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An Easter Tea and Scone Recipe

Easter week is here and with it I have put together an easy Easter table setting for you. My hope is that it brings you joy and inspires you to create a beautiful tablescape in your own home. Celebrating Christ’s resurrection is a glorious reason to celebrate…



On our table are the sweet momma and baby bunnies from this post.  There is a selection of teas both caffeinated and herbal for visiting bunnies to enjoy. Softened butter for warmed scones will also make our friends feel right at home.



Our table is set for a simple dinner tea. Colorful plastic eggs and a special bunny ornament grace the table. Candlesticks were added then subtracted as they detracted from the simplicity of this tablescape. Sometimes simple is better…

A new table runner found at HomeGoods during the winter graces our table and repeats our bunny theme. 


I love its sweet rabbits and the French style it has!


Are you doing anything special for your family as you shelter indoors this Easter Sunday?


I learned a neat idea this morning on a Zoom call with friend April J. Harris as one of the other ladies on the call said she and her husband would be having Easter dinner via a Zoom-type call with their children so everyone could be together virtually and celebrate Easter!! A really wonderful idea…



A simple scone recipe

 I think I have shared these baking powder biscuit-style scones before with you but it never hurts to share a good recipe again… :)’

Classic Cream Scones
Fine Cooking magazine, Winter 2004
published by freelance writer Carol Anderson
reviewed for a newspaper (unknown)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour                                                                 For the glaze:
1/3 cup granulated sugar                                                             1 lg. egg, beaten with
1 Tbsp. baking powder                                                                  1 Tbsp. milk
½ tsp. salt                                                                                          sprinkle sugar on top
½ cup dried currants (or any dried fruit)                                             
6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes                                   
¾ cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
Position oven rack in lower third of the oven; heat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper sprinkled with flour. 
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add currants, tossing until evenly distributed and coated with flour (I put dried cranberries in my scones this time).  Cut in butter with pastry blender until the largest pieces are about the size of peas.
In a small bowl, stir cream and egg yolks just to blend.  Add this all at once to flour mixture.  Stir with a fork to begin combining the wet and dry ingredients, then use your hands to gently knead mixture together until all dry ingredients are absorbed into dough and it can be gathered into a ball.  Don’t overknead.  **Tip: if you don’t have any cream on hand, replace with sour cream thinned and whisked with a little milk. 
The dough is sticky at this point.  Set the ball on floured parchment paper and pat it gently into a round that is 1” thick.  Cut round into 8 wedges (*I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter).  Separate wedges slightly.  Brush scones with glaze; sprinkle a bit of sugar on them. 
Bake until the scones are deep golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a wedge comes out clean.  This will take 13 to 15 minutes. 
Slide the parchment onto a rack and let the scones cool for about 10 minutes before serving.  Makes 8.
***Carol Anderson says in her article that “good scones follow three basic rules of biscuit making: plenty of cold butter and cream, a light hand when mixing, and a high oven temperature.  **My tip: If you’d like to make your scones like those you’d have as a mid-afternoon tea, make a bigger round scone.  The one I had in England was a bigger scone and was meant to eat almost like a meal.
*originally published in this post here.

Tea time!


Thank you  for joining me for tea today and I hope you have a wonderful Easter with good food, lots of FaceTime and phone calls to family and friends!



Share Your Style will be up tomorrow but after that I am going to take a small break until next week. Thank you, dear friends!



Jesus is risen indeed!!!

💒

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NIV 
Paul in his first letter to the people of Corinth, about 55 A.D.






Blessings to you this Easter,
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"Some Bunny Loves Me" Spring Centerpiece Pinterest Challenge

Spring is in the Air is this month’s bunny-filled Pinterest Challenge and our inspiration came from Lisa of A Simply Styled Nest on Instagram. Lisa has graciously allowed us to use her Instagram photo to share with you. Thank you, Lisa!


I’d like to also thank to Cindy who writes the very cool farmhouse styled blog County Road 407 for hosting today’s hop, thanks Cindy!

We have a fun group of designers and decorators sharing their beautiful Easter + Spring centerpieces with you today…


If you are coming over from Carol at Bluesky at Home or are new to French Ethereal, welcome! 
Let’s get hopping, shall we?


Some bunny loves me 

Is the title of my spring centerpiece as sweet bunny rabbits are always fun to decorate with! Spring is in the Air lends itself to rabbits and eggs as there are so many possibilities for decorating with them for spring, Easter and Passover. 

Rabbits are historically a symbol of new life being that many litters of rabbits are born in the springtime. The symbolism behind eggs is also a sign of new birth and life so both feature prominently in today’s basket centerpiece.

Mr. Rabbit has had a little media press each year and you can
find his posts here and here

For this table setting 

I immediately noticed that Lisa used a wooden dough bowl as the base of her table’s centerpiece. Recently I purchased this painted whitewashed tobacco basket and thought it would work well with my Easter theme.

Bring the garden indoors

I had this bag of all-purpose moss that I found at Joann Fabrics last year. I used it around a little spring dried floral pot but had plenty left over for this project.
The beauty of moss is that it can be refreshed with just soaking it in water for a minute or two then letting it dry on a towel. Such a quick way to revive it and make it to puff up a bit ~ perfect for creating a natural look to any Easter or springtime display!

A sweet Easter ornament I found last year plus two metal
chocolate molds I picked up at the cash and carry sales during

High Point Market.

The goodies I started with… Fun plastic eggs and candies
picked up at The Dollar Tree.

To make a similar arrangement

*Look around your home for a similarly shaped basket or find one at
your local thrift shop or hobby store. One with a handle would be really cute ~ I have a handled flower gathering basket coming from storage which we used as our little bridesmaid’s basket at our wedding ~ so fun to repurpose these older baskets.

* Pick up an assortment of chocolate rabbits and egg shaped candies
to use for your themed basket.

*Add in a piece like this cement garden rabbit along with vintage chocolate molds, plastic Easter eggs and anything with a sweet bunny rabbit or two on it to fill in your basket. 

*Use a little floral foam to help prop up your items then decorate with strips cut from the sheet moss. You’re done! 😉


Photographs taken on our first day in our new home.
🙂

As this was our actual first day in possession of our new home I quickly put this tablescape together for you. The previous owners were stopping back by later on so I used some of the plastic eggs and candies and made a little nest for their daughters.


Aren’t these girls adorable? They are young gymnasts and just the sweetest!

Mom and Dad graciously allowed me to share
these two cuties with you today. Thanks, Mom and Dad!!!

Later on I found this little guy who wanted to
get in on the action, too…
😉
I’d sure love it if you’d share my pin, thank you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Follow me if you’d like as I work around our new home ~ sign-ups are on the sidebar. I appreciate you!
🙂

My post is the last one on the tour today but if you are just beginning your hop around… Follow the links here for even more spring inspiration!


And do stop back by to pick up where you leave off at any time ~ the links will be here.

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Share Your Style #199






Welcome to  Week #199 of Share Your Style!
Can you believe we are almost at that 200 mark? We are proud that Share Your Style is still going strong and that you are here to help us celebrate this mini landmark!

Hello, I am Barbara and it’s my turn this week to host the party. Welcome to you all and please feel free to share our party on your social media ~ we appreciate the love!


A few party rules: 


*Please visit a few blogs while you are here and make a new friend or two.

*Feel free to link up to three home decor, DIY, crafts and recipe posts, thanks! Backlinks would be greatly appreciated as we try to grow… 

*And if you would follow your hosts we would appreciate it! Check out our other social media sites, too. Plus keep in mind that Google is eliminating Google+ at the end of March if you follow me there and any of your other friends. Kristin hosts White Arrows Home on WordPress so her’s is safe. 
🙂







Featured this week at French Ethereal

 I am sharing a trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. This was part of our larger visit to see my son and daughter-in-love and their new home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

We also went to visit an apple picking farm during our trip and snapped some incredible photos in the freshly fallen first snow of the season plus their friendly sweet dogs Bandit and Luna.




This is a quiet blog week for me as I just drove 1330+ miles by myself from Texas to California to meet the movers at our two 10’x25′ storage units. Our household goods have been in storage these past 3 1/2 years and finally everything will be moving into our new Texas home!

I can’t wait to share more of our home with you as we unpack and then begin work on garden design later this spring.


The mishmash in one of our storage units… Lol!


Here’s what Kristin shared this week at
White Arrows Home:






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Kristin has a monthly book club and in this post she shares three good reads!




Now for this week’s features




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Up first this week is more from Deb-bee’s Buzz‘ wonderful
Wonderland Tea Party! Table decor and the menu is shared in this whimsical tea party themed post with links to her previous.
Love the fascinators!!!


Put two plastic flower pots together to make an easy patio umbrella table pretty springtime summertime planter.
This adorable DIY Umbrella Table Planter created by Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled had me at garden-hello!



Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars filled with fresh strawberries stacked on parchment paper.

These Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars by Erin at Suburban Simplicity look so delicious and the strawberries are sooo good this year! I know you’ll want to bake some of your own.
;)’



Looking to add to your reading list this year? These are the must reads for 2019 - what will you read this year?
This adorable DIY Umbrella Table Planter created by Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled had me at garden-hello!



Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars filled with fresh strawberries stacked on parchment paper.

These Easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars by Erin at Suburban Simplicity look so delicious and the strawberries are sooo good this year! I know you’ll want to bake some of your own.
;)’




Jessie Fearon shares some wonderful reads to help us with our
daily lives and make them better. Mr. Ethereal and I have personally been working the Dave Ramsey “live-only -on-cash” plan for over a year now ~ and it works!




Lori at Dining Delight created this fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day tablescape ~ perfect as a last-minute idea to use in our own homes. 

Love all the green!



Inexpensive Box Store Table After Makeover


Our last feature this week is from Marie who writes The Interior Frugalista and shares how to make a Box Store Table Look Expensive.



Please stop by each of our featured artists and let them know how much you like their work!


Let’s party!



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Share Your Style #196





Welcome back to another week full of inspiration! Our 196th Share Your Style Link Party is LIVE and we can’t wait to see what posts you have to share! I’m Kristin of White Arrows Home and I’m excited to be hosting this week!


Here’s what’s new with me at White Arrows Home.








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Welcome back to another week full of inspiration! Our 196th Share Your Style Link Party is LIVE and we can’t wait to see what posts you have to share! I’m Kristin of White Arrows Home and I’m excited to be hosting this week!


Here’s what’s new with me at White Arrows Home.








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 We have just a few simple guidelines: please link up to (3) posts each week which are family friendly and related to interior design and home decor, craft ideas, DIY projects, recipes and the like.

We look forward to seeing what you are sharing this week!

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TBT ~ A Day of Throw Back Tea Parties

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It’s Saturday  and a spring rain is falling off and on
outside today ~ making this a perfect day to sip another
cup of tea and reflect on past springs and teas here at
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In our last house  I was always setting our large oak
dining room table or this smaller round pedestal table for tea.
On this occasion I created at Easter time I decorated with some
of my favorite vintage tableware and this
sweet little birdie.


Sometimes my tea times could be just tea for a few friends such as in this little tea for my birthday above.



Other times it could be a tea for one as this
little tea was.
🙂

At the peacock tea there were real peacock feathers decorating the table and over on the teacart as well.
Little peacock notebook favors were gifts from the hostess to her guests to take home.
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On this day  we had a peacock-blue themed tea party
and the ladies I’d met through the Victorian Tea Society
almost 20 years ago now came and enjoyed the day.




Here Monsieur Rabbit came to a little tea at our desert camp home in the spring two years ago ~ it was a lot of fun!
Another recent post with M. Rabbit hiding in the garden
shared this spring’s garden and our little lettuces and
other herbs growing. 


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Last spring  I was saying goodbye to two new friends
I’d just met when we moved here to Texas as they were moving
down to Florida to be with family.
We shared a special luncheon and I cooked my specialty ~ 
zucchini quiche.



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Barbara’s tearoom  was a lovely place to go for
any occasion to enjoy a tea time being pampered.
Another wonderful place I found after moving to Texas
was the Chocolate Angel Tearoom, below
and in a second post here.


These two photographs were from the day I found
the Chocolate Angel tearoom and I ended up
sharing just my little early dinner one day.

Later I shared the whole tearoom and giftshop ~ a really
pretty place in Richardson, Texas to come and enjoy
teatime with that special someone
or special friends!


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This was   a another fun spring tea last year again
around Easter time ~ a breakfast tea.
And a little patriotic tablesettings with some set for tea
since we are coming up on Memorial Day.


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Looking back  I was quite surprised to see how many
tea and tablesettings I’ve shared in the past with
all of you!
And these are just a few of them.
😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little blogpost of “throw back teas.” 


Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday
Dishing It and Digging It

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Happy weekend,

Uncategorized

Spring Tablescapes ~ A Tulip Tea

Last week’s trip  to the Texas Tulip Farm was a
step back in time and also an inspiration to redecorate
a bit and share a new way to set your tea table…

I love redecorating  the window every couple of weeks
and adding the bouquet of candy striped tulips to the
windowscape really inspired me to get creative!
The striping on these ruffled tulips and the deep pink color
spoke to me saying, “Bring out the pink transferware!”
I think this is my absolute favorite photograph from
this day’s photoshoot ~ I love the toile like bowl set on a
stand I rescued from when we were cleaning out a
closet at the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s hall.
Plus I love bringing out the teapot with its bulbous
shaped bottom and the little creamer which mimics
that shape.
Kinda like those tulip bulbs I pulled up when picking
these tulips!
There’s something about tulips and playing with decor
that just really says springtime to me!
When I was taking these photos it was such a pretty
spring day outside.
For this step back in time tulip tea add some decorating
accessories that look antique or vintage to your
tablesetting along with your china pieces.
Here I’ve used a vintage white ironstone sugar bowl with
light pink faux roses and a couple of other ironstone
pitchers and one of my “Girls” to add to the
vintage feel.
I also added in the little Shabby Chic mugs I used in a
bridal shower tea at our California camp host site ~
a Target find from a couple of years ago.
Bringing in the little “Annette” sugar bowl by Theodore Haviland keeps the J. Broadhurst “Constable Series:
Bicentennial 1776-1976 set from getting
a little too twee.
 
I love layering china for each course during a meal and this
tea setting is no different!
Little bread plates for the first course of scones are set on top
with a white ironstone salad plate next for the
salad fresh from the garden.
The vintage Limoges plate for the main course of
tea sandwiches and fruit is the final plate
and also acts as a charger.
 
 
Today’s tablesetting  was the first time I’ve played with
creating a different napkin style and this little
napkin pocket is fun and perfect for our spring tea table
and yours.
I’ll share more from this little napkin folding book and
a lot more about creating the perfect napkin creation
for your upcoming tablesetting
in a couple of weeks.
🙂
Sharing with these link parties ~
Wow
Feathered Nest Friday
Sweet Inspiration
Thursday Favorite Things
Over the Moon
Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Titanic China ~ Antiques and Teacups
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris

Happy tea to you,
Barb 🙂
Uncategorized

Garden Roadtrip ~ Welcome to the Texas Tulip Farm and Gardens

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Today is all about tulips!   It was very late in the
Texas spring season when I learned about a tulip farm
quite literally that was not but 10 miles away.

So today we are talking tulips and hopefully we will be
sharing some new favorite tulips with you.
🙂

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Texas Tulips  is what they call themselves online this time
of year and you can find their website on Facebook but they are really Pecan Creek Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas.
Right across the street from Waggin’ Tails RV Park ~ sister park to Wagon Master RV Park and Alpaca Farm ~ oddly enough
where I currently live.
🙂

Pecan Creek is currently advertising that their strawberries are in season so here’s the link if you are somewhat local and would like
to take a trip out to pick your own!

Looking over the wall in this shot from just inside the road.  Love the drifts of tulips!!!
When I stopped by last week a “Closed for the Season” sign
and cones were set up outfront
however a man was driving out and said that they were
still selling tulips and to just replace the cones as I
pulled in ~ this was wonderful news!


After pulling in and putting back the cones then parking
I walked towards the little entry shack and asked if it was
alright to come in.
The young blonde Scandinavian high school girl said yes
it was alright and just to the left after passing this kiosk
there had been a field of iris.
Two rows remained for customers to come and pick.

I just photographed… sigh!

My first fiancé’s mother had given me some purple
iris bulbs for my mother years ago
{really another lifetime, at this point}
and I have loved purple iris ever since.
🙂

Aren’t these stunning beauties?  No wonder Tulip Mania occurred in the 1700’s!!
Heading now back towards the right hand field where a man
was plowing some rows under and spreading manure
for future crops
there remained just a few rows of tulips…


Purples and dark pinks and yellows and reds
frilled and unfrilled
many withering away
but still with bright and cheerful tulip faces
reaching for the sun…

Waving gently in the mid-afternoon winds we had
that day ~ visually stunning!

The first time I had ever seen ruffled tulips was during
the spring of 2005 when I went thriftshopping with
my sister-in-law Linnea around to the city of
St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.

Tulips similar to these yellow ones above were planted in
small looking planters next to trees in front of shops
we saw and visited while in St. Ives.
I remember too the many fields planted with drifts of tulips
daffodils and jonquils.
Often these fields were right next to old stone churches
in the center of small towns and bigger cities.


You can just see the wind blowing here in this photograph ~ love this beautiful tulip!

London and Huntington were especially beautiful that spring!
It had been a good rainy year and cold so the bulbs
performed at their best.

This was the sweet candy striped tulip I picked this day…

They were the freshest and must have bloomed last
as they were all perfect!

Tips on how to pick

I learned from a young girl who had been out picking tulips
with her mother just how to pick a tulip ~ reach down to the
base and just pull up.

I brought three bulbs with me but I learned that that was
okay.
The high school girl I met in the beginning just cut off
the bulbs to compost as next year new bulbs would be
ordered from Holland by the owners.

Did you know that tulips can continue growing in a
vase even after they are picked?

I learned this years ago from my mother
I think it was.


Just a parting shot of these lovely tangerine iris planted in an urn out by the front gate ~ part of bidding adieu while putting
back the cones.
😉


One of the photographs I put out on my Instagram.

Around 5pm when I arrived home I thought I might
snap a few photographs…
Just loved them wrapped…

Tulips to treasure…
Later this week I’ll share a little more from a new
spring tea post with you.
🙂


Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It
Create Bake Grow and Gather
Over the Moon ~ Gwingal
Wow
Feathered Nest Friday
Sweet Inspiration
May Garden Party ~ LifeandLinda


ps ~ Save this post as a visual reference for when you
put in your tulip bulb order next fall.
😉

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Wildflowers and Gardens ~ Austin and Magnolia Market

Last week   the beginnings of another Texas spring
bloomed everywhere my daughter and I drove.
Today I’m sharing a little of those beautiful Texas
wildflowers and also the gardens at Waco’s
Magnolia Market.


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Let’s begin   our garden tour in Austin where I found
this beauty ~ I think this may be a flowering redbud
but I’m not 100 percent certain as it could be a type of
cherry tree too.
If you happen to know what type of tree this is
will you let me know in the comments?
Thank you.
🙂

It sure was lovely in all it’s pinkish purple beauty!

Guess where I found it and a lot full of others just like it?
Costco.  
Yes really.
Beautifully sculptural and not overly trimmed is just how
an ornamental tree should look
to me at least
and these were perfect!
😉


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A close up shot of the buds and blooms on this tree ~ ethereal purple goodness!
I drove over to say goodbye to my daughter as she had
to go into work before I had woken up
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and I was blown away by how pretty these trees are.


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A beautiful red beauty blooming on a greenbelt at my daughter’s apartment complex.


Another of my flowers finds ~ everywhere we drove in Austin
these red roses were blooming and I’m sorry that they look
more neon than the real red that they were.
I didn’t have my Canon camera with me so I used my
iPhone and red just isn’t this phone’s favorite color
to reproduce.
🙁
These roses were beautiful none the less and the plant
grew to about 5′ wide and tall.
This rose bush is really healthy and I am guessing that
this is a Knockout rose as they are planted everywhere and
do really well here in Texas.



Of course  what is spring in Texas without sharing
the state flower ~ the purple bluebonnet
or lupinus texensis??

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Isn’t this greenbelt incredible??  I posted a little video on my Instagram feed so you can see more.    

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Last spring I went crazy photographing bluebonnets and
I used to have them growing once in a while in my
gardens in California.
They don’t like a lot of fuss and really prefer rocky soil.
If you try growing some just toss them out on your
meadow in the fall and leave them be.
No feeding and the winter rains will water them.
🙂


Magnolia’s gardens  are pretty in all seasons and
at only two years young it’s amazing to see how mature
the gardens are now.
I love how there is something for everyone at 
Magnolia Market at the Silos.
I did several write-ups beginning with this one sharing
shopping finds I found at Magnolia two years ago
just after the shops opened.
My husband, daughter and I were on our way to our
son and daughter-in-love’s wedding
from Amy’s new home with a friend in Kyle
{where she was before moving to Austin}
when we stopped in Waco, Texas.


Later in the fall I wrote a second post sharing more of the
actual insides of Magnolia Market.



Last spring about this time I stopped and shopped
but the gardens weren’t as filled in as they are now.

I love the espaliered trees along the fence and the
little greenhouse!


Someday I’d like to have one in my next yard speaking of
greenhouses.
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This one is about 16′ long by 10′ wide or so and
has built inpotting shelves ~ perfect for putting
small to medium
sized pots up on it to trim and plant plants.
Glass windows cover all the walls and ceiling and side
windows do open to let breezes in on warm winter days
and to let hot air out on late spring and summer days.
The floor in here is tile with a/c and heat set into the
Versaille pattern.

Love love love these small sapling arbors ~ they are created for Chip and Joanna by one of their vendors.
Back out in the garden raised planter beds are filled with lettuce
and early spring annuals like snapdragons and tulips.
The flowers are mixed in with edibles which is pretty cool.
Here you see strawberry plants paired with snapdragons.
*If you choose to plant vegetables and herbs with flowers
make sure those flowers are non-poisonous.
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🙂
This is out in the lunch truck covered eating and park area.
Lovely lamb’s ear is sooo soft ~ here planted with white snapdragons and ivy cascading down the left side of
this tall planter.

Have you ever planted lamb’s ear?  We had a different
variety that grew well in the desert heat of So Cal
and wasn’t as soft as this variety.
Lamb’s ear adds a lovely green-grey to the garden
that mixes well with other plants.

A couple of the gardeners working the soil in a vegetable planter, rear of photograph.
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And of course there must be roses!

While out in the garden I saw several garden employees
so I went to ask some questions about a particular rose.
She ended up giving me a couple of clippings as she
was trimming it that day!


Later this week I’ll share how to root a new rose bush
from a clipping.
🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed our little garden tour.


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M. Rabbit’s Garden Thoughts and a Homesteading Project

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Out in the garden late this past week and weekend
as I was happily playing with some
lettuces and herbs I’d picked up on sale
I thought about springtime and our
sweet Monsieur Rabbit…



A view posted to Instagram just before the spring garden clean up on a late February day when it was particularly warm out.
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I puttered about  and as I was cleaning pots and doing
a bit of weeding and just generally having the best time
playing in the garden
I distinctly heard M. Rabbit* asking me a question,
“Pardon me, Madam, but this year do you think
you might be persuaded to fix my ears?”

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Well  you see his poor ears were cracked when he left
California a year ago via a large brown truck and
although he was particularly well packed
in his box carrier his poor ears did
suffer this indignation!

*M. est l’abréviation pour le “Monsieur” au Français.

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He did  receive a good bath and a pedi scrub
while I was at all this snipping and planting.
This made M. Rabbit quite happy.
🙂

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Last year and the year previous Monsieur Rabbit helped
in the garden with his words of encouragement
while I worked.
Afterwards, he enjoyed a bit of tea time!

His cousins then came this past year to visit us for a little
Easter spring tea and brought along the sweetest
pink bandanas to use for the tea table.
Ils étaient fantastique!
{It was pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself!}


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This year  M. Rabbit is thinking we should have
a salad bar when friends come for luncheon.
His idea has merit as the little lettuces just planted
may be ready for harvest as whole heads by then.


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Getting back  to his poor rabbit ears, though,
I talked with him about doing a whole
rabbit makeover…

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Meanwhile  sitting at a stoplight early last week
I saw the first trees beginning to bloom ~ isn’t this
one just soooo pretty?


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And even  our pansies which were covered over much
of the winter during the hard freezes have come back
mightily with their sunny-faced blooms.
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This winter  I’d set up a little “heater” to help the plants
during the cold nights with this bucket stuck in another
black greenhouse bucket.

How to make a garden heater


I’d seen a version of this while watching a homesteading
show and thought maybe it would work to protect
our tender plants…
Normally this would be done inside a greenhouse
but I didn’t have one and I didn’t think our landlords
would let me set up a cement block version
so…
this is what I came up with:

A mini garden heater

1) Fill a container with water and cover with a lid.
2) Paint with black paint or tape off with black duct tape
{which is what I did}
3) During the day the “garden heater” will absorb
sunlight and heat up, then at night it will release
its heat.

Here I’ve just used the leftover water to water
the newly planted lettuces.
Monsieur Rabbit approved of my recycling!
😉

Creating a heated greenhouse for homesteading

1) Ideally, a greenhouse is built out of cement blocks,
logs, planks of recycled wood on three sides
{or built into a hillside for the third side/back side}
with the fourth side at the front composed of
all glass windows and an entry door.

2) The greenhouse is filled with river rocks for a floor
and then large drums painted black, filled with water
sealed and are placed inside the greenhouse.

The drums or a series of painted pipes would sit
at the front of the greenhouse to absorb
the maximum sunlight during the day.
Both rocks and drums/pipes would heat the greenhouse
all through the night.

3) Shelves are made for potted plants and seedlings
and larger potted plants can be set on the stones.

The heat given off by these water-filled drums or by a series of black painted water-filled pipes at night will create a sustainable warm environment for growing vegetables
throughout the late fall through winter.

4) A roof would be made from logs or framing with
a metal roof covering.
This can be insulated, too.
I was blown away with the whole idea!
I’ve wanted a little greenhouse for years but in the hot
Southern California climate it was never going to be
a reality ~ plants can “cook” even in wintertime.

But here in Texas…
🙂

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The possibilities  might become realities!
Monsieur Rabbit definitely approves.
😉


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Happy almost spring!
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California Gold ~ Massive Flowers in Bloom

California poppies ~ the state flower en masse, Lake Skinner
California dreaming…
While out in California last week,
I visited some favorite places
with “gold in them thar hills…”


Purple masses…

California gold…
Happy cattails
seeds
blowing…

Bluebonnets blooming
billowing
blowing…

Lake Skinner ~ Riverside County Parks
More golden goodness
painting meadows…

Northbound 15 freeway hillside above Temescal Canyon Road, Lake Elsinore

… and hillsides

beautiful garden roses ~ on a side fence in Murrieta, California

And it’s not just all about 
the wildflowers…


Birds of Paradise ~ Shivela Middle School
… but sometimes it is!
🙂
An old hiking trail now closed at Lake Skinner ~ about 3/4 mile from the entrance kiosk.
Time to slow down and
take a walk…
Loved being back in California
for an incredible springtime!
Thanks for stopping by,
Barb 🙂



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