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Imagechelle
Jul 7, 2010 4:47 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hi Janet!

Hello everyone!

I don't know that I'd classify myself as an artist, but have a look at one of mother nature's wonders! This is a photo! Not a painting! The bottom of the bloom comes complete with its own duo of what looks like painted on flowers! Isn't it awesome?!! Now, you know I'll have to photograph more of these blooms just to see if they are like snowflakes, no two the same?!?
LOL

Single bloom of Plectranthus - 'Mona Lavender'.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 7, 2010 8:45 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Hi Chelle! Welcome to the Nook! I'm glad you are here.

I love that flower. It's so elegant. Recognizing the beauty of the flower is an art itself and the photo you posted is definitely art. I too will be anxious to see if all of the flowers are the same, or more like snowflakes.

Mother Nature offers so very many beautiful things for us to appreciate. Thank you for sharing and I hope you'll post more of these offerings.

Janet
Imagechelle
Jul 7, 2010 8:57 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks for the warm welcome Janet! I'm happy to be here.

Beware what you ask for! I've been very busy with the camera lately! LOL
It's a good way to cool down after working in the gardens in this heat.

Here is a False Spirea bloom. To me it gives the impression of a cross between cotton candy and old-fashioned rock candy.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 7, 2010 9:07 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Quoting:Here is a False Spirea bloom. To me it gives the impression of a cross between cotton candy and old-fashioned rock candy.


How right you are. I'm really glad you posted this. The timing couldn't be better! I'd planned to do a little cutting back on something here at my Mom's and the leaves look very similar to this plant. I haven't seen any blooms though so I will ask Mom to look at your photo to see if she's seen these blooms.

Feel free to post anything you like here. Big Grin
Imagechelle
Jul 7, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you! You are most gracious! Smiling

Yes, ask her first! I don't trim mine. I put it in a spot where it could just do its thing. When I have some I remove suckers and transplant them, but that's about it.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 8, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks Chele! I showed Mom your photos and she's not sure, but doesn't like the plants and says to get rid of them.
Imagechelle
Jul 8, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
If it is the same plant she may not appreciate its suckering habit. If she has loose or sandy soil I'm sure it's worse. My soil is heavy clay so it stays where I want it very nicely.

On another note I got a new shot of the Plectranthus. I'm going to have a look at it and see what *flowers* the new blooms show. Will be back with the results soon. Smiling
Imagechelle
Jul 8, 2010 8:33 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Unfortunately it was too dark to get a clear shot of the Plectranthus blooms this evening. I'll try again later.

Here is a neat one that did turn out well. A just hatched Cicada on the Glade Mallow growing in my greenhouse.

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 9, 2010 6:41 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Growing up in San Antonio, I heard many of those throughout the summer. I cannot think of a noisier bug. In Beaumont, we don't hear as many, but they are still fairly noisy. Great photo of the newly hatched cicada.
Imagechelle
Jul 9, 2010 8:06 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I love to hear these guys! Summer just wouldn't be summer without them. Back when we were kids we didn't have A/C in our bedrooms, so it was windows open with a fan going, and I never slept better than when I lay down to the music of the Cicadas! Looking back now I can't believe we slept at all on those steamy summer nights! Last night was so thick I know I wouldn't have slept without drier air. Man, we sure get soft when we get older, don't we? Heh, heh, heh.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 9, 2010 8:11 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I remember well when my Dad put an AC in the living room. Every night the three of us girls would go into the living room to sleep. Diana, the oldest got the couch and Connie got the chair. I remember having a cushion to sleep on as I got the floor! HAHAHA

I do remember hearing them though all night long. It's funny the things that trigger memories for us. I can not imagine sleeping without AC now though. Even in the winter we have it on to circulate the air in the house.

We won't mention getting older. It happens to the best of us! HAHAHA

Imagechelle
Jul 9, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, my gosh! That is so funny! I had so totally forgotten sleeping on a row of couch cushions!!!!!! Thank you for the memory booster! Those were great days too!

I'm off to the great outdoors to take advantage of a cloudy day. BBL! Big Grin

chelle
Imagechelle
Jul 24, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I'm back with the results! They are different. Isn't that so cool!

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Imagechelle
Jul 24, 2010 10:36 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Side by side comparison -

Thumb of 2010-07-07/chelle/99f6f4 Thumb of 2010-07-24/chelle/e6bae1

Hurray!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 24, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Very neat Chelle! Both are beautiful flowers. I wonder if each one will be just a bit different.

Thanks for posting the new photos.

Imagechelle
Jul 24, 2010 4:21 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It was my pleasure! I'm hoping the plants will get long, drooping spikes of blooms like I've seen at the nursery where I bought these. I've been wondering why they haven't yet, but I just looked it up and realized they need a shorter day length to go crazy with blooms. Something else to look forward to! Big Grin
ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 24, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I just returned from a month in Virginia. My plants are still alive. Barely, but they are alive. Hubby's not the best "waterer". Good thing the Lord helped out with that or they'd all be sticks. He's watering right now. Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Whistling

Right after I got back, we went to the lease for a few days. I've got my work cut out for me now. Time to clean out the weeds that have tried to take over my islands.

I love the beauty of Mother Nature. While in Virginia, my Mom "rescued" 3 hibiscus from Lowe's for 3.75 each. They'd been about 15.00. I got to see some of the blooms and they are gorgeous!

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Imagechelle
Jul 24, 2010 6:53 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Glad you're back!

Ooh! Those are gorgeous! Ours are getting buds, but they're not nearly so fancy as those, just big! Like flat red and pink dinner plates.
I wouldn't be able to leave here for an entire month in the summer. Everything would be quite dead.
Is your "lease" some property you maintain? Sounds like you'll be risin' and shinin' in the early a.m. hours to be able to weed this time of year.
I did a bit of pruning and dead-heading this afternoon and just about collapsed! The atmosphere is very sticky and *close* here, even though we've had a breeze the last two days.

This is from the back wildflower fields. Love 'em..... both the stationary and the flying flowers!

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Jul 24, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
What a beautiful photo! I love butterflies and flowers alike.

The lease is the place where my husband and I hunt. We've been on this lease for several years and love it. Best of all is that it's only about 30 miles from my driveway. We go up just about every weekend and enjoy being in the woods. We're getting ready for the upcoming season. We have several game cameras and enjoy watching the deer frolic. We feed them year round to help out when "times are hard" for them. We have several new fawns that have shown up and they are adorable!

Imagechelle
Jul 25, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, I see! We have deer stands set up out here too. Before I had my boy I bow and shotgun hunted out there. Never got anything, (it was just one season's worth, then junior came along) but I did enjoy being out there and watching them and all the other wildlife. Now we occasionally have others out to hunt. If they get anything they generally share some of the venison with us. I'm one those rare breed of folks who prefers the flavor of venison over most other meats.
Now that my son is a bit older I'm contemplating hunting again, maybe on the weekends at least. I'm not sure I remember exactly how to field dress a deer, or even if I'd be capable of doing it myself anymore so if I was successful in bagging one I'd probably have to call a friend for help.
I don't think my DH would care to be involved with that lovely process!

I don't get out back often enough in the spring anymore to up my chances for seeing fawns. I did see one right by the fence near the horse barn two years ago though, so precious!...and totally unafraid.
Of course I was just out to do chores, so I had no camera with me.

We had rain again last night! We needed it badly. I'll be chopping stuff for the compost pile and weeding today, a mini-break from dragging the hose;-)

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