Look, what I saw today!
If all goes well, we should have pears again this year for making pies and compote. This tree did not produce last year, so I'm hoping it will this year. It's not mine, but I have permission to pick as many as I want from the owner. They are the green, hard ones that nobody wants, but they are excellent for baking, juicing and making compote with cinnamon and honey!
The Carolina Jasmine or "jessamine" (aka Yellow or Confederate Jasmine) or more properly Gelsemium sempervirens is one of my favorites. I find the faint, delicate scent intoxicating - as do the bees. It reminds me of a little flower called Himmelschluessel (Heaven's Keys) that conjure up childhood memories of field trips in Germany. Here it's known as Cowslip and is often confused with Oxlip (photos below)
Primula Veris (Cowslip)
often confused with Primula Elatior (Oxlip)
and this concludes our little horticultural lesson for today - hope you enjoyed it! Happy weekend y'all!