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Showing posts with label house plants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label house plants. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Second Blooming Stalk On Red Amaryllis





And, guess what?  The other Amaryllis are putting out more stalks with the lovely pink and white blooms. So, when they open a little more, I will take some photos to show you.

With our continuation of winter weather there isn't much happening in the garden.  It seems like many states are having strange patterns, more than usual.

I hope your week is going well. Unfortunately, my hypertension is giving me problems again and I'll have to go to the doctor soon.

Bye for now.

Mary

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WATER WATER WATER EVERYWHERE

It is challenging to believe that this is just a mile or so from my house. No one was injured, thankfully! Because the water/creek is flowing so rapidly the officials will wait until the water force slows before attempting to remove the vehicle. No details yet on how the SUV ended up in the creek.


The rain water covering the roadway/bridge. Not far from this location there is a waterfall coming down from the hillside and crossing the roadway. The officials have been working all day to control the water flow.


Just too much WATER!.


And, more WATER!


Up the hill at the grocery store, one entrance is closed because of a sinkhole.


The sinkhole.


The current weather conditions are expected through this month and then I hope we get some days for some dry out time. I have not been going out partly because there have been a lot of vehicle accidents with people not taking enough precautions. I have never seen this much rain during a winter season. As we know the weather has been challenging and dangerous in many parts of the country. The emergency officials have been working very hard and long hours to take care of us.

This year I  have had three Amaryllis plants. One red and two pink and white. I am so happy that all three look like they are going to produce another stalk with more flowers. I can't wait. It's a nice surprise especially with this long dreary winter.

I certainly will be ready for SPRING.

The weather photos are from the newspapers.

I hope everyone is staying safe and sound.

Mary

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Growing Up So Fast

First day of preschool for my precious little Great Grandson who is almost four years old.  It was so nice to see that Daddy made sure he could be there for the special day. Little One has been so excited for this day to come. And, he almost forgot to say goodbye to Mommy  and Daddy.


One day old and going home!        Where did the time go?


Leaving you with a little floral loveliness  - - -


on this rainy stormy day.

Sure wish I could find some energy and get things done that have been severely neglected. I think a lot of us are dealing with the feelings of being "a little off balance". So many events are rapidly taking place in our society that we are reminded of the minute we awaken in the morning. Normal has become a mystery word! 

Winter rain is great, especially here in California, but I will be happy when we start seeing the sunshine more frequently. With that said, I can't loose sight of how fortunate most of us are compared to the multitudes who are less fortunate. Let's give thanks!

Take Special Care.

Mary

Friday, January 27, 2017

Oh, So Beautiful

I know, I'm a little late to the Amaryllis Party as I am just starting to enjoy the wonders of the plant. Unfortunately, I did not get them planted as soon as I should have when they arrived from Burpee mail order. But, none the less I feel lucky that they are blooming.

This first one is a little different than what I usually buy. I tend to buy the bright red. I actually bought two bulbs of this color. Only one has started to open. I am pretty sure the other one will be coming along.













And, now the Bright Red.       Beautiful! 




As I have said many times, my house is very dark on the inside which makes it difficult to grow indoor plants. But, I keep trying by moving them to the light. But, I have been a little (lot) lazy lately. The many days of rain and darkness do not enable me to get much done around here.

This past Monday morning was fun to watch a dusting of snow falling when I opened the drapes. It was just like decorating a cake with a sifter full of powdered sugar. Most of it had melted by the end of the day.

And, now we are having some glorious sunny days until next week when the rains start again. Our reservoirs are filling and everything is turning nice and green. But, it is Cold. I stay in where it is nice and warm. However, I did go downtown yesterday and had lunch on Main Street and sat at the window and "watched the world go by" while I soaked up the lovely sunshine!

I am not sure when or if I will be getting back to writing about family. It is more emotional for me than I thought it would be. If you have noticed the next part starts about MY memories of MY past. Not easy for me. Day by day and trying to live in the moment.

It would be nice if I had a little more going on in my life that I could write about. My thoughts bounce back and forth thinking about things I would like to do with the house and garden  (that have gotten very difficult for me) and thoughts of finding a way to make life easier without moving. If money wasn't an issue I could just get on the phone and arrange for and hire what I need. Ya, it is called delegating. And, I like that word. I can dream!

Well, maybe I will work on some crocheting. There is no lack of projects to pull out of the cupboard. I'm thinking of finishing a large colorful mandala that I can use on my dining room table. Stay tuned.

I hope you enjoyed my pretty amaryllis. Thank you for letting me share them with you.

Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend.

Mary

Friday, February 12, 2016

One - Two - Three - And Four

One - Growing In My Garden
Narcisuss - - - Paperwhites Ziva
Two - Cooking In My Kitchen 
Tarragon Chicken Thighs With Mushrooms and Shallots 
Three - Bought At The Grocery Store
A New African Violet
Four - Raegan Mae - 10 months old
Happy Great Granddaughter

I think that catches us up with my little simple life.

Have a Grand Day.

Mary

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fresh Start

It is such a good feeling! So many have commented on their blogs that they are so happy to close the book of 2015. I think this past year was filled with more trauma in a multitude of areas of our lives than any year I can remember. A lot of the upheaval has been outside of our immediate families. Our society has been changing rapidly into a culture that feels so unfamiliar. And, there has been a huge feeling of helplessness. The uncertainties have stressed the family unit in new and unknown ways.

Personally, my year was filled with a wide spectrum of emotions ranging from distress to "pure and simple" happiness. Learning (really learning) that happiness is a choice takes a lot of work. And, I am so thankful that I have been given the necessary strength and wisdom.
I am in total favor of turning to a fresh page. How about January? That sounds good to me. And, this photo comes from one of my favorite books. Actually, there are three that I think of as similar in their presentation. I have had them for many years. This particular book has lovely poems, many for each month of the year. The gentleness of the artists rendition of the subjects is pleasing to my eye.
At the present, we are experiencing ElNino with a heavy rain storm and not far "up the hill" it is snowing. With the wet and cold (for California) weather I tend to stay in and not attend to the necessary (like groceries) errands - not good, Mary! If I don't get my act together I may have to look for the squirrels winter stash.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel compassion for the many people, especially those of the Butte forest fire that have been left homeless. Reading in the newspaper about the conditions by which they are living on their land without sanitation as well as many other necessities is appalling and heart breaking. It is so close to me and just isn't right. Many local people are able to help out but the magnitude of those in need is astounding. And, when you consider that many of the people are senior citizens it feels even worse. Pray for help.

I have been watching my amaryllis bulb daily checking for the crimson red color to start peaking out of the bud. The stems (two) are very tall. With the darkness of the outdoor weather it is difficult to provide enough daylight but something is starting to happen. Indoor photography is challenging but I gave it my best try.
It  looks like there is going to be a lot of flowering goin' on in the near future. I really look forward to my amaryllis each and every year and mine always seem to open after Christmas. Maybe I should buy them earlier in the season. However, it is great to have the lovely colors of amaryllis to enjoy at this time of the year.

Lily Update - She is "holding her own" which has thrilled me and at the same time she has surprised me. I really did not think she was going to make it through 2015. We have become more connected emotionally than any other pet I have had. Crazy - but I think she knows what I am thinking - and - I know FOR SURE what she is thinking! She can still be tenacious when she thinks it is necessary but for the most part she is really easy to tend to. She always wants to please me. It is such a lovely feeling.

At church on Sunday, I said to a close friend that I think Lily may outlive me. And, he said GOOD. When he realized what he said we had a great laugh. It is important to laugh, right?
Wishing you a Warm and Cozy Day.

Mary

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I Am So Excited

I have three Christmas Cactus plants and they are all loaded - and I mean loaded - with buds just waiting to show off their beautiful colors and delicate formations and style.


There is only one window in this house that provides enough daylight to produce flowers on indoor plants. And, I have nurtured these lovelies since last winter. If I remember correctly, the colors are white, red, pink and lavender. One flower pot has three different colors.
I have moved the plants from a bedroom window to the dining room where I can see them throughout the day. If they show discontent I will have to move them back. 


I have not been able to do much inside the house this past year for lots of various reasons. But a little fall decorating is making me feel really good. I may even do a little fall tablescape.

Have you shopped for your Thanksgiving turkey? I have some ideas for you.

There really is a turkey farm that you can special order your desired color. AND, they are organic free range birds. My first thought was that they made me think of Easter - not Thanksgiving.

Stay warm - OK.

Mary

Friday, August 7, 2015

From That To This

My African Violets are doing nicely. Better than ever! I do not have very good lighting for indoor plants but I made a great effort to find a place with good light exposure. And, this is what I got.

From That To ---
This!
Isn't this just gorgeous? I am thrilled. There are  three plants in the pot and after it blooms I guess I will have to re pot into three separate flower pots.

Oh, I also have some succulents to show you. I think it is kinda cute with the little birdies added.

Thanks for enjoying pretty flowers with me.

Mary

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