Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 It's the first day of Spring In The Poconos. Hurry up! Go get an egg! What?

Spring has sprung. Finally ... The Vernal Equinox. The 1st day of Spring. Equal hours of daylight and darkness. Well, sorta. Actually, the daylight outlasts the darkness. Either way, all I know is that today marks the end of Winter. Yay!

   The arrival of Spring also heralds in other momentous events to behold.

Once again Spring flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, not here in the Pocono Mountains til mid-May.

Once again, our beech trees are green with new leaves. Nope. Not til the end of May in the Pocono Mountains.

Lambs are being born by the first day of Spring  ... nowhere in the mountains of the Poconos. Late March perhaps in the more western or southern areas of PA where it is much warmer.  

    and ducklings are exploring their new world ... in June in the Poconos.  

Now for the most exciting thing about the first day of spring ... and it has nothing to do with weather, location, or temperature. 
Today's the day you can make a raw egg stand on end all by itself! It is only possible to accomplish this astounding feat twice a year ... on the first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn. Hurry up and go get an egg! You don't want to miss this opportunity. Be the first to amaze all your friends!

Hmmn ... you really got excited about this, didn't you? I bet you definitely were going to try it. Well, it is true. You can stand a raw egg on its end.  Only ... you can do it any day of the week and any time of the year. It's all about trial and error. Texture and shape of the egg. And a steady hand. Don't have a nimble fingers? Use salt as a base. Make a small mound of salt on a flat, hard surface and carefully position your egg on it until it's perfectly balanced. Then gently blow the salt away. Ta-Da!

Believe in the myth. Sometimes it's more fun than the truth.
-Jane Rutkowski

Posted photos from Pixabay and morgueFile.


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Lehigh Valley Flower & Garden Show 2018

The Lehigh Valley Flower & Garden Show at the Allentown Fairgrounds is back again this year from March 9th - March 11th. This year the focus is Fields, Farms, and Backyards. What's different this year? Well, more vendors,  free seminars, flower arranging demonstrations, more kids activities, baked goods, crafts, and plants & flowers for sale. And of course ... landscaping ideas. 
There are many pretty landscape displays such as this one with a water feature
a pretty curved garden bed
 and this one with a Weeping Cherry Tree as the central focus.
Not really landscaping ... this one I think of as a lovely floral tapestry.

There are also many plants and flowers for sale.
Maybe it's Primroses that tickle your fancy
or one of these lovelies displayed so prettily.
Looking for something different? These are Hellebores, something totally new to me.

There are animals, too. 
Cute little piggies
and a pair of friendly goats. I have to say though, I miss the baby ducks that were a big hit at last year's show. 

A favorite is back again ... The Garden Railroaders Train Display.
There is just something about trains that brings out the kid in everyone.

If I had a suggestion to make, it would be more landscaping ideas for small scale gardens. Yet, all in all, it was a nice way to spend some time.
Oh, and don't forget to visit the Farmer's Market on the grounds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Pocono Winter Got You Down? Think Summer!

The Poconos ... beautiful mountains, streams, rivers, flowers, and wildlife abound.  All the seasons are beautiful, even Winter.  I've been here almost 17 years. For the most part, I've been able to deal with the cold, fog, ice, and snow. Normal snow.  Two Feet of snow with 5 foot drifts is a whole nother thing!
The last few years these Big Snows seem to come in March. The only saving grace is the temperatures are higher and the days are getting longer, so the white stuff doesn't hang around that long.  I keep telling myself ... soon it will be April ... then May and June, and soon flowers will be blooming. And that makes me smile
      Blanket Flowers will be showing off their gorgeous orange & yellow petals.
   Shasta Daisies & Rose Campion will be brightening up the corner of the fencepost.
          Marigolds will shine like little specs of sunshine in the afternoon sun.
             Pink Asiatic Lillies will unfurl their soft petals in some narrow little flowerbed.
               A frilly pink-edged Shirley Poppy will welcome the bright morning sunshine.
        Heavenly Blue Morning Glories will greet the day as the sun rises in the sky.
              Black-eyed Susan vine will happily twist and twine it's way up a trellis.
              Moonflowers will shine brightly with their soft glow as the day turns into night.
     Pretty pink Columbine will brighten up some shady corner of the garden.

    Bachelor Buttons (Cornflower) will sway gracefully in the warm summer breezes.
        Pretty pink Zinnias will add their pizazz to any sunny spot in the garden.

  And the list of flowers goes on and on and on and on ....

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Pretty In Purple" In The Poconos

Purple Flowers ... I love them! Yet, color can be subjective.  When you think of the color purple what other colors do you imagine? For me shades of lavender, lilac, pink, rose, mauve, wine, orchid, grape, fuscia, and amethyst quickly come to mind. 
Alliums are one of my favorite flowers. They are living fireworks! A cross between lavender and purple is how I would describe these, Purple Sensation.
Yarrow is another of my favorites. Fluffy clumps of cute little petals of pink, orchid, and lilac on tall willowy stems of green.
Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory ... now that is deep purple with flares of magenta don't you think?
Now these Hollyhocks are grand ladies in the flower world with their silky, grape and violet color.
And what about this pretty combo of Tall Garden Phlox and Impatiens? Would you say shades of lilac and fuscia?
Peonies! They bloom in an array of colors, each flowerhead a mass of ruffled petals. This one is called Blush Nymph. Hmmn ... blush? Pink with with Rosy edges?
This lovely lady is called Lauren's Grape Poppy. I think her name describes her perfectly, don't you agree?

Happy Gardening to all