Friday, March 19, 2010

Pink Saturday…Today is the First Day of Spring

Well, I set out camera in hand Friday afternoon to find just the right shade for our weekly celebration of all things pink, after all, Spring will be arriving today and surely she’s bringing pink with her…I found bright red Azaleas…

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But I need pink… so I kept looking…and I found the Salvia just starting to shake off winter…  

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Now that’s more like Pink Saturday material, but I had my heart set on native wildflowers, so out into the meadow I headed…I found our state flower, the Bluebonnet just opening…

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and much as I love them, they just don’t have enough pink for my purpose…I found Mountain Laurel also celebrating the arrival of Spring

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If you don’t have them in your parts, you don’t know what you’re missing. They are  small native trees that stay glossy green all winter and then burst out in fragrant blooms early in spring…but they are purple and lavender not pink…they even smell purple…can’t really describe it, but the aroma is like grape jelly…no kidding, it smells purple… the wild verbena are also happy to greet spring…

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But still not the hue I’m seeking…

I find tiny daisies…

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and wild onions…

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and this “sweet” yellow wildflower that’s trying to take over the state…2010 first flowers of spring 010

and I found one of my very favorite favorites, the tiny native grape hyacinth…

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I was ready to give up on finding any pink when Hubby saw my frown…and just in time to save the day, he led me to the only pink in the whole meadow…

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so they may be a bit out of focus, but there they are the first PINK  wildflowers of the season…pretty soon the Evening Primrose will be blooming and Texas will have entire hill sides of pink. We just have to be patient. Isn’t that our lesson after this long cold winter?  We all need a little pink and it’s worth waiting for…with that in mind, I’m off to visit Beverly to see who’s posting pretty pinks for us today.

If you came to visit from Paper Cowgirl, you should join us… some Saturdays there are around 200 posts celebrating one of our favorite colors. My Paper Cowgirl posts are right after this one…and needless to say, there’s  some pink in those posts too. If you are on the Pink Saturday trail, you should check out the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat…

We’ll be meeting here in Texas in June…check it out. Have a wonderful first day of spring and a totally pink week.


Valrie said...

I so enjoyed my visit to your blog today! The retreat sounds like so much fun! Thanks for your visit and come back and enter my giveaway!


Anonymous said...

LOVE your Spring flowers, LaVerne! We have three inches of snow this morning with more to come later today:( Did Nancy tell you I'm coming to Canton the end of the month? It's the first time any of us (2 others) have been there and we are really excited. Nancy mentioned that your wildflowers should be abundant by then!! I hope so!

I hope you Pink Sat. is great....L, Dana

Suzie Button said...

Hi Laverne, all your pretty flowers are so refreshing! I will help you a bit on linking. just right click on a picture and choose save as, and save it to your pictures. Then right click the http address at the top of the page to save my blog web address, go under add gadgets on your blog layout, click on picture, clear out the http: line on that and paste my blog address. click browse to add picture and click on it and it will open on your blog and save and when they click on the picture it links back to me. Easy! Suzie

Necel said...

Oh, Laverne... You are sooo right. I miss flowers so much. We didn't have many bluebonnets in SE Texas but I always enjoyed seeing them in the Hill Country. On any count, thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. Spring is not the same without them. Makes my heart hurt.

Thanks for visiting my blog on Pink Saturday. I do so appreciate it.

Necel from the Old House in Texas

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

All so pretty! Can't wait until we see some sort of flowers here in Pa.

Tracy F. said...

So many beautiful varieties of flowers! I'm so happy it's finally Spring! Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Pink Saturday!

Maggie said...

I need spring like I need air right now so thanks for the pictures!

Sorry for my late visit but glad I could get here and enjoy PS!

Happy PINKS!

In shoes we trust,
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Sherry from Alabama said...

Love all your flowers! Thanks for the taste of spring.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Barbara said...

Beautiful flowers and I love your altered books. I am wanting to come to the retreat, it is hard for me to plan that far ahead. Hope to see you. I have a list of Texas bloggers and I will add your name. Come and follow along and check out the list.


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.