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 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 Rose

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 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 Plant Life, Vegan Blog

Enter: The Pink Gerberas

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“Mother Nature Got JOKES”

Greetings from the Adirondacks! I thought I’d share this little flashback  winter pic of snow for those of you who miss winter already. NAH! Just kiddin, took this pic earlier today. Mother Nature got jokes for us on this, the 26th day of April. We waited all winter for winter to show, and NOW it is trying to make an appearance.

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“Pink Gerbera Daisy”

I have been keeping busy in my little “jungle” to help me combat this cabin fever. These beauties came home with us from the grocery store last night. They were so pink and spring-looking and wanted me to take them home to brighten up our world a little bit while we patiently wait for spring to be a permanent fixture in our weather. If things go right, I will have more of these daisies to have year round!

I said my final good-bye to Lily the other day. She was still here sitting in her pot, withering away after the last few flowers failed. I planted the little bulblets into four little pots, with much hope and anticipation to help Lily live on. While I am realistic that they may not take, I am optimistic and I know that I will be elated if and when I notice any sproutlings.

On a side not for my vegan portion of my blog, I am a proud Mama today that has had a little bit of her worry removed. Since becoming vegan, I have worried about Baby Girl not getting enough nutrition that she needs to grow so I had her iron level checked at her appointment this morning. Her iron level was not only EXCELLENT at 14.1, but it was higher than we last checked before becoming vegan. Baby Girl’s doctor had told me back in January that oftentimes, the first thing that shows up when nutrients go awry is the iron level drops. I am elated to know that hers went UP since January! I can worry a little less know, knowing that she is a very happy and healthy, spry little two year old!

Posted in Diary of a Calla Lily

Nature PhoChal Day 7: Earth Day and Calla Lilies

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“Calla Lily Sproutling”

Happy Earth Day to you all! I hope that you are all going to get out and do some “earthy” stuff today! I am so excited beyond words this morning, to wake up and see the glorious sight above: my Calla lilies sprouted overnight, after just nine short days! I am such a proud flower mama right now! I think these lilies could not have picked a better day to make their entrance into this world!

So begins my journey with my Calla lily (which coincidently, is not actually a lily) and I can safely say that now that they have successfully started to grow. I am excited for future photo ops and the great thing is, I’ve been researching what to do to keep the lilies going year after year!

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 Photography, Plant Life

Nature PhotoChal Day 2:Enter the Drakes

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Enter the Drakes

I got nominated for the 7 Day Nature Photo Challenge again today by my friend Kim Decker, so I chose my plants I got the other day.

Once again, if spring doesn’t get here soon, I’m gonna be lost in a jungle up in here! I picked up these two beauties a few days ago at Hannaford’s (can’t seem to grocery shop there and not come home with a plant!) which were both stuck in a much smaller pot together. I repotted them into separate pots when I got home, and now they take up all the room on top of my bookshelf.

Dracaenas are slow to grow, but they can get pretty tall. So far, mine are about a foot tall. From what I have been researching, they are fairly easy to care for, which is right up my alley! I’m not an expert enough with plants to mess with the fussy ones. I am happy with my easy to care for plants, and happy they liven up our living room so much!

 

 

Posted in Diary of a Jade, Photography, Plant Life

Nature Photo Challenge Day 1:

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My dear friend, Yvonna Fast, nominated me to do a 7 Day Nature Photo Challenge, so I accept! I am going to do a little differently and feature it on my blog which will be shared to The Thought Gallery’s Facebook page.

Arbor Day is coming up on April 29th, and yesterday, I was thinking that I would like to get some sort of tree to get in honor of Arbor day to have in my little jungle. Much to my surprise and amazement, I already HAVE a tree! During my research for indoor trees, the jade plant came up. My little plant is only 4″ tall right now at its tallest spot, but given some years and lots of care, it will end up to be FEET tall! When I had gotten Jade, I had no idea that she was a tree, because if I had known, I would have scooped her up even faster! I look forward to watching my Jade grow, and eventually, propagate her. I’m thinking that would make great future gifts for loved ones!