"Basket full of pretty posies
From the "you" I love,
Both of us to talk together
Under stars above.
A whisper sweet discloses
The magic that you feel,
I'm delighted with the roses,
Roses tell me love is real.
We sing a song of rainbows
To the tune of a lullaby,
You and I both wearing halos
So in love ~ as time goes by."
- JUST BLOOMED TODAY~READER'S GARDEN
- GARDEN UPDATE
- MEET THE SILVER DOLLAR PLANT
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0014 SAVORY PARMESAN BITES
|Photo Credits Paul Butler|
bloom yet but when it does will be very nice. I think they did a nice job. Just a small patch of grass for their dog and their chairs. Great job, Georgia!
Weather cooperating, but my body is not, so today is an easy day. Birds have been hungry and gobbling up everything in sight. Love is in the air, as they chase and play with each other through the branches.
Others are taking advantage of the birdhouses and babies are safely stashed away. We see Mama and Papa working hard back and forth, placating them with their steady presence. Even when they aren't right in the nest with them, they are not far, watching over them...and isn't that how it should be?
MEET THE SILVER DOLLAR PLANT
Whoever said money doesn't grow on trees was right. It grows on a small, bushy plant.Just one type of currency, though: silver dollars (Lunaria annua).
The silver dollar plant, along with other members of the mustard family, ripens its seeds within a dry fruit called a silique. As the silique ripens, the two outside halves dry, then fall away to leave the ripened seeds still on the plant and suspended within a translucent and silvery round septum, about the size of a silver dollar.
You might say the silvery orbs that remain also resemble the moon, leading to another common name for the plant, moonwort, as well as the botanical name Lunaria.
And money and honesty go hand in hand, right? Perhaps that's how the silver dollar plant also came to be called "honesty." Some people say it got that name because you can actually see the seeds within the ripened fruits.
Your initial investment in silver dollar plants can be made with seeds from a seed packet, or with seeds snatched from a dried arrangement. You will get compound interest on your initial investment because silver dollar plants self-sow. Too readily in some situations, so put your investment where you can keep a close eye on it, or where other equally exuberant plants can help check its spread.
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
2 cans (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
BEAT cream cheese and 3/4 cup Parmesan with mixer until well blended.
SEPARATE dough into 8 rectangles; seal seams. Spread with cream cheese mixture; top with peppers and parsley. Fold each rectangle lengthwise into thirds to enclose filling; cut into 4 squares. Place, seam-sides down, on baking sheet; top with remaining Parmesan.
BAKE 13 to 15 min. or until golden brown.