Tuesday, February 16, 2010

winter garden


I flew the coop for a few days ~ leaving behind the dirty snow piles of Washington for the pristine white fields of western Michigan. Do you remember this summer garden, full of hydrangea, climbing roses, and fresh herbs? Well, it is just as beautiful in the winter (more here)!

A few things:

* making absinthe
* Becoming Jane Eyre (with surprisingly good reviews)
* and some yum!

Happy Mardi Gras!

8 comments:

Blue said...

Haworth, where the Brontes lived is such a depressingly chilly place, dour, stony and hilly. The parsonage especially depressing. Now of course the town is full of tourists traipsing up and down the steep mainstreet. I lived across the Lancashire side of the moor and Haworth was an easy car ride from there.

On a more postive note, the fig tart is the project for the weekend and I shall seek out absinthe.

Sorry, I realize I sound as dour and chilly as the place!

Janet said...

Blue ~ I think somehow I would be disappointed if Haworth were bright and cheery. There is so much of the moors in their stories. It sounds as if the book does not sugar coat it, so I am looking forward to picking up a copy. I am also dying to find figs this weekend...hoping fervently that the Whole Foods will have a fresh crate from California, or Chile, or wherever they come from at this time of the year.

home before dark said...

Do you think that absinthe makes the heart grow fonder? Here in the just starting to thaw tundra, I am pleased I got over my early infatuation with flowers only for 3 hopefully 4 seasons of good looks. Seed pods, (one of my favorite is siberian iris), grasses and shrubs and trees look good in winter dress. Just today found out the cruel hoax of our winter: more snow and less precipitation. It takes a gazzillon inches (ok, 10!) of snow to equal one inch of water. Bummer! Glad you are taking a retreat from the DC snow world.

Janet said...

hdb ~ or perhaps it makes JCB grow bolder (enough to handle all the snow). I really love all the abstractions that nature provides in winter...seed pods and grasses. Especially the vines.

pve design said...

I have just thawed out for a few days down in Florida - although it is not as warm as normal, I have enjoyed being here away from the chilly tundra. I hear we have more snow. Hope springs eternal.
Perhaps Port will help to warm my bones.

Reggie Darling said...

I was somewhat nervous when I read the title of your post that it would feature photographs of Susan Gutfreund's remarkably ugly winter garden room in her NY apartment. Thank you for being a beacon of taste and restraint...

glp said...

I just made the fig tart for valentine's day! it is absolutely brilliant. great minds...

Janet said...

glp ~ great minds indeed! I am on a fig mission (ha ha) this weekend. xo