WOW . . . It’s finally happened! Some of the bushes and trees are bursting with blossoms, and I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to see color in the landscape once again! Not to mention the blue skies, which we enjoyed yesterday and are enjoying again today. Spring is a little late here in the Smokies, so that makes these bright blossoms an even more welcome sight! So this week I thought we’d go on a fun little photo journey around our small yard to see what’s blooming. The Yoshino Cherry Tree, shown above, is a favorite of the bees, and I love standing beneath it whilst listening to the humming buzz of these happy insects! Below is the gorgeous Forsythia, appearing as the petal-form of sunshine, adding a bold, bright yellow splash to the yard!
This is the Japonica’s (shown below) second attempt at flowering, which thankfully was successful, as the cold bit it back when it started to bloom earlier this year. The honey bees really seem to love these flowers, and I love them too since they’re a shade of my favorite color . . . pink!
Of course, the Daffodils are always a lovely sight indeed and usually one of the first to start blooming in our yard. We have several varieties of these delicate beauties, ranging from all yellow to multi-colored, to miniature, all quite beautiful to behold.
There are several wildflowers starting to bloom as well, one of which is the Bloodroot shown below. We have several nice-sized clumps of these scattered throughout the gardens, and these hardy wildflowers bloom for quite a long time, which is always nice.
Cutleaf Toothwort is another lovely little wildflower here in the Smokies, with wee, delicate petals in shades of light pastel pink and lavender.
Well, I hope you enjoyed our little sojourn around the path, and next week there should be even more wildflower blossoms for me to photograph and share with you! We’re also hoping for a day of nice weather, so we can get back out on the water again. Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks since we went kayaking last, it seems like months.
Alrighty, here’s this week’s 1892 cookbook remedy for you, and I’m not even sure where to start on this one. Goodness, I don’t think I would’ve wanted to own flannel back then if you had to be this tedious about taking care of it! And even more unbelievable than the safe washing practices of flannel, is the care of men’s pantaloons . . . HAHA! I’m not quite sure what they mean by “worsted goods” but I’m suspecting they mean the really dirty stuff! I guess I never realized men wore pantaloons and the idea of Wes wearing them totally cracks me up! And of course, they ironed them . . . right? . . . Because who wanted to be caught wearing wrinkled pantaloons . . . HAHA! The more we learn about what they did back then, it’s no wonder people looked like they were approaching 100 years of age, when they were only in their early 30s! I’m sure this will make you want to go give your washing machine a nice BIG hug!
In The Studio
This week in the studio, I’ve started my latest commission of a pair of Purple Martins. Wes and I had martins living in our yard when we lived in Okeechobee, FL, and we absolutely loved them! Their calls and chatter filled the air as they flocked in and out of their big house, located atop a long pole erected in the garden. They were great for adding both beauty and delightful sounds, so as you can imagine, this painting is both fun and special to me! Wes has been framing paintings for several upcoming shows. We were delighted to receive the wonderful news from the SAA jury that each of us had a painting juried into the upcoming Animal Impressions show at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum later this summer. I’ll share the images with you in the near future.
In case you missed the announcement of my latest time-lapse painting video, here’s the link to our YouTube Chanel for you to check it out and any others you may have missed!
See our miniatures in person this week
Exquisite Miniatures at the Norfolk Arts Center, in Norfolk, NE
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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle