What do you think when you hear the word “apple”? A teacher’s desk? A fruit-laden orchard strewn with ladders and bushel baskets? A steaming pie? Whatever the image that jumps to mind, it’s likely to be a vision of autumn. Sinking your teeth into a crisp, sweet apple is much like the first step out your front door on one of the early brisk mornings of fall—a true sign of the season, and of cooler days to come.
As Americans prepare to celebrate 239 years of freedom, there is perhaps no piece of history more symbolic or iconic than the American flag. With thirteen stripes—representing the thirteen original colonies—and 50 stars, one for each state, it’s a symbol of solidarity that connects every man, woman, and child lucky enough to call the United States home. We think it looks as beautiful as ever flying proudly over the Little Red River.
Often seen decorating the posts of mailboxes across the state, the popular and pretty blooms of the clematis make their appearance in late spring and early summer. Ranging in hue from white to purple, blue, and deep scarlet, the flowers of this climbing perennial—which can have both single and double blooms—often grow to be as large as china saucers. Use these stunning beauties to add both height and color to any space in your garden or home.
Good things are worth the wait. While May might be known as National Asparagus Month, the traditional spring dish you’ll likely enjoy this season didn’t mature overnight. In fact, it takes two to three years from the time the initial seeds are sown to realize a harvest—making the simple green stalks a work of art in their own right.
With Easter celebrations taking place on April 5, you may be thinking about dyeing eggs and hiding them for young hunters. However, these fresh eggs—gathered from several local farms in Arkansas—come naturally in stunning hues. Pictured here are eggs laid by Ameraucana (blue), Polish (white), Rhode Island Red and Buff Orpingtons (light brown), and Cuckoo Maran (dark brown) hens. While nothing compares to the taste and texture of fresh eggs, we think you’ll agree that this colorful harvest is almost too beautiful to eat.
Nothing says “Hello, spring!” quite like the first daffodils bursting forth from a newly greening lawn. Perhaps it’s in part due to their cheerful yellow hue. The brilliant, instantly recognizable–and often imitated–color seems to remind many of us of sun-filled days as well as the promise of the forthcoming season.
Special thanks to The Villa Marre for the use of their space
As the days shorten and the air begins to chill, the groves of South Arkansas start to fill with this beloved nut. Whether it’s a pie, a candied version, or simply enjoying them straight from the shell, November is the perfect time to savor the wholesome, uncompromised flavor of pecans.