Texas Caviar, Good Luck Food From The Garden

Good Luck for the New Year Eat Black-Eyed Peas!

The holidays are steeped in traditions.  Mother said you need to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day for good luck all year. Am I superstitious? Maybe, maybe not but what can it hurt to gobble down a few black-eyed peas to guarantee your health and prosperity for the coming Continue Reading

My Favorite Things, Raindrops on Roses

Whiskers on Kittens

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the Continue Reading

The Rose Garden That I Love

Fragrant Cloud, Gaga's Garden

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Alfred Austin A rose garden shall have my vote. I encourage you to do the same based on these self-evident truths from the beautiful book written by Alfred Austin called The Garden That I Love 1894. Imagine a Continue Reading

Roses Rain Fall

Fall Rose Garden

Fall is a time when the rose garden is in all its glory. An English style formal garden takes on a wild abandon arresting us with an expression of their last hurrah before dormancy. The transitional beauty of autumn deepens the colors and intensifies textures of the garden. The Glory Continue Reading

Rose Garden Revival

Julia Child, floribunda Gaga's Garden

Rain. There’s nothing like it to revive and add essential nitrogen to your garden. This post is dedicated to roses revived by and ensconced in the glory of rain. Central Illinois has been, according to the Palmer Drought Rating Index, under extreme drought conditions. I also have discovered another valuable Continue Reading