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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Musings on Garden Tuesday

Hi everyone! Surprised to "see" me today? I know it isn't Wednesday, my usual Wordless day, but, I have been wanting to join Pam for Garden Tuesday for weeks now and so I decided, today is the day!!!

In all of the holiday chaos, I never got to tell you what Marion gave me for Christmas. An Amaryllis!

It was touch and go for a while as we weren't quite sure the Amaryllis would bloom in time for Christmas. It didn't. However, it did begin to feel better once the sun decided to show its face for more than what seemed like a minute a day. (oh okay, perhaps two or three minutes:)

And now, it's just strutting its stuff!!! Isn't it "purty?" I do believe two more blooms are on the way.

While I'm here, it's probably a good time to share this click I got of Marion while she was brewing up a pot of chicken soup which, by the way, was deliciously successful! (notice her choice of rice in the background:) Did I tell you Marion will be turning 94 years young in March?

I also have some news. I'm still trying to decide what to cook up for this month's Food n' Flix hosted by Debra at Eliot Eats. It sounds like fun especially if you're 80s savvy. It's open until the 27th of this month but I'll be darned if I can come up with something...thinking...

Food‘nFlix

In other new, as you know, I've been rummaging through my cookbooks for the past month or so. I found a few boxes that I didn't even know I was missing. That's not a good thing in my book:) Anyway, while I was scouring through and reorganizing, I happened upon a bunch of vintage Valentine's Day cards. You find the darndest things at the bottom of boxes filled with cookbooks sometimes. In the next few weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, I'd like to share some of them with you. What do you think?

I've added my own "tasty twist" to the others but you'll need to tune in for those:) Enjoy the sun where ever you are and thank you so much for visiting, Louise:)

P.S. The next Valentine "installment" will be this Friday:)

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  1. Thanks for sharing.. Love reading your post.. Have a great day..

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Gloria. I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)

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  2. This is such a beautiful flower Louise! I wish i could reach 94 and be as alive as Marion! I doubt it though!

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    1. It is such a pretty glower to brighten the chilly Winter, Katerina. I once asked Marion if she thought she would be around at 93, she said, Why of course, I have lots to do." And do she does! The woman is remarkable!!! Thanks for visiting, Katerina...

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  3. In all this snow, it's great to see your red flower for garden day! My garden is swamped with melting and refreezing snow and ice, my garden statue was up to his topknot (hint: he's a buddha), and I didn't even have the courage to take photos it seemed so overwhelming. I guess I'll have to stick to wordlessness for a while.

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    1. I know what you mean, Mae. if not for some of the inside plants, it sure would be bleak around here. I'll be returning to Wordless Wednesday next week!

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  4. I love your flowers Louise! And that Valentine card is much for cheerful and natural than the one you get these days.
    Marion looks great for 94! That's a really good age indeed.
    Take care X

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    1. Just wait until you see some of these cards, Alida. They are simply adorable!

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  5. It was indeed a surprise to see you today, but a most welcome one! Lovely Amaryllis - what a great gift.Congrats to Marion for hitting 94 in March - that's such a great deal. My dad just turned 93 last month. Anyway, the big garden project we did right before Christmas (and right before the really cold weather and snow arrived) was to trip our rose bushes. We always do this in really cold weather so we can bundle up, which helps us avoid the thorns! Plus we took out a bush that wasn't doing anything for us, to be replaced by tomatoes when it's much warmer. ;-) Fun post - thanks.

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    1. It is a wonderful gift John. Today another bloom opened:) I was a bad girl and didn't rim my rose bushes this year before the cold set in. They are pretty hardy bushes but I sure didn't expect this Winter weather and I'm sure they didn't either. Thank goodness I mulched!!! YES! Lots of tomatoes planned for this year!!!

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  6. My first time to your blog. I love amaryllis and yours is very pretty. I bought a hyacinth bulb in a glass jar just a week ago and it is already flowering with such a wonderful fragrance. Looking back at some of your past posts I saw that you included some of my pictures in your tea-room post – thanks for mentioning my blog. I went to another old and great tea shop in Memphis, TN. I’ll have to write a post on it sometime.

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    1. Hi Vagabonde and welcome!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and got a chance to look around a bit. I've been meaning to thank you for that wonderful link. It was just perfect and those postcards,, priceless. Thank you so much for visiting. Pop by anytime:)

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  7. Such beauty--I'm sad thatI can't seem to keep anything alive--maybe I'll give it another go sometime =)

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    1. It is pretty isn't it, Angela. Yo be perfectly honest, I did nothing but put it in the sun!!! I think you certainly try again. Perhaps some herbs:)

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  8. Dear Louise, What a lovely plant that you received from Marion. I love the color, and it does lift your spirits. My mom loves the Amaryllis, and the Christmas Catus, My mom has the green thumb, I do not, but love to look at them. Great idea about Garden Tuesday, I love it. Now, I can not believe that Marion is going to be 94 in March... She is amazing! God Bless her...I remember those vintage Valentine's cards. When I was young I used to write them out and bring them to school. Fun memories, thank you for putting a smile in my day.. Thanks for sharing...Blessings Dottie :)

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    1. As of today, Dottie, there are two more blooms on the Amaryllis and it looks like there will be more! Your Mom would love it! Marion has a Christmas Cactus that started blooming around Thanksgiving and it's still blooming! The Valentines were a welcome surprise. Some of them are so darn cute!

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  9. Hi Louise , what a beautiful Amaryllis , it's beautiful , the blooms is gorgeous and I am looking forward to your Valentine posts . Yes I was surprise to see you today , but a nice and wonderful surprise as always . Marion will be 94 in March , I do so hope if I get to be her age , I will look as good and get around as well and yes keep my kids on their toes , that's the fun in growing old .... to do as you please and laugh at the rest :D (((HUGS))) to you and Marion , thanks for sharing .
    PS: I haven't forgot the email , just busy this last week wit sick kiddies , but they are better now , so keep a look out ...:-D .

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    1. I'm having such fun preparing the Valentine posts, Nee. Just wait until you se them! I'll watch for your email. Thanks for letting me know Nee. I'm soooooo bad with email:)

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  10. I love Amaryllis…they bring a bit of spring indoors during the cold winter! Marion is amazing…so wonderful she is able to do so well at 94. Happy Tuesday, Louise!

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    1. Another foggy day here in PA, Kathy. The Amaryllis sure is brightening things up!

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  11. Those Amaryllis are so beautiful, I have a plant that blooms every couple of years or so, it is pretty hardy as I basically ignore it until I see it blooming and go wow! and started noticing it lol! I hope I can still bake and cook when I reached Marion's age, if at all, me bones are starting to ache! sigh!

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    1. We would love to see your every couple of year plant when it blooms, Jeannie. Next time it blooms take a picture!

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  12. great to see marion here again! at her age, she looks fantastic! so who is the chef in the house..you or marion? hehe..love that supercute valentine card!

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    1. Hi Lena,
      No chefs in this house, lol...I do most of the cooking until Marion thinks I need a break and then she takes over! Good thing I don't need breaks often. Who knows what she would be "throwing" together, lol...

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  13. Hi Louise! Your amaryllis surely cheers up a cold, windy day! And, way to go, Marion! Good for her, and she still cooks! I like Success also!

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    1. Hi Pam!
      We are finally warming up a bit here, Pam. Not as cold as you "guys" in Chicago:) I really need to remember to force some bulbs next year. They really do brighten up these bleak days! Thanks for visiting...

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  14. Hi Louise,

    Cooking something with a movie theme... Sounds fun!!! ok ok Now, you got me thinking!!! Must it be something from the 80s??? I will see how it goes with my CNY cooking / baking...

    Marion is turning 94 young this Mar! My son is turning 5 old this Mar .... What a contrast! Marion is so much younger than my boy!!! LOL!

    Zoe

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    1. it sure does sound like fun doesn't it Zoe. If you follow the link to Debra's, you can find out how to "play." The 80s theme has to do with the movie The Breakfast Club!

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  15. Hi Louise, how you doing? Lovely posting, 2 thumbs up for you. Those flowers are really beautiful and gorgeous. Love it very much.

    Marion sure look great at her age, glad that she still does the cooking. Good for her to keep herself active.

    Have a lovely week ahead, regards.

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    1. We are doing just fine, Amelia:) Thanks for asking...so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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  16. Your Amaryllis is beautiful. I will have to send send you some NM sunshine:)

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    1. Thanks, Geraldine. And thank YOU for that sunshine! The sun is actually out today for more than 3 minutes, lol...

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  17. Marion can make me soup any ol' day...we need it, even in Florida, t's cold! Your garden photos are always so beautiful. Very inspirational.

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    1. Thanks Tina. She was so happy with her soup, she's on a kick to make beef stew!

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  18. Your beautiful amaryllis reminds me of when I lived in Florida. I had quite a few of them in my garden. Loved the cute Valentines card…it is funny the things we can discover in boxes that have been packed away. :)

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    1. I had Amaryllis in the garden when I lived in Florida too, Karen. Funny thing, Amaryllis is one of the few plants I actually like blooming inside. Thanks for visiting...

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  19. Dear Louise, The amaryllis are beautiful and should "Strut" a little with such brilliance.
    I am happy for Marion. She is cooking and looking good. That is such a blessing and inspiration for us all.

    The vintage Valentine is priceless and brings such fun memories.

    Keep warm and cozy, Blessings and prayers always, Catherine xo

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    1. Oh they sure are "strutting" Catherine. There are four big blooms with another on its way. Not to mention the other bud is opening too. Amazing what a little sunshine can do!!!

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  20. Dear Louise, thank you so much for all the nice comments that you leave, I really appreciate them and very touch by your support...always...
    The amaryllis is so beautiful, I love the intense color of it...such a blessing reading your posts about how Marion is doing and "seeing" her cooking...
    Hope you both are enjoying your week :D

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    1. The color of the Amaryllis has gotten so much more intense, Juliana. We are really enjoying it! Marion is a hoot, lol...

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  21. Love this post and marion too, she looks amazing! and this is a really beautiful flower!!!

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  22. Thanks for linking up!! It's pretty quiet for Garden Tuesdays in the winter - most of the time it's just me! My amaryllis still hasn't bloomed, but I grabbed it pretty late on a whim, so we'll see.

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    1. Not to worry Pam. When you least expect it, pop, the blooms will begin! I think this bloom season I may just save some pictures to share at times like these. Seems to me we sure could use some garden boost in the dead of winter! Thanks for visiting...

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  23. Your amaryllis is beautiful! Hope your new year is off to a great start!

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    1. It's off to a GREAT start Lisa! Thank you!

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  24. Louise I love that pic of Marion. She really looks great. I bet you can't slow down around her...she will pass you by.
    The valentine is beautiful, I am looking forward to seeing more.
    Hugs, Ginger

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  25. Lovely flowers. Marion doen't look her age at all and she's beautiful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. I love amaryllis and always have several around the house during the holidays. I smiled when I read your post as so many times they bloomed AFTER the holidays which annoyed me no end. This year I started them sitting on my Florida room porch in the sun the first week of November. And they bloomed around the 20th which was perfect as the blooms continue for several weeks. I remember buying one for my mother every year when she was older as she loved watching it grow.

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    1. Marion comes out each morning to see just how much the Amaryllis has grown. She usually giggles with delight:) I think we will try to get this one to bloom again. I'll do as you suggest by putting it in the sun room. although, in the Winter the sun sightings are sometimes slim. Then I will bring it in around Christmas. I think the going time is 6 weeks til bloom. We'll see...Thanks for the suggestion Barbara.

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  27. Louise , sunshine for about 3 minutes only ?! Lucky for us here , even though it's 11°C , the sun's at it's glorious best lol Your Amaryllis is sure purty and such a gorgeous red ( ready for Valentine's ?! ) color . Marion look superb at 94 ! I hope I'll reach that age as well :D

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    1. Today we had plenty of Sunshine, Anne. I wish we could bottle it!

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  28. I'd probably enjoy the amaryllis more after Christmas when there is less cheer (and more cold!) That a good reminder to me to attend to my winter forcing bulbs. I am trying something different this year--they are sitting unpotted in an unheated attached garage and I should probably make sure they aren't drying out. Hoping this works and I have some of my own flowers in a month or so... An early Happy Birthday to Marion--still looking great!

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    1. Hope it works too, Inger. I'd love to try a new method! Let us know:)

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  29. Oh how lovely. I love the looks of indoor plants on a cold winter day. Reminds me of nice summer days.

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  30. Me encanta este post adoro las flores tengo muchas en mi jardìn,Marion es una gran cocinera,abrazos.

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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