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I Stepped Into Spring Yesterday

I stepped into Spring yesterday in Boston and it felt so good!
For the first time in just about 50 years I attended the Boston Flower Show without my Mom.

I climbed aboard a van here in NH with 15 strangers and took the 52 mile ride southbound, yes no wheel in my hand, another first!

It was a day full of sunshine and after surgery on Monday I thought about not going with the wound on my face and bruises too but I said the hell with it GO you won’t know a soul and if they want to stare or look away that is about THEM.  I was surprised by how many actually asked me if I was OK.  Many kind souls I met on my day away from home.

So do you want to see some shots?  They have lousy lighting and I do not have the right equipment to offer you the best and I really am an amateur remember but I am willing to take you inside with me.
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It was a Friday and the place was packed!  Many like me just needing to SEE SPRING!

The theme this year was about romance in our gardens and we were greeted by a symbol of Love Hippie Style!

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They were standing in between 2 stone birds and gorgeous flowers of Purple and White.

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Remember Romance is the word of today and yes there were beds of flowers and actual beds placed within the gorgeous gardens.

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Flowers in many spots

On Cakes

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Bikes

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Pups wanted to go on rides too

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Flowers of every color

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Ideas for your home and yard were also plentiful at this flower show.
Actually not enough plants and flowers for this girl after having attended so many years when it used to be about the BLOOMS.
Every thing is just getting so commercial I want to have a show where it is Plants, Trees and so many flowers your senses are on overload and they could fill booths with ways to grow your own favorites, raise your own bees and be kind to our earth that is what is really needed isn’t it?

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A Beekeeper and the delicious nectar from her local bees.

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Now a booth like this will always grab my attention as it was bright and cheerful and had a good message for all of us who grow flowers or our own food because we need bees to pollinate so much of what we depend on for food and beauty don’t we.
Support your local garden shops as well as farmer’s markets every chance you get and tell them their hard work is appreciated.

Have a great weekend

SPRING IS COMING I swear!

Today I am back home to reality, which is 3 to 7 foot snow banks but the sun is showing now and then and melting is happening ever so slowly for which I am thankful for or we would be faced with horrible floods.

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The Bumble Bees Are Everywhere!

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I swear today they were so intent on getting inside as many flowers as they could sometimes sharing each bloom with one or two others no wonder the petals end up looking so beaten up.

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Off to search for its own bloom.

 

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Got in close to one without getting stung.  This is actually a tree covered with these sweet-smelling blooms.  Right now it is in a containers not sure where to plant it with winter on its way.  Maybe my bedroom hehe

 

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Close-up of a Spider plant baby.  I have four that love summer as much as me.  After the chance of last frost I set them out side for sun and rains.  I will take them in once I hear weather is making a turn for the worse or cover with a comforter from the bed yes all who call this place home are taken care of  lol

 

 

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I am telling you Bees I have Butterflies NOT SO MUCH

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I love how Sunflowers such as this one form.  I love the structure of them.  No matter how tall they get they stay up and turn their pretty faces and follow the sun from when it comes up on the east side of my garden all the way till Sunset.  Nature has always amazed me lol yes I know I am STRANGE 🙂  but that’s why you LOVE ME hehehe

 

Please forgive these photos as I am learning 2 new cameras by trial and error

 

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How is this for a BRIGHT BEAUTY  I used the HDR setting for this one.

 

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Each year I end up with a gift.

This is the Morning Glory that has grown within my garden and has 3 blooms that close as the day gets longer if you sleep in you would miss this beauty.  I swear it is amazing to look at this one. I can not get the beautiful light shining from within to simmer down so I can show you the inside. Sorry past my capabilities.

Here it is from a few more angles.  The gift I see each morning with JT and the cat and my second cup of coffee.

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One last view

 

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Well I have a couple of more blogs to write some photos to share on Facebook and check to see if I had any sales.

 

I am very tired JT has been sick and it is wearing heavy on my heart so I will let you go to enjoy your Friday night and here in the states to enjoy your long holiday weekend let us pray we will not go to war.  I am so sorry for the loss of life in the country of Syria but who would come to flatten our White House should the government here ever do that to us. NO ONE.  I am so tired of WAR I only want Peace and Joy and Laughter.  I will bow my head in prayer to stop this craziness.  Meditate too as well as turn off the News for it seems so little is good these days.

 

Stay safe everyone.

 

 

 

 

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Health Benefits Of Honey!

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One of the many great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can find unprocessed honey, also known as raw honey, for sale. Most of the honey sold in grocery stores has been pasteurized and sometimes even blended with cane sugar or corn syrup. However, raw honey is naturally antiseptic and does not need pasteurization.

People have been using raw honey for its health benefits for millennia. Raw honey contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to discover. These compounds largely disappear during processing. The general rule is the darker the raw honey, the more nutritious it is.

Allergy Relief

Recent research supports the theory that local honey– obtained as close as possible to where you live–may help build an immunity to seasonal allergies. Honey made by bees in the vicinity of an allergenic plant will contain tiny amounts of pollen from that…

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BBKA module 6: honeybee behaviour 6.7 the foraging bee

Plant flowers for our bees, 🙂

Mrs Apis Mellifera

Tiger-bee! Orange and stripy!

‘On a warm, sunny April day a honeybee is attracted to a patch of bluebells. She – for almost all bees are female – is on a mission, and knows that she is close to her goal. She delicately clambers over the petals, as comfortable upside down as she is right way up, her legs working in unison. She pokes her head inside a trumpet-shaped bloom, searching for the sweet, sugary nectar.

‘Grasping the petal’s side, her legs force her head deep inside the flower, until her long tongue can get to the liquid. Once the tiny drop is all gone, she will move onto the next flower, and the next until she is full.’
A World Without Bees
by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum

Almost every honeybee seen foraging on a flower in spring and summer is a female worker bee in the second half of her 30–35 day…

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Ale To The Chief – White House Honey Beer

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Reprinted from the White House Blog

Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.

As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there’s no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some…

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Samhain And The Bees

Love your BEES and Plant pretty flowers for them

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The ancient Celtic calendar follows the agricultural year more closely than our modern calendar. This is especially true for the beekeeper.

It “officially” becomes Winter on December 21st by the standard Western calendar, but in the ancient Celtic calendar, it begins a lot earlier.  On November 1st, Celtic winter begins with  the season of  Samhain (pronounced SOW-in).  The beginning of Samhain is traditionally celebrated on October 31st.

The Celtic seasons  are:

1. Samhain    (Winter) November 1st, the beginning of the new year, to January 31st.

2. Imbolc    (Spring)  February 1st to April 30th

3. Beltain    (Summer) May 1st to July 31st

4. Lughnasadh   (Fall)  August 1st to Oct. 31st

Why does the Celtic Winter start so early?

For beekeepers, it means that the queen stops laying and the bees go into their winter cluster with the queen always at the center, huddling together for warmth until…

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Cooking With Honey Has Been Published!

BUY IT!!!!

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It’s official!

Cooking With Honey is available through its web site as well as Barnes & Noble and Amazon!  It’s also available on its web site as an e-book.

Now is the time to order for Christmas!!  🙂

And thanks again for all of your encouragement!!

xo Deb

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