Carpeting the soil under this Quercus robur (oak) tree are the long-lived tuberous perennial Cyclamen coum (eastern cyclamen) with Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop). The shocking pink flowered Cyclamen have gradually self-sown and naturalised, providing a winter and early spring display. The rounded leaves sometimes have silver markings on the upper surface which provide another display value for the winter garden.
Get it? Like Sonny and Cher? This definitely made more sense when about two hours before these pictures were taken, it was actually raining. And I’m no Cher (I can only dream) but I have been channelling her iconic long haired, middle-part hairdo. I never thought I’d like having my hair parted down the middle, but with a little flat iron finagling, it’s not too bad. Today’s outfit was casual, as per the student life. I’ve been loving these high waisted jeans lately, although I do run into the age old problem of them fitting my legs + butt and being too big around the waist. But that’s okay, because that’s what belts are for. To help accentuate my waist more, I tied my tee in a knot. Anybody who knows me is familiar with the fact that I tend to make all my clothes smaller, with tied knots and rolled up sleeves and cinched in waists and scissors to hemlines and needles to waistbands. It’s just part of my deal, ya know? Today was a really pretty day and I’m glad I got to capture part of it.
Noticing that the pile of brochures was running low at the “Taste of Scotland” stand, Brody reached beneath the food stand to grab a handful of brochures, careful not to bend over and reveal too much. As he stood upright he tugged at the side of his kilt to ensure that it was still secure. He didn’t trust his mom when she said it would be. Refilling the brochure holder he looking around, popping a piece of black pudding in his mouth. Plenty of people came over to have a look at the food on offer: black pudding, haggis, potato scone, caramel shortbread, and smoked salmon. Cans of Irn Bru were being kept cool in the ice bucket. The salmon and caramel shortbread seemed to be going down a treat but so far nobody had been brave enough to try the haggis or black pudding. He turned the traditional Scottish bagpipe music up a little bit as he picked up a sample tray from the table. Brody stood in front of the stand, beginning to dance a little in the hopes of grabbing people’s attention.
#DaenerysTheFrenchie hopes you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather by displaying appropriate outdoor table manners. She is especially excited that her namesake Daenerys Targaryen will be back on HBO Sunday night when Game of Thrones commences its sixth season as part of the network’s free preview weekend.
We’ll be watching Golovkin-Wade Saturday night on HBO, check back for coverage.
Brassica oleracea acephala (Flowering Kale) H. Brassica oleracea capitata (Ornamental Cabbage) H.
Uses: Bedding, carpet and pattern beds, pot plant, specimen. Color: Foliage is composed of thick, blue-green leaves with centers of white, pink, red, magenta, or purple. Height: 10 to 15 inches. How to Start: Sow indoors 6 to 8 weeks before setting out in February or March for spring display, or June and July for fall and winter effect. Ornamental cabbage seed should be sown and chilled in refrigerator for 3 days, then kept at 65°-70° until germination takes place. Light is required, so don’t cover seeds. Flowering kale seed requires neither chilling nor light to germinate. After germination, both should be grown at 60° for 3 to 4 weeks, then hardened off for a week before being placed outside. Where to Plant: Moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Flowering kale performs better and more colorfully if grown int he cooler temperatures of fall. Spacing: 15 to 20 inches. Care: Easy. Keep soil evenly moist Native to: Eurasia
Flowering kale and ornamental cabbage fit the “horticultural oddity” category, and seldom fail to elicit the most interested conversation. Although often touted as “ornamental edibles,” the leaves of ornamental cabbage are tough and bitter enough to defy any tastes. Flowering kale reputedly is edible, but hardly more palatable. And both usually shock the curious cook when their leaves turn deadly gray in boiling water. It’s best to keep these plants in the garden.
As cabbage and kale have a tendency to bolt in hot weather, producing inconspicuous flowers at the expense of their colorful foliage, they are regarded as temporary, cool season annuals. They withstand a few degrees of frost before injury occurs, and in mid-winter regions often remain attractive from fall until spring. Winter crops are spared the cabbage worm, a warm-weather pest.
They are best as fall crops, when their colors have time to develop fully. Crops for late spring color must be started very early indoors to get large plants for setting in the garden in early spring.
Considered a favorite for pattern bedding (floral clocks, spelling out the school name, and the like), cabbage and kale also make fine, colorful bedding and edging plants. If nothing else, grow a few in pots for the patio. Your neighbors may be amazed.
The 4,864-acre Table Rocks Management Area is cooperatively owned and administered by the BLM and natureconservancy.
The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. The remarkable diversity of the Table Rocks includes a spectacular spring wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam (Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila), which grows nowhere else on Earth but on the top of the Table Rocks. Vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi), federally listed as threatened, inhabit the seasonally formed vernal pools found on the tops of both rocks.