Also known as Echinacea. Walking the dogs the other day these flowers were illuminated by the sun. The colors reminded me of a sunset.
More flowers from Mount Rainier. This one is actually a fairly small plant (I put my sunglasses down for some size perspective. I love its purple-blue color.
Rose petal is a texture: soft, in a silky way, cool and slightly moist. A bit like charmeuse, but less slippery and a bit more substantial, and the best ones have a slight rose fragrance as well. It’s hard to capture that feeling in a photograph.
This morning I “harvested” my roses. So the dropping petals are my texture for today. By harvesting I mean a combination of dead heading and cutting the flowers and buds, for vases now and, if I stick to my intentions, drying petals for culinary use later. I saw a scrumptious looking recipe for scones that use rose petals and pistachios that I want to try.
I think there is a pretty good chance for a second wave: in Seattle one wouldn’t guess that we’re at the solstice, it’s pretty cool, although the promised rain hasn’t materialized in our part of town. Doesn’t feel much like summer, but it beats the heat wave elsewhere.
Any advice about other ways to cook with rose petals? I use rose water quite a bit but I’ve only seen the one recipe with petals in it.
Our local, wild Nootka Rose is actually a bit of a weed. It doesn’t have the elegance of the carefully cultivated hybrids but it has a simple charm…and a lovely scent. I took these pictures today at the beach. They are just coming to the end of their peak blooming period and rose hips are starting to form.
Several years ago one of these showed up in my yard. Through imperfect composting they have spread. I confess I am not rigorous in weeding them. They look so exotic and cheerful.
An impulse buy a few years ago lead to this clump I love. It looks like little bits of sky in the right light. They don’t last very long.
These volunteer poppies caught my eye this morning. The sunlight hit the flowers and really made them pop out from the dark corner where they are growing.
This year spring has been quite coy…or maybe more of a tease, coming and going. These bright charmers personify it. I’m not sure what it is, it looks a bit like a rose.
The picture above has a Super Photo smoothing effect added, just for fun.