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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rembrandt Tulips and our Christmas Tree

When you get to be as old as we are.

Traditions become very important. 

See those footprints in the snow?

That is the way to our Christmas tree.  

Early Monday morning, Mr. G will stand in line at the Forest Service Office to purchase a Christmas tree cutting permit.  

My Rembrandt Tulip bulbs arrived only yesterday. 
The sun was shining.  It warmed up long enough to thaw the frozen ground.  

All 250 bulbs were planted between a row of Lavender.  

I know that it is too early to decorate the tree.

After cutting the tree and after our traditional picnic in the mountains, we will "park" the tree in our pond.  It will continue to take up water until we are ready to bring it into the house...
about a week before Christmas.

In the meantime...

We will celebrate Thanksgiving at home. 

Along with our traditional meal I'm going to try out a few new recipes.

Here are sensational selections from Ellie, who writes a most thought provoking and beautiful blog, 

Where will you celebrate Thanksgiving? 

Wishing you  a wonderful weekend. 



  1. Replies
    1. Hello Marigene, You always leave such nice comments. Thank you. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Beautiful Gina, I must get some bulbs in the ground, I know it is late, however we will still have a few mild days!
    Adore tulips, especially the parrots!

    The Arts by Karena

    1. Hello Karena, It's not too late. There will be a few more sunny days that will be just right for planting bulbs. I also love Parrot tulips. In fact, I planted a few of those as well. Sometimes it's a good idea to wait until later in the season. I was able to buy the bulbs at a reduced price.

  3. Dear Gina,

    I always enjoy looking at the details of your postings, like the charming gilt acorns. I'm curious to know — is it the feathery quality that defines a tulip as being a Rembrandt? I imagine you must love looking through flower catalogs.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    1. Dear Mark, The Rembrandt tulip is known by their unusual color combinations which, originally, was caused by a tulip virus. The virus almost ruined Holland's tulip industry. Now that the virus is under control we get to enjoy them without feeling guilty. I love flowers and especially when flowers have been beautifully arranged.
      I also love acorns. My friend Sieglinde, who lives in Texas (everything is bigger in Texas) sent to me extra large acorns. I couldn't resist. I had to gold leaf them.

  4. Dear Gina,
    your Christmas ornaments are so pretty and you always have things that I have not seen anywhere else.I can never get enough of the views of your pond in any season, and the fall colors are just beautiful.
    Thank you for pointing out Ellie's blog. I visit her often and enjoy her voice and humor. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with another family and a great big bird.................
    Warmest greetings, Sieglinde

    1. Dear Sieglinde, The colored wax ornaments, you see in the first photograph, were a lucky find from a street market while driving through Austria.
      Our pond is like a never ending movie. Always something going on and always changing.
      I know that you're going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is always so nice to celebrate with friends.

  5. Gina, the wax ornaments are so exquisite - almost as beautiful as your ceramics! Yes,noticed the acorns, still enjoying mine made after you showed us how! Huge, heavy crop here this year - perhaps a cold winter ahead. Actually we've had a week of below freezing temps. every night - very unusual this early - rain coming in today and warming a bit.

    Love everything you share in this post - and your pond, oh my, how more beautiful can it be than this latest photo!!!
    We are home for Thanksgiving. I don't eat turkey but enjoy the holiday veggies and stuffing - not that I need any extra stuffing really, haha!

    Have a wonderful holiday - looking forward to seeing the tree decorated soon. Lots of hard planting there, but spring will be truly beautiful in your gardens I just know.
    Hugs - Mary

    1. Dear Mary, would love to see how you use your gilded acorns. The wax ornaments were a lucky find while traveling in Austria. Even though it was Summer, and Christmas was not on my mind, I had to have them. They must be very old. There were several layers of grime and dust on them. a little warm water and soap brought them back.
      We will have Duck a la Orange at our house. Mostly I look forward to the rest of the meal, the sage dressing, the Lakota Squash, the brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce made with a whole cut up orange and who can do without mashed potatoes and gravy.
      Wishing you a most special Thanksgiving celebration. ox, Gina

  6. wow, I visit Ellie too, those scrumptuous recipes and took it upon myself, I couldn't help but read
    about the Rembrandt tulips, WOW, what a spring to come….beautiful blog indeed. I choose to feed
    the less fortunate who will have no Thanksgiving, it was a wonderful weekend of grace here.

    1. Hello Bliss Bliss,
      How generous of you to spend your Holiday caring for others.
      Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.

  7. Gina! I think you live inside a Flemish painting! Your pictures are always so rich with color and beautiful flowers and fruit. Thanks for sharing your traditions.

    1. Dear Theresa, You're right Theresa, my eye always goes to color first and then I notice the rest of the scene. I've been wondering what project has kept you busy lately. Can't wait to see. Please share.
      Have a very special Thanksgiving day. ox, Gina