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Sunday, May 15, 2011

first roses of may


Hi bento pals! What a beautiful May weekend we've just enjoyed, mostly mild and bright with refreshing evening rain. Roses and peonies have burst into fragrant bloom...




Some fresh selections at the farmer's market on Saturday:



This cute border collie surveyed the crowds from the farm truck:










As part of our ongoing explorations of local historic towns, we visited charming Culpeper, VA for the first time on a misty Saturday afternoon...












Fried catfish at the friendly Frost Cafe was made with care. Great lima beans, too.




Iris and peony outside the Culpeper History Museum










Monday's bento features chicken in Thai red curry sauce that I made for Sunday's lunch with cilantro, avocado, green beans and egg noodles, a snow pea shots and viola salad, apricot and strawberries....



 







21 comments:

Karina said...

Blog land is just filled with beautiful photos of peonies today. One of my favorite flowers, but I've never had them in my garden - wonder if they would grow here in No Cal. I am always so inspired by your wonderful ventures. It's almost farm market time and I can't wait to get out and let the fresh foods dictate my mealplan. Such beautiful photos as always - I've enjoyed viewing your weekend with you.

Bobo said...

How refreshing to just read your blog and those beautiful photos in a Monday morning.
Look at that full bloom peonies..so lovely..

Laura said...

Your photos are so beautiful!!!

Bentobird said...

Hello Karina dear! I'd love to hear if you try growing them...they are so lush and happy and buoyant. Your comments are so encouraging and a delight to read, thanks so much :D

Have an excellent and creative week!

Bentobird said...

Hello Bobo! Thanks so much for visiting, have a super week!!

Bentobird said...

Thank you Laura! How fun to find a photograpic pal who is inpired by so many of the same sorts of things--your pink tulip image from this weekend was stunning, instant fav!

Robin said...

Roses, peonies, irises and border collies. This is my kind of posting. Your images just vibrate with the promises of spring fulfilled. The tasty Thai red curry bento just sets it off.

My peonies are just about to bloom, their heads are full and round with the blush of color (pink and white) just forming. I think they will be bursting by end of next week. So let Karina know they do grow in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

Wishing you a fabulous week Jenn!

Emily Ng said...

What a fabulous view with those beautiful flowers..so nice. Thanks for sharing them with us, Jenn. :) How I wish I can 'fly' to your place now..haha.
I love chicken curry too..hmm..yummy yummy. NIce and beutiful bento, as always Jenn.

Bentobird said...

Heee, thanks for your lovely comments Robin! This pup was sooo cute and alert, I took a bunch of pics of him. Great news about peonies flourishing in CA, I'll make sure Karina gets the word :) I'll bet yours are going to be splendid in bloom!

Have an awesome week, buddy :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Emily! This is my favorite time of year, so fun to share with you! Enjoy bentoing this week...

Lexi said...

Beautiful flowers!! :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Lexi! Hooray for spring, have a super week!!

tofugirl said...

You have strawberries already! Nice. Those flowers are just gorgeous. This post really cheered up my day Jenn...hope you are doing well :)

KidsDreamWork said...

The roses look so stunning and so does your bento! I just hope I have half of your photography skill Jenn! :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Carol! Yep, we are just a little ahead of NY's growing season here I think? Hope you have enjoyed a fantastic birthday complete with a special sweet!!

Bentobird said...

Thank you dear Ai Ping! I love your pics!

Mauri said...

May is a great month for flowers! I love peonies!

Bentobird said...

Hi there Mauri!! Happy May, indeed the month of lush and colorful blooms...thanks for visiting, I'll bet it is gorgeous in your part of Italy right now!

Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

Ha! This spring I've got myself a small sage plant on the balcony... let's see if it'll grow flowers!!! Although I thought you weren't supposed to let your herbs bloom because it takes away their taste?

Gorgeous bento -- it gives me such a sunny feeling!

Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

Er... flavour. Not taste. :\

Bentobird said...

Hi Gnoe! I'd never heard that before...I love flowers, I love herbs, so when they combine, its joy for this cook :D

Happy spring my friend...may it be sunny!!