WINTER & SPRING SIDE-BY-SIDE
We have a weird tradition here in Charlotte and perhaps in other areas of the country. Pansies are planted in the Fall and then bloom all Winter long. At the beginning of Spring, one removes the beautiful Pansies while they are still in bloom and replaces them with "not as pretty" Vincas. Here is a photo of a Winter Pansy still blooming next to a Spring Hyacinth. We brought some of the cut Hyacinths indoors. While they have a nice odor, our house smelled like a funeral home for a week!
THE SHORT LIFE OF BRADFORD PEAR TREE BLOSSOMS
At the end of February, our Bradford Pear trees burst into beautiful white blossoms. They are lovely other than their strange odor. Within a few days, the blossoms cover the ground with a snow-like appearance. Immediately thereafter, the trees burst forth with lovely green leaves, that are literally, a "breath of Spring!" These are decorative trees only. They do not bear fruit.
When viewed closeup, the fallen blossoms resemble popcorn!
Popcorn or Petals?
GERMAN / IRISH CORNED BEEF BRISKET & CABBAGE
We are both German but love to celebrate many holidays. For tonight's St. Patrick's Day meal, I have used Irish foods but prepared them German style. I cooked the Brisket almost the same way that I make German Pot Roast. It was braised in the oven for three hours along with onions, garlic, carrots and celery.
The sautéed vegetables before adding them to the roasting pan, under the Brisket. The pan then gets tightly covered before braising it all in a 350〫 oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours...
The cabbage after cooking it and before reheating it in some butter...
The Corned Beef Brisket before cooking...
Happy St. Patrick's Day To All, Irish Or NOT!