Friday, March 3, 2017

Nothing Special Happening Here

Except that I have an hour or so free and decided to finally put a new blog post up.
 Here in the mid-Atlantic region we have been having an unusual winter with very warm temperatures and practically no snow. Last weekend I was out of town and as I drove into the neighborhood on Sunday late afternoon I immediately noticed that the ornamental plum tree in my front garden was awash in pink blooms.The past couple of nights have been not so warm so I decided to cut a small branch to bring inside to enjoy.
 A tomato red bouquet from a few weeks back.
Do you know how many petals a tulip has? That was a question this week at the Trivia night we go to each Wednesday evening. Keep reading to find the answer and see if you would have scored one correct.
 On Valentines Day I had big plans to spend the day photographing various red flowers. Alas, there were other things on the "to do" list but while out on the errands I did get handed this one red carnation so I decided to put it to work as a prop once I got home again.
 I had five lovely red gerbera daisies that I used as my subject for many days.
 The hellebores on the side shade garden stayed resolutely without bloom up until this week. I guess this year they did decide to be a Lenten Rose and not a Christmas Rose or a Winter Rose which are other common names for them.
 Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. The in-house chef came right in from the office , cast off his jacket and tie, and mixed up the ingredients for some very tasty crepes. He had two pans going and it was not easy to photograph him as he was constantly pouring and flipping.
 Some of the crepes got turned into dessert with a spread of jam, a roll up and then a garnish of whipped cream with a sprinkle of orange peel and a final dusting of powdered sugar. Delicious!
 This is a different hellebore. I thought I had lost this plant last winter and I was delighted to see it make a comeback this winter. Only one bloom that I can find but it is gorgeous.
This afternoon, having a little time on my hands, I actually took the chance to tie on my own apron and make some oatmeal raisin cookies. Here they are waiting to slide into the oven.
And to close out I have One Last Hurrah from the red gerberas. They should have been tossed out many days ago. When I did remove them from the vase on Wednesday I firstly laid them down on the counter top while I reached for the compost bowl. Then I noticed the wonderful reflection they made in the granite top so could not resist trying to capture that moment. I surely got value out of these red flowers for Valentines Day.

So, how many petals does a tulip have? The correct answer is six. We guessed wrong.

1 comment:

  1. "Nothing special" ??? sure looks special. Especially the reflected gerberas. Well, not to forget the talented crepe chef....


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