No snow photos this time, I'm getting bored with all that white stuff and opted instead to read a few of the press releases from plant and seed companies that arrived in my in-box this week.
Although there are lots of interesting new veggies and annuals available this year, what really caught my attention are these Old English cottage garden roses.
Aren't they positively dreamy?
This spring (which is only weeks away in my neck of the woods), David Austin (click name to see more) debuts five new repeat-flowering varieties.
Each will grow into a bushy shrub suited for garden beds, big pots, and dramatic border landscaping.
And, dear Waterside Cottages fans, please note that they are hardy enough to stand up to persnickety coastal growing conditions.
My favorite is the velvety 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' (at right) with soft pink petals enclosing richer pink inner ones. Individual blooms boast approximately 130 petals!
The fragrance is described as tea rose-scented maturing to lemony. I prefer my roses with a classic old rose 'nose' but I'm willing to compromise for this beauty.
SUPER BOWL SUPPER
I'd like to apologize to my Hoosier friends for not knowing their state dish.
According to the folks at www.delish.com, by far, the most famous food hailing from the great state of Indiana is the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.
Pounded flat until it's about the size of two hands, the pork tenderloin slice is breaded and fried and served on a bun with tomato, onion, and pickle. This oversized sandwich was invented in 1908 in Huntington, Indiana, and most likely descended from German Wiener schnitzel.
"I understand they're hard to come by in other parts of the country," notes Jolene Ketzenberger, the food columnist for the Indianapolis Star. "The boneless cuts of pork, are sometimes pounded thin (other times they're quite thick)are generally huge--much bigger than the bun they're served on."
To learn more food specialties favored by Colt fans, take their Super Bowl Food Quiz. I scored 9 out of 10 for Touchdown.
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Cindy at Cute Pink Stuff (click here)has been shopping again.
This week, this savvy southern California shopper found irresistible vintage fishies and a delightful mermaid, so swim on over and take a look!
Cindy's shop is stocked with equally enticing treasures, too.