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Mother’s Day Flowers

Happy Mother’s Day!

Flowers have dominated this Mother’s Day. It has been beautiful: warmth, bright sunshine, and masses of gorgeous flowers in bloom. Even so, for me it has been an emotional roller-coaster

First: Roses

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My son sent me a WeChat message during the night.

We got back from a three week long visit to him a week ago today. It has been a busy week. One of those weeks which go by very quickly, yet so much happens that you barely remember it. Maybe some of that is jet lag. But for me, at least this time, some is emotional lag.

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It is always hard to say goodbye not knowing when you will see your loved ones again. The political situation, both in China and between China and the US is becoming, more tense, and the rules are always changing. Mothers do worry. Even when our offspring are no longer cute little boys but grown, responsible men. It’s not about being controlling or not letting go, it’s about caring.

Second: Poppies

KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-02As I walked the dogs, sans camera because we were supposed to be hurrying to get off for Mother’s Day lunch and tea with Grandma. As I mentioned earlier the day itself has been gorgeous and usually on such a day the dogs and I would dawdle dreadfully, maybe spending over an hour to go a couple of miles between their sniffing and my taking pictures. The dogs still sniffed but I shortened the walk and left my camera at home. However, as we got back into my yard the poppies were just catching morning sun filtering through the leaves on the maple tree.

Third: Another Rose

KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-03The Mount, where Grandma lives decorated the dining room in a classy way, with dark blue table cloths and dark red roses. I almost burst into tears. On Monday we had had to put my father’s dog to sleep. I called Sam my half-sister because we had different mothers. I loved her dearly, we spent many happy hours together walking on the beach and in the woods during her not quite 13 years on Earth.

KSM-20180507-MD_Flowers-01The rose against the dark blue cloth hit me hard: the veterinarian’s office had laid out a dark blue blanket with a red rose for Sam on Monday, My beautiful, lively Sam was skin and bones and unable to stand on her own anymore. Damn, I’m crying again.

Fourth: an abundance of May flowers

Because of the warm weather we were able to take a walk outside and enjoy the May flowers:

Fifth: tea cup flowers

KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-09KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-10The Mother’s Day tea featured fancy teacups of different designs and luscious, goodies, both sweet and savory, as bright as flowers as carefully arranged on the plates as a bouquet… But they also had those red roses and the dark blue table cloths.

Sixth, and last: tomorrows roses

KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-16KSM-20180513-MD_Flowers-17Because of the warm weather sometime during the day the first two roses in my back yard decided to bloom. I found them as the pups and I returned from our afternoon stroll…thank goodness they aren’t red. I think it’s going to be a while until red roses don’t make me teary-eyed.

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More Roses in Winter

I took these yesterday, the day after our rare White Christmas. The tired but valiant blossoms seemed as beautiful to my eye as a perfect spring one. For some reason I can’t get the folk song “Bring me a rose in the wintertime” out of my mind lately. The words are in my previous post Bring me a rose in the wintertime.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Rose petals

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.

Tuesdays of Texture & Cee’s Flower of the Day