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Rained pink iris, unique iris

Photo of the Week: Reincarnated Smiles

Ostentatious smiles, innocent smiles, all smiles have returned in their same seductive splendor. Peonies, irises, roses, snapdragons have re-emerged from their prolonged hibernation. Now their legs and arms are stretched to the fullest. Their blushed faces are on display once again in smiles: in red and blue merged into violet, in red and white joined in […]

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Yerma, Tibetan Spice, Sichuan pepper, Japanese pepper, Aniseed pepper, Prickly ash

Yerma གཡེར་མ: A Flavor Extravaganza

This mysterious, underused but established spice goes by a variety of names: Sichuan pepper, Japanese pepper, Aniseed pepper, Prickly ash, and others. The plant is said to belong to the citrus family – Zanthoxylum simulans. Tibetans, though, call this burgundy pigmented and uniquely flavorful spice “Yerma” (གཡེར་མ), and in our cooking it enhances any dish. Because […]

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Purple tulip

New Beginnings

Birds sing and flowers lift their bright, blushed faces.  I am drunken by the hyacinth scent and dianthus, and the beauty of tulips in various specie types. Flowering shrubs and pear buds, too, about to burst their blossoms. Peonies, snapdragons, irises, and lilies will soon stretch their legs to the fullest and showcase their greatness, I trust. […]

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tulips, spring poem, spring flowers, spring hope, spring dreams

When the Sun Kissed the Plateau

The gentle sunshine kissed the gray earth, and the warm breeze melted away, yet once again, the snow that had lingered over the mountain slopes.   And everything growing responded to the cuddly gesture; the pear trees­ and the apricot put on their new clothes and released their own power in mass blossoms. The lilacs […]

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