Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Splendid Beauty ~ Magnolias

Magnolia ~ Harbinger of Spring

Each day as I take my morning walk,

the neighborhood is filled

with a very distinct lemony fragrance.

It announces the magnolia blooms

that are in abundance this time of year.

These splendid white beauties are named

for the 17th century French botanist, Pierre Magnol.

Native to both Asia and the Americas, the evergreen

tree has leathery leaves and gorgeous large white blooms.

Considered to be very primitive,

the blooms are similar to the very first flowers.

Magnolia blooms open in layers,

can be as large as 10 inches across,

and have as many as 14 tepals.

Both Mississippi and Louisiana

selected Magnolias as their state flower.

It's no surprise that these

blooms are associated with . . .



Dignity and,


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day All American Cookout

~ Memorial Day ~

Honoring Those Who Bravely Serve Our Country

Many Americans will perhaps

celebrate this holiday with a picnic.

Or set a table in 

red, white, and blue.

Perhaps something 

with stars and stripes, too.

Patriotic colors to 

show our pride in America.

An All Star Menu

Hamburgers and hot dogs 

cooked on the grill.

Mustards and Mayonaise

Compliment that juicy 

burger right off the grill.

Homemade Potato Fries

Pinto Beans

Healthy Slaw

Fresh Corn on the Cob

The All American Cookout

Ending with a sweet treat.

Happy Memorial Day to all Americans!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Pink Party Parisian Style


Pink Saturday

3rd Birthday ~ May 28, 2011

Pink Shoes Up in Paris by Fifi @ Fifi Flowers

It's time to kick up our heels and party

~ Parisian Style ~

Pack your bags, we're headed to Paris.

Irresistible Paris

Hosted by

We'll see the sights in the

The City of Lights

Sacre Coeur Balcony by Fifi

No time for

lounging at this party site!

There will be plenty of pink flowers.

Luscious Pink Cake

And of course ~ plenty of

Pink Bubbly

Pink Champagne de France by Fifi

So put on your party hat!

Ladies with Fans by Fifi

Fashionable Party Guest by Fifi

You'll be the most fashionable guest there!

Lets Celebrate

Pink Saturday & Irresistible Paris

After all

~ Paris ~

Is always a good idea!

Special thanks to Fifi @ Fifi Flowers for

allowing me to share her beautiful images.

Click here to see a gallery of Fifi's charming work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pretty in Pink, The Horse Crippler

Horse Crippler
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

It's springtime on the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau and these pretty hot pink blooms can be seen popping up in this drought laden-land. Though the springtime blooms are pretty in pink, these cacti grow low. They hide among the grass and rocks making them difficult to see, thus crippling a horse that might step on the thorns of this plant. Hence the name, Horse Crippler.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Barnyard Chic

~ Barnyard Chic ~

a table created by the

talented young women of Posey.

This charming farm-inspired table was created for a

special event hosted by i.thee.wed earlier in the year.

Let's take a look at some of

the clever and awesome details.

A Graceful Layering of Linen and Burlap

Chair Covers of Casually Draped and Tied Burlap

~ Centerpiece ~

Hollowed-out Log Filled with Fresh Fragrant Yellow Stock

More Floral Details in Individual Long-neck Bottles

Place Settings with Oodles of Visual Texture

Burlap ~ Linen ~ Chicken Wire ~ Gingham ~ Florals

All Topped with Cute Little Chicks

Each Detail Plays Off Each Other

A Bird's Eye View

~ Barnyard Chic ~

Sophisticated & Elegant

Yet Not Too Serious!

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talented Posey girls at their blog here.

Chicken Wire Chargers by Pottery Barn
Floral Plates & Linens by Tag
All photos by Hyacinths for the Soul except where noted.

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