Camellias — Day Trip to Bayou Country

Winter in Louisiana is considered mild. And with it comes the beauty of camellias. The blooming season starts in fall, depending on the variety, and mine are still at it. You can plant different varieties so you will have blooms throughout the season.

One Saturday this winter, my mom and I took a daytrip to New Iberia, La., which is below Lafayette. We were on a quest to see the beautiful camellias at Rip Van Winkle Gardens of Jefferson Island.  Joseph Jefferson built his winter home atop the salt dome in 1869. He found wealth and fame playing Rip Van Winkle in the theatre. The Rip Van Winkle gardens, developed in the 1950s, are lush throughout the year, and well-known for its camellias. Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Camellia

Camellia

 

Peacock

Peacock

 

After our tour and garden walk, mom and I headed out in search of lunch.

Raw oysters anyone?

Louisiana Raw Oysters

Louisiana Raw Oysters

 

While driving through New Iberia, we saw the Steen’s Cane syrup plant with gallons of my favorite thing: cane syrup! If you’ve never had it, try it! Steens Syrup

Steens

Steens

 

We finished our day at Vivian Alexander’s studio and museum on a bayou where enamel purses are crafted out of egg shells in the Fabergé style using silver, gemstones, pearls and translucent enamel. Vivian Alexander

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Vivian Alexander was commissioned to create replicas of the most valuable sculptures in Malcolm Forbes’ collection of Fabergé eggs.

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As we drove out of bayou country, the crawfish mud houses caught our eye. They signal spring and crawfish boils! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

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Bring on the Green

Is There a 4-Leaf Clover?

Is There a 4-Leaf Clover?

Spring officially comes to Baton Rouge with our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that winds its way through the Hundred Oaks area and ends at a street party at ZeeZee Gardens. It seems to almost always be a beautiful day. And the parade brings sparkly beads to the trees! And yes, people do buy houses because they are on the parade route.

Parade Pic

Parade Pic with Michelle (l) and Mandy (r)

This is one of the best days of the year in Baton Rouge. We celebrate Mandy’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday at the parade every year and we pretend the parade is just for her!

Joseph Scores

Joseph Scores

Joseph catches not one, but two spears! Highly coveted items in parade throws. It will now  live in a garbage bag in either the attic or garage, but it’s very important to catch them during the parade.

Pottery with Pressed 4-Leaf Clover

Pottery with Pressed 4-Leaf Clover

Here’s a little Irish luck: One of my favorite items is my Lucky 4-Leaf Clover ring holder. Purchased at Oxford’s Double Decker Fair, it was made with a pressed 4-Leaf Clover.

Saint Patrick’s Day Toasts 
Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.
‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(I definitely don’t like snakes!)
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