesday, Return to LovelinessMartha’s Favourite, The Scoop, Inspire Me Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Do Tell Tuesday, What’s It Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Wake UpWednesdayWhat We Accomplished Wednesday, Before and After WednesdayHope in Every SeasonCottage Style Party, Home and Garden Thursday, Share Your Cup Thursday, Simple and Sweet FridayFeathered Nest Friday,  Show and Tell Friday, Fabulously Creative Friday, Shabbilicious Friday, Saturday Show OffWhat To Do WeekendsPink SaturdayThe Charm of Home, Bouquet of Talent!

Fill Your Socks at “The Little Christmas Fair!”

Dear Friends,

Thank you for stopping by today! As always, the kettle’s on and I am thrilled that you are here to keep me company! As many of you know, I have been MIA for awhile. Thank you for continuing to drop by while I’ve been away. While I have missed Blogland these past six months, I have been busy, busy spearheading a FUNdRaising campaign – Pink Days In Bloom – at various garden centres here on our Island of  Newfoundland this past summer.

Pink Days In Bloom is a high-spirited FUNdraiser that demonstrates support for persons living with breast cancer, their families and friends. This year, an estimated 330 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in our tiny province with a population of just over 500,000 people.  Monies raised through Pink Days In Bloom are in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – Atlantic Region to help fund innovative breast cancer research, programs and equipment throughout our Atlantic provinces.

In July 2011, one garden centre (Pat’s Plants and Gardens was the first) hosted Pink Days In Bloom.  And, in 2012, Pat’s Plants and Gardens hosted their 2nd Annual Pink Days In Bloom and seven garden centres signed on! ‘The dream’ is that Pink Days In Bloom will, one day soon, become an Island-wide happening, and we’re well on our way!  I am thrilled to say that CBCF-Atlantic  recently adopted Pink Days In Bloom as its signature summer FUNdRaiser, promoting it in Atlantic Canada based on the Newfoundland success as a model! The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association  (CNLA) has also committed to promote Pink Days In Bloom to its membership across the country!  And, Pink Days In Bloom has ‘blossomed’ beyond garden centres to corporate Pink Jeans Days and BBQ’s, retail events, and even a ‘Pink Softball Tournament of Hope’ hosted by friends at Shand Nurseries (on the weekend following their Pink Days In Bloom event).  The season concluded with ‘A Beautfiul Summer Evening of Pink’, a champagne dinner at a local restaurant, The Tea Garden.

In one year, well over $25,000 (probably closer to $30,000 by the end of December) has been raised under the Pink Days In Bloom banner thanks to an awesome team of sponsors and volunteers working together. I have been working full-time besides all the while, so I am sure you can understand that it hasn’t left much time for blogging.  It’s good to be back!

“The Little Christmas Fair”

Treats offered in rockin’ Rocket’s Coffee and Bakery Bar during “The Little Christmas Fair” on Sunday, November 9th

As recently as last weekend, “The Little Christmas Fair,” also in support of CBCF-Atlantic, was held at our local Rocket Bakery, a favourite haunt here for many.  The building was built in 1852 and is a beautiful venue with old wood floors and exposed brick. walls.  The smells from the croissants and other goodies baking in the ovens as we were setting up the vendor tables at 6:30 AM was tantalizing!

“The Little Christmas Fair” was a joyous success, made possible by dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors & the kind patronage of fair-goers! Many of the vendors were preparing in the weeks leading up to the fair, and patrons were invited to shop for those special gifts to get a head start on the holidays. Visitors discovered an array of wonderful treasures, many of them one-of-a-kind, to fill those Christmas socks for everyone on their ‘Good List’. Fair-goers were able to enjoy refreshments in the Rocket Bakery café & wrap themselves in the warm ambience, uplifting spirit and genuine camaraderie of “The Little Christmas Fair” and what it represents to so many…

The spirit of Christmas was palpable in the air at “The Little Christmas Fair!” There were carollers with the voices of angels from our Memorial University’s School of Music and members of local community choirs, a delightful harpist, artful face painting, a zany holiday photo booth (complete with props like reindeer antlers, huge glasses, Santa hats…), St. Nicholas Silent Auction and Cheery Chance Auction, Comfort and Joy Christmas Raffle, coffee and bakery bar, a visit from Santa himself and, of course, garden faeries! No Pink Days In Bloom event would be without ‘Hope’ and ‘Invincibelle’, the ‘official’ Pink Days In Bloom garden faeries dressed in their Christmas garb!

Much gratitude to sponsors, vendors, volunteers, fair shoppers, the media and Facebook friends and all who helped get the word out – to everyone involved in any way, big or small.

Here are some images from that wonderful event. The Pink Days In Bloom Facebook link is also below, if you’d like to have a good ol’ poke around on there and see what I’ve been up to all this time! 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-Days-in-Bloom/382061855145657

 I don’t know where the time went these past six months – it flew by so quickly! Isn’t it hard to imagine it will soon be time to decorate for Christmas? Indeed, I have already started! It wasn’t too hard since I have been in Christmas mode for many weeks preparing for “The Little Christmas Fair” FUNdRaiser.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmastime and am looking forward to sharing some photos of our ‘Home for the Holidays’ with you very soon. I hope you are enjoying your ‘cuppa’ while you browse through the pics. Thank you once again, for taking time out of your day to visit! I promise it won’t be six months before I write another post! You all are very kind to keep coming back! I am so glad to share your company once again. Would you like another cuppa? XO

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Linda

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Pink Days in Bloom!

These roses bloomed from a rose tree-standard in a planter on my deck last season.  They are called ‘Waterfall’…

Welcome Dear Friends, Old and New!

TEA ANYONE?  I invite you to sit and sip a cuppa with me. Do you like raspberry herbal? I enjoy it very much without anything added, but you may like to try a little lemon or honey.  It’s a tasty rosy pink tisane!  I am so excited that you stopped by for a visit today!
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A YEAR!  Things are happening which I alluded to in a past Christmas post and promised that I would tell you about.  We have much to talk about. In fact, I have so much to talk with you about today that there are two parts to this post!  If you are a regular visitor to ‘Beautiful Ideas’, you may have noticed that I have been taking a little break from blogging lately.  Actually, I have been so busy partly because of the blog and the amazing opportunities that it has brought with it this past year, which was my first year of blogging!  Whew! A lot can happen in a year!  First, have a listen to this gorgeous Celtic Woman with the voice of an angel.  I love how she sings, “When You Believe”.  What happens when we believe in something?!  It fuels our enthusiasm, uplifts our spirit and often becomes our passion…
I think this performance was filmed at Powerscourt House and Gardens in Ireland – a place to add to my “Must-Visit Gardens” list…

“WHEN YOU DO nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” ~ Unknown

GROWING PINK DAYS! I have been occupied in recent months tending a garden of sorts – growing ‘Garden Pink Days’ a high-spirited fun’draiser for breast cancer research, equipment and programs in my home province. The first local Garden Pink Days was held last July at a favourite garden centre, Pat’s Plants and Gardens.  It was a beautiful success!

Pink Days is about Awareness, Hope & Support for persons with breast cancer, their families & friends; while at the same time, promoting gardening as part of healthy & beautiful living.  Raising funds for breast cancer research, programs & equipment is a bonus.  Pink Days is a way like no other that enables garden centres to connect with their gardening customers in creating a future without breast cancer.  Pink Days is a Win-Win for everyone involved!”

 
THE SEED IS PLANTED…  The first seed was planted last June as I was browsing the pages of a gardening magazine. Proven Winners, a well-known grower to many gardeners, was promoting its first hybridized pink Annabelle hydrangea, ‘Invincibelle Spirit’, specially developed in tribute to persons with breast cancer.  For every plant sold, Proven Winners will donate $1 and up to $1 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To date, proceeds from sales of ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ are climbing to nearly half a million dollars for breast cancer research!

The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. ~Author Unknown

TRUE BEAUTY AND DEEP MEANING IN THE GARDEN   I loved the idea of having a way to add beauty and true meaning to my garden, and to honour my beloved mom-in-law,  Ethel, who died from breast cancer in November 2009.  She was an avid gardener, a best friend, a kindred spirit… Every day I miss having her in my life. And, off I went in search of the ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ for my garden to honour Ethel’s beautiful spirit in our garden. I found the pink plant at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls. Many of you know already that I was on medical leave at the time myself recovering from breast cancer treatments. So, for me, the plant has even greater significance.
IF YOU BELIEVE … When I returned from Pat’s Plants and Gardens, I googled the plant and discovered that Proven Winners has a ‘Pink Days’ campaign.  I immediately contacted Pat Puddester, the owner of the glorious garden centre where I had purchased my plant, and asked if she might consider hosting a Pink Day to raise funds in support of breast cancer research, programs and equipment in this province.  Pat not only said, “Yes!”, she insisted that we hold an entire Pink Weekend! What a woman! In addition to funds raised from prize draws, auction items, and other fun activities, Pat offered to contribute 10% of pink plant sales throughout the weekend!  Pink Days generated a lot of excitement and positive buzz about town. Just a few short weeks later, we had ourselves a beautiful and successful Garden Pink Day! We raised over $2,300.  You can see what we did and photos here, here , and here .  Pat and I, and many of the volunteers that day, have since become good friends – another beautiful bonus of Pink Days!

Make your optimism come true. ~Author Unknown

A TRULY BEAUTIFUL IDEA! Proven Winners actively promotes their Pink Day campaign in the U.S.  Initially, I emailed the company and thanked them for the beautiful idea of the Invicibelle Spirit pink hyrangea.  They were thrilled to know that Pink Days was in bloom here!  Shortly after that first contact, Proven Winners asked to use this blog post about our local event as part of a presentation to their major growers to let them know the impact of the plant and the Pink Days campaign in this part of the world!

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. ~Abraham Lincoln

 EXPERIENCE PINK…  A month or so after the inaugural Pink Days here, Proven Winners emailed me (while I was on holiday on Prince Edward Island, meeting my new friend Carolyn Aiken of the popular blog Aiken Home and Gardens!) to say they would be attending a huge international industry conference in Chicago the following week, and could they use articles from my blog posts possibly for distribution in their media kits.  Over 10,000 people would be attending. And could they, too, incorporate some of the blog photos from this post in their table centrepieces at a luncheon they would be hosting for 500 guests – just to let people know what they’d be missing out on if they didn’t host a Pink Day!!  No problem! WHAHOO!

We will either find a way or make one. ~Hannibal

I CAN’T BELIEVE!  Okay, here’s where I say, “I can’t believe what just happened!”  Barely four short months after the first-ever Pink Days was hosted at Pats Plants and Gardens here in Newfoundland, I was invited to Toronto to speak at a national industry conference of representatives from independent garden centres across Canada hosted by Sheridan Nurseries.  I was to tell about my own story about having breast cancer and my personal Pink Day experience. The beautiful Stacey Hirvela from Proven Winners was presenting and she was playing the photos on the big screen behind her of our fun’draiser as an inspiration to others! The dream for me has been that in the years to come, the idea of Pink Days will catch on and continue to spread across our fair Island.  I could never  have dreamed in a zillion years,  that I would have an opportunity to champion the cause to owners of garden centres across the country!!!

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. ~Mayo Angelou

I am thrilled to tell you that Pink Days has grown this year to include five (Yes, 5!) AWESOME garden centres on the Avalon Peninsula in Summer 2012.  Pat’s Plants and Gardens is excitedly looking forward to hosting its Second Annual Garden Pink Days on July 14-15.  Generously joining in the cause are:  Hickey’s Greenhouses, both their Dunville (June 30) and Kelligrews, Conception Bay South (July 7) locations; Shand Nurseries, Pouch Cove (July 21), and O’Neill’s Gardlenland, Spaniards Bay (July 22).   And, interest is growing…

I hope you enjoyed your tea!

PINK BLOOMS!  This year, Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, too, has joined the cause in kindly contributing space at its Spring Landscaping and Garden Show and Symposium on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th at the Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay enabling ‘Pink Days in Bloom!’ to be promoted to the thousands of visitors to the show.  Canada’s own gardening guru Mark Cullen will be their special guest!

INSPIRING WOMEN… More recently, I was invited to a meeting of a local breast cancer support group (the first time I’ve ever been to anything like this) specifically to talk with members about Pink Days.  Many of them volunteered to help get the word out at the Garden Show!  Thank you to all you lovely ladies who signed up!  You are the best!

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ~A. Lou Vickery

THANK YOU!  I am over-the-moon by the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by local businesses and volunteers; including women living with breast cancer, survivors, and their families and friends.  It is beyond inspiring to see all of these people so willingly give back to their communities. The high energy, big-heartedness, and all-embracing spirit – even among strangers – that springs from a Pink Day event is palpable and infectious.
A WAY LIKE NO OTHER… Garden Pink Days is really a way like no other in connecting with people, young and old, who live in our neighbourhoods, while offering comfort and support to fight the disease.  Raising funds for breast cancer research is a bonus!  To someone like me,  Pink Days mean the world.  We have to believe that the cause and cure for breast cancer will be found in our lifetime, so our children today will not have to suffer tomorrow.

 

And, speaking of children…I could not resist sharing with you this photo of my precious young grandnieces Victoria, 8 and Lily, 1. Big sister just adores little sister!  I played with the special effects a bit…I love how it looks a little like an oil painting.  What do you think?  

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  ~Maya Angelou

THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTION:   “Is there inequity between the iconic ‘Pink Ribbon’ campaign proceeds and breast cancer research?” Is your curiousity peaked?  Stay tuned for ‘PINK TWIST’ – Part II of this post…

PLEASE BE SURE TO VISIT PINK DAYS IN BLOOM ON FACEBOOK…

Many thanks for choosing to spend some precious moments of your day here!  

I’m so glad you came.

Wishing you a beautiful day,

Linda

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Pink Reigns! We Shared. We Cried. We Laughed. We Can’t Wait To Do It Again…

Rose-patterned teapots filled with a steaming brew await...

Welcome, Friends!

It’s been much too long since we’ve visited! There’s a deck chair all plumped and just waiting for you to sink into. Put your feet up and have a cuppa, won’t you?!  Today’s brew is perhaps my favourite – Kyoto Sandcherry Festival.  I’m sure I must have served you this before. It has mild fruity flavour and the longer it steeps in the pot, the more pinky it looks – and it makes a lovely iced tea, too.  Or, would you prefer a cold glass of lemonade?  I have so much to tell you!  I hope you can stay for awhile and relax under the sun…

Many of you may know that I’ve been busy as a little bee in recent weeks planning a beautiful “Pink Days” with my good friend Pat at Pat’s Plants and Gardens in Bay Bulls.  Well, the ‘Pink Weekend’ that concluded on Sunday, July 17th is now a lovely memory.  Thank you to all of you who came out – many of you came a long way – to demonstrate your support for someone affected by breast cancer.

Welcome to "Pink Days" at Pat's Plants & Gardens in Bay Bulls - a mere 30-minute drive from the City and a must-visit destination if you're a gardener. We're so excited, we wet our plants!

Where else can you shop for plants for your garden and watch whales but at Pat's Plants & Gardens in Bay Bulls?! This is the view from the greenhouses on the upper level of Pat's garden centre. You can sit here and sip a soda while taking in the breathtaking sights...That gorgeous red house on the point of land in the distance is the lovely Bread and Cheese Inn - check out their website in the sidebar of my blog. Another must-experience place! Some lucky person won a lunch for two at the Inn...

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.  ~Author Unknown

Guests were greeted by an 'Angel of Hope' gifted to me by Christine of Alderberry Blum Gift & Country Store just next door to Pat's Plant's & Gardens - where there's always smiles, fresh coffee & treats! When you visit Bay Bulls, plan to spend a lovely afternoon...

Pink watering cans decorated with ribbons and flowers put a smile on our faces and were scattered throughout the greenhouses for that extra-special festive touch...

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.  ~Jerome Fleishman

'Pink entertainment': plate spinners, fire jugglers, clowns, musicians...The volunteers were phenomenal. We can't ever thank you enough for the gift of your talent! WOW!

A 'pink serenade'while overlooking the ocean...

“Pink Days” volunteers made ice-cold pink lemonade from freshly squeezed lemons – a thirst-quenching treat and such a pretty colour
Intoxicating ‘pinks’ as far as the eye can see…Pat most generously donated 10% of all her ‘pink plant’ sales during ‘Pink Weekend’  to CBCF-Atlantic! Thank you, Pat!

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”  Christopher Reeve 

Vendors really got into the 'pink of things' with their wares!

Lulu's jewelry is stunning created from cultured pearls and Swarovski crystals. This bracelet's a beauty. I love the antique-pink colour, so sophisticated and just as pretty with a jean jacket as with a little black dress!

The greenhouses looked fantastic dressed in pink!  As did we, when we all donned the pink tees that arrived in our ‘Pink Days’ kit from Proven Winners – along with other accessories…Too much fun!

Thanks to volunteers who sold tickets on a luxurious pampering prize that any woman would love compliments of supportive donors Lindor, Signature Salon, A Special Touch, The Tea Garden...valued at over $550!!! What a gorgeous waterfall of pink petunias!

Despite having to cancel ‘Day One’ of our fun-filled three-day “Pink Weekend” due to torrents of horizontal rain, and getting off to a rainy start the following day (Saturday July 16th), the sun finally shone on us around Noonday and the people came.  Yay!  In the end, we could not have asked for a better day!

Do not try this at home, folks!

There was something for everyone during “Pink Days”.  On Saturday, Wonderbolt fire jugglers and plate spinners entertained the young and young-at-heart!(Did you know they have summer camps for kids where they can learn magic tricks, silks, juggling, and more?!  What a great gift!)

Sugar Mama’s cupcakes frosted with ribbons of pink icing spoke to us all! Some of us had more than one! After all, a girl’s gotta balance those hips, right?!  Hot dogs, pink cotton candy and freshly squeezed pink lemonade fed the crowds.

"Ta da!" We did it! Pat's sister Peggy does her happy dance! Love the 'scarf belt', Peg...You worked so hard to make all the flowers look so beautiful, not sure where this burst of energy came from at the end of the day 🙂

Sky-High Amusements’ pink twisty balloon animals charmed everyone! And, of course, there were cheery clowns to uplift our spirits, as well as creative face painting. Goods tables included crafts, custom jewelry (I bought the most beautiful cream-and-taupe coloured bracelet of fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals made by Lulu), art prints, home-baked sweets (the cinnamon rolls from Carol Boland’s Ocean View Bakery in scenic Burnt Cove were divine) along with jams and preserves…And, even local musicians brought the gift of song!  Even the bird choirs joined in!

So many businesses and individuals offered prizes beyond our imagination, many of which weren’t even solicited!  It was so heartwarming to have such tremendous support.  To know that you wanted to be part of the First Annual ‘Pink Days’ had us all doing the ‘happy dance’!!!

Baskets overflowing with proud petals of pink...

And, ooh – the pink flowers! Pat’s baskets and planters are the most amazing you’ll ever see! Peggy does such a wonderful job!  Their sheer size and brilliant colours left us all with a lasting impression of what a beautiful place her garden centre truly is….And, where else but at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, can you shop for your garden while watching whales and dolphins frolic in the twinkling ocean?!

During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been.  It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out.  You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered.  But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been.  You’re clear.  Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception.  Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience.  Now it’s instantaneous.  ~Melissa Bank

By the end of the weekend, pink really did reign!  (A short video clip of how gorgeous it all looked can be found at the end of this blog post.)

Left to right: Garden centre owner Pat Puddester, sister Peggy, sister-in-law Marilyn, staff member Judy and Pat's sister Anne-Marie enjoy the pink cotton candy! How sweet!

A huge bouquet to all the media and many more who loved the idea of “Pink Days” and helped us to promote it.  (You can listen to the CBC interview at the end of this post.)

And, many thanks, too, to those of you who added the link to your facebook site. It was wonderful of you to do that.  We could not have achieved our goals this past weekend without your helping us get the word out.

We don’t have a final tally just yet on the amount of funds raised, but it should be available by the end of the week.  Even if we had raised only $1.00, it was all worth it to know that just one person was helped.  Some of the women who visited told us that they learned much, felt encouraged and left feeling inspired that day, telling us they were so glad they came out and did not miss it.  That pretty much says it all!

“A job well done stays well done forever.”  Anonymous

“Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.” Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

The English language falls short of the any words to adequately express my gratitude and that of my husband’s to Pat and her husband Reg, their top-notch staff and a team of volunteers the likes of whom we’ve never before met – what a phenomenal bunch of people!  There are no words to do justice to how we feel about you all. WOW!  (Wonderful. Outstanding. Women. (And Men!) You worked so tirelessly and gave it your all. And y’all looked so cute in your pinks!

Sugar Mama's cupcake girl Elise was everyone's favourite person! Of course, she sold out. Don't you just love her apron?! And, oh-so-pretty pink nails...

Awareness.  Hope.  Support.  We achieved all these goals.

We shared.  We cried.  We laughed.  We embraced.  We made new friends and caught up with old friends.  We’re good and tired.  And, we can’t wait to do it all again!!!!  Pat is already planning for the 2nd Annual “Pink Days

When I first approached Pat only several short weeks ago about the possibility of hosting a “Pink Days” at her fabulous garden centre, it didn’t take her too long to respond with a resounding, “YES”.  At first, I envisioned a single day with a few prizes maybe, but the more we talked, the more the seed started to grow and grow and “Pink Days” soon took on  a life of its own!  Before long, it was to be a three-day “Pink Weekend” and Pat generously offered to donate 10% of all her ‘pink plant’ sales during the weekend to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic to be dedicated to programs, research and equipment in this province.
Big smiles from Pat’s sister Anne-Marie!  Did you know she doubles as a clown?!  What a ‘Wonder Woman’- it runs in the family…Thank you, Anne-Marie!
 

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

At one point, talking with Anne -Marie, I was apologetic for bringing so much work to her sister at such a busy time of year.  Anne-Marie reassured me that Pat really wanted to do this and to give back to her community in such a a generous and meaningful way.  “You don’t know Pat very well, do you?!” she laughed. “Everything with Pat is: “Go Big, or Go Home!”  I love this tiny woman with a big heart! In fact, Pat told me just today that the inaugural “Pink Days” was one of the highlights of her life.  I couldn’t agree more…Thanks for giving me one of the best days of my life!

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The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

‘Pink Days’ is about AWARENESS, HOPE AND SUPPORT; while at the same time, promoting gardening as  part of healthy and beautiful living – both physically and spiritually.  And, of course, raising funds while having a wonderful time is a bonus!

I would so love to see this ‘beautiful idea’ continue to grow…  The ‘dream’ is to see it catch on at other garden centres across the province, so that by next summer, it will become an island-wide happening!  We are encouraging garden centres to join in hosting their own version of “Pink Days” (a single ‘Pink Day’ or  ‘Pink Afternoon’) sometime during the summer – whenever it is convenient for nursery owners.  I hope “Pink Days” will be embraced and celebrated by flower nurseries, large and small.  Please encourage nursery owners where you live to get involved.  It truly is a ‘beautiful thing’…

As an individual – and particularly if you’re a gardener and like to share your garden with others – you might even consider hosting your own Pink Garden Tour and Tea (especially when pink peonies and roses are blooming at the peak of the garden season).  And, if you don’t happen to be a gardener, a Pink Tea is lovely, too.  About six years or so ago, I recall hosting a ‘Pink Tea’ – open house style – in support of my dear mother-in-law who had gone through a mastectomy a few months earlier.  I ordered the hostess kit from CBCF and invited family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. The front door was decorated with pink ribbons and there were fun touches of pink everywhere.  The good people at Living Rooms offered up a beautiful basket filled with tons of useful pink gadgets as a door prize, and even loaned me a pink Kitchen Aid mixer to use as a centerpiece on the kitchen table!!!  Gorgeous!  About 30 people came on that wintry Sunday afternoon and together we raised nearly $500 for the cause just over coffee, tea and dessert!  I remember looking around the room that day wondering how many of us would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the future – it turned out to be three of us…the current statistic is 1 in 8 women.  Visit the link to CBCF-Atlantic below for ideas as to what you can do!

Customers line up to buy pink plants! Everyone was so kind and caring, just wanting to help in any way they could...What a special day!

 

Even the posters and prizes were trimmed with pink ribbons and roses! The rose photo is from my garden - "Climbing New Dawn" does well in Zone 5...

“The Pink Pampering” ticket prize…  WOW!  We all would have loved to win this luxurious treat for body and soul.
Lots of beautiful prizes to be won to decorate your home, too, compliments of Haywards, Living Rooms, RONA, House to Home and so many more …

We love these tees from Proven Winners - Aren't they the most beautiful shade of pink?! Their 'Invincibelle Spirit' pink hydrangea is in tribute to breast cancer survivors. For every plant sold, $1 is donated up to $1 million for breast cancer research. Did you get your pink hydrangea in celebration and support of someone you love? What a beautiful way to add beauty and meaning to your garden...


Judy is always smiling...She is a long-time employee of Pat's Plants & Gardens and loves her job! She is truly part of Pat's family..."Find a job you like, and you'll add five days to every week." Anonymous

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”

Lance Armstrong

Awareness and education in the prevention of this dreaded disease is the ultimate goal. We have to believe it can happen in our lifetime and that pink will just be a beautiful colour once again! We can “Do Everything” to change it!  

Thanks for dropping by everyone!  


Reg & Pat with the 'pink gang'. Everybody enjoyed the cotton candy! What great fun we all had! It is something special to always be remembered...We're already looking forward to the next "Pink Days" in 2012.


CBC "Morning Show" Interview - Beautiful Pink Days
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Beautiful “PINK DAYS” At Pat’s Plants & Gardens…

This beauty of a teapot was a gift from Brittania Teas, 199 Water Street for a 'once-upon-a-time' fun'draiser. Watch for an interview soon with 'The Tea Lady'...

Glorious Bright Sunshiny Day, Everyone 🙂

At long last, we are seeing the SUN – the first time in a very long time, maybe even weeks.   Doesn’t it just put a skip in your step when the sun shows its face?!   I am so excited that you are here and am just about to prepare the teapot to brew some delicious Darjeeling tea.   I would love it if you would sit with me awhile to share a steaming cuppa…Do you have time today?  Even though it is sunny outside, it is still not warm enough to sit out on the deck and sip iced tea…Sigh.

Pink 'New Dawn' climbing rose and clematis embrace one another on a garden gate post last summer...It will be awhile yet before we see these darlings!

BEAUTIFUL IDEA:  One of my many favourite local garden centres is Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls, about a 30-minute drive from where I live.  I am thrilled to tell you that Pat is generously hosting a “PINK DAYS” at her amazing garden centre to help raise funds to support breast cancer programs, research and equipment in Newfoundland and Labrador.  So, if you live near, we’d love to see you there and join in the fun!

Come on out to “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls on Friday through Sunday, July 15th-17th.  A percentage of all Pat’s ‘PINK PLANT’ sales during this entire ‘PINK WEEKEND’ will be donated to this very important cause.  Thank you, Pat!!! We hope that this first “PINK DAYS” fundraiser will be so successful that it becomes an annual event!!! AND, We need YOU to help us do that…

Click the link below for a recent interview re “Pink Days”, Scroll down to Pink Days cancer fundraiser

CBC RADIO MORNING SHOW INTERVIEW

“PINK DAYS”, PAT’S PLANTS & GARDENS, BAY BULLS, FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JULY 15th – 17th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. all 3 days)

Different things will be happening on different days but Saturday, July 16th, will probably be the best day to bring the kiddies!

Enjoy sweeping ocean vistas, Sugar Mama’s Cupcakes,  ice-cold ‘Pink Drinks’, Pink Cotton Candy, Sky-High Amusements twisty animal balloons, Wonderbolt happy entertainment, pretty ticket prizes, glorious give-aways and special surprises!

To tempt you, here’s just a sampling of the many beautiful things you could win during ‘Pink Days’ at Pat’s Plants & Gardens:

  • “Tea-by-the-Sea”:  A tasty lunch for two from the nearby Bread and Cheese Inn, just mere minutes from Pat’s Plants and Gardens – check out the awesome view from their dining room in the sidebar of my blog, or better yet in person!
  • Gift certificates from Alderberry Blum Country Gifts right next door to Pat’s Plants and Gardens!  Be sure to drop by this beautiful country store and say, “Hi!” –  Christine and Sandy would love to see you!   And, there’s always fresh coffee brewing and sweet treats.
  • “Tea Garden Lunch”:  A lovely dining experience for two from The Tea Garden in Holyrood.  Their fresh panfried cod, ‘secret-recipe’ house salad dressing and homemade chocolate cake is devine…You’d better make reservations!
  • “Ice-Tea Time”:  “Santa Fe style” pitcher, beverage ladle and delicious pomegranate ice-tea mix – Bring it out when guests arrive!
  • “Tea-for-One”:  A fine bone china floral-patterned tea set beautifully presented for gift giving, wrapped in cello, trimmed with lifelike roses and even a gifttag…Just perfect for the tea lover or gardener! 
  • “Fun-in-the-Sun!”:  The softest, prettiest beach towel you’ve ever seen, a cute thirst-quencher ‘takeaway tumbler’ with straw and pink lemonade mix – the perfect ensemble for “Me Time”!
  • “Coming Up! Roses”:  A gorgeous rose-covered  serving tray, coordinating theme napkins & the sweetest floral tea lights – all from Bowring and  simply perfect for garden entertaining!
  • “Lunch for Two” from Pasta Plus, Avalon Mall – Enjoy their yummy panini sandwiches and strawberry spinach salad!
  • A fabulous home decor item from Hayward Interiors
  • Something wonderful from House to Home
  • A special gift from Living Rooms 
  • A hair care basket, including straightening iron, from Chatters, Mount Pearl
  • $50 gift certificate for a yummy meal at Bagel Cafe, 246 Duckworth Street, St. John’s and the list goes on!
  • And many, many more beautiful things, so be sure to stay tuned… 

Thank you, too, Tony and the Print Shop Ltd.; Paulette, Margaret and Alyssa at Sky High Amusements  (they have great ideas for children’s parties!); Beni Malone and his Wonderbolt Circus – check out Wonderbolt’s Summer Camp for kids!  and Sugar Mama’s Cupcake Bakery – YUM! YUM! 

PLUS

Be sure and get your tickets on this  fantastic prize  “The Pink Pamper” valued at over $550!!! You won’t want to miss out on your chance to win this beauty:

  • Signature Salon – “The Signature Look”: shampoo, scalp massage, cut and finish style, dimensional colour, eyebrow shaping, make-up application and manicure   WOW!
  • Lindor-Avalon Mall – Gift certificate (Check out their gorgeous pink dresses!)
  •  A Special Touch  ‘Kameleon’ pendant and jewel pop (It’s all the craze!)
  • Guess Fragrance – ‘Wild Summer’
  • Jeanne Lottie clutch purse
  • Estee Lauder ‘Tea Rose’ lipstick
  • Estee Lauder ‘Beautiful’ bath and shower getl
  • The Tea Garden Restaurant – Lunch date for two

Presented in a gorgeous floral bandbox, wrapped in cello and trimmed with roses!  A beautiful, luxurious treat for any woman!

  • Tickets:  $2  3/$5
  • Draw Date:  Sunday, July 17th
  • Draw Location:  Pat’s Plants and Gardens


And, of course, there will be lots of ‘pink plants’ (lilies, astilbes, roses, hydrangeas, to name just a few) to select from for your own garden during “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens!  Pat will be donating 10% of all pink plant sales during this pink weekend to help fund breast cancer programs, research and equipment in NL.  And be sure to get your “Invincibelle Spirit” pink hydrangea to add true beauty and deep meaning to your garden (read about it further below)…

Ooh, “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens – What a beautiful idea!

Talk with the owners of garden centres where you live about hosting a “Pink Days”…

INVINCIBELLE SPIRIT:  Get your ‘Invincibelle Spirit’  PINK HYDRANGEA during “PINK DAYS”!  The grower of this wonderful plant, Proven Winners, has hybridized the world’s first-ever PINK ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea.  This gorgeous, show-stopping shrub reportedly grows on new wood, can withstand heavy rains and high winds, tolerates poor soil and drought conditions, and blooms and re-blooms all throughout the garden season.  And regardless of soil pH, it maintains it beautiful PINK colour all season long.  Even if due to extreme weather, it is reduced to the ground, you can take heart – it will return!!!  It is surely a true survivor plant – hence, its name ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ in tribute to breast cancer survivors!  Proven Winners is donating $1 for each of these hydrangeas sold to garden centres up to $1 million to help fund breast cancer research.  It’s a beautiful thing! I’ve got mine already and you won’t want to miss “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens so you can get yours, too.



If you’ve never visited Pat’s Plants and Gardens, you’ll want to see these images of her glorious flower nurseries and grounds. Click the slideshow below.   These photos were taken several years ago, but the views are still just as beautiful today as then.  I hope to take more photos this season to share with you in a future post.  Turn up the volume and enjoy the music, too!

Mark your calendars in PINK and bring your family and friends to “PINK DAYS”, July 15th-17th!!!!  Be inspired to host a “PINK DAY” or “PINK WEEKEND” where you live and help make PINK just a colour again…Wish you were here, so we could all go together!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone.  Wishing you a beautiful day!

Linda

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