Saturday, April 30, 2016

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SOON
VERY SOON

It won't be much longer.
And it's always worth the wait.

(There's nothing like the taste
of home-grown strawberries.)

Be still my heart!

Friday, April 29, 2016

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FIRST PICKINGS

My daugher, Maggie, and I
plant a rented garden space at the "Y"
 each growing season.

This year we planted carrots, chard,
kale, celery, spinach, radishes,
bush beans, arugula . . . and
now that the weather is warm enough,
tomatoes, peppers and egg plant.

How exciting to harvest our
"first pickings" this week:
crisp radishes, leaf lettuce
and tender sweet spinach.

What a treat! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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AFTER THE RAINS

. . . and the storms, and the winds,
look what "survived" our terrible storms.

I think the flowers "needed that."

(Such is the cycle of Spring.) 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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GREEN SKIES GIVE WARNING

When skies turn green,
you can be certain
bad weather is on the way.

It was 2 o'clock in the afternoon,
and suddenly the sky was dark
with an eerie green glow
above City Hall.

We knew it was time to head
for shelter.

(10 minutes later, strong winds
and hail pelted the city.)

Luckily, no tornadoes.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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HOW DO THEY DO IT?

It seems impossible
how plants (flowers, ferns, trees)
can sprout and grow
in a solid, massive limestone bluff!

But they do.

(Nature is amazing.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

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THESE STEPS

These old stone steps
still lead to Richart Spring.
 
Clean, cold, gurgling,
year round,
over 1-million gallons a day.

One of the many feeder streams
into the Meramec River.

We are blessed in Missouri
with our free-flowing, spring-fed
rivers and streams.

Clean water.
More precious than oil.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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BEE'S KNEES

Zoey loves showing off
her new tattoos.
Her latest addition are
literally the "bees knees."

As my barista at Kaldi's Coffee,
Zoey also creates her own art
with floral lattes.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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BIRTHDAY CAKES
TRANSFORMED

At La Patisserie Chouquette
(Tower Grove in St. Louis)
cakes and pastries are created
as unique works-of-art.

A Spring flower collection,
stack of pancakes with butter & syrup,
   chrysanthemums and roses . . . 

each is handcrafted 100% cake,
adorned with colored butter frosting,
and absolutely delicious.

Pastry chef and owner, Simone Faure,
hailed to St. Louis from the 7th Ward
of New Orleans, following an exit
from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. 

She has gained local and national fame
at her exquisite, custom designed cakes.
(You should see her wedding cakes!)
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

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SPRING SCENES AT
MO BOTANICAL GARDEN 

Azaleas, rhododendrons,
 and single late tulips
create spectacular views
this month at
Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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DOGWOODS IN THE RAIN

Dogwood trees are on show now.

Whether pink or white,
and even in the rain ...

each one soft perfection! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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TWO AZALEAS

  Admittedly two beauties . . . 

Azaleas (the flower) are in bloom now,
and definite show-stoppers.

And Iggy Azalea,
Australian rapper, song writer and model,
currently on tour (but not in home gardens).

(Each stunning beauties,
but the floral version much easier
to call your own!)
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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BLEEDING HEARTS
IN THE GARDEN

A nostalgic, romantic favorite
in the Spring shade garden.

"Some of you may remember
in my early days,
I was sort of a 'bleeding heart liberal.'
Then I became a man
and put away my childish ways."
  
-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President

(It's a shame that we grow up, you know?)
 

Monday, April 18, 2016

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SPECTACULAR SHOW

I will certainly miss this
Spectacular Spring
when the show concludes!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

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FARMERS MARKET
OPENING DAY

Grand opening day
at Tower Grove Farmers Market.

It was so good to see local growers
showing and selling their
fresh produce and foods.
To enjoy the health and taste
of organic, local, same-day fresh.

Wow, what a difference!

Beautiful food is so beautiful.
Food is art.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

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MISSOURI PASTURE LAND

We're blessed with abundant
fertile pasture lands
here in eastern Missouri.

In fact, according to current USDA
Agriculture Statistic Services,
Missouri ranks #2 in the U.S.
for the number of small farms.

Not mega-farms under corporate control,
but small family farms,
100,000 in all
(average size 287-acres).

Crop farms, horse farms, livestock farms.
More young families are choosing this
way of life, living off the land.

(It's a good sign, I say.
A healthy way of life.)

Friday, April 15, 2016

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PROPAGATING MORELS

After collecting fresh morel mushrooms,
I've decided to attempt growing
my own crop of these rare morels.

The recipe and technique is complicated,
but this season I'm giving it a try.

Collecting fresh morels, mixing their spores
with rice and rye berries, and wood chips;
letting the spores feed and grow
(in the refrigerator);
then straining the slurry into spring water,
mixing in molasses, and aerating the mixture.

By now, this liquid is full of millions of new spores,
which I pour in a shaded moist area,
preferably around an ash tree or decayed stump.
(See above.)

Then soak the spore liquid deep in the soil.
And then (with luck), next Spring season.
Voila!

 
  (Wish me luck.)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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PINK OF THE WOODS

No trouble picking out the native
Eastern Redbud tree
throughout the Missouri woods and forests.

It's a favorite low lying tree
throughout the tall timber,
especially near rivers and streams.

It's the last colorful flowering tree
before leaves cover the branches
of our many hardwoods.

Love that pink!