Friday, March 26, 2010

Pink is Coming up all over Texas

Well, Texas is showing off in a big way this spring…in a big pink way that is…after what seemed like an endless drought followed by an ultra cold winter, Ms. Spring is showing the world who’s the boss!!!

I snapped a few pictures of the roadside flowers this week as three Valley girls (Rio Grande Valley Girls Barbara and Judy, and I) headed south to McAllen for a short visit. It sounded like Fourth of July Oooh’s and Aaah’s as we rounded each curve in the road. Most places had lots of different colors mixed together…

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I’m just sharing a few of the most pink spots…like this pink phlox…there were whole hillsides covered with this beautiful hue…can you imagine? Wild flowers this amazing as far as the eye can see…

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And these Evening Primrose are just starting to bloom…

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In another month these small patches will also cover entire meadows…

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But my favorite blossom this trip is the Heart’s Delight growing around Falfurrius. It’s been years since I had seen them…I thought they must have become endangered to the point of extinction when lo and behold! whole banks of them…

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They look like a pom-pom verbena in a deep pinkish purple. Aren’t they beautiful?

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The noon sun really make them glow! Look at this one just starting to open…

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They don’t cover whole hillsides like the bluebonnets and phlox, but it was exciting to discover an old forgotten floral friend that was one of my childhood favorites. I don’t know if they are all over Texas…this small area in Brooks County is the only place I have ever seen them so you can understand why I’m so excited to be sharing them today.  Speaking of sharing today, stop by Beverly’s house to pick up the weekly list of Pink Saturday blogs and make the rounds. You know you’re gonna be in for a treat… 

And speaking of treats, the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat registration is open…I’ll be teaching one of the dozen classes being offered… We’ll be making an altered book similar to this one which just sold in my Etsy shop this week…

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Check out the classes and the teachers…you’ll be impressed and I’ll bet you will want to head to Texas to join us!

And don’t forget to visit Beverly during the week to sign up to post your own special pink one of these Saturdays…


My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh I'm going to cry missing this trip and seeing those flowers. :( Am so missing seeing you guys for so long but as you know I had Erica's performance tonight. Getting ready to leave in about an hour for the theater. TTYL xoxo Nancy

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What beautiful flowers! Thank you for sharing this on Pink Saturday! =)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What fantastic flowers!! Stunning!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

beautiful photos! sooo cheerful! This is my first Pink Saturday and I am enjoying visiting around and seeing all of the pretties! Please drop in at my place and see my little Basket Full of Sunshine. until later....

Maggie said...

Wish I were there to enjoy all those flowers!

Happy Pinks!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Anonymous said...

I love seeing the flowers that I hope will be waiting for me and my pals as we visit Canton, Texas, next week!

Hope you have a great Pink Sat. and tons of fun at Paper Cowgirls! dana

Light and Voices said...

Ohhhhh.....laaaaaaa, laaaaaaaaa! I'm loving all those colorful Spring flowers. Here in Illinois it is still gray and drab. Oh well.
Joyce M

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

oh, laverne, the wild flowers are simply amazing, aren't they!?? we're hoping to make the "loop" outside of Fredericksburg when the blue bonnets are at their peak.

i'm so excited that you're teaching a class at p.c. and more than that, i'm so glad you're coming....with nancy, i hope!

see you in june,

Annesphamily said...

I love stopping by and I may have caught you twice yesterday and today! I can't catch up my Pink posts! :(
Hugs to you!Anne

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.