Out of town patio



Nice to see bright green patio furniture

with the fresh, pink blossoms at

Pistachia Vera,

local bakery & coffee house

serving Felicia and me,

breakfast mushroom

cheese quiche.

This 2 post message is to spread

both beauty in food and wishes

for your bright day



When I thought I knew
the kind of flowers,
someone said I had
this wrong. Always
nice to ask my


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    • Beth, I looked through a few flower catalogs and my one friend says azaleas and another magnolias. Neither shows this same tulip looking bud. This place would be one I could see you and a daughter, or you and your guy here. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Dan. A man tied his dog to a bike rack and ran into get a coffee. I was tempted to capture dog nicely sitting for blog. I should just get Hamlet since he is a big, sweet golden retriever. πŸ™‚

    • Marissa, I am excited about the time passing and soon you will be in NYC!! It will be warm and nice sights to see, places to show your kids and they will never forget them! πŸ™‚

    • I sure do, too. I miss my Grandma who did this amazing homemade baking often. I remember your early December baking post. Everyone had so much fun with nostalgia and old recipes mentioned. At least you still do this “when push comes to shove.” πŸ˜‰

    • This is good to know, Anneli, in case I stop by. :). I think of you as a good cook and now will keep in mind you bake regularly. It hasn’t come up since the holidays. Sorry to sound like you didn’t. . .

      • No problem. I didn’t think you implied that. But I have always baked my own things, and tried to go for healthy choices of food whenever possible. I don’t like the taste of chemicals in my cookies and bread. We have a little bakery in a nearby town. Whenever we’re there go stop by to buy their rye bread. Other than that though, I try to bake my own stuff.

  1. Looks like a young magnolia to me. Beautiful pink and lovely, cheerful post, Robin as usual. There are always soft and welcoming words and pictures here at your place. ❀

    • I am smiling and thinking a silent, “Vindication!” This was my very first suggestion to a good gardening friend, Beth. She didn’t think Ohio had them.
      Your compliments were very sweet and lovely indeed. I remember your scents post and possible special shelves being considered by Geoffrey for you, dear. So, you see not only do you spread sunshine across the land you leave a trailing “whiff” of beauty behind. ❀

    • Inese, thank you!! My good gardening friend didn’t think magnolias could survive Ohio (Midwest state) bitter cold winters. I am smiling since this is second person to suggest this. Your recent post had beautiful, captivating scenery with many forms of nature and animals, Inese. It was like a wonderful gift to behold.

      • Thank you, Robin! I think this is either Ann or Jane magnolia, I have to google . They are not evergreen like Magnolia grandiflora, and can live in almost any weather.

    • Jenny, third time’s a charm! You are the 3rd person to suggest magnolias.
      I had originally included my guess as this, but when I mentioned this to a gardening friend she didn’t think so. I then went back and opened it up for discussion. Thanks so much! I read about your trip into London and enjoyed vicariously seeing the sights, including the sky garden, Gherkin and Cheese Grater buildings. My favorites, though, are the classic London Tower, London Bridge and the London Eye. πŸ™‚
      The fun and nice part about how you met your friend was like a serendipitous moment. Two of you stuck in a position to chat and get to know each other quickly.

  2. I went out for brunch the other day and ordered the quiche, only to be told they were sold out already! Now your mention of quiche in your poem just reminded me of this incident and I have a craving for it again πŸ˜‰ I’m not a gardener so I don’t know the type of flower.. but I know pink is my favorite color. HUGS

    • Christy, if you were in this area, I would tease you that we took the last piece of quiche. πŸ˜‰
      The few people who identified this think it is a magnolia. I am glad pink is your favorite color.
      I liked the blue sky, lime green with that perfect unopened bud in the middle. Hope you are well and happy, dear.

  3. This is such a beautiful flower…Your poem made me think of how certain simple moments could be full of joy… they are most times simple moments loaded of special meanings
    Sending best wishes. Happy weekend ahead. Aquileana πŸ™‚

  4. I’ll chime in and say the flowers are a variety of magnolia. We have all kinds of magnolia down here in Florida, including the kind in your photo. And Pistachia Vera? What a great name for a cafe!

  5. Such a fresh and inspirational post for spring. This is putting me in the mood to get planting a garden myself! I love bright, pink geraniums planted with variegated green ivy together with a few white flowers drifting over the side of the pot.

  6. It’s a tulip tree πŸ™‚
    They’re in the same family as magnolias, but they’re hardier for our Midwestern winters. They are the state tree of Indiana ❀

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