What I Did With My Ramps

In short I ate some, I planted some. The ramp fresh out of the dirt, the three leaves, the sinful smell.  Then the first bite of the year, into the raw ramp bulb.  The richly nuanced sensations which cross the tongue, then fill the entire mouth, the full brain after that, the quick shot down the entire spinal cord and into the pulse of springContinue reading “What I Did With My Ramps”

Wind in the Cherry Trees

It’s been a challenging weekend*. I thought about taking another blog break but I just got back, besides I’m juggling 2-3 more time sensitive (read Spring) posts, such as daffodil varieties, spring regattas and foraging for ramps in the woods and preserving the same. I’m going to push through. Do you know what helps whenContinue reading “Wind in the Cherry Trees”

Lens-Artist Challenge #147, Gardens

Flowers from my cutting garden. When you look at a lot of old (centuries old) Dutch Masters’ still life flower paintings Parrot Tulips are often included in their choice of subject flowers. Parrots are magnificently flamboyant, an eye catcher in any light. They get better as they age for before wilting they fully unfurl theirContinue reading “Lens-Artist Challenge #147, Gardens”

Lens-Artist Challenge #146 Focusing On The Details

We had a much needed rain this morning. I love the details of the falling rain and the droplets on one of our Japanese Cherry trees. Last night was the first Wednesday Night race of the season. The skipper of Bad Dog was short two hands and a new recruit made a minor mistake soContinue reading “Lens-Artist Challenge #146 Focusing On The Details”

Lens-Artist Challenge #143: Colorful Spring

The larger bulbs, tulips and daffodils, get all the acclaim but I love the ‘minor bulbs’ of Spring, small flowers that come earlier even as the snow is still on the ground, flowers such as the early crocus I posted last week. Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the earliest in my gardens. Unlike my loudly cheerful crocusContinue reading “Lens-Artist Challenge #143: Colorful Spring”