Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June is Blue and White



I've been rather wordy recently -- today's post is just pictures -- and captions, of course.


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15 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Your livingroom is exactly the kind of room I would like to have ! And I can understand that you love your flowers, for I have also hortensias in my garden, but they are not in bloom yet.

Merisi said...

The cupboard is freshly painted and your flowers speak of June, such delight!

Austrians make fried elderberry flowers (click on the link, there is a recipe, on a very nice blog to boot). My mom makes elderberry flower sirup. Add a squirt to Champagne (or water, for everyday use) and its fragrance will remind you of a glorious morning in early June even in the midst of winter.

Once the elderberries are ripe, elderberry soup is delicious. Ask me for a recipe, if you are interested.

I am to this day the only one in my family who likes it. My aunt had to come and visit and cook it for the two of us because my mom refused to. As soon as auntie arrive, would I climb the elderberry tree behind the barn and pick the umbels with the ripest berries and my aunt and I would then carefully pull the individual berries. A few early plums were added to the sweet soup and it was served with a Griesschmarrn, a soufflé made with cream of wheat and eggs and then finished baking on a baking sheet. Too bad I have to wait until August to eat this again! :-)

Pat in east TN said...

Beautiful pictures Vicki and I love your header for June.

My hydrangea have also doubled in size this year with many smaller flowers vs a few large ones like in previous years.

Brian Miller said...

ah, some great pics...very nice...

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Wil and Pat and Brian!

The link didn't work, Merisi, but I tracked down The Austerity Kitchen and found the recipe at
http://www.theausteritykitchen.com/2009/05/fried-elderberry-blossoms.html

It sounds terrific and I'll try it! Would love your recipe for the soup as well! And I'll be adding The Austerity Kitchen to my blogroll.

Jean Baardsen said...

Beautiful pictures! I always enjoy your posts. The elderberry plants? Is that like Queen Anne's Lace? I see them nearby, but never knew what they were.

NCmountainwoman said...

I loved every single photograph. But there is no such thing as your being too wordy.

Tammy said...

Love your new header (at least I think it's new??). Always enjoy your pictures AND your words!
Tammy

Elora said...

Vicki,

I am still on the ancient system of dial-up, so cannot view your photos, but the hydrangea is LOVELY!

Thanks so much for your artistry!

Elora

Friko said...

I like your wordy words. But I also like your pictures.
Blue hydrangeas, you must have acid soil? Mine are either pik or white.

Vicki Lane said...

Jean -- Queen Anne's lace is a wild flower. Elderberry is a wild shrub with shiny green leaves that grows near water and can be over six feet tall. Its blooms do look like QAL but will turn into a cluster of tiny purple-black berries.

Aw, thanks, Mountainwoman!

Yep, just changed the header a few days back, Tammy.

Oh, I remember dialup, Elora -- I always kept a book at hand to have something to do while waiting.

Yep, our soil is rather acid, Friko.

Vicki Lane said...

Jean -- Queen Anne's lace is a wild flower. Elderberry is a wild shrub with shiny green leaves that grows near water and can be over six feet tall. Its blooms do look like QAL but will turn into a cluster of tiny purple-black berries.

Aw, thanks, Mountainwoman!

Yep, just changed the header a few days back, Tammy.

Oh, I remember dialup, Elora -- I always kept a book at hand to have something to do while waiting.

Yep, our soil is rather acid, Friko.

Jingle said...

lovely pictures...
loved both of them!

gayle said...

Love your pretty pictures!!

willow said...

Your cabinet looks stunning! Lovely slideshow. My one little hydrangea is finally blooming this year after being dormant for seven years!