Friday, October 1, 2010

Flower Friday - Jacob's Ladder + Friday's Fab Five

Jacob's Ladder

This week's featured flower is Jacob's Ladder!  This perennial blooms from late spring through mid-summer.  It has small bluish-purple flowers and grows best in partial shade.  This particular variety gets to be around two feet tall and eighteen inches wide.  The feather-like leaves are just as pretty as the flowers, so this plant is lovely even before it begins blooming.  Some varieties of Jacob's Ladder have variegated leaves and some have white or pink flowers.  Cats like the smell of this plant, so young plants may need to be protected in order to flourish.   To learn more about about Jacob's Ladder, check out Better Homes & Gardens'  Jacob's Ladder page, Wikipedia's Jacob's Ladder page, or the Jacob's Ladder page at Dave's Garden.

A few book & blogosphere notes:

1.  Novel Novice is giving away three copies of Lauren Kate's Torment.   Be sure to stop by and check out their exclusive interviews with Lauren Kate & enter to win a copy of Torment here (ends 10/8).

2.  Candace's Book Blog is hosting a 1,000 Follower Giveaway.   There will be four winners and one part of the contest is even open to international followers (a book under $15 from The Book Depository).  So be sure to stop by and enter that contest here (ends 10/22).

3.  Visit the Goodreads page for Erin Blakemore's The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder & enter to win one of fifteen advance copies they are giving away (ends 11/1).  The publisher is also giving away fifteen copies for review through LibraryThing, and you can enter that giveaway here  (about halfway down the page - ends 10/27).   I can't wait to read this book!  :-)

This fun meme is hosted by Froggarita's Bookcase.  Every Friday Froggarita asks five questions so we can all get to know each other better.  The only rule is that you can't use the same answer twice within your five!   Ready to play?  Leave your answers in the comments or leave us a link to your own Friday's Fab Five post. 

1.  Favorite fruit?

2.  Favorite vegetable?
Mmm... broccoli!

3.  Favorite cheese?
Daiya vegan cheese!

4.  Favorite lunchmeat?
Tofurky deli slices!

5.  Favorite nut?
Almonds ... yum!


Jenni Elyse said...

I really like those flowers. I don't know if I've ever seen them in person, though.

I love your cheese and lunch meat responses. They make me smile because I know you. ;)

Vampires and Tofu said...

I've been dying to try that cheese but have been having trouble finding it!

Violet said...

Jenni - Your answer for favorite nut cracked me up! And now I am craving pineapple. Yum! :)

Vampires and Tofu - I hope you are able to try Daiya sometime soon. It makes the yummiest nachos ever! It melts about a thousand times better than any other vegan cheese & has a great flavor. :)

Hopefully it will become easier to find as more markets hear how tasty it is. Right now the nearest store I've found is an hour away. Vegan Essentials sells it online if you can't find a store nearby.

Some of the pre-packaged foods that use Daiya cheese are really delicious too, like Amy's Vegan Macaroni & Cheeze.

Erin M. Blakemore said...

Thanks so much for the mention, Violet! I can't believe it's book release month already!

Cleverly Inked said...

I love apples too. I made apple pie yesterday, didn't even make it though the night.

Candace said...

Thanks for sharing my giveaway! And for telling us about the other goings on in the book world.

I also think I'm going to have to try out that cheese. My husband won't so I've not been eating much cheese. He has to have his Tillamook cheese :(
He also caught onto the fake meat I've been feeding him. It took him a few meals though so I'm happy that I found some ways to use it. It has to be heavily hidden under lots of other textures.

Nikki-ann said...

Beautiful flowers :)

I really need to get Fallen read, so I can get Torment.

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