IT’S A BEAUTY BERRY-FUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

This native plant is an absolute beauty! I discovered it for the first time several weeks ago while walking my little dog in our new neighborhood. I don't recall seeing such a brilliant hue like this on a plant before. I had to know what it was. I did some research on the internet (where else?) and found that the berries are edible for birds and humans alike, although they are as tasty in the raw. I found many jelly recipes which I definitely want to try for myself. It makes such a 'pretty' jelly, and from what I read, it tastes delicious too. The leaves reportedly act as a mosquito deterrent if you rub them on your skin. I haven't tried this trick yet, but will definitely give it a try. Thankfully, the mosquitos aren't very numerous here, but just one mosquito bite can really make me welt up. If I find a good and do-able recipe that turns out good, I'll be sure to post it. Or maybe someone out there has already tried it? Would love to know! Now that I'm settled into my new home I want to learn about the native plants in this area. This should be a fun adventure of exploration!
Callicarpa Americana (American Beautyberry)

I took a snapshot of this dazzling Beautyberry plant during my walk with the Hubby and Puppy near our home today.

This native plant is an absolute beauty! I discovered it for the first time several weeks ago while walking my little dog in our new neighborhood. I don’t recall seeing such a brilliant hue like this on a plant before. I had to know what it was. I did some research on the internet (where else?) and found that the berries are edible for birds and humans alike, although they aren’t all that tasty in the raw. I found that the berries can be made into a delicious jelly, and even wine. I definitely want to try making the jelly. It makes such a ‘pretty’ jelly, and from what I read, it tastes delicious too. The leaves reportedly act as a mosquito deterrent if you rub them on your skin. I haven’t tried this trick yet, but will definitely give it a try. Thankfully, the mosquitos aren’t very numerous here, but just one mosquito bite can really make me welt up. If I find a good and do-able recipe that turns out good, I’ll be sure to post it. Or maybe someone out there has already tried it? Would love to know! Now that I’m settled into my new home I want to learn about the native plants in this area. This should be a fun adventure of exploration!

 

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SUNLIGHT MEETS DESERT MARIGOLD

IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE MY LAST POST…I don’t even know where to begin, again. My creativity has been channeled into the orderly task of cleaning, purging and organizing ‘things’ the past year or so.
First in my mother’s house after her passing. And now my house as my husband and I have made a huge decision to re-locate to another U.S. State (I’ll keep most of you guessing which State, for awhile!) as soon as our house and my mother’s house sells.
I even stopped making jewelry, one of my favorite hobbies, for almost a year. Maybe I was more deeply and profoundly affected by my mother’s passing than I consciously realized. (I’m realizing it now!)
My father-in-law (I affectionately called him ‘Pops’) passed away just a little over a month ago. I will miss him terribly. Knowing that both my mom and ‘Pops’ are safe within heaven’s shores gives me much peace. I have been tremendously blessed to know these two wonderful people, one all my life, the other when I met my husband, Dave.
So now I will try to get that creative flow going again. Just writing this little bit today makes me happy!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: LOOK UP

RED FLAG
LOOKING UP TO SEE…A RANDOM RED FLAG

 

ONE BEAUTIFUL WINTER’S DAY I WAS WALKING ALONG A BEACH IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, I LOOKED UP AND WAS GREETED WITH THE SIGHT OF THIS WEATHERED AND TATTERED, BRIGHT RED FLAG YIELDING ITSELF UP TO THE BILLOWY FORCE OF THE OCEAN BREEZE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT EXTRAORDINARY THING YOU MAY SPOT WHEN YOU LOOK UP.

I JUST LOVE UNEXPECTED AND RANDOM SIGHTS LIKE THIS!