Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms out there!!
🌸💐🌹 Wish you a day filled with lots of love and plenty of relaxation! 😍😘🤗❤️💕
Moms love to receive flowers so in honor of Moms everywhere I would like to share these Mother’s Day bouquets I made for friends and neighbors this year ❤️💕🌹💐 . Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!!
It’s spring and around here spring keeps treating us with gorgeous weather (60s, 70,s and even 80s) and then cheats us with cooler temperatures. What this means for the garden is that some flowers have started blooming including a few roses, but not enough flowers are blooming yet for me to leave a few flowers on the bush and cut some to make a nice big springtime bouquet. Continue reading Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over by Prudence Designs
I made this pansy blossom ice cream for Rani’s birthday in early March that turned out awesome. As one of Rani’s friends recently developed an intolerance to dairy we made our ice cream with coconut milk and coconut cream. Coconut milk or coconut cream is a great alternative to dairy cream and it’s a boon to those folks who are lactose intolerant. Our vanilla ice cream with pansy blossoms turned out so good that all the kids devoured it 😋. Pansy flowers add delicate purple colored flecks to a simple vanilla ice cream. Continue reading Pansy Blossom Ice Cream
April was a perfect spring like month for us here in the Bay Area. Warm temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s meant that the garden was waking up and starting to put on its stellar floral show. However cooler temperatures in the 50s and some 40s meant that the garden wasn’t fully awake yet. Looking at theses garden pics one may wonder “Your garden looks pretty fully in bloom right now.” To this my response would be “Wait till May when the entire garden is in full bloom!” Here is a look at what started blooming in my April Bay Area garden. Continue reading April Garden Pics
I absolutely love, love wildflowers. They are such carefree plants. With their independent nature, go where I want, pop up where I like, no fuss, sun loving, do what I want type of personality, these plants really do fit the name wildflowers. To my surprise when I visited Austin, Texas in the spring this year, the entire city was swimming in wildflowers. So many wildflowers in fact that they were blooming off every freeway and roadway carefree and beautiful. Gorgeous blue bluebonnets, Indian blankets, pink poppies, salvias, even lavenders and so many more varieties of wildflowers that I was amazed at the show these flowers were putting on in the city. Continue reading Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Austin, Texas
March has been an interesting month for us here in the Bay Area. The temperatures dipped down into the 40s and 50s, then we got a bunch of rain, then temperatures fluctuated back up into the 60s, 70s and even 80s. Back and forth the weather went all month. With the warm temperatures popping up off and on, the garden started bursting into bloom. Freesias continued their blooming show. Rose plants leafed out with some of them already full of buds. Geraniums, oxalis, ixia, daffodils, cyclamen, pink jasmine, even a tulip or two all full of leaves, buds, and flowers. Here are a few pictures of my March garden ready for a stellar spring show. Continue reading March Garden Pics
Here is a carrot cake that has all the traditional carrot cake ingredients I remember growing up with in Texas – carrots, pineapple, and coconut. Packed with just the right proportion of carrots, crushed pineapple and coconut; this cake is soft, moist and delicious. Continue reading Spring Carrot Cake & A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration
With all the warm weather we had in February my garden is quickly waking up from its winter dormancy. Flowers blooming range from daffodils to freesias to pink tea trees and blue flowered rosemary bushes. Here are a few pics of my February garden. Continue reading February Garden Pics
Blossom Trail is an area in Fresno County’s farm land where thousands and thousands of stone fruit trees such as peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are grown in addition to almond and walnut trees. I’ve wanted to check out Blossom Trail for over two years now. I finally made it out there this past President’s day weekend with the family. What makes this day trip rather unusual is that it’s not made in the summer when the fruits are ripe for the picking but rather in early spring when the fruit trees burst into spectacular blooms. These fruit and nut trees number in the thousands and are all covered in white, mauve, light pink and dark pink blossoms, rivaling any Japanese garden or Washington D.C.’s cherry blossom show. Here is a look at our day trip to Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California. Continue reading A Drive Through Blossom Trail in Fresno County, California
Every winter while I am waiting for my garden to wake up from it’s winter dormancy I stop by the nursery a few times thinking that the nursery will have some colorful flower plants to brighten up my garden blues. And every year the same plants catch my eye – cyclamen, pansies, ranunculus, and primrose. All these flowers are beautiful, however the primrose is the most colorful and comes in lovely shades of the rainbow. Continue reading Primrose. A Delightful Winter Flower