Butterflies

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Scattered throughout my yard are vines and plants

suitable for feeding visiting butterflies. In some years

I have nearly no Passion Vine flowers or Milkweed.

This year, I have lots of flowers and seeing butterflies

are more rare. As we do not poison our land I suspect

the culprits responsible are elsewhere in the area.

My Passion Vine, one of nearly 500 plants in the

Passiflora genus, Passiflora Incarnata or commonly

called Maypop, is usually foot for the caterpillars Gulf

Fritillary and Zeba Long wing.. I have seen very few of either

this year. I would gladly sacrifice some blooms  for butterflies.

The Zebra Longwing Butterfly.( photo from Internet,I have seen it in both black and white

and yellow and black…it also loves cucumbers, of which I have many.

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Plumeria Blooming

I received my first stock

from the woman my father married,

a few years after our Mother died. They were

both eighty and set in their ways-she was

a hard-headed woman of German descent.

She snapped off a piece of hers

without fanfare,

jammed it in a discarded pot of dirt

and said, “here you go.Just  don’t leave it

outside in the cold or you’ll kill it-like your dad

almost did mine.” I cringed.

That was about as nice to me as she ever was.

Sad to remember her when I see my lovely

plant.

 

 

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First day of Summer

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It was already hot this morning when I went to the garden.

The high temperature all week is predicted to be in the upper 90s

to nearly 100. Factoring in the ever present humidity means I will not be out

side very much after the noon hour. A rain shower now would only make things stickier.

I have friends in L.A. and Phoenix- they are experiencing much worse

heat…and it is life threatening in those areas. Many homes have limited air-conditioning

so I will try hard not grumble and instead pray for relief for everyone.

I read that this is the hottest beginning to a summer in history.

Some say it is global warming, I say climate change,

either way we will all look forward to some cooler days.

That will not be until October here in Central Texas.

I might as well get a big pitcher of iced tea ready

and turn  all the fans to high now!

Scones

These are the scone I bake for my beloved

 

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Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar or other sweetener

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup coconut oil and 2/3 cup 2% milk mixed

1/2 frozen, then slightly thawed and chopped) cranberries

3 drops Wild orange Essential Oil or orange extract

1/4 cup yogurt or sour cream

1 large egg

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth. Add to coconut oil and milk mixture.

Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool

I have made these with Blueberries, apples, and even without any fruit.They are always good! The original recipe called for 8 Tsp. of cold butter. I use coconut oil and milk to reduce fat slightly. They are yummy either way you chose.

Change

days grown longer

               much hotter

blooms less frequent

              more welcome

life more rich

  much less certain.

gratitude more acknowledged

more given.

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This Datura blossom is one of two this morning. While

softer, more discreet than Magnolia blooms,their cool,

white glow before sun-up, welcomed me today.