This is the exotic looking, highly sought-after Rembrandt Tulip.
Tulips were first introduced to Europe from Turkey
during the Dutch Golden Age (1568-1648). By 1637 Tulip Mania was in full swing.
More and more exotic looking tulips were being propagated. They became the Collectors prized possession. However, the unusual stripes were caused by a virus, a type of Tulip specific virus, the mosaic virus.
A virus that could potentially destroy the Tulip culture in Holland and possibly the entire Dutch economy.
During Tulip Mania one tulip bulb could cost as much as a House.
That is why some tulip bulbs were ensconced in chicken wire cages and hung from the ceiling during winter months.
That is what I should be doing. Moles, Voles, Mice and other critters are feasting on mine every winter.
But they don't eat my daffodils, they're poisonous.
The most versatile, the most wonderful, the Galax Leaf.
Bouquets of flowers are so much prettier when the rim of the vase is cushioned by a few leaves. The Galax leaf does it most beautifully.
It only takes 2 Galax Leaves and a single flower to fashion a perfect Boutonniere.
Galax leaves come in bunches of 25 to 30 leaves. They last in the refrigerator, without water, for months and are ready to use when you are.
They make the perfect Tussie Mussie, a lovely gift.
Galax Leaves grow in Forests of the Eastern United States
Galax grow mainly in the Appalachian Mountains. There have been concerns over the excessive harvesting of galax leaves. Commercial production, galax propagation and container culture is being explored.
Galax are an evergreen, herbaceous perennial plant of the genus Diapensiaceae. Your florist will order them for you...they are very handy to have around.
Are you 18 years or older? Are you a lineal descendant of an ancestor who came to Utah before the completion of the railroad on May 10, 1869? If so, you might win this cake!
Every year I am asked to contribute my famous, home made cake to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) bake sale. The first year, it was auctioned off to a Professor of History from the "Big City". The next year a member of the DUP won my cake.
The very next year, I received a phone call the night before the bake sale asking me when exactly would I be bringing the cake. The caller was waiting for me at the front door. The next year, the organizer met me at the door and the cake disappeared.
The following year I received a phone call, aksing me to please bring the cake AND the cake recipe.My recipe? Oh no, I can't do that. It is a secret. But I will share my secret with you.
So simple, all you need is one pound cake, your favorite preserves and Butter Cream (recipe follows).
Cut pound cake (Sarah Lee or from Costco) into 3 or 4 slices.
Butter Cream: cream together 1½ sticks soft, unsalted butter,
2 to 2½ cups powdered sugar and 2 to 3 TB fresh lemon juice.
On first layer spread your favorite fruit preserve.
Next layer spread butter cream filling, and last layer, more preserves. Cover entire cake with the remaining butter cream. Decorate with violets or little violas.
My "Tondino Plate" also known as Cardinal Hat Plate, painted in my usual gypsy style.
For more about Tondini plates see an earlier post here
Tondini plates can be recognized by their deep indentation in the middle. It forms a generous well, perfect for holding delicious morsels. The rim is usually painted in many colors and with very ornate designs to better show off the center motif.
Lately I have been drawn to a more simple style.
Showing lots of white.
Soon our little town will be celebrating Heritage Days.
I will be setting up shop in the old school. Many of our local artists will do the same. We sell to many visitors and donate some of the proceeds to a good cause, the restoration of the Old School House.
Here I share with you my obsession with Italian Renaissance Ceramics. I decided that painting them would not be so difficult. So I set about learning. My blog is about living the simple country life, tales from our travels and, of course, my hand painted ceramics.
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