Tag Archives: nature

Fresh lavender: A peaceful way to begin the week

14 Jul

In my book, the only thing better than breathing fresh air is breathing fresh lavender!

I was thinking about lavender the other day, and wondered if TJ’s would be offering buckets of cut stems any time soon. Then I went to pick up a few things and lo and behold…

Trader Joe's welcomes customers with fresh lavender

A fragrant welcome

Maybe I should try thinking about winning the lottery, and then buy a ticket?

The daffodil: A killer lurks within

27 Mar

Last weekend, Trader Joe’s had a deal on daffodils that I couldn’t resist; a small bunch for about $1.50. A cheap way to bring home some fragrant cheer.

As I was checking out, the TJ’s cashier advised that the daffodils should have their own container. She warned that the delicate and frilly flowers tend to murder their vasemates.

Who knew?!

Daffodils: Enemy of the flowers

A gang of daffodils

I heeded her advice, but I also looked it up for myself. I’m from Missouri, the skeptic’s state, after all. And I started finding other posts with the same thing – a newly informed daffodil owner in dismay, someone who was searching to confirm this dire indictment, and people who learned to deal with the recently acquired knowledge that their flowers were hiding a deadly secret.

I also found some tips about reforming these criminal beauties. It’s the sap that does the deed. Allowed to ooze, the chemicals the daffodils release make nearby flowers unable to absorb water and so they find their demise.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s cashier!

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Happy spring!

21 Mar

It’s the first day of spring, but the temperature is still pointing south. Much of the U.S. is still under mounds of snow, and tomorrow’s forecast warns for a few more inches in the Midwest.

Trader Joe’s comes through with another burst of warm weather promise and joy:

Ranunculus blossoms from Trader Joe's

Ranunculus blooms. Beauty abounds.

Ranunculus is a lovely flower with a bloom that’s a tonic for the eyes and a name that sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.

Gorgeous flowers, and so reasonably priced!

Six buck beauty at Trader Joe’s

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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Prolific and terrific: Ranunculus

Ranunculus arrangements

Meaning and symbolism of Ranunculus

This tiny beauty: TJ’s Mini Orchids

17 Aug

TJ’s Mini Orchid is a little niblet of nature’s elegance. Costing $6.99, that’s about $1 per inch, and worth every bit of it.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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