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.

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Posted in NCPR Photo of the Day

“TULIP DREAM”

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Top o’ the Sunday morn’ to ya’ll! It is cloudy and forecasted to thunderstorm here in the great Adk’s of the USA!  I am hoping for a good storm, one with thunder that cracks so loud noises t makes you jump out of your seat!

For your viewing pleasure today, my latest pic for my NCPR photo of the day folio. These are purple tulips in my neighbor’s garden that I shot a few days ago. I downloaded the Sony Sketch app for my tablet the other day and edited the tulips to look like a painting. Here’s the original below: (taken with my galaxy tab!)

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Oriogional of "Tulip Dream"

As you can see, I cropped and then took the paint brush to it to smudge the background to bring the tulips fro t and center to get the commanded appreciation that they deserve!  See my photo of the day here and cast a vote!

Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily

Calla Lily Week Four

My Calla Lily has hit the four week mark since sprouting, and is an impressive 16″ tall now! That’s an incredible average of 4″ of growth per week! Calla is definately getting her first bloom, as you can see! It is ever amazing for me to have the blessing of watching the beauty unfurl! Stay tuned next week for Calla’s next update (and hopefully a new flower!)

Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily

Growing FASTER than a Weed!

To say that my Calla Lilies are growing like a weed would be the  understatement of the week, literally! The pic on the left was taken just last week, only two weeks into growing, when the Callas were a mere 5″ tall. The pic on the left (and below to enjoy it in an expanded view) was taken this morning.

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Calla Lily Week 3: New Flower Forming?

The Callas measured in at 12 1/4″ this morning, more than DOUBLE their height in a week! Over the past couple days I have noticed some coloration, like maybe a flower starting to bloom, though I would doubt that being that they have only been growing for just over three weeks.

It’s AMAZING to have witnessed these Callas grown about 7″ in just over a week-that is almost a whole inch a day! Tune in next week to find out if they have grown taller than me! 🙂

 

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! 🙂

Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily, Plant Life

Calla Lily: Week Two

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Purple Sensation Calla Lily: Two Weeks after Planting

Exactly two weeks ago, I planted my Calla Lily bulb that I got for Easter. I was nervous and apprehensive about them growing, as I have never planted any type of flowers like this before. Within nine short days it sprouted, just in time for Earth Day! The instructions had said that the bulb should sprout within two weeks, so they seem to be a little ahead of schedule.

See the recap of the first two weeks of my Purple Sensation Calla Lily https://sway.com/s/5kPEsCgL1IE8q78D/embed and let me know what you think of the new Sway app from Office. I like it so far and thought my Callas would be a perfect test subject for my first Sway project.

Fun little fact about Calla Lilies: They are neither a Calla, OR a Lily, and they are native to South Africa. They make excellent houseplants and beautiful decoration for an outside garden, though considered to be a very invasive species. See more details about the Calla Lily here.

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

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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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!