Floral notes: January 2018.

Time-lapse photography is awesome.  It’s even more awesome when it features spring flowers.  Don’t miss this! 

Here are some great photos illustrating crown shyness in trees. Next time you’re in a heavily wooded area, look up – maybe you’ll spot a display. I keep thinking I’ve seen it in aspens, but I have no documentation of it…I’m now on a mission to photograph it if I come across it. I’m not sure if Populus is a genus that exhibits it – not all trees do.

My article, “Growing Green Flowers,” published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Heirloom Gardener, is available to read online here.

I didn’t do a lot of holiday baking, but this ginger cookie recipe was so good, I made more than one batch.  It’s gluten free but if you don’t have dietary restrictions, you should be easily able to substitute wheat flour for the GF blend.  The almond flour may also be successfully swapped out with the GF blend (or wheat flour) as well. And it’s cool if you want to omit the candied ginger, too – just add a touch more ground ginger.  ♥


  1. Those spring flowers and cherry blossom in the first link are wonderful! Made me realise spring is not just a faint memory, but will come around once again soon! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • We’ve had such dreadfully cold and snowy weather the past few weeks, spring still feels pretty far off…but there is always that promise, as you say! Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week, Cathy!

  2. I was with friends last weekend who were bemoaning the lack of a gluten free gingersnap recipe in their lives. I suspect you will have made their day when they open my email with the link to your recipe.

  3. I love the time-lapse film! I also was very interested in crown shyness – I must remember to look up when we eventually get some leaves back on the trees! Your article on green flowers was very interesting. I like green flowers very much and have grown the lime green tobacco plants. I also have some green tulips which are beautiful!

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