Stacey Kayne: Spring In Bloom



By Robert McCracken

Today is the day when bold kites fly,
When cumulus clouds roar across the sky.
When robins return, when children cheer,
When light rain beckons spring to appear.

Today is the day when daffodils bloom,
Which children pick to fill the room,
Today is the day when grasses green,
When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen.



flower_blossomsI’m certain most of us have heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”  In my arid California home, this saying holds true and few scents are sweeter than a fresh spring rain. I have been enjoying our short and precious rainy season.  And true to the saying, spring is blooming all around us. Miles of orchards surround my house and those trees seem to blossom overnight–barren winter trees bursting into massive bouquets of pink and white.

Spring has arrived!flower_capoppy

A short drive through the foothills and you’ll find another source of gold in our California foothills at springtime—California poppies. They coat the hillsides. A light breeze through the lush grasses and those hills really do glimmer of gold. 

flower_lupinesAnother of my favorite wild flowers is the vibrant purple lupines. Every meadow is splashed with all colors of the rainbow—everything is fresh and new, a true rebirth of a new year.  


What are your favorite spring flowers?  Is there a certain flower you look forward to seeing in bloom?



A favorite tasty recipe of mine is Pistachio Pineapple Delight — a refreshing soft spring-green fruit salad filled with pineapple and mandarin oranges (although you can use a fruit of your choice). 

·        Empty two packets of Jell-o-brand Pistachio pudding into medium bowel.

·        Dump in a 20oz can of crushed pineapple.  Stir until pudding mix dissolves in the pineapple juice. 

·        Add an 11oz can of (drained) mandarin oranges.

·        Mix in one tub of Cool Whip.  Refrigerate to thicken.

(Some like to add a cup of mini marshmellows)



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28 thoughts on “Stacey Kayne: Spring In Bloom”

  1. I love all flowers in the Spring. If I had to pick just one, I’d say Crocus. There’s just something about them. Have a great day.

  2. Those flowers look beautiful, I can’t wait until some of ours start blooming here. There is just something great about spring all new and fresh. I love it, and can’t wait to get rid of the cold weather.

  3. Hi Stacey,

    Oh the poppy fields. I’ve never visited the California poppies, yet I vow to go every year. So stunning.

    I love bulb flowers the most, especially cala lillies and the iris flowers. Lillies always remind me of my childhood during Easter. My mama loved Easter lillies.

    My hubby has the green thumb in our family and we have the best garden on the block, IMHO. He’s always planting, transferring, fertilizing and watering.

    Happy Easter everyone!

  4. My favorite spring flower is the tulip. I have planted then several times in my yard but it seems like the moles alway get the bulbs or something because they will bloom one year and never come back.

  5. Thanks for the recipe, Stacy!

    My favorite spring flowers are my irises and the
    gorgeous Texas bluebonnets which cover the highways
    and the byways for such a short time every spring!

    Pat Cochran

  6. Stacey,

    Your flowers are gorgeous! Nothing says spring quite like beautiful wildflowers. Those lupines look so much like our Texas Bluebonnets. It’s such a delight to drive down the road and see patches upon patches of Bluebonnets. They’re just spectacular. Pretty flowers feed my soul, especially after a cold winter. They’re like warm rays of sunshine even if it’s raining.

    Excellent post!

  7. Me too, Sherry!! The green sure doesn’t last long around here–maybe another month–so we try to soak it up while we can 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend!

  8. My grandmother had planted a Bleeding Heart at her house and our house… so everytime I see one I think of her!
    Have a wonderful weekend all! Happy Easter! 😀

  9. Thank you for sharing Roberta, Quiltlady and Brenda!! It is hard to choose just one favorite spring flower 🙂

    My mother-in-law has this beautiful purple iris bush in her front yard where all the family Easter pics are taken each year 😀

  10. Woopsi–that was QuiltingREADER, not QuiltLADY — we have two quilters 🙂 Sorry about the mix up! I’m going to have to get my pal Paisley Kirkpatrick to do a quest quilting blog 🙂

  11. Charlene, you have to go to the Poppy fields!!! They are so pretty, expecially on a breezy day, because those petals are glossy on one side and lighter on the other, so when they flip in the wind, it’s a mesmerizing effect 🙂

    I love those bulb flowers too. Our neighbors tulips just came up and their gorgeous. My hubby is also the gardener around here–he’s toyed with the idea of starting a landscape design biz–he’s got a great eye for it and loves to spend hours in the yard. Unfortunately for me, his personal taste is a desert selection, lots of yellow and red–go figure *g*, I’m always asking him to plant something more colorful. Since we remodeled he’s given me my own patch right outside the new dining room window for mosses, baby tears and some colorful flowers 🙂

  12. Hi QuiltLady! I do believe tulips have to be re-seeded each year. I’ve done them a few times–but they never do come back on their own 🙁

    We used to have giant purple, white and yellow Irises in our front yard with the long straight leaves that shoot up from the ground like massive green swords. Those come back–with a vengence *g*, and mulitply like crazy–but they were so pretty!!! Must have been too much color for my hubby 😉 He dug them out and gave them away a couple years ago because they overtaking the yard.

  13. Hi Linda! Were you the one who posted about the Texas Bluebonnets last year? I remember the pics of people stopped along side the road–they were goregous!! Driving can become a mite dangerous in the spring–gotta watch out for those soaking up that colorful sunshine 😉

    Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Oh Stacey, I love this recipe! My brother-in-law’s mom makes it for gatherings, and it’s my favorite. I think she adds pecans, too. Thanks, thanks!!

    I totally love flowers. My hubby and I visited the California poppy reseve out near Lancaster a couple years ago, almost surreal. Miles and miles of them. I love the wild poppies and lupine all over the roadsides.

    And here on the coast, the sea daisies are blooming and cover the hillsides. They’re tufts of gorgeous yellow daisies that grow atop mini-Joshua tree scrubby plants that are totally ugly the rest of the year. The sea daisies only come to life for about a month. How I will miss them!

    My roses are actually doing pretty well at this moment, considering what a green thumb I don’t have.

    Blessed Easter to the fillies and our friends.

  15. Hi Penney! I love those daffodils too—always makes me think of my Grandmas. When I was a kid and would visit my dad I’d walk to the local flower shop in our tiny town and could buy daffodils for just a couple dollars, then walk to my grandmas houses 🙂

    Thank you for the Happy Easter wishes!

  16. I love the daffodils. My lilacs are starting to open and nothing can compare with the sight and smell of a large bush of them. I always cut a bunch and put them in my large pitcher and washbowl sets. Makes the house smell wonderful. It is such an old fashioned, homey touch.
    When the daffodils, tulips and lilacs are gone, I look forward to my irises. I have 6 or 7 different varieties. When we redo our flower beds this fall, I hope to add several more.
    Have made the green salad for years – Green Glop my kids call it – but have never put mandarin oranges in. Will have to try that this year.

  17. Ooh, thanks for the pecan tip, Tanya!

    I got to see those Joshua trees in bloom last year–beautiful!! The Joshua forrest in CA and Arizona is pretty amazing. You know, they only grow at a certain elevation and can only be found in about 2-4 places on the planet 🙂 I’ve awlays been fascinated by them 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Hi Patricia! Lilacs—that’s the bush my mom-in-law has. They have a really strong, distinct fragrance–I love it 🙂 I so miss our irises. I might have to plan a flowerbed mutiny 😉

    Green Glop—too funny!! My step mom brought me a big tub after I had my first baby–I’ve been hooked on the stuff ever since 😉

    Happy Easter wishes to all!!

  19. Hi Stacey! Thanks for the dose of California! I lived north of Los Angeles, at the top of the “grapevine,” aka Interstate 5, for about 8 years. This time of year, those hills would be solid orange with poppies. It looked like carpet. Loved it!

  20. The daffodils have to be the toughest little buggers in the world. Especially hear in Nebraska where winter and spring weather get all mixed up. Mine were starting to come up when the snow that had covered them since last November melted. They survived sub freezing temps, more snow and even some freezing rain, but they are now blooming like crazy.

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