Sharing with Blue Monday
Here is what I call art photography – a photograph of mine that I have creatively made into an art piece.
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Sharing with Monday Mellow Yellow
Here are some of the flowers I grew around my garden patio in Florida last year. It was so much fun planning and laying out where I wanted all my little plants to go – and then watching them grow! Some of the purple flowers I didn’t label rather than guess wrong as to what they are. Maybe some of you may be able to tell me. My favorite of all favorites for Florida flowers is the hibiscus. Growing up in Florida I very much took them for granted, but after being in other parts of the country for some thirty years I realized how much I missed them and how special they really are.
Double Salmon Hibiscus
Vincas and a crepe myrtle bush just getting started.
I had to include my cherry tomato plant, yes one, that grew and grew and grew with loads of little tomatoes. Next to it is a basil plant that also kept growing and growing. When I lived in Arizona for seventeen years only once did I succeed in getting a tomato or two off a bush. Usually the temperature would get unusually hot in April and the plants wouldn’t blossom – or would lose its blossoms because of the high temps (this was in the low desert where temperatures reach the high 90s in spring and to about 120degrees in the summer.)
Here is the crepe myrtle bush as it has grown a bit.
One of the things I miss most living in the house I sold in Arizona are the bird feeders. Besides this rugged wooden one that the little sparrows and bigger doves loved, there were several long cylindrical ones that only the smaller birds could perch on. For awhile I had one on the ground for the doves but then the pigeons moved in – and what a mess they made! So I had to move it to an area that was not as accessible to the pigeons. I used to love to watch and hear the little brown towhees underneath the purple sage bushes and the feathery cassia bushes.
Here are some rare visitors – a bevy of quail.
Then I had one on top of the covered hot tub especially for the doves. One year we went away for four months and the doves left evidence that they were awaiting our return right at the back door! Piles of it! (Unless they just wanted to get in because they could see the packages of bird seed setting on the table).
These are the blooms of the feathery cassia bushes that you can see above behind the doves.
Here is a critter you don’t see too often, as they usually live deep in the woods – a katydid. This is the first (and only) time I’ve ever seen a katydid. Really unusual looking!
My photo, taken with an iPad mini, doesn’t do this gorgeous sunset justice. I’ve never seen such a perfect blanket of rosy orange-pink before! I have become somewhat lazy about using my Canon camera since purchasing my iPad mini – its so convenient to use! But when I looked outside and saw this beautiful view I knew Orange You Glad It’s Friday would appreciate it.
Sure to brighten your day, a sunflower montage I did a few years ago when I had a garden of sunflowers of all different sizes and colors. I’m sharing this with Floral Friday.
First off, I’d like to thank all my blogger friends who have visited my blog! I really appreciate it and it inspires me more and more to create something, art, poetry, or just sharing a meme with others of like mind. And especial thanks to those who have written comments – and know that I appreciate each and every comment, suggestion or praise! Back in 2008-2009 I had two blogs and no one to share them with. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t understand how to network or whether blogger just didn’t have the technology that WordPress has now. Suffice it to say, I’m doubly appreciative to have finally connected with the rest of the blogging world! It is very exciting and uplifting to be able to connect with So many wonderfully talented people who enjoy writing and sharing their worlds with others.
Today I am sharing the latest entry in my art journal with Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day. The artwork today is a collage created with tissue paper, labels, medium/varnish and markers. It’s finished Except I will probably go over the scriptural verse with some color or collage a thin tissue of color over it. I think it needs to blend more with the picture. Any ideas?
And I’m also sharing this with Sunday Sketches. I’m working on the text box still but figured it would be better if I shared this with SS now and show the finished artwork next week. (A few times when I went to link with Sunday Sketches it was too late, the link was already closed – so disappointing!)
This is one of Arizona’s splendiferous sunsets, being shared with Orange You Glad Its Friday.
Here is a mosaic of some of the vegetables out of my gardens from the past. I simply can’t wait until the weather cools down and work can begin on my square foot gardens. I’m chomping at the bit – raring to go! When I look at these fine vegetables I wonder how and why I ever stopped gardening in the first place.
Well, I really know why – the dearth of growth the last two seasons because of the hot weather coming too soon in the season, like two seasons ago it was over 100F for two weeks in April!
And just when my tomato plants were starting to produce like crazy the Japan earthquake hit and then I started worrying that the Fukushima radiation may possibly be drifting into this area and affecting our gardens. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had set up monitors in different states where it was thought radiation might blow in with the Gulf Stream coming from Japan across the Pacific and into the United States
As I was preparing this post, I decided to double check some of my facts (like the monitors) since it’s been seventeen months since the meltdown in Fukushima, and what I came across dampens my spirit again and reminds me anew why I stopped gardening. This article is in the VC Reporter and it indicates that there is really no USA or Japanese government investigation presently going on into the effects of the radiation coming out of the plant and the waters around the plant that are still traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the Gulf Stream currents.
Once again, human nature’s way of dealing with problems, if they are really big ones, ignore them, hide from them, pretend they are not there, deny them – until catastrophe strikes and the problem cannot be ignored! Oh well, now how do I segue into a better more positive frame of mind? How about a tanka?
Earth and ocean shake
Trouble brews across waters
As man bravely fights
Poison spills on land and sea
God and nature will redeem
Welcome to my new theme! (Just like a woman – always changing her looks).
These are marguerite daisies I had growing in my square foot garden a season ago. The daisies were surrounded with herbs – Italian parsely, mint, thyme and garlic.
Growing Herbs in the Home Garden is a good website for the beginning gardener. It has a list of all the herbs, how to grow and harvest each species, and uses ranging from food to liquor to perfume – and more. There is nothing like going out to your garden to snip off some parsley and garlic chives, pull out a few small onions and add them to the meal you are cooking. I can’t wait till the weather cools down a bit so I can get my garden started!
Assorted garden lettuce
Couple baby carrots (tiny ones)
Snipped garlic chives
Baby pea pods
Nasturtium leaves and a flower or two
Lawry’s garlic powder
Minced onion bits
Use kitchen shears to cut up carrots, chives, and nasturtium leaves. Throw pea pods in whole and slice kohlrabi in thin slivers. Toss with small amount of honey-dijon dressing. Awesome!
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