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!)

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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 Calla Lily, Plant Life

Enter: The Calla Lily

 

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Calla Lily Starter

I received this beautiful Calla Lily kit for Easter, and thought that today would be a perfect day to start it, being that the weather is finally going to let up and be more like spring. I have never tried to grow a flower from seed (or bulb, as in this case) and I am very excited and nervous about it. I have no idea how long it should take for the lily to sprout, but once it does, I have a perfect place for it to get the 6-10 hours of daylight a day! For now, it has to just be in a bright area, not in direct sunlight.

So begins my venture with my Calla Lily! I not only look forward to having some new lilies soon, I look forward to the photo ops that shall accompany them! I have never seen these lilies before and I am curious as to how they smell, like if they have a strong floral fragrance like my Easter Lily did. Time soon shall tell!

 

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

doal_03322nd March 2016

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! 🙂

 

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

Rose Fever

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There’s a lot of fever goin here lately: cabin fever, spring fever, and now rose fever. I started off this year with just one lonely plant, my Ivy, and now I have nine decorating my living room.

Like children, it’s a joy to watch plants grow. I get such a feeling of confidence to know that I’ve been successful in my plant endevours. I’ll be honest, I am kinda partial to my Kordana roses at this point in time, because I have been looking forward to seeing roses all winter long.

“A Diary of a Rose” is born, a catalogue of my Kordana roses, that I will be blogging all spring and summer. I don’t know about any of you fellow flower lovers out there, but I know I look forward to the beauty of it all!

 

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

Vernal Equinox 2016

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It’s the first (calendar) day of spring, the day I have been counting down to for the past 150 days (since Halloween to be exact), and though it’s sunny, it’s a brisk 30 something degrees out there today. Two weeks ago I declared it spring when I shot some tulips starting to make their debut for spring. Since then, it has snowed and felt more like winter than most of the past 150 days.

Oh what a long winter it’s been, having a VERY gently used Nikon D40 that I haven’t been able to get out with much. While I have practiced with it taking various random indoor shots all winter long, I’d rather be outside shooting Mother Nature.

In the meantime, I shall continue to diary of a Kordana rose as it unfurls, blossom by blossom. The above is the second rose to bloom since I have had it…I said good-bye to the very first flower here…

https://thoughtgalleryblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/ode-to-my-rose/

Happy Vernal Equinox…it’s springtime somewhere!