Posted in Diary of a Rose

Kordana Blooms Again

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Greetings from Jenn’s little “jungle”! I happy to report that after a scary couple of run-ins with Baby girl, it has survived its special toddler lovings (in all fairness, she thought she was “helping” me) and is now blooming. Funny thing is, it’s not bi-colored like the last roses were, though it is still beautiful nonetheless.

Posted in Diary of a Rose

Roses for a Rainy Day

As I wrote about the other day, I am working on some mini roses that will be donated to a memorial garden. Today, I picked up the beautiful bi-colored roses above, because truthfully, they had caught my eye the other day when I picked up the purple roses.

I got an idea to separate the plants, and mix half of them into two pots (one for me, of course, because I have future experiments in mind with it) and one for the garden, in a nice sturdy, pot that it may be kept in outdoors in the garden. Winters are rough up here and rather than risk the roses not surviving next winter, I thought it a good idea to put them in a pot to keep in the garden (thank you Lisa!)

My garden is complete…for now! I finally have the roses that I have been yearning for all winter. I have my own roses to keep, and that makes me a very happy plant mama. The two colors compliment each other well, and maybe, but some stroke of extreme nature, they will hybrid themselves. If not, I plan to try my hand at learning how to graft and propagate roses, once I am more experienced at gardening.

Here’s some roses for you all, on this rainy day. May they bring smiles to your life like they do in mine! 🙂

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ENTER: PURPLE MINI ROSES

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“Purple Mini Roses”

“Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a plant addict…I have been for several months now…” Actually, there’s a little story behind the reason why I picked up these purple beauties this afternoon.

Last summer, my boys’ great-gramma went to meet her maker. Earlier that year, I had seen purple mini roses like the ones above, but hadn’t the cash with me to get them. Purple happened to be great-gramma’s color. A few weeks later, I decided to get some yellow ones, because I couldn’t find purple ones again.

Not too long after I had gotten my roses, my boys’ great-gramma fell ill with that evil C-word and passed a few months later. When she passed, her ashes were used in one of those green urns that will grow into a tree. Their aunt planted the urn in a little spot in her yard to be dedicated as a memorial garden for her.

I nursed and loved those yellow roses all summer long, always chiding myself that I didn’t get the purple ones when I could. Nonetheless, at the beginning of fall, my yellow roses were dedicated to the memorial garden. I vowed to do the same this year, with purple, should I have the chance. Today, I had that chance and brought home some purple roses to nurture all summer long, until they join their yellow sisters in their forever home.

 

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Photography, Plant Life

Nature Photo Challenge Day 5:

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“My Little Apprentice Gardener”

What would nature be, without teaching our little ones about it? Nature is all around us, and it is so therapeutic for adults and kids alike.

With that being said, allow me to introduce my youngest little nature lover, Aurora, a.k.a. “Baby Girl”, pictured here with my Kordana rosebush. I had taken it down a few days ago to make room to shoot my Jade, and turned around, and there was Aurora admiring it. Luckily, she didn’t tear the stems out like the last time she was near the roses. I should like to think, that Aurora is learning to be a bit more gentle to our plants. Aurora likes to help me when I water and dust the plants, and she helps me hug and love the plants while we do so. I’m hoping to instill a love of plants in Aurora, so that she too, may enjoy plants, as much as I do. I am regretful that I am only getting into having plants within the last year, being that I never had anyone get me interested in them. At least Aurora will be exposed to the joy of plants from such an early age.

Here it is, my photo challenge for today. Yes, I know, I need to get out and get some new pics with my camera of some outside nature. In the meantime, we shall be enjoying the nature that we have to admire in our own living room!

Posted in Flower photography, Photography

Nature Photo Challenge Day 3:

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My First Outdoor Flower Photo of 2016

I have finally gotten my first flower shots of 2016 (in my neighbor’s garden) and I couldn’t be happier about it! It has begun, the tidal flooding of nature pics across my social media accounts! For four long months, I have had in my possession, a very gently, if ever, “used” Nikon d40. I have been anxious to get out and all winter long, for beautiful shots like this. I’m just getting warmed up. I still have yet to learn the camera in outdoor settings, which are quite different than shooting indoors like I’m used to with it. I’m also still learning lighting, which can be a very tricky thing when it comes to photography.

So, this Nature Photo Challenge Day 3, is dedicated to my photography teacher and mentor, who sent me aforementioned d40. Thank you very much Korey Rowe! You are not only a mentor to me, you are an inspiration and I promise you, your camera will never be lonely with me! I look forward to all of the lovely photo ops that Mother Nature has to offer this year! 🙂

 

Posted in Flower photography

PHOTO FLASHBACK: The Zinnia and the Bee

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The Zinnia and the Bee

It’s that time of year that is the purgatory between winter and spring, as the two seasons battle it out to see who will reign. Winter knows that its time is short, yet does not quite want to yield its frosty grip upon us to spring. Spring is anxious to start fresh and anew.

I, like spring, am fresh and anew with ideas…well, I’m trying to be anyways! I share this photo flashback with you, one of my favorite shots from last year (2015). I’m not too sure why exactly this is one of my favorites, as I took a handful of decent photos last spring and summer. I look forward to being able to take similar shots this year with my first DSLR, which will not only allow me crisper shots, but also room to edit without losing quality of my photos. I was thinking about making this as a print to sell, but I’m gonna hold out for a better shot this year.

The beauty of spring is right around the corner. The little bit of snow that we got yesterday will soon be a distant memory as we will soon be frolicking in the sun, chasing bees among the zinnias!

Posted in Diary of a Lily, Photography

Great Minds See Alike

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Photo by C.Kulo

Great minds think alike, so they say. Great eyes see alike as well.  My parents call it ESPN as a joke, when I pick up on others vibes, and vice versa. My 11 year old son is no exception when it comes to photography. He has a pretty good eye for composition so far and yesterday, he took the above, unedited picture of my lily with my Coolpix camera.

When we were going to edit, I got confused for a minute there as to how my picture of my lily ended up on my Coolpix that Cejay was using. He insisted it was his, and I opened my lily pic to compare, the resemblance was uncanny. There is a bit of a difference, but not much! (I’m guessing that if we had edited his pic we could have gotten it to look even more alike mine!)

Below is my edited pic featured in The Though Gallery a few days ago…doal_033

I love that my love for photography is infectious. What a brilliant way to occupy a pre-teen’s mind while teaching him such an enjoyable hobby. There’s a whole world out there to see, through the lens of our cameras!

Posted in Diary of a Rose, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Diary of a Rose: First Entry

 

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23rd March, 2016

Dear Diary,

It is kinda lonely being the only rose here on the bush. The Caretaker is always fussing over me since she brought me home from the store a few weeks ago. The Minion Caretaker made a mess of me a couple times and almost totally uprooted me but Caretaker saved me. She repotted me and pruned me back a bit and now there are so many new buds forming. Soon I shall have company!

It is a dreary day today. The Caretaker took my picture so that she could use it as a Photo of the Day submission on the NCPR website. Lily was featured as Photo of the Day yesterday and The Caretaker was quite pleased. She entered my picture today to NCPR. Caretaker may say how pretty Lily makes the room smell, but I know she thinks I make the room look prettier. She is always showing me off to anyone that comes over, bragging about how pretty I am. I may not be as fragrant as Lily, but I sure dazzle the eyes!

I love my new home and all of the attention I get. I get to enjoy the company of a few other plants while sunning myself all day. Since being repotted my branches have stretched right out and before long there won’t be room for many of the other plants without me touching them. From what I hear, a couple of the plants, the Kalenchoes, will be going into dormancy soon, leaving plenty of room for me on the cabinet!

 

Posted in Diary of a Lily, Flower photography, NCPR Photo of the Day, Photography, Plant Life

Diary of a Lily: First Entry

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Dear Diary,

It is my second day in my new home. Though I have a couple marks in my leaves from handling at the store, I like my new home.  The woman always declares how much she loves my fragrance, to anyone who will listen.  The Baby is also enthusiastic about my presence, though her presence scares me and I fear for my life. I have overheard the woman saying how the baby mauled the Kordana rosebush a few times and they almost didn’t make it.

Speaking of those roses…those roses that think they are so pretty. There is only one rose on the bush so far but I know there will be many more to follow.  The Kordana looks like it is happy here too.  It can be happy all it wants, as long as it stays there in its spot in the sun.  I am special enough to have my own spot on top of a cabinet, to greet everyone as they come into our room. They may be pretty and the woman may brag how pretty the one rose is, but it is I who fill the air with such euphoric floral essence.

I am already a celebrity around here. The woman took my picture after we got home from the store and submitted it to the NCPR website for Photo of the Day.  My picture was featured today as Photo of the Day today, and I know that I have made the woman proud. See my pic here on the NCPR website:

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/todaysphoto.html?feedsrc=id&id=25863630152

I heard her saying she was going to put me into something called a portfolio, which wounds pretty important to me.  From what I gather, you have to be pretty special to end up in this portfolio thing.

*Yawn* It is quarter after six and the sun is getting ready to set. I must retire for the evening to get my beauty rest so that I may continue to dazzle everyone.  I know I shall be featured again because the woman just can’t help but to want to tell the world about me.  I think she wants me to be as famous I as I want to be famous.

Posted in Diary of a Lily, Flower photography, Photography, Plant Life

Enter the Easter Lily

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First entry of Diary of a Lily

I woke up today with nine plants adorning my living room. I now have added this beautiful Easter Lily to my little jungle, thanks to Baby Girl’s cousin. Finally, we have flowers that fill our living room with the floral fragrance that I have been missing all winter long.

I welcome the sweet floral fragrance invading my living room right now. While my cabin fever has subsided a bit, my spring fiver has risen a few degrees.  In the meantime, I shall be able to get some lilies for my catalogue! 🙂