Floral notes: May 2016.


So…April happened.  I hope it was a great month for you, and the first few days of May are shaping up nicely!  I actually think I could use a nice little nap to recover.  Two or three days should be nearly sufficient, I think.

While I was awake last month I found a few fascinating things to share with you – take a look!

These macro images of water droplets from Canmore photographer Martin van den Akker are absolutely incredible!

Have some money to spend on travel?  Touring these spectacular crater lakes around the world sounds like a good idea.

Do you grow any green-coloured flowers?  These are stunning and unusual examples – how about that Dianthus?

The book may be a few years old now, but if you haven’t seen French photographer Cedric Pollet’s Bark, try to track it down.  You’ll see incredible photos like this.

I’ve been seriously lax about posting stuff elsewhere, but I did manage this:

A yummy Creamed Spinach recipe on my Grit.com blog Blooms and Spoons – this is real comfort food for spring!

Finally, because I get a chuckle out of engrossing you/grossing you out with the delectations that will be available on the midway at this year’s Calgary Stampede, here goes: New Food Stampede 2016.

Which dégustation disgusts or delights you?  That rainbow grilled cheese sandwich makes both my eyes and stomach hurt….



  1. Those water droplet photos are mind-blowing–such beauty! And, from the sublime to the ridiculous– the Stampede food is . . . mostly pretty icky-sounding. Who comes up with those combos??

  2. I love the water droplet photos and those beautiful photos of bark. I couldn’t cope with the stampede food – just looking at the pictures and reading the descriptions made me feel ill!

    • Some of those particular food combinations sound like a recipe for a stomach ache, that’s for sure!

      Glad you enjoyed the photos – it always amazes me how creatively photographers capture the world around them.

  3. What an exciting post. I live several hundred miles from Crater Lake in Oregon and have never been. Can’t drive that far or I’d go in a heartbeat. I had no idea there were so many. Loved all the green flowers. One of my Hellebore’s have a green tinge. I haven’t been able to get very close to them yet but will look again. I’ve learned so much today but you can keep the creamed spinach. 😦 I’ll just eat mine fresh, thank you very much. 🙂 Now I’ll look at the rest and see if I can find the bark book. Thanks for helping me learn something new today. That makes it a good day indeed. 🙂

    • I would so love to see Crater Lake – perhaps one day I’ll get there. A remarkable place, I think.

      LOL you’re right, creamed spinach isn’t to everyone’s taste…my hubby is still not convinced. But he’s not sure he likes it fresh, either. 😉

      I hope you can find a copy of the bark book – it is truly fantastic to see those photos. The textures and colours are astonishing.

      I hope you’re having a wonderful week! All best! 🙂

  4. I cannot believe some of that food! Oh my …
    Thank you for sharing the crater lake images, the green flowers, and especially those water droplets.

  5. Oh my goodness I shouldn’t have clicked on that last link. Ewwww. Funny, but, I think I’ll pass. 🙂 On the other hand, those macro water droplet photos are extraordinary.

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