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It's #AlexanderMcQueenDay on Twitter

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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While many are marking the luck of the Irish today, the fashion world is saluting the life of the late designer Lee Alexander McQueen (pictured above, courtesy of Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images). Alexander-McQueen-shoes

He died in February 2010, when he was found hanging in his London home. It was ruled a suicide. McQueen would have turned 45 years old today.

In recent days, fashion fans have taken to Twitter to encourage people to commemorate the late designer's birthday by using the hashtag #AlexanderMcQueenDay. The goal: get the phrase trending on social media so his birthday won't be forgotten. His legacy and designs never will be.

Photo above right: Shoes from Alexander McQueen spring-summer 2010 ready-to-wear fashion show. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Double snowdrops, forced crocus inspire fall planning (believe it or not)

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog double snodrop 031414Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' is one of my favorite snowdrops. I need to remember to plant about 1000 more. They are awesome. Photos by Doug Oster

The garden is slowly waking up.

Snowdrops, snow crocus and hellebores are emerging and already have me thinking about fall.

It might seem strange to be looking so far forward, but this is the perfect time to write down what's blooming where and more importantly where things need spring flowers.

For the last couple days I've posted of snow crocus flowers preparing to bloom. I need to fill that bed with hundreds more. If I don't record that information, it will be forgotten as the season progresses. This is when we can best understand the feelings we get as winter stubbornly fades. Next season I want to be welcomed by many more pretty blue flowers.

Being a sucker for any double flower, you can imagine how this snowdrop makes my heart flutter. The blossom looks down and needs to be picked to enjoy the delicate beauty of the blooms.

I'll need to add about a thousand more to keep my heart racing during the early spring.

Over the winter I found some 'Yellow Mammoth' crocus bulbs which were overlooked during fall planting. They were left out in an unheated greenhouse. The bulbs were potted up and are now sprouting. I hope to see the flowers soon. I need to remember to force some more next year.

I'm toying with the idea of ordering some of these bulbs now, to be delivered in the fall.

It will guarantee that I'll actually move forward with my plan.

Even though the season has barely begun, I can't help but fantasize about plans to the make the garden even better as winter recedes in 2015.

I love Brent and Becky's Bulbs, they sell good stuff as does Old House Gardens.

blog forced crocusThese 'Yellow Mammoth' crocus bulbs have been forced in a greenhouse to bloom. Can't wait to see the pretty orange flowers.

blog snowdrops 2 031414Snowdrops nurture the soul after a long winter. Put them on your fall planting list.

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Orchid show this weekend at Phipps Garden Center

Written by Doug Oster on .

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If you long for spring, there's no better place to get a flower fix than the annual Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania's Spring Show. Saturday 3/15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday 3/16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Phipps Garden Center. The garden center is located at Fifth and Shady, it's not the conservatory.

Being greeted by the fragrance of these beautiful plants when walking in the garden center is wonderful. There will be lots of lectures, plants for sale and amazing exhibits too.

Take a day and visit the orchid show, the members are friendly and willing to share all they know about growing orchids and getting them to re-bloom.

Here are all the details.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style and society: Q Ball, Project Prom, Sneaker Convention + more

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

In this week's installment of "Setting the SEEN," Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I dish about hot events to check out this weekend in Pittsburgh and the latest insights from the local fashion scene. 

This week's highlights include the return of Allegheny County's Project Prom initiative, a new "dream prom" contest, the Q Ball and the Pittsburgh Sneaker Convention & Pop-Up Shop. To learn more about these and other events, watch the video below -- and have a great weekend!

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Doug's favorite exhibits at the Home and Garden Show, last chance for free tickets

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog doug and fansThe best thing about the Home and Garden Show is getting to meet other gardeners.

Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live highlighting some of my favorite exhibits at the Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show.

I couldn't include everyone, but these are a few of the fun places to visit at the show.

I'm appearing Friday between 4-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. I've got free tickets if you'd like to come see me. Just send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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