Friday, April 9, 2010

May All Your Weeds Be Wildflowers…

Here in Central Texas that’s not just an expression…it’s a fact of life during the spring and into the summer…See what I mean…

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You might think that this is an Impressionist painting, but the pick up truck in the background would give it away…for today’s Pink Saturday post I’m sharing a few pink touches from my yard…

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The pink salvia was planted last year, but the bluebonnets and verbena are a gift from our Maker and Mother Nature. Look at the little bonnets that make up each stalk of our lovely Bluebonnet…

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Can you see the bonnet?…Look closer…notice that touch of pink…

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Of course, there are any number of stories and folk tales describing how they got their name, but one thing is certain, their beauty is legendary and a hillside field  covered with  them can move you to tears. These are “volunteers” that reseed themselves and burst into bloom when spring returns each year. Look at the pods of seeds that are already starting to form…

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They will ripen, dry, and POP open scattering seeds all around.  And next spring, the miracle  will repeat itself.         To celebrate this ritual of spring and to share the wealth, I’ll be harvesting seeds this summer. When they are ready , I’ll send a couple of packets out to three of today’s visitors. So leave a note if you would like seeds for your own patch of Texas blue for next spring. If that little touch of pink makes you long for even more, stop by Beverly’s house today to see who is posting for Pink Saturday. She has your invitation ready…ttp://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Beverly encourages us to introduce new people we have visited and today I’m thinking of Necel, a Lone Star girl, who lives out west and I’ll bet she is missing the spring wildflowers something fierce. Stop in to say Howdy to her…I think I’ll  celebrate Pink Saturday by saving an extra  packet of seeds  for her just cuz…I know I’d be homesick if I lived somewhere without bluebonnets.

 http://www.theoldhouseintexas.blogspot.com/.

And while we’re on the subject of celebrating all things pink and Texan, be sure to stop in to visit the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat blog. http://www.papercowgirl.blogspot.com/

We’re a group of adventurous artists and artisans who gather every June in Waxahachie, Texas to teach, and inspire, and create, and have a hooting good time! You should check out the classes and vendors . Better yet, you should join us!

13 comments:

Necel from the Old House in Texas said...

Awwwwwe... You are so sweet, LaVerne. You are right, I miss, miss, miss flowers soooooo much. These photos are so pretty. Thank you for sharing this beauty. And a bigger thank you for mentioning my blog. Many blessings and happy spring!

Sonia said...

I love bluebonnets...saw a few a couple weeks ago when we were visiting Texas...but it was still a little too early..They are beautiful!

Annesphamily said...

Those bluebonnets are so extraordinarily beautiful and their detail is so pretty! I am new stopping by and I love your Pink Saturday post! Please come join me soon! Hugs Anne

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

We were in Shiner last weekend and there was an explosion of wildflowers down there too. I saw one type that I hadn't seen before, the wine cup. They were absolutely beautiful. In my tiny front yard I have two bluebonnets. Love them! Your wildflowers are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

WOW!! How beautiful!!
Debbie

Atelier de Charo said...

So beautiful field!!!

Happy Pink Saturday.
Charo

Cindy said...

Ohhh! Now, I see why they are called Bluebonnets! Aren't they precious. Please count me in for a chance to grow these sweeties.
Happy Pink Saturday,

Bill C. said...

Wow! I'd love to see a field filled with that many wildflowers. All we see around here are fields of dandelions. It's a little early for them here in Michigan, but they'll be popping out soon.

Mary Ellen said...

We went down to Texas one year when the bluebonnets where blooming and,my it was glorious!!!

Here in Co things are just starting to get going. I came home yesterday to 2 daffodils blooming - the first flower Of Spring that I have seen so far at home.

bee blessed
mary

alice said...

Those are the just lovely! I love bluebonnets for sure! They have just started popping out down in my neck of the woods!
Great pictures!!!
smiles, alice

Birgit said...

Oh, I would love to try out if bluebonnets thrive here in Munich, Germany! :)

Happy belated Pink Saturday!

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

Vicki said...

Hi, Laverne,
I love springtime in Texas! The bluebonnets always bring a smile to my face. I am a retired teacher, and I always read "The Legend of the Bluebonnet" to my children about this time of year. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! Vicki (also a Central Texas gal)

CC said...

Such beauty...just absolutely gorgeous.I love,love the wildflowers,
and being a Texas girl..bluebonnets are my favorite. Happy Pinks.. ahve a lovely week.

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.

Mexicana

Mexicana
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.