Smells are assaulting me! In a good way!
As I drove on the Thruway coming home from upstate NY on Tuesday I had the windows down and the smell coming in the car was amazing! It was coming from all the flowering Russian Olive trees growing along the highway. They are fairly common here in NE Pennsylvania and parts of NY State. They naturalize easily and when they bloom…ahhh, the smell is so sweet!
I was in the garden last evening just before dinner and as I rounded the corner the scent hit me. It was heady perfume and in that humid, pre-rain atmosphere the smell filled the still air . I found the source of the smell. I planted a tree peony many years ago near the back corner of the house. Some years it does well and some years I’m lucky to see even one bloom from it. This year it’s the mother-lode! I cut two of the blossoms and brought them indoors. The flowers are approximately 8-10 inches in diameter and they are sooo fragrant!
You can buy cheaper versions of cheddar-flavored popcorn but this one is the best!
Tonight I am having a couple of old friends over for dinner and for dessert I am serving my newest and most decadent indulgence. I found this sparkling wine at a wine tasting. The pourer said “try this and tell me what you think.” I sipped it and said “it’s nice!” He said “now take a bite of this brownie here, chew it, then take another sip of the wine.”
Oh-My-God!! The flavor changed to raspberries, and roses, and bubbles, and sinfully good chocolate all at the same time. The flavor just burst through my mouth! I can’t say enough good things about this combination !!!!
It is a Spanish sparkling wine so you may find it at larger wine shops in the Champagne section. GO NOW !!! Oh, and the bottle is especially beautiful for gift-giving!
I do adore me some gardening. My idea of a perfect afternoon includes spending time in my gardens. I love weeding (yes, I do!) and getting my hands in the dirt, pruning, and deadheading, and collecting cut flowers to bring indoors or to give to friends.
This is the view of my front porch. This was taken last summer. I probably won’t plant so much there this year since it’s hard to get people willing to come over and water the pots when I’m away. I will miss this but the trade-off is good since I now have D. in my life!
Ahhh, spring! Makes you feel glad to be alive, doesn’t it?