Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Couldn’t resist another shot at this theme. I saw this beautiful coleus the other day at Tower Hill Botanical Garden.


Coleus with ZigZag Leaves


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It was a brief weekend respite from the brutal winter, and I HAD to get outside, despite not feeling well. Was surprised to see this dried hydrangea had survived snow storm after snow storm. Fragile looking, but resilient.

Dried Hydrangea


Today, back to reality and 30 degrees…colder temps to come and snow again on Wednesday…at least we got a break. 🙂




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This week’s Photo Challenge Topic is delicate. I looked around my home for items I would define this way. (I’m too delicate to go outside in the cold!)

It’s Christmas time and I have a lot of delicate ornaments made out of glass, but this ornament is the most delicate of all. It is a very old “egg” ornament that my mother gave me. It is a decorated egg shell. She gave me two, but unfortunately I broke one last year.


My husband has done a lot of traveling for his job. He got this Japanese fan on one of his trips. It is made of silk and hand-painted. We put it in a frame to preserve it and display it.


Last but not least, this is a slightly different definition of delicate, as in “high-maintenance.” I love plants, but one plant I had limited success growing until recently was an African Violet. They have very specific needs in order to thrive and bloom: a window facing East is best and DO NOT get any water on its fuzzy leaves! You have to water them from the bottom. Someone told me they need to be pot-bound in order to bloom, but I’m not sure if that is true; I gave it a little African Violet food and as you can see, it gave me flowers!

African Violet

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Jake’s topic this week is Favorite Place. This could be as small as a corner or as big as a city. I mentioned on one of my other posts, one of my favorite cities is Quebec City. I haven’t been there since I’ve had a digital camera so I had to go back to my photo albums for a scan. Here is a photo of the city as viewed from the river.

My favorite (small) place is my “dining room.” We have a table at one end that we almost never use (we tend to eat in the kitchen), but at the other end is a couch where I have my tea in the morning while I read and write in my journal, usually with one of my kitties on the arm of the couch beside me.

So you are wondering why there is a Christmas tree? Technically, it isn’t one; it is covered with birds. A woman I used to work with raffled it off for a charity donation, and I won it. I keep it up all year long and decorate it for the seasons and different holidays. My cats have made it a little worse for the wear, but I’ll enjoy it for as long as it lasts. As I sit on that couch I get to look at my books and my plants…ahhh…that’s comfort.


“…every room is a little showcase of its occupants’ values and personalities. Every room is about memory. Every room gives us layers of information about our past and present and who we are, our shrines and quirks and hopes and sorrows, our attempts to prove that we exist and are more or less Okay.”

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Photographing for this challenge made me decide that purple is a color that’s hard to pin down. The word purple seems like a childhood word, from the most basic set of Crayola crayons. At this point in my life I am more likely to use a word representing the hues of purple, ranging from magenta to lavender to eggplant. Nature provides so many examples.

I have two different types of butterfly bushes in my yard, one is dark purple (I would call it violet) and other one is lighter purple with pink tones (probably what I would have called lilac when I was younger, but now that I’ve grown and seen so many different colors of lilacs…not sure). At this point the darker bush has many spent blooms, while the blooms on the lighter one are still opening.

The sunny side of my house is one long driveway, so I line it with containers and pots (I call it my “hillbilly garden). This year I’m growing two types of eggplants: Black Beauty (so dark they are almost black) and Ichiban (a lighter purple). Either of these colors could be called eggplant.

Going around to the back of my house, I took a photo of a late pea flower (this is my favorite shade of purple) and of my purple beans (they’re so beautiful when they are raw, but they turn a normal green when cooked).

Finally I went back in the house and took a photo of my African violet, whose flowers are just going by.

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