My gardening is about as haphazard as my housekeeping. Plants and trees just sort of fend for themselves, and left to their own devices they never cease to amaze me. Years ago, when I first built this house, planted assorted trees and other plants….not counting the volunteers in my notorious “tree garden.” One of the prettiest of my flowering varieties, with marvelous pink flowers, kept pace with another ornamental tree nearby…until we had an especially cold winter about five years ago which froze out and killed quite a lot of specimen in this area. Although it has been apparent that this tree was indeed defunct, what with its growth covering of lichen. The branches literally disintegrated to the point where many were removed by the wind itself.
Ever the optimist, last year I determined that among the miscellaneous plant life growing in the vicinity, several shoots were thought to be trees, but their species was quite unknown to me, and could be one of numerous trees in the near neighborhood. So I let the people that wield weed-wappers and chainsaws, and such, in the area…that these weed-appearing growths are to be left alone. The tree itself kept developing lichen, and chunks of it kept falling off…I could push the whole thing over if so inclined.
This morning my daughter (who lives next door) and I went for a walk around the place and I pointed out the tree, and its new growth. The bark of the tree has reminded me of cherry tree bark, and the shoots were developing thickness enough to see that the bark was the same. As my eye traveled up the tree…there were three pink flowers…which I recognized as being related to the tree in question, and a closer look found two more blossoms further down the branches.
I of course ran in the house to grab my camera. My first shots were badly over exposed, with the sun high up behind the blossoms, so that the sky was bright and drowned out the delicate pink color. Each blossom is about an inch in diameter.
Wow! Two promises in two days…. I checked out my Digital Film/Slide Projector for my pal Judy Dykstra/Brown over at Lifelessons, AND in the same swell swoop…or is it fell swoop?… found some of my ancient slides of ancient archeological sites as I had promised my buddy BadFish!
I will do a proper post about these pyramids soon, right now the goal is to show that my old slides really can be resurrected and restored by even ME…klutz that I can be even after thirty-some years of computer-practice.
The purpose of this post is to show the results of my test of my scanner converter…yes it works, and yes I love it! It took me about four times longer than it should have, and I had a LOT of hassle getting the photos into the post.
No, that is not me up on that pyramid…no way. It may or may not be my late husband, who went up part way.
These shots were taken in 1996 at the Teotihuacan archeological site near Mexico City. This particular occasion marked the last time Bob and I went to Mexico together, although I made several more trips by myself.
These are not Aztec pyramids, but were constructed by the Teotihuacanos, who predated the Aztecs by centuries. The city was a hub of commerce and trade that extended even down into what is now Guatemala. National Geographic did a great magazine issue featuring this fascinating city.
Here is a great treat! I found this site this morning and just had to browse the marvelous photos. This post is of a flower market in Guadalajara, Mexico. I do love Mexico and all things Mexican—so I’m happy to look around. These photos are great! Be sure to click on one of the photos so as to get the slide show—and be prepared to say WOW!!! Thanks to the blogger for permission to repost…
This is the biggest flower market in Guadalajara, and the best place to go on Valentines day. It is across the street from the Cemetary, so people can buy flowers for the departed. It has stores that face the street Federalismo, and more and more stores as you walk a block behind the storefronts. My favorite part is the open air Flower Market and watching the trucks unload flowers in bulk.
A Maine-Coon. He is huge but his Vet says he is “not obese.” She predicted his size when she first met him when he was a scrawny little thing I rescued from the barn. Referring to my other cats, the Vet said “they might want to be nice to him, because he’s going to be a big boy!” He is now in his fifteenth year.
These photos of my Knockout Roses were taken last weekend. The Japanese Beetles, which had effectively destroyed these beautiful roses, finally left the area, so recovery is possible. These bushes were spectacular in May and June, the beetles visited in July, and by the first week in August they were gone.
I did not know that Sansevieria plants had flowers. Also known as Snake Plant, and Mother-in-Law-Tongue, we have always had this type of plant around the house. It grows easily and is hardy, tolerates neglect, and is easy to propogate.
One of several potted plants just suddenly bloomed a few years ago, but we didn’t notice it very soon and it had begun to age and deteriorate. This year, 2016, however, I spotted the bloom early on, so we got to enjoy it longer.
This specimen is the first one of mine that has bloomed.