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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Greens of Various Kinds



Mary's Inspiration Thursday prompt this week is green. These succulents and the little birdie in her nest are gathered together on a tray on my china buffet. I don't use many Easter-themed decorations - just things I like to have out for awhile that aren't necessarily specific to one holiday. These succulents were outside most of the winter, getting very water logged and they turned quite reddish as a result. I brought a few indoors and they thrive with the drier climate, even to the extent of beginning to shoot new growth. 


A few posts ago I showed you the kale and chard I'd harvested from my winter garden. With the kale I made Kale with Garlic and Blue Cheese. I like baking the kale until it's just a bit crispy. The Swiss Chard I added to tonight's chicken vegetable soup. Thank you for your recipe suggestions. I have lots more chard to harvest and I'm planning to use some of your ideas.


Here is a photo that's primarily shades of green - taken at Butchart Gardens. Soon, however, that bed will be awash with colour to delight the eye. 

In Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of the characters says, "The rich man gets his ice in the summer, the poor man gets his in the winter." Adapting that to green grass, we could say that those who live in our climate get our green grass in the winter, while elsewhere in Canada the grass is green in the summer. This time of year, indeed, throughout the winter, is when our grass is the greenest. In summer, it turns brown and crunchy.

So there you have it, green indoors and out. What's green around your place? 

28 comments:

  1. Just the grass is green here and the Osoberry is out. The blossoms have bloomed in Victoria but here on the Peninsula we're a little behind (as always!)

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  2. Precious little green here. It's nice to see all the rich emerald green there. It still fascinates me that two people living more or less on the same latitude line live in such differing climates. I like your natural decorating style.

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  3. IT's fun to look down my reader and see all the green posts! Your grass and gardens are so green! We do have "winter grass" here that is lucious, but most is brown right now, but turning quickly and it's time to start mowing.

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  4. When pushed to name a favorite color, I always settle on green. There are so mnay shades of green that I love, and the freshness of Spring showcases green to its best advantage. What a lovely time of year this is, so full of promise.

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  5. I was outdoors early this morning looking to see if there was any green grass coming up yet. Not yet.
    So nice and uplifting to see your green post. Have a happy one! :)
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  6. Oh green, I would have to say envy over the fact that your bulbs are coming up...lol.

    Just joking.

    I went with bloglovin because it seemed easier...lol. And there was a tutorial on Pinterest.

    Jen

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  7. I love your nice green vignette of succulents, Lorrie. I have a lot of spring green in my decor right now and it makes me feel really good until the snow is gone and the grass greens up. I have never tried Kale before.

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  8. I've never baked kale but your dish looks delicious. I'd love to see Butchart in the spring awash with spring bulbs.
    Judith

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  9. Our grass is brown now but in about a week or two it will be turning green. I love succulents and I just bought a Kalanchoe for my sunroom.
    ~Clara

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  10. Lorrie,
    Lovely photographs!!!
    I live on the Prairie and here we've had two Summers of drought!
    Loving Winter, I was overly excited to see the 20+ inches of SNOW this year...just to cover the brown!!!
    Oh, how I long for green grass and fresh, crispy green lettuces from the garden!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  11. I like the quote from Farmer Boy and all your green!
    It's really about time for me to re read all those books in that series...

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  12. Lovely lovely greens. We have the ever present moss - it is wonderful and soft too.

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  13. That's a gorgeous quote Lorrie!
    Your little succulents are thriving now and all ready for your Spring.
    I know Butchart Gardens from TV documentaries and it is amazing - I can imagine the riot of colour about to happen very soon.
    Enjoy your weekend with your family Lorrie.
    Shane ♥

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  14. So many pretty greens, including the edible ones!
    No outdoorsy greens here yet...but soon!

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  15. So true about our green winters - one of the many gifts of life on this coast. I am always happy when I drive up the road and see the fire threat sign pointing to 'low'.

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  16. Sadly we are not surrounded by such deep shades of green around here. And the plants on my balconies aren't faring as well as they have in winter's past. Our temps are already getting up to 90 during the day so the a/c is a must already ... and it's only going to get hotter. :/ Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  17. Oh, goodness! I'm from Southern California but have lived in Vermont for twenty years, now. I hated the hot summers and all the brown grass. Now, every lush, green summer, I feel like I'm in heaven! btw, I LOVE Butchart Gardens!!! =]

    Best wishes to you!

    Katy

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  18. Pretty succulents! I want to get some for the front porch this year. They don't have to be watered while we're gone, LOL. Our grass is green up a bit right now. Daffodils are blooming. And we're starting to see just a wee bit of green color tipping out on the willow trees around town!

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  19. Oh how wonderful to see your beautiful greens, Lorrie! Things have not really "greened up" yet here in NJ, but I remain ever hopeful. ;) Thanks so much for contributing to Thursday's Inspiration. xoxo

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  20. I love the restful nature of green. England is very green all the year round so at least we’re getting something right.

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  21. Most timely...and lovely...your collection of greens!

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  22. I love succulents and yours are beautiful. Your kale dish looks yummy. My mom asked me the other day if I'd ever eaten kale and I had to tell her I had not. She hasn't either. Maybe it's a geographical thing? It looks and sounds yummy. We love our greens down here, that's for sure.

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  23. Beautiful photos, Lorrie! The snow finally melted in my backyard and I saw the grass for the first time since we arrived! I also saw that having so many wild animal visitors eaves our yard very "messy" --I need a pair of good gloves and a way to shovel up all these messes before Easter so my grandchildren can hunt for Easter eggs.

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  24. I would trade snow for winter green grass if given the opportunity. How wonderful that you are eating from your winter garden. The thing I love best about Swiss chard is that it just keeps on growing between pickings. I love the little dresses you are making Lorrie. Will you get your special little girls an Easter bonnet to match?

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  25. My greens are primarily indoors, to answer your question. The kale looks delicious, by the way

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