The Big Day is almost here, but since my invitation to the wedding got lost in the mail, I’ve downgraded my excitement to “maybe I’ll DVR the event.” But not one to hold a grudge, I wish Kate and William a happy life and lots of luck.If you want to get in the spirit of the royal wedding, you can create an organic bouquet to clutch while you sit on the edge of your seat watching the royal nuptials halfway around the world.
This came to me in an email and I’m not sure about the origination, but I thought the pictures were too good not to share. So, thank you to the person who originally gathered this together…..
The Netherlands in May – At first glance, it looks like a giant child armed with a box of crayons has been set loose upon the landscape. Vivid stripes of purple, yellow, red, pink, orange and green make up A glorious patchwork. Yet far from being a child’s sketchbook, this is, in fact, the northern Netherlands in the middle of tulip season. The Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of color as the tulips burst into life. The bulbs are planted in late October and early November. More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.
Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when tulip mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune. But like a Rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon. When the flowers are gone, the land will be cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables. The Netherlands produce more than nine million bulbs a year.
Some of my most memorable travel experiences were visiting Keukenhof Gardens in Holland and camping in a campground surrounded by tulip fields. There is something very magical about all that color!!!
My dog and cats don’t generally eat plants, but it’s good to know what’s lethal out in the yard so I can remove if I see potential for problems. One time our dog, Ringo who wasn’t feeling well, ate a bunch of morning glory leaves. Talk about panic. I calmed down a bit when I learned that the toxic parts of the plant are the seeds and the root, but not before I ran around the back yard like a crazy lady, ripping out garbage cans full of morning vines! And Ringo was fine after a trip to the vet. The problem wasn’t from eating morning glory leaves. He drank too much salt water at the beach that morning and got dehydrated. (Dumb dog!)
I'm being friendly with beautiful Wisteria despite her poisonous seeds and pods!
Busy week for me with the Coronado Flower Show coming up, but I love every minute of it!!! Gutter Gardens – this might be my next project!!! The Edible Schoolyard Program Here’s some math for your Monday: If you are using bagged mulch, it will take 9 bags of 3cu. ft. or 13.5 bags of [...]