Friday, May 02, 2008


It's been a weird two days. Yesterday, 80 degrees. Really nice out. Lots of stuff blooming. Like these white flowers:
I should know what these are. Do you?

Also, trees are blooming. Pink pink pink!
Again, what is it? No idea. But pretty.

So. 80 degrees yesterday. Today? This:
Yes, that would be snow on those grape hyacinths.

And snow on those tulips.
Seemed like a good morning to do something like turning this:
Into this:
And in other exciting news, a transformation that's happening more slowly:
Another amaryllis bud. This one from a bulb I neglected to force into dormancy last summer, and which I assumed would not flower this year. Lo and behold!


  1. Re the top flower, I have an early bloomer that looks a lot like that but in purple. My plant-knowledgeable neighbor and I call it "snow drop," but we're not sure that's the real name. It comes up on a stalk surrounded by slender green leaves.

    Claire @

  2. ummm the bread looks yummy! Isn't the weater nuts lately? Even here in CA we are going from cold to hot to cold. Wish Mother Nature woudl make up her mind!

  3. I don't envy you your weather. I don't like snow at all.

  4. The pink flowers might be cherry blossoms?

  5. As soon as the mercury crosses 70, I stop to wonder, will it snow tomorrow?

  6. Thanks so much for all your comments on no-knead bread, and for weighing in at Bittman's new blog mention of our method.

    Visit anytime: (post to any of the "Comments" fields).

    Jeff Hertzberg (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking)

  7. Beautiful blooms, esp the pink blossom..sorry I can't help with IDs.
    ..and that bread [herb?]looks pretty good! :O)

  8. Hm, they're not snowdrops as I know them (which appear way earlier, are more "droppy" and look like this). But thanks! I'll let you know if I figure it out. "Snowdrops" might be a regional term for different flowers.

    Hi Kasey. Could be cherry! Boy, I suck at flower IDs.

    Peggy, Julie and Manisha, I'm so ready for the snow to stop. Especially on my weekends.

    Hey Jeff, can you tell I'm a Believer?

  9. Oh, and Gina, it's plain bread with wheat bran and sesame sprinkle on top, plus a little maldon salt.

    I get the sesame sprinkle from The Spice House in Milwaukee. It includes: white hulled sesame seeds, basil, minced parsley flakes, granulated onion, garlic, celery seeds, thyme, Hungarian sweet paprika, powdered lemon peel, dill weed, cayenne and Greek oregano.

  10. Wow your weather is even more up & down than ours at the moment. Great photos though as usual

  11. Your white flowers are Ornithogalum umbellatum.

  12. aha! a.k.a Star of Bethlehem. Thanks, MK! I will have to get some for my yard.