I Love Red
Passion for red
I love red. It's the most passionate, sensual colour of all. It's full of individuality, it screams of courage and desire. It tempts, energizes, seduces. I love color red. And there are at least five reasons why.
1. Red tulips
Did you know...
...that tulips are the only flowers that continue to grow after being cut?
...that Holland produces over 3 billion tulip bulbs per year?
...that during the Dutch tulip mania in 17th century some bulbs were sold for 10 times the annual pay of a skilled craftsman?
How To Make A Tulip Bouquet
Red tulips that don't fade
2. Red strawberries
Strawberries and me
My parents are keen gardeners and they've had an allotment full of strawberry bushes for as long as I can remember. Where I lived, the strawberry season fell in June. For the weeks approaching, we were impatiently waiting for this first summer fruit to arrive. Finally, the first handful was there, followed inevitably by the big fight with my sisters to establish who would taste the first strawberry of the year. Now that I think about it, this was a doubtful honour, since the first berry was usually palish and not very sweet, having been picked as soon as it developed any shade of pinkness instead of the glorious red, but still, after a year of fasting, that was something. Few more weeks would pass and finally daily harvest would reach the stage when everyone could eat until their bellies burst and suddenly - we couldn't even look at strawberries anymore. My mum would start making preserves then, not wanting the bounty to waste. Somehow all the impatient waiting was completely forgotten and strawberries were nothing special anymore. Finally the red river of fruit would wane to a tiny trickle...
...and so another year of waiting would begin.
Now, am I wrong suspecting that you have a very similar story to tell?
Best online resources for growing your own strawberries
Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow of all. Even if you've never tried it and feel unsure of your abilities, here's a useful list of websites teaching you how to become a strawberry grower step by step.
- How to grow Strawberry plants.
Growing strawberries is easy if you follow a basic rules. We explain how to get delicious fruits in simple easy to understand language.
- Growing Strawberries ~ Plant Your Own Strawberries. Plant Now!!
Growing your own strawberries is a great use for a small plot of land.
- Growing Strawberries | Grow Strawberries | How to grow Strawberries
Summer wouldn't be complete without a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream! Growing your own strawberries ensures you can enjoy the fruit at its most fresh
- Grow your own strawberries | Make it and Mend it
How to cultivate strawberries in a bed, in containers or a hanging basket. Advice about planting and care.
- How To Grow Your Own Strawberries - a knol by RJ Ruppenthal
Strawberries are one of the most rewarding food crops to grow in a small home garden. Homegrown berries taste far better than...
Strawberry this and that
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
- the smaller your chili, the hotter it is
- red chilis are hotter than green chilis, dried chilis are hotter than fresh chilis
- seeds and inner membranes are the hottest part, so remove them if you want your dish milder
- chili juice and fumes can cause irritation to eye and skin, so be careful when handling
- chili hotness is not soluble in water, so no amount of water-based drink will soothe the pain. Drink some milk instead, or a spoonful of oil of any kind
Let's not forget about the funkiest Chili Peppers in the world!
Each time I watch this video I can't help wondering how much fun the guys must've had when recording it
Best chili recipes on the web!
- Red Chili Recipe | Group Recipes
Our most trusted Red Chili recipes. Reviewed by millions of home cooks.
- Chile/Chili Recipes
A user-friendly page full of chili recipes
- ChilliSauce.org - Chilli Recipes
Chili recipes from around the world
- Chili Pepper Recipes
Chili pepper recipes
- Award Winning Red Chili Recipes
Even more chili recipes
Red chilis make great addition to flower compositions!
Spice up your life!
And add some chili to your cooking
4. Red ladybirds
Gardener's best friend
Did you know that aphids are ladybird's favourite food? So the little red beetle is not only pretty, but also helpful in keeping your garden healthy and growing. No wonder they are considered lucky throughout the world
Little Ladybug Story
My Ladybird Story
I have to confess something.
When I was a child, I brought death to innumerable ladybirds by... teaching them to swim. That is, throwing them into the biggest puddle I could find and leaving them there to find their way out.
I suppose I was convinced I'm doing them a big favour.
Some of the ladybirds may have survived.
5. Red dresses
As I'm sure all the gentlemen will agree, a red dress is the sexiest garment a woman can wear (apart, possibly, from no garment at all). I interviewed my male friends and they all admitted that a woman in red is somehow more desirable.
Keep that in mind when shopping! Forget fashion advisers, red dress is timeless.
Unfortunately it is also extremely difficult to find a really nice public domain red dress picture, that's why you're getting this lovely red rose instead. Hope you don't mind?
Lady in Red
Check out my other lenses!
If you liked what you've just read, why not travel a little further and visit my other pages? I'm working hard, it feels good to see it appreciated. Here's a little directory to help you choose
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- How to make great coffee
There's a hell of a difference between a good coffee and a bad coffee.
- How to turn your garbage into a garden
Garden and recycle in the same time!
The sweetest book you can have on the shelf
- Tornado month
Looks like April 2011 is the new record holder
- The ultimate cream soup recipe
Once upon a time I thought cream soups were posh and sophisticated, and somehow, in my mind, this equalled difficult. How wrong I was!
- An ode to Polish sausage
Funny how inspiration can strike you in the most unexpected of times. My recent Muse has paid me a visit when I was happily tucking into my dinner.
- The Good Soldier Svejk
Some books don't grow old
- Zucchini nightmares
If you've ever grown zucchinis, you will know - zucchini plant equals million zucchinis and wrecking your brain for ideas how to utilize them.
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