I'm on a mission today to share a bit of southern Springtime with all of you who may be fed up with old man winter.
As our temperatures have started to rise the pansies on my patio have responded favorably. A week or two ago there were no flowers to be found. Now with a little bit of liquid fertilizer and alternating rain and sun, they are putting on quite a colorful show. I have them planted with Swiss Chard which is also making a great comeback after sitting idly all winter. I'll be adding a few leaves to my vegetable soup this evening.
The first of the flowering trees came into bloom this week. I think this is a flowering cherry of some sort. So pretty when in bloom, but the blooms usually come and go in the course of a week.
Look quick or they'll be gone until next year. Fleeting beauty... like so many of the spring flowers.
Some of the daffodils are nearing the end.
Others are just beginning to put on their show.
My knock out roses are in the center of the photo under the hummingbird feeder. A couple weeks ago I pruned and fed them. Can't wait until they come into bloom.
Last fall I planted one of those mixed bags of bulbs here (purple and pink hyacinth and some grape hyacinths). I wanted to get down there and take some close-ups for you. That plan got scrapped when it started raining. Instead you get a cropped landscape shot. To the left and behind the bulbs you can see little green buds on the Endless Summer Hydrangeas.
At this time of year, I'm itchin' to be outside playing in the dirt.
I've planted some lettuce, kale, cilantro, radishes and peas in my raised bed.
Inside I have some more seeds started just waiting to get big enough to be transplanted outside and . . .
the Meyer Lemon Tree looks longingly out the window hoping to make a permanent home on the patio soon.
She spent the winter right in front of this sunny window. Outside of losing about half of her leaves (to be expected) she is doing well. Can't wait to pick my first lemon.
Adding a touch of Springtime to the front porch.
A simple forsythia wreath for the front door.
This one came from Michael's (40% off sale).
I guess that concludes Spring Things for today. If old man winter doesn't hit the road soon, I'll see what else I can come up with to send your way. We'll force him out one way or another ;-).
Now, about those strange things...
Imagine the following scenario:
You fix an impromptu dinner for guests. In my case it was my grown son and his girlfriend. (not really guests, but sort of :). That dinner just happens to be chili in the crock pot. You're feeling good that you had all of the ingredients on short notice and it tasted really good to boot. There is one serving left. Not enough to offer son to take home (a blessing in disguise).
A few days later you are happy to heat that one serving for your own lunch. Especially happy because you've been babysitting your grandchild all week and cooking time has been scarce. While he is napping you are happily enjoying your bowl of chili until you discover something a bit... well... hard to chew in your mouth. Thinking it seems a bit big for gristle you discreetly extract...
~ Exhibit A ~
A rubber grommet?
In my chili?
I have no earthly idea how that got in there.
Could it have been in the can of beans, the tomatoes, the tomato sauce??
All I do know is that I'm thankful it was me who (almost) ate it.
I'm also thankful I didn't send the leftovers home with my guests. I'd hate to have to try and explain that one.