Starting with, hellebores! The hellbore blooms opened their pretty, droopy heads this week. Depsite being known as a Christmas Rose, they aren't related to roses at all and mine never bloom near Christmas! I have two varieties, but there are apparently 18 more so I better start collecting them don't you think!? There is something extra special about seeing such a dramatic bloom, so early in the gardening season.
These Eggplant Hellebores flank either side of my front entryway and were planted by the previous owner.
This one (the variety name escapes me for the moment) was newly added last year. I still clearly need all of these though.
Moving on now, out of the garden and into the grocery store...
I like bulk food! Our local food cop-op has a wonderful bulk food section. This photo represents one half of the bulk teas and spices. All the other bulk goodies (rice, cereals, etc.) take up another huge part of the store.
The pros of bulk food include: less packing, lower cost, more variety and control over quantity. This week I treated myself to three new loose leaf teas. I purchased a few cups worth of each tea, making my adventures into tea tasting affordable. If I like what I try I can always go back and buy a larger quantity. From these lovely jars came this Lemon Ginger tea and believe you me it smells amazing! A lively lemon scent! I was excited to try it, based on how it smells, but alas it tastes...terrible! The chicory ruins it for me, too bitter. Nevermind, it doesn't matter! I only wasted a couple of dollars and I'm keen to head back to the bulk section to try something else.
Poodle Pick of the WeekThe poodles chose something you can't buy, but they value over almost everything else (except maybe treats). The poodle pick of the week is being outside! Teddy wants to be outside every hour that it isn't raining. Luna wants to be outside if her people are, but she'd far prefer her people were outside all the time. They love the smells and the area to run and play. Despite the stereotype of a poodle being a snooty, posh city-slicker dog (think Paris glam), these poodles are true outdoor country dogs at heart.
Poodles in their natural habitat.
They make good gardening buddies too!
Have a wonderful rest of your week!