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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:30 pm

I noticed yesterday that some of my crocus had pushed there way through the thatch and were blooming! :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby owlice » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:31 pm

Yay! for crocuses!!

I have daffodils blooming! Noticed them yesterday as I was clearing the snow (such as it was) off my car.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:06 pm

In a flowerbed further down my street, there are crocuses and some scilla, too.

But next week promises to be bitterly cold, so I don't think the flowers will fare so well!

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:29 pm

owlice wrote:Yay! for crocuses!!

I have daffodils blooming! Noticed them yesterday as I was clearing the snow (such as it was) off my car.
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My daff's are fairly grown; but blooming is a ways off yet! Hopefully they will flood my flowerbed with blooms like they did last year! :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:15 pm

My Daff's are budded out but not blooming yet; however my Crocus are giving some color! 8-) :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:39 pm

poiple, my favor-ite color fer da little cus'es. :thumb_up: :yes:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:50 pm

I love the daffodils; truly Spring is here! 8-)Spring; even though snow is threathening in the forcast! :evil: Some small tulips compete with the daffs for color! :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby MargaritaMc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:36 pm

Oh, Orin - what lovely daffodils! And the little tulips. I really miss flowers that grow from bulbs here on Tenerife - we tried growing some for a couple of years, in bowls, keeping them in the fridge for a while to get them to think that there was winter. Hyacinths worked, but daffs wouldn't be fooled!
I've got some very pretty bouganvillia, and the roses and geraniums are in full bloom - so I must not complain.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:36 pm

Oh my poor daffodils; all covered with snow! The little red tulips also! :( This is supposed to be garden prep time; no scooping the sidewalk time. We do need the moisture though! I only wish this snow was more seasonal! :mrgreen:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:55 pm

Spring is here again; -- for now! The weather man said it might snow again next week! So; we'll wait and see! :? Well My daffodils survived being completely covered with snow; and so did the red tulips! 8-) Those flowers must be tough! :D I even have a couple of hyacinths blooming that I didn't remember I had! Maybe the seed blew in from somewhere! :lol2: :wink:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:44 pm

Nice owlice! 8-)
These are all outdoors!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Sat May 11, 2013 5:47 pm

Some more bloomers looking good; with a couple of dandies mixed in! :D Darn dandy lions are really in full bloom right now!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Chris Peterson » Sun May 12, 2013 10:11 pm

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Finally, some wildflowers! As we took a short two mile walk around the ranch today, I came across five different types of flowers popping out of the newly moist ground. A cinquefoil variety, cactus flowers, ground hugging daisies, dandelions, and pasque flowers. Not a lot of green yet- grass and sage are just starting to poke out, currants are starting to leaf, and some small plants are showing that will likely have flowers in a few weeks- assuming everything doesn't desiccate again.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby MargaritaMc » Mon May 13, 2013 10:34 am

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Orin and Chris both mentioned dandelions.
I've been trying to get a dandelion root for my garden for over a year... They are said to grow on the island, but no luck finding any so far. So I'm going to try to order some seeds from England.

My uncle used to make a potent Dandelion Wine - and I like the leaves as a herb in salads. As Mrs Grieve says, below, nurtured carefully, they will provide salad stuff throughout winter.


Mrs M. Grieve says, in her Modern Herbal

The young leaves of the Dandelion make an agreeable and wholesome addition to spring salads and are often eaten on the Continent, especially in France. The full-grown leaves should not be taken, being too bitter, but the young leaves, especially if blanched, make an excellent salad, either alone or in combination with other plants, lettuce, shallot tops or chives.

Young Dandelion leaves make delicious sandwiches, the tender leaves being laid between slices of bread and butter and sprinkled with salt. The addition of a little lemon-juice and pepper varies the flavour. The leaves should always be torn to pieces, rather than cut, in order to keep the flavour.

John Evelyn, in his Acetana, says: 'With thie homely salley, Hecate entertained Theseus.' In Wales, they grate or chop up Dandelion roots, two years old, and mix them with the leaves in salad. The seed of a special broad-leaved variety of Dandelion is sold by seedsmen for cultivation for salad purposes. Dandelion can be blanched in the same way as endive, and is then very delicate in flavour. If covered with an ordinary flower-pot during the winter, the pot being further buried under some rough stable litter, the young leaves sprout when there is a dearth of saladings and prove a welcome change in early spring. Cultivated thus, Dandelion is only pleasantly bitter, and if eaten while the leaves are quite young, the centre rib of the leaf is not at all unpleasant to the taste. When older the rib is tough and not nice to eat. If the flower-buds of plants reserved in a corner of the garden for salad purposes are removed at once and the leaves carefully cut, the plants will last through the whole winter.

The young leaves may also be boiled as a vegetable, spinach fashion, thoroughly drained, sprinkled with pepper and salt, moistened with soup or butter and served very hot. If considered a little too bitter, use half spinach, but the Dandelion must be partly cooked first in this case, as it takes longer than spinach. As a variation, some grated nutmeg or garlic, a teaspoonful of chopped onion or grated lemon peel can be added to the greens when they are cooked. A simple vegetable soup may also be made with Dandelions.

The dried Dandelion leaves are also employed as an ingredient in many digestive or diet drinks and herb beers. Dandelion Beer is a rustic fermented drink common in many parts of the country and made also in Canada. Workmen in the furnaces and potteries of the industrial towns of the Midlands have frequent resource to many of the tonic Herb Beers, finding them cheaper and less intoxicating than ordinary beer, and Dandelion stout ranks as a favourite. An agreeable and wholesome fermented drink is made from Dandelions, Nettles and Yellow Dock.

In Berkshire and Worcestershire, the flowers are used in the preparation of a beverage known as Dandelion Wine. This is made by pouring a gallon of boiling water over a gallon of the flowers. After being well stirred, it is covered with a blanket and allowed to stand for three days, being stirred again at intervals, after which it is strained and the liquor boiled for 30 minutes, with the addition of 3 1/2 lb. of loaf sugar, a little ginger sliced, the rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon sliced. When cold, a little yeast is placed in it on a piece of toast, producing fermentation. It is then covered over and allowed to stand two days until it has ceased 'working,' when it is placed in a cask, well bunged down for two months before bottling. This wine is suggestive of sherry slightly flat, and has the deserved reputation of being an excellent tonic, extremely good for the blood.


So, if you are lucky enough to have dandelions- don't waste 'em! :D

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http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dandelion-000236.htm - The University of Maryland School of Medicine, no less, on dandelions and their uses!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby geckzilla » Tue May 14, 2013 1:04 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
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Finally, some wildflowers! As we took a short two mile walk around the ranch today, I came across five different types of flowers popping out of the newly moist ground. A cinquefoil variety, cactus flowers, ground hugging daisies, dandelions, and pasque flowers. Not a lot of green yet- grass and sage are just starting to poke out, currants are starting to leaf, and some small plants are showing that will likely have flowers in a few weeks- assuming everything doesn't desiccate again.


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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Tue May 14, 2013 2:25 am

That's a lovely pasque flower, Chris. We have something similar here, but ours is a much deeper purple color. Could your possibly be this variety?

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Chris Peterson » Fri May 17, 2013 12:28 am

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Ann wrote:That's a lovely pasque flower, Chris. We have something similar here, but ours is a much deeper purple color. Could your possibly be this variety?

Pasque flowers are common across the entire northern hemisphere. I believe our particular variety is Pulsatilla patens. There is some variation in color, ranging from nearly white to a rich, light purple color. Some other varieties can get much darker, but we don't see those here.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Fri May 17, 2013 7:22 pm

:D Some more flowers are starting to bloom for me! The Irises and the Tulips blooming together and the small blooms that I don't know the names of! I got them in a flower seed assortment of wild and tame flowers at a local store for a buck! 8-)
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Postby orin stepanek » Sat May 25, 2013 8:14 pm

For me the Iris holds a special place! A very pretty flower! 8-) :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Ann » Sat May 25, 2013 8:35 pm

They are wonderful, Orin!

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Sat May 25, 2013 9:02 pm

I like this poiple and white one.
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Say, Orin, do you have any BIG Yellows??
These 'adult' ones are around 44 inches tall.
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And these are just peachy keen!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby orin stepanek » Sun May 26, 2013 11:07 am

Nice flowers Beyond! 8-)
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Say, Orin, do you have any BIG Yellows??


I have some yellow and some other colors also but aren't blooming yet! 8-) :D I had some Big Black beauties but I lost them and have been trying to get them replaced! :cry:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Postby Beyond » Sun May 26, 2013 1:01 pm

Black ones :?: :?: I don't think I've ever seen black ones.
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