I had the pleasure of galavanting about in a favorite nursery with a very dear gardening friend today. Actually, gardening is only one thing of hundreds that we have in common. We spent a total of five hours together, having wonderful conversations, solving world problems, catching up with each other. Time went by quickly. Prior to today it had been three of four weeks since I’d been in a nursery. Way too long, especially for this time of year when it seems the whole world is bursting with color as it awakens from its winter slumber.
So there we were at Green Acres Nursery conversing and leisurely admiring it all, oohing and ahhing over the colors, the fragrances…well, everything. Here are some of the things that caught our eyes.
Summer Gold Japanese MapleDogwood
Evergreen Clematis, AvalancheDelphinumCoral Bells ColumbinesDianthusThunbergia will always remind me of a favorite nursery my sister and I used to go to when she lived in Huntington Beach. The fences at the charming nursery there were completely covered in this vine!PansyFuchiasPelargoniumI have a fondness for Coleus and plant them each spring in memory of my mother who loved them.Happy Hydrangeas. Mine are nowhere near ready to bloom.
HostasA year ago this rhododendron called Purple Gem caught my eye at a nursery; I bought three of them right then and there. Mine will probably be blooming in another few weeks. I hope they look as good as these!WisteriaIt was so hard to resist taking one (or three!) of each home with us, but the two of us shopped with great restraint. I had a few things on my list and left with only those few things, knowing that I need to finish a few projects first before I delve into another. Browsing through nurseries is such a treat anytime, but this time of year especially. My kind of candy store!
Daffodils, tulips, the sound of birdsong, trees leafing out, nests…I am so enjoying the season!
On Thursday we had an early Easter celebration with part of our family who won’t be able to join us on Sunday. It was a delightful day with egg hunts, playing in the yard, the discovery of new toys from the Easter bunny, lunch, and nest making.
These tasty treats are from the recipe called No-Bake Nests in Sharon Lovejoy’s book called Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars.
34 large marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups cornflakes
1/4 cup toasted coconut
In large saucepan, stir the marshmallows and the butter together over medium heat.
Add the vanilla to the melted marshmallow mixture and stir. Remove from heat.Fold in the cornflakes and the lightly toasted cornflakes and mix.Drop a spoonful of the mixture into the cup of a greased muffin pan. Form nests. It helps to spray hands with cooking spray for this.Remove once they’re formed and place on a baking sheet. Nestle small candy eggs inside each one. Cover with plastic wrap and let harden on the countertop. Nests can be stored in a single layer in a tightly covered container.Aren’t they adorable? And fair warning, they’re a bit addicting too.
Wishing you and yours a peaceful and blessed Easter.
Happy first day of spring!
I’ve spent a good portion of yesterday and today working in the yard. Nothing glamorous, just putting down a new layer of top soil, feeding plants, taking inventory of what I need to replace, and cleaning up garden beds. This time of year it’s easy to lose myself out there. Hours pass quickly, and before I know it it’s late afternoon. There’s so much to do, but somehow it doesn’t feel like work (until the soreness kicks in the next day!) amidst the glory of nature’s reawakening. Isn’t it remarkable to watch what’s blooming from day to day? Here are a few scenes that caught my eye.I must be in a purple-y mood!
If you haven’t noticed already, I have an appreciation for quotes. I keep journals of passages from books that speak to me, along with favorite quotes. Through the years, I’ve added some inspiration in the garden by writing some quotes I love on rocks. I simply write with a sharpie and then spray them with a clear protective spray. They need to be re-done each year, and that was another bit of work (play!) I was doing this weekend.Suddenly our surroundings are bursting into bloom. Each time I’m out driving I’m noticing the emerald green of the hills swathed with poppies, singing loudly. Miracles are happening everywhere we look! What’s catching your eye right now?
Do you ever come across recipes you’ve written down on a piece of paper and can’t recall where it came from? I wish I could remember where I got this recipe to give credit where credit is due, but I don’t have that information. I didn’t even write the name of the salad down. I may have been watching a cooking show. I spent some time online looking to see if I could find it there and had no luck, but found so many other citrus and spinach salads that looked great. Anyway, this is a tasty one and I’d like to share it with you now, while citrus is in abundance.
5 oz fresh spinach
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup orange segments
1 large granny smith apple, cut up
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup pecans
feta, to sprinkle over the top
grilled chicken (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients and toss. Sprinkle feta over the top.
4 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar (I didn’t have this on hand and used champagne wine vinegar)
2 – 4 teaspoons sugar (or honey)
1/8 teaspoons each paprika, onion powder
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
Combine all dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad.
Dinner is served!
“The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven-
All’s right with the world!”
~Robert Browning“A wizard must have passed this way
Since – was it only yesterday?
Then all was bare, and now behold,
A hundred cups of living gold!”
~Emma C. Dowd“A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king.”
~Emily Dickenson“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”
~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
“Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s Party!”
~ Robin WilliamsEverything is blooming recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Ranier Maria RilkeWishing you all a week of blooms. Go out and take in all the beauty surrounding you!