“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.”
Monday morning greetings sweet friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We arrived home last night from three days at SanDestin, one of the prettiest beaches anywhere. However, the weather was just like it has been at home, cloudy and gray. It was the first time that I had ever been to the beach during the winter months. We were there for a beautiful wedding of our long-time friends’ daughter. We were surprised how crowded it was, maybe due to President’s Day Weekend. On our drive home we saw lots of trees and flowers blooming…it is much too early. Speaking of flowers, it is the third Monday of the month which means it is Monday Morning Blooms with my flower loving friends. I am so glad that you are here for roses and halos, please come in out of the rain!
Roses were most plentiful last week because of Valentine’s Day. It was so easy to add Halo oranges to the pink “sweet unique” and white “Eskimo” roses. Both are hybrid tea roses, with the Eskimo being often used for bridal bouquets!
So what is a halo orange? It is a mandarin that is also known as a cutie! It is easy to peel, very sweet, and seedless. Their small size was perfect to add to the arrangement. This past Christmas I used halos for the first time to make my beloved Mom’s fabulous ambrosia…it was delicious! Ella Mae loves the halos and I don’t have to worry about seeds.
Another variety of orange that I love is the Cara Cara that is pictured above . Wikipedia says it is a medium sized navel that is seedless, sweet and low in acid and characterized by little to no pith and easy, clean separation from the rind. The flavor is more complex than most navel varieties and has been described as evoking notes of cherry, rose petal, and blackberry. You can see the beautiful pinkish red flesh in my photo, it is an excellent tasting orange and I highly recommend.
The floral arrangement was placed in my American Atelier “Baroque” soup tureen. A plastic container was placed within the tureen along with wet floral foam. The halo oranges were added first using floral picks. After adding the oranges, greenery was used as the base to hide the foam. Roses filled in all of the space along with seeded eucalyptus. It was very simple…I will one day try my hand at showing you a tutorial.
There is no need to bake orange rolls when you can buy Millie Ray’s baked close by in Birmingham, Alabama. The company had its beginnings when Millie Ray baked her first batch for her garden club in Homewood…the rest is history. They are so delicious that restaurants even serve them!
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