Views of the Neighborhood – Spring Flowers

Today we are going out to find the spring wildflowers, and as usual, we need to be fortified with good food and drink. Today we are being catered brunch from Matties in Austin.

Matties Brunch

STARTER
FriedGreenTomatoes shrimp+crabsalad,lemon,creoleremoulade . . . . .
SALADS
Farmhouse Salad (V) local greens, fennel relish, tarragon vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes

Beet Salad cardamom yogurt preserved lemon, arugula, hazelnuts

Frisée Salad pickled apples, arugula, roasted grapes, candied pecans, bleu cheese, lemon-poppyseed dressing

Little Gem Caesar (V) creamy cashew caesar dressing, rebel tomatoes, almond “parmesan,” garlic crostini  Add to any salad
Roasted chicken breast  Seared salmon
ENTRÉES
Biscuits+ChorizoCreamGravy ̊with scrambled eggs
Milk Punch French Toast macerated strawberries, candied pecans, whipped cream, bourbon maple syrup.
Green Chile Pork Chilaquiles tomatillo sauce, chunky pico de gallo, over-easy eggs, cotija cheese, tortilla chips
Breakfast Plate ̊ scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, or house-made wild boar sausage.
Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict ̊ buttermilk biscuits, hollandaise, green salad
Basmati Rice Bowl (V) chickpeas, coconut curry, roasted vegetables, cilantro, tomato, green onions
Grassfield Farms Beef Burger ̊ aged Tillamook cheddar, tomato-bacon jam, Duke’s mayo, house frites. Add egg, bacon, or avocado
SIDES
Nueske’sBacon  HomeFries  Porfi’s Housemade Sage Sausage  FreshFruit(V)

Wine

Raventós i Blanc Blanc de Blancs Conca del Riu Anoia, Catalonia, Spain 2016

Moussé Fils ‘l’Extra Or d’Eugène’ Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut Champagne, France nv

Chateaude Brézé Cremantde Loire Brut Rosé France nv

Rose Gold Côtes de Provence,France 2018

Dessert

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart honey roasted peanuts, flourless brownie, salted caramel sauce

Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream peach curd, blackberry compote, sugar oat streusel

Hummingbird Cake  banana, coconut, pineapple, cashew, almond,
rum-cream cheese frosting

Today’s entertainment will be a soothing and relaxing time with a Cardinal at the falls.

So let’s get on board.

Views of the Neighborhood

Along the side of the main drag in Lakeway is a beautiful display of bluebonnets.

And some wild daisies.

Closeup of the bluebonnets.

A few four nerve daisies in with the bluebonnets

The California poppies are blooming

A close-up of the California poppies.

We are now at the greenbelt, and the iris are blooming.

A close-up of the iris.

Views of the Neighborhood

The cedar sage (Salvia roemeriana) is lovely.

Views of the Neighborhood

Path with bluebonnets on each side.

Views of the Neighborhood

A close-up of the bluebonnets

It could be Antelope horns (Asclepias Asperula), but I’m not sure.

Evening primrose close-up.

The evening primrose in the natural setting.

Views of the Neighborhood

Some prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Views of the Neighborhood

A fern by a water feature.

We have finished our tour. Stay and have some food and listen to the falls and cardinal.

Have a great week.

 

97 comments

  1. A nice splash of colour, John. It’s nice to see nature waking up. I’m concerned at the lack of social distancing between the plants, though ;D

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    1. Hahaha. Yes the CDC would be very displeased. 😁

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  2. Love those iconic bluebonnets, but the California poppies are stunners, too. And I will take the biscuits and gravy, John. Yum!! Thanks for a great ride…welcome spring!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Here is an order to go. 😁

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  3. Thanks for the wonderful stroll through the pretty flowers, John. Thanks also for the fried green tomatoes and biscuits and gravy. I hope you have a nice easy day.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I hope the sme for you. 😁

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  4. Yes, spring is here, flowers are blooming, nests are being built and I’m gorging myself on your menu!
    Thanks for the fried green tomatoes, John. I haven’t had them in at least a year!!

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    1. I’m after some of those fried green tomatoes as well!

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      1. I’ll be at the store today – guess what’s on the list!!

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      2. Green tomatoes!

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    2. When I grew my own I loved those. They were the best side for a couple of fried eggs. Thanks, GP.

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  5. Thank you for a most delightful Sunday morning tour! I loved seeing the blooms.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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      2. 😁 If I could spell thanks it would help.

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      3. I knew what you meant!

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Thank you for showing us all the wonderful reasons that Spring is beloved. The new life, the colors, and birds singing delight. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  7. You’re spoiling us with these fantastic meals, John. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous flowers. I’ve always loved the bluebonnets. Wishing you household a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. And a peaceful Sunday to you, Jill.

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  8. Bingo! You’re right on the antelope horns. What a great find — I thought I spotted some last weekend, but I was going 60 at the time and wasn’t inclined to stop and turn around.

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    1. Hard to do a donut at that speed. Thanks, Linda. 😁

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  9. Food check, wild flowers check, maidenhair fern double check. Happy Sunday John

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    1. Maidenhead fern
      *slaps forehead

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  10. That spread is sumptuous! I’m stuffed just reading the menu.
    Lovely share of pretty spring flowers.
    And that little video – don’t you just want to sit by that all day with a book in hand? I videotaped a cardinal singing, too! I just love how they respond when I whistle their tune!
    Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. They are very social. We have one that starts singing when we let the pups out in the morning. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. I love them!

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  11. You’ve found some beautiful flowers, John! The only ones I’ve seen right here in my area are the evening primrose.

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    1. Yes, the others are native to Texas and I’m not sure if they are found anywhere else.

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  12. Love all the blue.

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    1. It is a great blue when the sun is out.

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  13. No real flowers here yet, but my peach tree is in full bloom.

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    1. That is a good sign.

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  14. Love seeing the wildflowers, especially the bluebonnets. A coworker planned to travel to Burnett this weekend to see them.

    I’m waiting for the coreopsis to appear in a few weeks. The waterfall video was so relaxing.

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    1. Thanks, Joan. I always find the waterfall to be a source of peace.

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  15. Such a nice variety. The bluebonnets and poppies are especially gorgeous. Love the relaxing finish with the waterfall. I’ll just linger and sip my wine. 🙂

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    1. Yes and contemplate nature. 😁

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  16. I like those bluebonnets, John. Lots of color in your post today!

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    1. thank you, Barbara. They are beautiful even though we didn’t get a lot of rain this spring.

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  17. Such a beautiful time of year as colours burst everywhere. Lovely tour today John!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. 😁

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  18. I was wondering if the bluebonnets were blooming yet. I need to take a road trip. I love seeing fields of them. Thank you for sharing these beautiful signs of spring, John!

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    1. Yes they are. I think they liked the snow.

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  19. Delightful wildflowers! I haven’t seen prairie verbenas in ages – thanks. You are fortunate to have wildflowers in your neighborhood. Breakfast plate with wild-boar sausage was excellent!

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    1. I’m gald you liked it Jo. Thanks for letting me know you liked the flowers too.

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  20. What a wonderful rainbow of flowers, dear John! Thank you for the spring mood! 🙂

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    1. You are so welcome, Dear Maria. I see it is 4 degrees C in Moscow. It is also 4:00 AM. I hope I didn’t wake you. 🤫

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      1. No problem. dear John! 😁The Internet never sleeps. We had about 15 degrees today. Tomorrow it will be about +25…however yet snow is expected. Our Nature is becoming wild with us, unreasonable human beings! I have heard about social disorders in Minessota. I hope it will be with as less victims as possible. It is a great feast today here. Every 12th of April Russia celebrates the first space travel made by Yurij Gagarin in 1961. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy cosmos day!

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      2. Yurij was a great hero. Happy Cosmos Day. Yes, there are demonstrations because another black man was killed by police in Minnesota. It was an accidental shooting but still sparks demonstrations.

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  21. I love the sound of the flowing water, John. Exquisite flowers.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. Was a super outing.

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  22. Wow, those poppies are the vibrant burst of colour that I needed today, thanks!

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    1. I’m so glad CB. Thanks for letting me know you liked them.

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  23. Beautiful tour, John. I love this time of year that brings new blooms and new hope along with them. Our orange poppies are popping up all over and they’re glorious. 🙂
    Hope you’re having a nice Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. It was a great Sunday.

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  24. Love all those flowers, John, especially the iris and the California poppies. But you got me at the fire green tomatoes and chocolate peanut butter tart.

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    1. Hahahaha. Those are killers for sure.

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  25. Finally made it by, John! I especially love your Sunday tours, and this one was extra nice. We share some of the same wildflowers, like iris and evening primrose, and even a variety of scarlet salvia very similar to the one you pictured. But OH, what I wouldn’t give to see a field of bluebonnets! Alas, that’s not one we have here. 😦

    THANKS for sharing. It made me smile, and after Saturday’s sweltering heat, and today’s heavy, all-day rain, I needed that. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

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    1. Yes, those bluebonnets are a Texas thing, Marcia. Thanks for the visit. 😁

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  26. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    So many signs of spring. My fellow retired teachers and I gathered outside this past week for our first retirement lunch in over a year—one step closer to normalcy.

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    1. A greay step toward normalcy. A super event for sure.😁

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  27. The Bluebonnets are just lovely! Spring is looking really pretty there.

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    1. It is definitely looking up here. Unfortunately, our olive tree did not survive the freeze. I have asked for a magnolia tree for my birthday.

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      1. Oh, that sounds like a really nice gift!

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      2. I think so. It will represent me at Eighty. An old softie who would rather have a tree than a fast car.

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      3. Me too. A lot less insurance cost too.

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  28. Spring gives you quite an assortment of colorful beauties. Thanks for rekindling the memories of the long-gone Bluebonnet Bowl.

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    1. Yes. Always happy to conger up a sports memory, Frank. 😁

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  29. After never having luck with bulbs, I decided to give them another try and planted irises last fall. Once again, nothing. I’m done. I’m having the French toast and PB and chocolate dessert!

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    1. Okay then. I would concentrate on the food then. Thanks, Teri.

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  30. I love the poppies. The food keeps getting better and better!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. I keep looking for different menus. 😊

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      1. Boy, do you ever succeed! You might have to get a fancy new motor bus to be in high style. 🙂

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      2. I kinda like the sleeper aspect to my bus. Looks like junk on the outside but totally luxurious on the inside. 😁

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      3. Ah! Good to know. 😀

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      4. I like my cars the same way. Give me a good suspension and a turbo eight and I don’t care what the body looks like.

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      5. I know what you mean…hubby has one (he calls the car Baby 🙄) in the garage. This car drives like a dream machine.

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      6. I can imagine. My last was a 1993 12 cl BMW 850Ci

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      7. I will tell him so he can drool. His is a Mercedes sports car, 280XL (I think.) 1983.

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      8. I think it may be an SL. Yes his baby.

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      9. Yes, it’s an SL, and a 380. Sheesh! And it’s his baby. 🙂 After riding in the car, I appreciate the drive of a really good car. It’s a big wow! He was very excited about your BMW. Really. I smiled when he wanted to tell me details. 😀

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      10. The 380SL is a sweet ride for sure.

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      11. Yes! 😎

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  31. Beautiful pics, John. My stomach growled six times, reading over the menu.

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    1. Good. That’s what I hope it would do.

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  32. Is it okay to say the word ‘spring’? Just checking . . .

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    1. If you are standing under a shelter you can say ‘spring.’

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  33. wonderful flowers… paths, almost thrilling. I was expecting: “… and then we’ve found the body” 😱 jk

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