Tiny Flowers & Hope of Spring

First dandelion of the season

The first (very welcome) dandelion in our yard this year

 

Today was cloudy and grey, but I did get outside and see enough to assure myself that spring really will come again this year.  🙂

Tiny dead nettle flower

Tiny dead nettle flower

More dead nettle flowers

More dead nettle flowers

Little chickweed flowers

Little chickweed flowers

Japanese plum buds

Japanese plum buds

Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa

Last year's bracken marks where fiddleheads will come up in a few weeks.

Last year’s bracken marks where fiddleheads will come up in a few weeks.

Lichen on hill

Lichen on hill

Lichen closeup

Lichen closeup

Just a cool picture.  :)

Just a cool picture. 🙂

Why I hide my tools from Ron.  :)

Why I hide my tools from Ron. 🙂

Sheba

Sheba

Brown eyed girl

Brown eyed girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packing, Homemade Tea & Pretty Little Edibles

Beautiful little henbit flowers

Beautiful little henbit flowers

The dogs are groomed, the trailer bearings have been checked, and I’m packing for the trip now.  Finally!  It has been WAY too long since we’ve gotten out!

I took photos of the beautiful, edible little spring yard weeds today.  Didn’t have time to do anything with them… maybe tomorrow.

Dandelions and chickweed

Dandelions and chickweed

The other day I had peeled several oranges.  I have used the peel in cooking before, in addition to grating the zest.  I wondered if they would make a decent tea.  So I left the peels on the counter a couple of days until they were brittle and dry, then ran them through the blender.  Then I ran a few cloves through the coffee grinder and stirred them in.

I LOVED the tea.  Ron hated it!  Anyway, I’m thrilled to have a nice supply on hand.

Orange tea with cloves

Orange tea with cloves

Deadnettle

Deadnettle

I’m not sure what the little violet-like flower is. We have several different kinds of violets here including wood violet and birdsfoot violet. It might be a wild escape from when i grew tri-color violas one year.

More henbit and chickweed

More henbit and chickweed

A fuzzy picture of Sunny, freshly groomed.  He hates to have his picture taken!

A fuzzy picture of Sunny, freshly groomed. He hates to have his picture taken!

Sheba, clean, fluffy and good smelling!

Sheba, clean, fluffy and good smelling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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