Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flowers. Show all posts

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Sweet Surprise


The last time I went to my knitting group to work on Prayer Shawls I was surprised with a gift of a Paperwhites Narcissus Bulb that was just about to open. In two days the delicate white petals popped open! What perfect timing and so very nice! I really like the simplicity of the design. The star vase and rocks are a nice touch.

When I gifted  my friend with a coffee cake a couple weeks back I included a card that simply said "Just Because". When she handed me this little surprise she whispered in my ear "Just Because". Aren't friends great?


I am feeling very slow today. So, I will again say Happy New Year.

Mary


Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Happy Happy

This  Zygocactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is bringing me joy and happiness with the start of opening it's flowers!


Interestingly, Zygocactus, frequently called CHRISTMAS CACTUS originated from the branches of trees in South American jungles. Worldwide hybridization has made available the multiple colors of light and dark pink, salmon, fuchsia, white, red and yellow blooms. It blooms naturally once a year around Christmas.

Today, we are having a very overcast day which is making picture taking a challenge.

With all the recent difficult events in my life I am working on staying in the moment and feeling gratitude for all my blessings.


And, this little sweetheart is certainly helping me to Get My Happy On!

I hope your day is a Happy Day.

Mary


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Things Can Make Me Very Happy

I am so thrilled to see all those beautiful buds on my Christmas Cactus.


This little cactus was bought last year at Christmas time and I have nurtured it to the best of my ability. Unfortunately, my house does not get very much indoor light from the windows. So, I have kept this cactus wherever it can capture some lovely daylight.  What a thrill when I saw the first bud starting to pop and form. 


Photo taken Wednesday 11/28/14


Photo taken Wednesday 12/10/14

And, Oh My, look at it now! I am so happy that it has continued to thrive. It won't be long and the beautiful flowers will be bringing me delicate beauty and joy. Oh, how I love nature's wonder!

My holiday preparations are coming along slowly but that is quite OK with me. Whatever, I choose to do I am putting full effort in enjoying the process and not a goal. Since I do not have big plans that take big preparations I am blessed with the luxury of pure enjoyment and reflections of the season. 

Wishing each of you a Happy Day.

Mary

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Did I Get All Prettied Up

You bet I did! I think I look mighty fine with my "summer style" even though it is a little late in the season. But, there still will be some hot weather where I live before our official change of season. Please, please notice my purple bows on my ears. I know, I have already shook and shook until the left one is about to slide right out - I'm hoping. Ya, mom was excited to see my bows! That's the way moms are!


My wonderful groomer, Karen, was so happy to see me - it had been a long time - and she felt so badly when she heard I had been very sick. At first she did not know if she could bathe me and all that other stuff since I am on all these medications. You, know, these "big store groomers" have rules they have to follow. But, everything worked out - and - look at me now! I feel so good! I look good! And, I was a very good girl and got lots of kisses from Karen. She really loves me, too.


Now, I am ready to see the world. Where are we going, now?


I know, I know, I am all tuckered out and I probably will fall asleep before "my driver" gets me home. Life is grand and I am a happy doggie!



Important: I have to tell you! Mom says I was such a good girl because I kept my diaper on all night. That's a first! It was so easy to slip right out of it , like Houdini, when I had all that longer silky hair. You know what they say "when mama's happy --- You know the rest.

Here comes the pretty "flower shot". You will like it.


This is another Jackson-Perkins hybrid tea rose and it is blooming. So pretty. The name is Helmut Schmidt and it is a lovely clear yellow rose with a sweet perfume fragrance.


Hoping your day is Sweet.

Mary


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Look At Those Eyes

What is it about puppy-doggie eyes?  Don't you know, they can look right into your heart and soul! Such precious creatures. The animals in my life have meant more to me than I could ever imagined prior to having my first pet in my adult life. Especially, if it is just you and them. We all know the unconditional love and the exuberant joy they welcome us with when we return home.


My sweet Lily is responding well to her treatment for recently diagnosed Heart Disease. She loves to be on the front steps and patio to watch and hear the activity of the day. And, of course, sometimes it is necessary to talk (bark) at another dog that may be walking by. The adult dog-walkers all seem to know Lily - far better than me. They know her name and many times I do not think they know mine. Some have even received permission from me to delight her with a "tiny" treat. If she sees them coming through the living room window, she is like a flash of light as she runs as fast as she can to get to them before they pass by.


Lily is on five different medications (not inexpensive) for her heart, one of them being a diuretic. Oh, NO, oh, YES! What a challenge that has been. However, it is a lot easier since I am able to get around better. The stories I could tell (diapers and all) about this stage in her life I am sure you would hear from any other "big people" that have cared for one of these precious creatures.


Lily took seriously ill about two weeks after I broke my ankle/leg and she was already in much need of a bath, but she was just too ill to take her to the groomer. But, eventually, I was able (after my cast was removed) to give her a bath here at home and clip her nails. Also, I tried my best to trim/cut her hair especially around her "lady parts" which surely helped in keeping her dry and clean. Believe me, I am NO dog groomer. I remember trying to groom my Yorkie years ago and she looked like a plucked chicken! I said, never again.

Well, today is the big day that we go to the groomers for bath and haircut. She has had the same groomer for the last couple years and I am sure everything will go very well. Even though it is the end of summer, I will have her cut in her shorter summer hair style. It will be so nice to have her all "prettied up"! What a love bug she is but recently I certainly learned that she can also be very stubborn. Love her to pieces!


It has been so good to see her demonstrate all the behaviors of a healthy dog, again.  She eats well, runs and plays every day, shows happiness and no symptoms of  ill health. And, we know her urinary system is working just fine, thank you!

This coming week she will see the Vet again. It has been about a month but he calls at least once a week. After he gets the results of more tests, cardiogram, X-rays and all, maybe her medications can be adjusted so the diuretic issues can be easier to deal with. I sure hope so.

And, now I leave you with another pretty face. The faces of pansies have pretty eyes, too! This was taken just before my injury in July. Some of my pansies have started to bloom again. And, I have worked with my gerbera daisies and they are looking a little healthier.


It's a Good Day and I hope the same for you.

Mary

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wonderful Day

It was so wonderful spending a very pleasant Mother's Day with my Daughter and Son-in-Law.



Today, I noticed that another Honeysuckle Vine has started to bloom. I believe it is Lonicera Japanese 'Halliana' Hall's Honeysuckle and it grows vigorously with white fragrant flowers that turn yellow. It is growing on the same side fence as the Trumpet Honeysuckle 'Magnifica' pictured below that I posted about a week or so ago.


Both of the vines are growing beautifully this year with lots of blossoms. And, there is one more honeysuckle plant in the garden that covers the little white garden gate arch. I will take a photo soon and show you.

Have a Great Day.

Mary

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Some New Pretties For My White Garden


Another favorite of mine is the Cyclamen and I was fortunate to find this beauty at the grocery store with a reduced price. After taking it home and repotting  it, I was thrilled and I think the plant was too. Do your plants talk to you? Mine do!


And, I also found this healthy Geranium for a great price. Our local High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) have started to sell their plants at a few locations. The plants usually sell fast and they are healthy and nicely priced.  It is kind of "hit and miss" if you can find them.  But then, that is usually how I find most of my plants. I seldom have the luxury of going to a real nursery to buy plants.

I repotted this plant also. It is my plan to put the plants on some risers in the White Garden to fill in some of the spaces and come winter time I will move them into shelter, probably the garage. When I first moved here I did that with a lot of my plants and it worked very well. Especially since our winters of late have been more harsh I think I definitely will do it again.

What's new in your garden?

Mary

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Simply Daffodil


It certainly is Daffodil time of the year. There are many points of interest with beautiful spreads of daffodils in our little community.

Last year about this time when I was arranging some flowers for an arrangement for Sundays Church Alter I realized how similar my result was to Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.


Even though I was doing it Sunday morning before church, I recall that I felt so calm and centered while enjoying the process. The daffodils were from my garden as well as the Magnolia Stellata which I went looking for in the garden in the morning. And, the large granite flower base really grounds the delicate florals.


My garden is not blooming as years prior. The Magnolia is about 10 feet tall but has had very few blossoms this year. Can you imagine what it would look like if it was in full bloom. I know fertilizer may be an issue but also changing weather conditions.

"Ikebana is much more than mere floral decoration."

A little more about Ikebana, according to Ikebana International. "Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature."

"In principle, Ikebana aims not at bringing a finite piece of nature into the house, but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors. Ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement."

We had a wonderful rain storm last night. We are in serious need of rain here in California. Rain is a blessing!

Come back again. I like your visits.

Mary

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I Want One

And, Yes, I want it in PINK, also!



I would like to have a bicycle like this (painted pink, of course) sitting in my garden. I had a very nice red bicycle that I used to ride until I had my back injury. I kept it for the longest time with thoughts that I would be able to ride it again. But, eventually, I sold it at a yard sale. I sure hated to see it go. But, the time had come to lower it from the rafters in the garage, dust it off and send it on to a better life. I think I helped someone to be happy when I sent it off.

It is such a beautiful day in my part of the world. In my book, it is a perfect day. I hope to cross-off some of my To-Do list! It seems to get longer and not shorter. Why is that? Could it be that when I am asked to go somewhere or do something with a friend, I am always eager to say yes. And, that doesn't help to shorten my list. But, oh, it is a lot more fun!

The garden is looking very colorful and it is sure fun, especially, since the strange weather systems of late. I think it is going to stay warm for awhile, and maybe even get as warm as the 80's! That will be a first for the season.



Later today, we will be going to a celebration for our pastor's wife who has just completed everything for her to obtain her PhD. Impressive!

I hope your day is Bright and Sunny.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Garden Is Poppin'


In spite of the neglect from my lack of "gardening" the colors in my little garden are talking loud and clear to me. The Azaleas are popping throughout the garden. Unfortunately, so are the weeds. Literally!

Look at this little weed. It starts out innocently with a pretty little rosette.


But then, the "ammunition" appears at the end of long stems.


When touched, even very lightly, the ammunition (I mean seeds) rapidly propel. It is almost like a little machine gun going "pop - pop - pop".  The seeds go everywhere, in your face, down your shirt, up your sleeves and in your hair! Quite annoying, if you ask me. And, what is the name of this little machine gun? Hairy Bittercress.

What am I going to do with all of the "popping" that is going on in my garden. And, I don't mean the pretty flowers that are "popping.

In the past, I have noticed some of these weeds in the garden and I have been able to keep up with hand eradication (fancy phase for weeding). But now, I can see them everywhere, in the flower beds, in the ground cover, in the raised veggie beds and in the planters of potted bulbs. HELP. I just may be on my hands and knees again - either Weeding or Praying. Stay tuned!

Have a Happy Day.



Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Another Beauty

Love ~ Love ~ Love ~ Amaryllis

I continue to enjoy the beauties of the holiday season with the debuting of the second amaryllis a couple days ago. The color looks red on the screen, but it is actually orange.  And, that was quite a surprise since the box had a picture of a white and pink flower!

I am beginning to think that the Lily is my second favorite flower -  following the Rose. 



Well, here we are in the New Year and I need to "catch my breath". So much has been going on in my life - - - way too much. My main focus is to slow down and spend more time with myself. That may sound strange to some of you, but that is exactly what I must do to find "my center" which I think has slipped away from me. There is not any one issue that has caused me to feel this way.  However, I have experienced tremendous changes during the past couple years and sometimes we must step back and take a look at where we are.

I am thrilled to tell you that "my friend" who is going through chemotherapy has agreed to live with her daughter until the chemo treatments are completed. The plan is that she will return when it is time to start the radiation treatments. I think it will be so much better for her to have family closer while she deals with this horrendous situation. I will miss her.  But, she is very sick and needs to have someone nearby on a full time basis. Please remember her with your positive thoughts and prayers.

Tomorrow is a new day and I plan to have a thoughtful and meaningful day. I just may do a little  rescheduling of some of my upcoming appointments until I am feeling better.

Wishing you Comfort and Joy as you enter the New Year.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Birthday Celebration


Ever since I met MSM, he has wanted to take me to Seven Sisters for dinner. And he thought this would be a great time to do just that. It is about one hour drive from home and it was a beautiful evening to sit in a upstairs windowed dining room enjoying fabulous food and a beautiful sunset over the sierra.

Let me share with you what I selected from the impressive menu. As the restaurant's header highlights, I enjoyed the "Taste of Art".

Sherried Wild Mushroom Soup
A Creamy Medley of Wild Mushrooms roasted with Dry Sherry
and topped with an Herb-Truffle Cream and a Potato Gaufrette


Traditional Caesar Caesar Salad
Hearts of Romaine Lettuce with Roasted Garlic Caesar dressing, hand shaved
Reggiano Parmesan, White Anchovy Filet, and Focaccia Croutons
 

Pecan Crusted Rack of Lamb
topped with Pear-Fig Chutney, served with Sweet Potato-Wild
Boar Bacon Hash and Mint Bourbon Demi-glace


Tiramisu
Lady finger cookies soaked in Kahlua, Brandy and Espresso with
Mocha-Kahlua Mascarpone Mousse topped with ground chocolate

My Birthday was a special day starting in the morning with a phone call from MSM singing Happy Birthday to me. He has a nice bass voice and he still sings in the church choir. My day also included a bouquet of flowers and some nice gifts.

The season is changing rapidly around here. The evenings are cooler and the days are getting shorter. It's nice! 

I hope you are having a Wonderful Day.



Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Sunday Morning Flowers And More

When I opened the front door on Sunday morning I was greeted by MSM coming to walk with me to church and he had FLOWERS! I almost forgot about the loveliness of receiving flowers every month on our monthly, yes, monthly, anniversary. Yes, I am very spoiled, but only, in some ways.

After church, I arranged the BOUQUET and they are gorgeous - - - and so enjoyable for a flower lover, such as myself.

Afterwards, we went to Brunch and then a little later we went to the movies to see Bad Teacher which we found to be very funny and entertaining.


The last few weeks of this beautiful weather we have been enjoying eating outside in this very pleasant gazebo. I have had this in a box in the garage for a few years and I have never set it up. So, I surprised MSM  one evening when he was coming over to eat.  And, we had a "candle light supper".

Speaking of BOUQUETS - - - Do you ever watch the British sitcom, Keeping Up With Appearances? I still get a kick out of Hyacinth Bucket who insists on being called Mrs Bouquet! And, I think it is fun to say ~ "candle light supper"  because it always makes me laugh!

 

Enjoy your Day!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Peak Outside

This is what I see when I look out my front door window ~ and I like it!  This is a favorite summer plant of mine. It is called CALIBRACHOA and there are several varieties and colors. They are like a tiny petunia that drapes nicely from pots and hanging baskets. I moved this ornamental plant stand to a location that I can see from my front door and I am glad I did!
 


Walking to the other side of the house I saw this Oriental Lily starting to bloom.  


The name is CASABLANCA LILY.


 Within a couple days is was absolutely gorgeous and continues to open with more and more blooms everyday.




The Day lilies are in full bloom. So, let's take a look at some of them.







That's my "show and tell" for today.

Have a Fabulous Summer Day.




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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014