Thanks Jean for the new thread. The photo taken from Brisbane Australia is very interesting! I understood your DH has recently visited Australia but left you home. So next time you go, would you consider bring me along? LOL
Good morning guys! I've been busy this week. The kids were here on week-end and I had a wonderful time with Nicholas who got stuck on me the second he saw me!LOL We played a lot, went out and cleaned the MG's dry vines from the fence. He loved to see the black seeds coming out from the dry pods. I even made him sing a bit of the kids spring song "Here comes Spring!(Vine, vine primavara!)". This might be true because my snowdrops are popping up! I talked to Cici and told him that we'd better bring Nicholas alone over on week-ends so we won't have to see the jerk so often. I told Andreea and she was about to ask me the same for this week-end...so they're bringing Nicholas tomorrow and we'll drop him off on Monday morning. I had an article to finish until Tuesday, then I had to cook and bake, or do laundry.
Kim, weather has been warmer than usual and nice, but it's getting cold again tonight. It rained a lot last night, but I prefer that than snow. Shoot, it's snowing now, more like sleet!
Sherri, what wonderful sunset pics!
I have a few sunrise pics from a few days ago and also more pics with Nicholas :
Beautiful photos J and Sherri. We've had some beautiful sunset lately. I've been so busy and didn't have time to take lot of pictures to share. Hi Jean, has spring arrive there in La. yet? Down here we're getting close. Waving hi to everyone.
Great pics. Adina and J. Look at those pics.! They share the same common coloration, very nice. Jean, in our regions Spring is timidly showing its beauty. We're experiencing--hopefully the last cold-front currently. Temp. is in the mid 30'ish F. ouch! Although I've seen some 70'ish last few weeks. No sun rise/set pic. from me yet. Just drop in to say hi and wishing everyone Happy Spring.
Sherri, lol with you about the hubs. Happy belated BD's and wishing him many more.
Hi Kim. Same thing here...gorgeous weekend with low 70 temps and then rain and barely out of the 50's Monday. Things started to leaf out a couple weeks ago...just in time for that sudden drop to 28...shocked the leaves right off some stuff...I personally have had more than enough of the cold.
Kim, aaahhhh, tulips and hyacinths! Ours are just popping out now!
Jean, same weather here. Yesterday were 60F and today it dropped down to 50F. Rainstorm outside as we speak. Bad weather iwll continue and temps are going to drop more until Sunday when we might have snow..grrrrr! I have a sunrise, but it's on the camera, have to upload it in the laptop.
I have been a bit miffed at Puxatawney Phil, the famous predictor of Spring...who is actually a slightly overweight ground hog...Big Hoopla...no shadow...early spring...yea!!
Even my plants were fooled Jap magnolias all budded and bloomed, daffs popped up Brugmansias in the ground started sprouting along with every thing else...bam! dropped down to 28 and everything shrieked...any way, the garden and I are starting again. Happy Spring...ummm Happy when ya get here Spring Grin
Hah! Jean, I think Puxatawney Phil fell down on his job this year. lol Many saucer magnolias around our neighborhood have been affected due in part because Phil said "Spring is early this year", then mother nature brought the cold front back to prove him wrong, lol. Luckily, ours was fine being near the water... Adina, the small flowerbed in the front yard is one of my spring time's delight. I worked on making/replanting the bed every Fall, and rip the reward this time of year with all those blossoms.
Keep those pics. coming everyone. I may not have time to post pics. but I do visit our thread often.
I watched the news blurb and it looked like they swooped him up the instant he emerged, declared it Spring and left Phil blinking in their wake...so maybe we should vent op frustration toward the TopHats...grin
Hi all! It's been awhile since I posted here. How have you all been? I've been gardening a lot, Easter cleaning...BTW, today it's our Easter, lots of goodies are waiting for me back home...yes, I'm at the office today, yuck! I also have a new doggie who came on our field, pregnant and gave birth in one of my dog houses. Poor puppies died all of them, but I took the Mom inside my yard. Gave her a name, Minnie and she is feeling better everyday. She was scared at first, but not anymore. Especially since Nicholas came over with his Mom and Dad. They came over for Easter last Thursday and will be here until Tuesday.
Posting some pics with the sunrises I saw lately and with Minnie.
Great color on the sunrises. Minnie has such a sweet face...bet she'll make a nice addition to the pack. sad about the babies, but you couldn't have kept them all...and Minnie has gained a new home. I am sure Nicholas will make her one of the family rather quickly...GRIN
Wow, yours are gorgeous! We want to see the Husky! Cool rainbow. I have one from a few weeks ago.
Thanks, Jean and Margaret! Easter went well, we had fun and ate well, lots of goodies. Everyone helped and we had a great time. We are all so happy about our new doggie...except for the other doggies!LOL Although she doesn't seem to have more than 1 year old.
Hi Margaret. How are things in Perth? Has it gotten cooler yet?
Great pics J...nice color...and I love "sunbeams" in the clouds.
Stormy sky Adina...nice. The other dogs aren't sure they want a new housemate? Poor Minnie, she must have been on her own for a while...or her owners dumped her because she was gonna have puppies...either way, I am sure she will have a much better life with you and Nicholas.
Hi Moon, yes, a bit cooler, but still T-shirt weather. We had a bucketful of rain overnight, which is wonderful. We've had the warmest April on record, following the hottest summer on record. I'm thinking of moving to Antarctica.
J, he's gorgeous! Love his name!Thanks for the pics.
Jane, we got Minnie inside our yard so the other doggies won't attack her. She's going to stay here now.
Hei Margaret ! I'm so happy it's getting cooler for you, but happy it's getting warmer here!LOL
Bravo on the rain Margaret. Seems like things have been on the dry side in parts of NSW...a friend in Merino gets excited every time she sees a dark cloud...but only gets a mm or two. I understand the mosquitoes in Antarctica are the size of birds and number in the millions...year round...may wanna rethink that...grin
J, Polaris is just beautiful...such a sweet face.
Adina...Minnie looks like she is making herself right at home.
Hi sunkissed...hard isn't it? My sweet Springer Spaniel Chester crossed the Bridge a little over 2 years ago at the age of 10, now Sophie, the beagle who is 12 has been diagnosed with a thyroid tumor and congestive heart disease...every time we lose a beloved pet, we say no more...but this time, I think I truly mean it...too hard saying goodbye to them.
Not a problem RootDoctor...just a part of the day to day...grin
Lovely pic...do you think you'll get a few consecutive summer days or will they be interspersed with winter until August? Here we have two seasons...hot and not hot...and until this year, not hot was a very short season...grin
Welcome, rootdoctor! Great shots! Is that snow?
Sherri, I think you should get another doggie, even if it's so hard when they are gone.
Jean, I'm so sorry for your Sophie! Are you treating her? Sending big hugs for her.
Thanks...we are treating for the heart problem and she is taking a thyroid supplement and steroid to see if that helps the situation. At this point, since Sophie is 12 and has heart problems there is little more we can do...we talked with an oncologist...he was not very encouraging as says she is not candidate for surgery given age and heart...and frankly was 50-50 on radiation/chemo...at this point, given the prognosis, her age and health, not to mention the enormous expense of a "maybe" fix and the quality of life with radiation/chemo ( she is in her 80's in human years) we are doing palliative care for her.
Poor girl! Must be so hard for her, but also for you to see her like this. You are doing the right thing for her.
On a positive note, since we've been talking about getting a new dog, I have a good news : we're getting a new dog, and I mean A DOG!!!!! Remember our neighbor's giant dog Fira, the Romanian Shepherd whom I have been dogsitting when they were on vacation? Well, miss Fira has puppies, and hang on, they are 12!!!!!! She gave birth 2 days ago and all are feeling well, mother and puppies. We still don't know how many girls and how many boys because Viorel, our neighbor is exausted after not sleeping while watching Fira giving birth and now watching her eat, do her business...his parents are here to help, but Fira doesn't want anyone near except him. She even bit his Mom pretty badly from the hand, before giving birth and now the poor woman is afraid to get close to Fira again. Yesterday when Fira was out in the yard Viorel's Mom took a puppy to enjoy a bit. When Fira came back in, she went straight to her...lucky Viorel yelled at his Mom to close the door to her room and stay in there...uh!
Therefore, Viorel asked me yesterday if I agree to submit myself to an "experiment", as he named it...meaning if I would want to go at his place and face Fira in the room where she's staying with the puppies...I think he thought I would say no, but how could I say no when I just love Fira and most of all, the 12 PUPPIES!!!!!!!!LOL Only I told him to let her calm down and relax a bit, get accustomed to her new job, as a Mom. In a few days, or maybe sooner, I would be happy to come and see if Fira would want to hurt me too or not.
The reason for which Viorel wants me to do his "experiment" is obvious, because his Mom can't take care of Fira anymore, at least for now, and he and his wife are going on vacation next month, so someone has to take care of the doggies. I'm confident that Fira won't get mad at me, but I won't know unless I try.
I can tell you how anxious I am to see the puppies, especially now that we're going to have one of them! Cici is so excited about this, he has been wanting a shepherd dog for a long time. Only I told him that I don't want to hear anything about not having money for the dog, even this might mean to make some sacrifice.
Meanwhile, Minnie is making herself at home. She has started to play with the ball and became more confident. She got used to the leash and collar and even walks when she has the leash on. I gave her treats every time I would put the collar on her and then when I took it off, so I kinda trained her a bit!LOL
I made a video with her running and playing and more pictures too , here :
Looks like Minnie is becoming quite at home...she is a pretty pup. Good that you can help with Fira...I would suggest a couple minutes with her away from the puppies so she can re-establish her connection with you...then she will want to show you her brood...grin
Yes, and Fira acts like any of us when we first had our babies. She's allert when going out, stands still to listen...if she doesn't hear any noise from the pups, she goes to do her business. Made me remember how me and DH slept on the first night after I came home with Andreea from the hospital...it's hilarious now, but back then every noise she would make was a tragedy!LOL
How well I remember those days...grin.. DH and I kinda felt like baby sitters with our first one...kept waiting for the parents to show up, tell us we did a good job, and let us go home...LOL Fira sounds like a good Mama.
Hello everyone, sorry for my extended absent. I'm now back and have a few pics. to share...As I was watching my very first Ric Rac's orchid cactus flower opens up this evening when the sun sets. Hope y'all enjoy the bloom along with me.
I wish I was on vacation...pollen overload...I have a miserable sinus infection and ear infection...stagger around like a drunk sailor as it messes with my equilibrium...I am dizzy enough on the day to day without being sick...LOL
Great pics folks. The trees have all leafed out so I have to chase the sun to see it rise or set. and that isn't happening any time soon.
Oh poor Jean, hope you get over all that crude soon. I'm sure sneezing a lot these days, all the honeysuckle, jasmine, gardenias blooming...but boy do they all smell so sweet. Hard to see the sunsets and rises in my garden also, way too many trees...For now I'll just enjoy Lily's dock...But promise I'll make up for it when we hit the beach.`
Thanks Sherri. trying to get used to only seeing the sun overhead again. I'll join you on the dock...with lots of southern sweet tea and a big icy pitcher of margaritas...we can wait out the return of our sunsets...GRIN
Common down my friends, we've two guets' room upstair. Southern sweet tea and icy margaritas sound terrific. How about some barbeques to top all that off? I'm working on planting some vegetables so that helps complete our balance diet. lol
Jean, hope the pollen problem will subside soon. Sherri, please bring me some caterpillars when you do come.
Oh how nice Kim, and you got a sunset bloom. The first photo is really great. I've seen those Ric Rac cactus but never realized they had such a nice bloom...Shoot, would've bought one if I knew that.
You're really tempting me to come to the dock by the bay, Sunsets, margaritas and crawfish...it all sounds soooo great to me right now.
I have lots of cats eating my plants bare, so I'd bring them on up too and they can start on your plants. First time I've seen the monarchs actually eat the giant milkweed, last year they didn't touch it. I cut the tall lanky stalks off and shoved them into a pot of soil and all of them rooted and sprouted leaves right away. So a very good propagator.
There isn't any Monarch here thus far. I'm so ready to see them. I keep looking for eggs, 'pillars on my milkweed daily, but so far no such luck.
1. Missed the sunrise this morning, but the tranquility after sunrise.
2. I went out and water the containers garden before the temp. heats up.
3 & 4 'Milk and wine' crinum blooming.
5. Tiger lilium about to unfurl.
I know it's such a distance, it's difficult to get together. But I keep wishing. Hope to see you someday Margaret. Jean, these pics. are especially for you. Yesterday hubby and I took the boat out for a test drive; and I came close to see one of the neighboring home with this lovely landscaping with alot of Crinums. What took my breath away was their Blue bird house with a baby blue bird poking its beak out of the entrance. Look!
Oh how sweet. I get to see the adults during migration every year, but very few of them stay in the area. My dark pink/rose crinums are just beginning to bloom...have to get a pic of them since I'm loath to get a sunrise or sunset picture...grin
Margaret, my hubby and I are both hoping to get to the Perth side of AU on one of our visits...the furthest west so far has been Uluru/Mt Conner and north to Daintree/Port Douglas..and of course south to Sydney. Since our daughter is in Brisbane we have seen quite a lot of Queensland. Looking forward to one day sharing a meal with you.
1. Sunset yesterday
2. Sunrise this morning
3. My desperate attempt to grow Crinum; in pot. I'm testing this large bulb. If I get blooms from this method, where I can provide full sun condition. I'll put more of them out next year.
Kim...nice picks. In Fall of 2011 I had to dig up some Crinum asiaticums...I didn't know where I wanted to plant them, so stuck them (about 12-14 large bulbs) in a nurdery container that I poured about 3 inches of soil into...set the bulbs in and added maybe 4 inches of additional soil. I carefully tucked it behind the greenhouse in my makeshift holding area...uncovered space. Long story short...I forgot them. They have been there for almost 2 years...quite happy growing and a couple have bloomed...I think yours should do quite well in containers...oh, not roots escaped the pot...it was sitting on a couple cinder blocks...
I'll look up the mentioned asiaticums, I've a dark pink crinum called 'whatchumacallit' lol, its name sorta escaped me. Oh wait, wait, it's called 'Ellen Bouquet' I think. It bloomed for me in container before, then I found a spot with good enough sun light so it has been happy there for me. I've this tender crinum (I tried one out in the garden before, and frost killed it). So I've a big pot of it that I have to haul indoor every Fall.
Ready? Here is 'Queen Emma' I saw so many of these in Hawaii when I visited the Island 3 years ago. The 1st pic. is the flower bud; it's huge. Then when the inflorescent unfurled these pics. were taken middle of August last year.
Give it a try, Kim. It really is wonderful. If your neighbour has a racing-type kayak (long and skinny), make sure you have lessons as they aren't very stable. The little sit-on-tops are slow but are very stable.
Yah, I can't wait. I can see some red undertone. It's going to be colorful one. A nice surprise. My 'Ellen Bosequet' crinum that was transplanted to the backyard is also yielding an inflo. Though, it isn't as big and healthy looking as this NOID.
Hah, the song is one of hubby's fav. lol. Jean, you've got to look at this. This is one of the biggest crinum inflorescence I've ever seen! And have you got one that's dark red? This is gonna be that red
This may unfurl in the morning, stay tuned. Oh, got an idea. I'll nickname this crinum "freedom" since it's likely to open up on July 4th. What say you?
Oh how pretty Kim. Such nice strong blooms. Oh, Is that a weeping willow in the background of the first pic? My Great Aunt India had one...when I was a kid it was the perfect playhouse...a green cave on a summer day.
Yes, weeping willow it's. Jean, we planted that a few years back. The 1st one we tried, hubby topped the main leader off and it died. We replaced the tree which was about 7-8 feet tall then. Ever since then, Jim was reluctant to even prune the branches. Willows do well by the water... I'm glad it brought back some nice memories of your Aunt India. Oh, I've a plumeria named India. When it blooms, I'll dmail you a pix.
Speaking of plumeria, here is a NOID pink in bloom (with the wisteria in the background).
Your Great Aunt has given you a gift that keeps on giving! By far this year, my India hasn't made an inflo. yet. But, I'm pampering her and a few others hoping to rip the reward of blossoms. Yes, I can relate to the unpredictable weather we do get in our Southern regions. Cultivating tropical/semitropical (in our climate) is a challenge in and by itself!
Even with the difference in zones, our challenges can be very much alike. I can have things grow and thrive for years and suddenly lose them to weather extremes...such are the vagaries of gardening...grin
hello, all been away on Sanibel Island for a couple weeks so had to catch back up. The photos are all so wonderful and just so you know Kim, my overnight bag is always ready to go, probably just a long day's drive to your lake. :-)
I did get some nice sunset shots while on vacation and rainbows, it rained most evenings but they do make the best sky shots after a storm.
Oh and I took these pic's of the Queen Emma lily on the Island, I sure would like one of these in my garden. Check out the pink plumeria tree, no freezes there, like here in Central FL. there were so many in so many colors. The last is a purple allamanda bush, just awesome, the pic not so great because it was so sunny. I also couldn't walk into the yards to get good photos, they'd probably throw mangoes at me for being a trespassing tourist. LOL.
Great pics Sherri. Glad you had a good time. The large plumeria gives me grower's envy...grin. My DD lived in Queensland and has 3 or 4 huge Plumerias in her back yard...she actually calls them "a bit of a nuisance"...just blows my mind.
Ah, Sanibel Island! That brings back nice memory for me as well. Jim and were there a few years back. Need to revisit the Island, such beautiful place! Sherri, one needs not to travel all the way to Hawaii to enjoy tropical paradise, we just need to go to Sanibel Island in Fl. lol
Oh just for a cookout by the water, come and see me. :) Love all those pics.
The day is once again over cast. Maybe sunshine will return another day.
Hi Sherri, thanks goodness. The bad weather by passed us, just some turned over ornamental containers.
The sunrise isn't as spectacular this morning, and yes it returned to be hot and humid. However, the birds are back out, a tranquil morning.
HI everyone! Sorry I've been MIA for so long. I was on vacation, besides working hard in the garden. We went to the beach this year, in Eforie Sud, a nice resort on the Black Sea coast of Romania.
We've never been to this resort before, but we knew it was a quiet little town, where mostly older people went for mud baths treatment. Nowadays the resort has grown, new buildings were built for receiving tourists and most of them are children in the camp or with families. We went there thanks to Petre, Andreea's DH who is working as a chef in a small restaurant. We decided quickly after he told us that one of the landlords who owned a small hotel near the restaurant had vacancy rooms. We are lucky to have any vacation paid by our institution, which means we were at the beach for free!
The weather was great, just the first day was cloudy, which was good for my skin, but the rest of the days were hot, with full sun. The sea had huge waves at the beginning, but then it calmed down. I played almost everyday with Nicholas in the sand and in the sea because Andreea couldn't stay too much in the sun and in the water, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Hurray! Our little man was afraid of the huge waves, but after the sea calmed down he was brave enough to enter all by himself in the sea.
The food was very good at the restaurant, all cooked by Petre.
This was our hotel called " Andreea". The view from the balcony. The sea and the beach.
Welcome back Adina after being MIA for some time. Your Nicholas is absolutely adorable, and the vacation is most fabulous. It's great news about Andrea with her darling husband Petre. Well wishes are being sent to the young family.
Adina what lovely vacation pictures, and pretty water at that beach, glad you enjoyed your vacation. I just got back from the beach also, it was pretty darn hot, the first week we had some nice afternoon showers, but second week hottest temps so far this summer, mid to upper 90's and NO Rain...I was actually glad to get back to my shady oak trees. ☺
Some of my sunrise and set pictures, with no clouds they are pretty boring...we are on the east side of FL so the sun rises over the ocean but when the sun sets on the west side of FL we get pretty pink skies.
Sheri, wonderful pictures! Love the pink skies! I'm also glad you had a great time, except the heat. We also have high temps here. Andreea is back at the beach now and she says it's too hot, almost unbearable...unless you stay inside the sea!LOL Nicholas has a great time and he's in the water all the time.
This is a link to an photo album from the beach, if you want to watch...some videos too :
Margaret hey! I was just thinking about you after I heard of the very high temperatures in Australia. Is it that bad where you are living?
We're OK, the winter is very warm this year. Actually these days it's like spring!
Nicholas is almost 4...in May, but now we have the other Grandson, Andreas , who is now 3 months old. I was so busy, although they are not staying with us, but we've been visiting pretty often. They were here for the holidays. Here are some pics.
I hope you and everyone are well.
Hi Adina, there's no mistaking that you've got a couple of boys there. How fascinating watching Nicholas grow.
We've had a couple of heat waves over in the west. Last week we had 44C and we're expecting 38 today and another run of heat during the coming week. 56 homes were destroyed by fire in the hills last weekend (I'm on the coast). Victoria, which is a couple of thousand km east of us has been having the worst of it, with temperature up to about 46. South Australia has also been copping it. Summer is not pleasant any more. I remember when we were kids a 30C day was considered hot. Now, 30C is "very pleasant".
Adina, the new little grandson is beautiful, congrats! How special to have two lovely grandsons.
Margaret, I hadn't heard about the fires, that is horrible. This is certainly one very strange weather year. It has been a warm winter here until these past three weeks and now making up for it. This morning a frosty 34°F...we had many days in the mid 80's in December so the garden thought it was spring already.
Sherri, weather events worldwide seem to be whacky. I saw on the news a couple of days ago that there are persistent fires in ? Los Angeles (California, anyway) that are now considered part of the natural environment. Scary, if that's the case.
When you get a warm early winter like that and the plants think it's spring and react accordingly, then when winter returns for real the plants have no way of protecting themselves.
Poor Jim and his co-workers. I hope they have some creature comforts. Thank goodness there are people who feed the birds and other wildlife. Poor souls. Oh, Kim, you're most welcome to any heat you like.
Hey, Kim! Thank you. Sorry for the bad weather and for Jim and his co-workers starnded at work.
Since my last post we had a blizzard (on week-end) and now we're having another one, more powerful.
We had difficulties getting out of our street at first, but then the plower came and cleared it. Now it's all drifted again, but I left the car at the end of the street so we can still go to work and we're walking to our house through the drifts. We just came home now and we're beat...we meaning me and my DH. It's still snowing and the blizzard gets more powerful every hour, so tomorrow we have the day off. They said the blizzard will still blow until tomorrow at noon...grrrr! We have drifts higher than the ones I just cleared yesterday so, by tomorrow we might be buried in snow again, like 2 years ago. We have power and heat, enough food, so we're good.
Posting a few pics with Minnie, our doggie, and the snow.
Thanks Margaret for the 'warmth' offer. This winter storm could be as bad as one we had back in 1993, back then the snow quickly melted, not with this time because the unusual cold kept the snow from thawing, if anything they froze solid, it's almost noon and it's barely reaches 12F. degrees. Icy road made it dangerous for travelers!
In time of need, there is good news: The communities are pulling together and sent out help for people got caught off guard out there. Just heard from Jim, one of his coworker braved out the road roughly an hour ago. Only he returned because the road is still impassible.
Hi Kim, long time no chat. I've been watching all that snow/ice up there, even closed schools in the panhandle of Florida...how about that? The lakefront does look brrrr cold. Do hope everyone gets to their homes safely, but better to stay put than get on dangerous roads. It is rainy cold here today too, yesterday I was working in the garden in shorts and it was 80 degrees, right now it is 45...and they say by Sat. back to 80.
Adina, Minnie sure seems to love that snow, love the pictures, sure is a lot of snow.
Sherri, what a strange weather even in Florida! Please sent some of the warmth over here!
Kim, what a good news for Jim and his colleagues! I hope the weather improves for you soon. Brrr, it's cold at your place!
The wind has calmed down, but it started to snow again. A plower came and cleared the road this morning. It's gorgeous outthere, but very cold. It's 19F right now and forecasted 0F tonight. The good news is that it'll start to warm up on Saturday.
Stay safe everyone!