Treasure

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Caught in ripples,
emerald waves
Fluid treasure,
glides in plain view

Peridot trees,
deep ruby leaves
Precious metal,
rooted in stone

Pale, pale onyx,
amethyst sky
Sought after gem,
an orb of gold

 

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Photo: Regent’s Park, London, c.b.w. 2011
Words: c.b.w. 2014
Inspiration: The contrast of color – gray skies and a brightly colored garden.

Favorite Thing Friday: Bright Orange!

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After weeks of waiting, my baby nasturtiums finally started blooming. One morning I woke up and found a bright orange flower showing the rest how it’s done!

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A little nasturtium blooms!

My other three nasturtium plants continue to grow, but they have yet to produce a bud. I’m hoping all they need is a little more time. However, the intense heat of summer is making it tough for my plants to survive, much less grow. On average temperatures are around 108 degrees, which is a little overwhelming for delicate flowers. Still, if one can bloom then so can the others!

Despite some luck on the plant rack, the vegetable garden is struggling. Between super hot weather and “empty” soil, everything is fighting to survive. Whatever isn’t  struggling to live is getting attacked by blackbirds. My poor tomatoes keep getting gutted before I can pick them. This weekend, we’ll be investing in some wire caging.

On the up side, my bell pepper plant from last year is blooming and is likely strong enough to produce more peppers. I seriously cannot wait for that happen!

Another positive is a recent growth spurt on the snap beans. I’m being cautiously optimistic as they usually don’t hold up to extreme heat very well.  I’m hoping a little extra water will pull them through!

The garden may be growing slowly, but every little bloom is reason celebrate!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Garden Growth!

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It’s been a warm and windy week! I could do without the sinus infection (thanks a lot wind. You kicked up everything from dust to pollen), but my garden is loving all the sun. In particular, my flower seedlings just keep getting bigger and bigger! It’s almost time for them to graduate to a new pot.

The garden rabbit couldn’t help but check out all the new growth. Hopefully, these little guys will bloom some beautiful flowers soon!

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Nasturtiums and unidentified flower seedlings. No nibbling, little rabbit!

These may look like small plants, but considering where they were just a couple of weeks ago, they’ve come a long way!

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The same seedlings on April 18, 2014.

The little pine tree I bought back in December is making some nice strides as well. While he hasn’t grown that much taller, he is starting to fill in with thicker branches. New growth is budding on the entire tree, which is always a good sign for pines!

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The garden rabbit is a tree hugger!

The vegetable garden is struggling a little bit due to tired soil, but I spread some compost a few days ago in the hopes of kickstarting a growth spurt. Within the next couple of weeks, let’s hope I’ll be able to post some awesome vegetable plant pics (with the garden rabbit, of course).

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Jasmine Vines & Seedlings

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One evening this week, I opened up my back door to let my dogs outside and I was hit with an incredibly wonderful aroma. Soft, sweet, and intoxicating, little white flowers bloomed by the hundreds on my jasmine vines. The amazing thing is there were no flowers on either of my vines earlier that afternoon. It’s like they all decided to pop open at once and surprise me!

The aroma was so enchanting, I decided to open all my windows in the back of the house. Jasmine wafted through the house all evening and its continued to linger in the air all week long. Aside from the springy smell, the vines themselves have double in size this year and now wrap around patio roof posts. After watching them struggle this winter, its so nice to see them thriving.

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Jasmine vine gone wild!

The sunflower is another interesting story. Our Monster Sunflower sprouted two more stems with buds and this one bloomed this week. The other one broke off due to an odd angle and the weight of the bud.  The main bloom was quite small (as expected), but weirdly enough it grew larger after all the petals fell off. That’s a story I’ll have to share once it stops growing!

Over on the plant rack, my seedlings are getting so big! While my vegetable starters are almost ready to go into the garden (probably this weekend), my flower tray holds the biggest surprise. I’ve never been very successful in growing any sort of flower except a wildflower mix in the yard, so it was really exciting to see several sprouts. In particular, four out five nasturtium seeds came up! This week, they graduated to a larger pot, along with another unidentified flower.

The garden rabbit took a break from sniffing the jasmine to help me celebrate graduation day . . .

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I hope these guys keep growing!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Monster Sunflower

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A giant is lurking in our yard. What started as a random sunflower growing on the edge of the grass patch has grown into a stalk of almost nine feet! Not bad for a seed I didn’t plant in a place reserved for grass and jasmine vines. Somehow, one little sunflower seed landed in this spot and decided he like it there enough to sprout and grow and grow and grow and grow …

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Reaching above the roof! The garden rabbit is a teeny, tiny creature compared to the giant. Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

I’ve planted sunflowers in the garden box and along the fence, but none of them ever reached the height and size of what I now call my sunflower tree. When he first popped through the grass back in early February, I thought he’d grow to four or five feet (like most of the random sunflowers that sometimes show up in the yard), give a little burst of yellow, and fade away. Boy, was I wrong! This thing is huge and it’s been really fun to watch it get taller.

When it hit six feet, it started to fall over from its own weight, so I propped it against a lattice.  When it grew a couple more feet, I had to bring in a metal patio chair to hold the weight – he keeps leaning further and further over to reach the afternoon sun. A huge bud sits at the top of the stalk and it’s getting bigger every day. I am anxiously waiting for a big, bright yellow sunflower to bloom.

Of course, the garden rabbit is fascinated by the biggest sunflower he’s ever seen. The leaves alone are three times bigger than him!

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That’s a mighty big salad! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Don’t worry, he didn’t break this particular leaf. It got stuck in the patio chair when I was trying to find a safe place for the sunflower to rest.

The stem (or trunk!) is a good three inches around, which makes me wonder just how big the root system is on this monster! The rabbit better not get any ideas about nibbling.

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Now, that’s a sunflower stem! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

From where the rabbit sits, this sunflower looks a lot like something that’s only possible with three magic beans. Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!

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Keep climbing! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

 

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014