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Friday’s Flower-Hyacinths

Hyacinth

Bulbs

Buried

Beneath rich loam

Anticipation

Hot

Pink hue

Hyacinth blooms

Extraordinary

Watch

Walking

Around the beds

Anticipation

Doris Culverhouse, 2012

This weeks flower is the hyacinth, another blooming bulb.

The most enduring quality of the hyacinth, besides being a beautiful flower,

it the wonderful fragrance it exudes.

Hyacinth colors are red, blue, white, orange, pink and yellow-

a color for what ever color scheme you are desiring.

The hyacinth is toxic, it contains oxalic acid and may cause irritation when handling.

I have clumps of hyacinths scattered all through my decorative flower beds, the colors I

use are blue, pink, yellow and white.

They are such a pretty sight on cold spring days!

  • Plant hyacinths in the fall for spring bloom.
  • Plant in full or part sun.
  • They like a rich loamy soil.
  • Will grow in zones 4-9.
  • Plant 4-6 inches deep, pointy end up.
  • Plant about 3 inches apart.  The bulbs are quite large.
  • Allow the leaves to die back naturally after blooming.
  • Hyacinths are excellent for forcing and growing indoors.

Summer Winds

Light and Golden

Steal

Away my heart

In hyacinth time.

Thomas Martin, 2016

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Psalm 145:13

The LORD is faithful to all His promises

and loving toward all He has made.

 

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DEL and the Home and Garden Show

Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show

Spring is the time of the home and garden shows-

many of the major cities in the country hold these events

to showcase local businesses.

This year Daryl set up a display promoting his seamless gutters business.

The home and garden show is held every year at the David Lawrence Convention Center

in Pittsburgh.  It was said there were 10 acres of displays!

There was alot to see!

It was a long week for those manning the displays-

Daryl said he would much rather be working!

He had built a sample of how the gutters work-

a mini house with ‘rain’ flowing down the roof into the gutters.

There were give aways, and

candy!

It was a fun time to spend walking around to all the displays-

so much to see, and so much to want!

(Be content, Margie!)

Daryl will be very busy in the coming months!

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Philippians 2:3

God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey Him

and the power to do what pleases Him.

 

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A Book Give-Away-The Farmstead Egg

I have a give-away for you today…

a good book on basic chicken keeping and recipes for all those freshly gathered eggs.

I enjoy my chickens so-they are easy to take of and

fun to watch.

Though I do keep a sharp eye on ol’ Pete, the rooster.

He does not even like me taking photos of ‘his’ hens…

giving me the ‘stink-eye!’

This book is divided into 2 sections-

The first on chicken keeping, and the second of recipes.

If you are thinking of getting some chicks,

this would be a nice book to have.

The many chapters of chicken care.

The second section has are many interesting recipes.

Good ideas for all those eggs!

Recipes from the common to the gourmet.

 

Pickled eggs, anyone?

Pickled eggs are a Pennsylvania tradition.

Asparagus will soon be ready!

In the spring time there is usually an over abundance of eggs.

This recipe is of interest to me-it would satisfy my love of Mexican food.

If you would like to try for a chance to win this book,

just leave a comment on this blog post within the next 7 days.

Next Tuesday, April 11, the winner will be announced!

This book would be a nice addition to your recipe library.

Do you keep chickens?

Would you like to keep chickens?

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Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD

and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

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SPRING SONG

(photo credit-Homespun Wife)

They Come And Go So Quickly

by Ruth Bell Graham

They come and go so quickly,

Spring and Fall….

as if they had not really

come at all.

Perhaps

we could not take

too much beauty,

breath-catching glory,

ecstasy without relief;

and so

God made them

brief.

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Spring is so achingly beautiful, it hurts.

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A beautiful song for Spring….

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Psalm 145:13

The LORD is faithful to all His promises

and loving toward all He has made.

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April and Friday’s Flower

Happy April!

(graphic from Little Birdie Blessings)

Happy April to you all!

April is a good month-

Easter is coming, spring has really arrived, green things are really growing,

 my birthday month-what’s not to love about April!?

And a day late-Friday’s flower-

The Daffodil

Daffodils are a wonderful sign of spring, signaling that winter is really gone.

Daffodils are also known as narcissus and jonquils-the terms are interchangeable.

Daffodil is the common name, narcissus are the genus, and jonquil the specific species,

with there being 200 daffodil species and 25,000 named varieties.

Jonquils are daffodils, but not all daffodils are jonquils.

How to grow daffodils

Daffodils are perennial flowers grown from bulbs planted in the fall.

They bloom in the spring, being one of the earliest bulbs to bloom.

They are hardy from zones 3-9, and they are very long-lived.

Daffodils like well-drained, loamy, fertile soil, slightly on the acidic side.

They should be planted pointy end up, 2 times the depth of their size, deeper in sandy soil.

Give lots of water while growing.

Leave the foliage to die back naturally before cutting off.

Daffodils spread into nice sized clumps, and can be dug and divided after 5-10 years.

Daffodil colors are orange, yellow, white, and there are some pinkish varieties.

Daffodils make nice cut flowers, but the stems do secrete a toxic sap that can be irritating to the skin,

and will kill others cut flowers if put in the same vase.

It can be harmful to dogs- deer and squirrels do not like it.

Daffodils are not naturally occurring, and when you see a clump of them

growing by the roadside, there was probably a  house there at one time.

The same for lilac bushes-someone had to have planted them.

Below is a double ruffled variety, looking like it is having a bad hair day.

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown,

She turned toward the south wind,

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor,

“Winter is dead.”

A.A. Milne

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

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