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Welcome back George! Let's continue our discussion of traveling, landscape, photography, cooking, gardening to arts, George was interested in designing a water garden/feature. Let's get together and help George with the project. ^_^
Thanks Kim, for connecting this thread with the last. George, the Senna's flower is roughly 2" across, but they're born in clusters. They are hostplant to Sulpher butterflies, beside their ornamental purpose.
Jeri, beautiful pix. Jim recognized the pix right away and missed spending time with you and friends.
BTW, how did you keep the beautiful eagle from flying away? LOL.
George; for a smaller scale of water garden, here is mine. A smaller pond with a bridge across. This houses roughly 2,000 gallons water for a few kois and gold fish, but it's in the shade so aquatic plants don't do well in mine. Jeri water garden is at a grand scale, situates in a sunny beautiful garden setting which is about 10x as big as mine.
Kim1, Kim2, thank you for the new thread!
Great to be in touch with ye'all!!!
Jeri, you've got a wonderful oriental pond design! I'vnt seen your previous postings of the pond yet. It looks very much like you've got a garden somewhere nere here in Sochi. Lol. Well, it's sorta funny, but we've got the same trees here: the Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), Magnolia grandiflora, Eucaliptus... Wow, and the rockaries of the sedimentary rocks are very much like ours!
Kim2, gorgeous composition of a cast-iron bridge and the autumnal leaves of the bush! It remindes me one of St.Petersburg suburban palaces.
Here's the pic of one of my uncle's ponds under construction.
And another pic.
He sets me a good example of beeing about 70 and making almost all the works by himself! He says it's like physical training for him. He's a great friend and neighbor, though he is about 300 yards away.
Oh George, I am so glad that y'all liked the shakes! I am quite honored that you named it Mid-South. Just wait until you visit us in the Mid-South, we will introduce you to all kinds of very tasty foods ;o)
Kim2, Crissy, I'm delighted you like that stone. I've seen, and was real impressed with the even bigger ametyst geode from Brasil ( about 2 meters high) at the store, where I purchased the fragment of the meteorite and the fossil! That one cost about $10000LoL. I thought that would've been great for my hallway's niche, if lighted in a proper way. Well, sometimes later. Sigh.
Happy Thanksgiving to ye'all!!!
The Chamaecyparis' fence in one of the St.Petersburg's yards tonight.
Oh how fun! We went to Shreveport for Thanksgiving and had a ball! Unfortunately work called so we had to come back, but I just found out yesterday that I'm going to have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas off, then the weekend so we might go to New Orleans but really want to wait on that until the beginning of February when Marti Gras is taking place. I have a feeling we're going to go somewhere, even if it's just down to Shreveport again LOL!
Marti Gras is held in New Orleans down on the French Quarter on Bourbon Street, but a lot of cities across the nation celebrate it to a much lower scale. Shreveport was just a get away trip where we happened to find this really cool night club and got to know the manager and bartenders and all.
Shoot, don't worry about your French, I'm a city girl from CA trying to be a country girl in the South. Lol, that's a hoot!
That's cool! I love Shreveport but would like to check out New Orleans too. I don't think I'd care anything about walking in the French Quarter during Marti Gras though, I'm a people person to an extent, but there's that fine line, if you know what I mean lol!
It is a miracle! The whole thing has different aspects of miracles, the pilot landing the plane in the water correctly, the fuselage not breaking apart, only one person had to have minor surgery on some lacerations and hardly anyone went to the hospitals, WOW!!
Adolf Merckle (March 18, 1934 – January 5, 2009) was a businessman, and one of the richest people in Germany.
Merckle was born in Dresden, Germany into a wealthy family. Most of his wealth came from inheritance. He developed his Bohemian grandfather's chemical wholesale company into Germany's largest pharmaceutical wholesaler, Phoenix Pharmahandel. His family also owns the generic drug manufacturer Ratiopharm, and large parts of cement company HeidelbergCement as well as vehicle manufacturer Kässbohrer.
He was educated as a lawyer but spent most of his time investing. He lived in Germany with his wife and four children.
Merckle made a speculative investment based on his belief that Volkswagen shares would fall, when, in October 2008, a support of Volkswagen by Porsche SE sent shares on the Xetra dax from €210.85 to over €900 in less than two days, resulting in losses estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars for Merckle.
In 2007 he was worth US$12.8 billion by most estimates (Forbes), and by December 2008 he was still worth $9.2 billion, a loss of $3.6 billion. In 2006 he was the worlds 44th richest man, moving to 96th place by December 2008, yet still one of Germany's top five richest men.
Adolf Merckle committed suicide on January 5, 2009 by throwing himself in front of a train near his hometown of Blaubeuren.It was believed that his cement company was unable to make payments on a huge loan taken out to purchase an English competitor. Those must've been less ...
Let me share for history now...well, that afternoon I played pool with my friends and felt sooo... happy (as always, though) untill that phone call informing of the 3 month postponement... Then I thought something's wrong...
I got distressed... I have that innate feeling, ye'all know... Nevertheless, I didn't know it would've gone that way...
However, the life goes on, we gotta fight and win!!!
Love'ye all !!!! Mid- South!!!
Martha, Germany dissapointed me a lot... It's just a whisper speaking Europe, the same as it ever was, nowdays!!!!!!!!!!!! No traces of any drive at all!!! Dumb. Creativeless people. Well, but polite, for sure, like me...
With some old guardian jumping under trains, like Anna Karenina ( Check google). LOL. Sorry if I touched someone...
Well, I'm travelling europe just for fun, no business. What business can you have in such a snoozer type nations???
US??? Aaagh, nope... Not any more...
Oh, George. I am sorry to hear that Germany has no crusade. At one point in history they were extremely creative people. Well, at least they are polite (like you!!!!).
Somehow I missed the substance of your reference to Anna Karenina. I know she threw herself under a train, but I can't put together the significance you imply here. I'm kind of slow-witted. And, I promise I won't be offended!!!
Crissy, I like that: "When all else fails, garden!"
George, those cute little chaps in your photo. Is one of them your nephew?
Those boys are cute! And yes George, you are very, very nice and I'm not being sarcastic.
Isn't it true, when whatever fails we all go hit the garden, unless it's icy, like right now, or too hot? So we stay inside and chat on the computer and think of all the inside things we could be getting done, like house cleaning, and who wants to do that??
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of Worldwide Economic Crisis and World War. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945 and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms.
He is the real American hero of all times!!!!
I have some other interests currently. That's why I'm poping in quite rarely.
Nevertheless, I do regard ye'all as my real friends, I managed to find on DG.
I'm sorry, but I really believe, that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the real hero in the US history.
May be this topic is not that much garden related, but I do believe once it was not the last one, that helped us garden now!
Hi George, Roosevelt gets too "iffy" for me. Dave has a rule that his gardeners not discuss politics. Roosevelt gets a little political for me.
We feel the same way as you -- you are our real friend and I love chatting with you. You have interesting photos. They spur my curiousity about you, your travels, and your country. I am not well-traveled. What I know is only what I read or see on TV, but I am thirsty for first-hand information.
Anyhoo, that's a cool rhino! Glad my head is not in that mouth!!!
I think I got lost! LOL I've been so darn busy I don't have time for myself! Oh fiddle, I just hit something on my keyboard that made me lose both the top toolbar and the bottom toolbar. ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr
Gorgeous pictures George! So what is your interest right now? DG is a great place to find real friends. I was told the other day that Everyone has an account on Facebook. I don't have an account on Facebook and don't really plan on getting one either, I have all I need right here.
Interesting amber. Looks like an insect akin to the common housefly.
Oh goodie, pix from St. Pete's Botanical Gardens!
How's the weather there across the world? Signs of spring are in the air here. Yesterday a flock of 35 or 40 Cedar Waxwings landed in my Washington Hawthorn tree to eat the berries. They were beautiful. I watched them for about 30 minutes til flew away. I should have taken pix, but I was too spellbound.
St. Valentine day was a tough day for us ... Though the climate here was not too bad for a Feb. day. Hi Martha, hi George. No Gems or anything special here but your friend from across the miles -- me. ^_^ Here is a view of the "Sleeping Giant" mountain not too far from where I live.
Hi, Kim. Nice view of the Sleeping Giant. The Giant looks asleep right now. The pines cloaking the borders are the only green trees. My Washington Hawthorne is putting out young leaves. Can you believe that?
Martha, not only W. hawthorne sending out leave buds. Shadblow in our area has begun to bloom! I didn't believe my eyes when I saw them. Snowy white blossoms all over the places. Actually, it's difficult to tell the difference between the Shadblow's blossoms and W. Hawthorne's from afar.
George, I'm looking forward to see more pix from you. Thanks for sharing.
Kim, I must look up Shadblow. I've never heard of it, but I've probably seen it before. Unfortunately, I'm not well-educated in tree identity. Just know the ones in my own backyard, so you know how limited that is! LOL
Edited to say I just looked up Shadblow in Plant Files. It has beautiful berries, much prettier than W. Hawthorn berries.
...Snow, yes snow on my spring flower bed this morning. George, this is not too 'uncommon' for us to get alternating hot and cold temperature likes this around this time of the year. Once we pass the April's rain then we can pretty much rest assure spring is finally here. Until then, hummm, old man winter has revisitted us. Stay warm my friends.
Nice pix and comments everyone!
It's about 28F in St.Pete today. But it was 38F on Sunday. I guess for the farewell to winter.
For sure, it's too early for the flowers in the open ground here in the North, while in the South near the Black Sea
those're blooming all winter long. So much for climate differences.
Jeri, Kim1, thank's for warm comments!
I need those here to melt the snow of the Russian winter. This year the winter was almost traditional with a lot of snow, skiing, having fun, etc. I hope ye'all had cool winter too. Jeri did you manage to have some skiing experience in LA?
LOL!!! Our skiing is down the river here. No hills!!! We do go to Co. or Tn. for a brief vacation of skiing!!! Usually after Christmas. My son and his family just got home tonight from Tn. This is my 2 1/2 yr. old DGD this week. After 2 trips down the Bunny Slope she did 75% of the mountain by herself.
Ouch indeed!!! Your yard and I both are glad that you have recovered!!!! You are gonna give Kim a run for her money with the tulips they are doing great!!!! I bought 4 bags and never even planted them. I also bought some green plastic fencing to lay over the tulip bulbs and then mulch to hide the fencing, to try and discourage a bad bad peacock from devouring my bulbs. LOL!!! Just never found time to complete the task!!! I'll just have to live vicariously through you and Kim!!!!
Martha, I'm glad to hear you're doing without the crutches. Likes Jeri has already mentioned your Tulips are wonderful this year. Jeri, I wished I could have baby-sit for Larry while you plant your Tulips bulbs, and bring him back once the planting is done? What say you, my sister? LOL.
George, I'm looking forward to see more beautiful pictures from your lovely country.
I think it's too late for tulips here already the azaleas, purple magnolia & camellias are just about finished and it's just March. You can baby sit him Kim for me to plant some EE. LOL!! I have plenty of those and bananas coming in a coop.
Hello old friend!!! Your plants are wonderful and I don't recognize a single one of them. The Triassic Period you say!!! Is that close to a persimmon? You know now you have to tell me all about them. I looked up the Orchis fuchsia Druce and of course it was in Russian!!! LOL!!!
Jeri, I would love to, but (the funny thing - my batteries got flat, exactly when I was about taking pix for Y'all at Dendrarium) I guess, it's the sign from above, that you gotta visit it in real! LoL.
Kim2, I'm personally not that much fiend of Mcd, however I like that, so called, BigTasty eventually (sure, they owe me a fortune for the ad))
French fries are nice! LOL But I do prefer potato country-way fried ;-))
Jeri, Kim2, Kim1, Crissy great hearing from ye'all! Today I had a wonderful time at my friend's estate near St.Petersburg. It was a lovely day after the swellingly hot weather unusual for this season in the North 81F!
We had a real cool party communicating with my friend and his Mom. We had an overview of the land with the peculiarities of the growing plants, bushes and trees. After all I was happy beyond measure to obtain the offsprings of some new plants growing there.
While there we often saw the planes landing or taking off. I real fond of planes and skydiving. But I real regret of what happend with AirFrance recently. I remember what I felt while flying through the thundersorm in the South. Terrible feeling when the plane is like a chip of wood in the storming sea...
My condolences to the relatives of the people, who were on the flight. I wish the flights to be safer.
George, that was a sad day for many victims from that flight. I prayed for the loved ones that are left behind all around the globe. I understood there were two American passengers on board that airplane. Used to -- flying was a joy for me. Not any more, I only fly when it's too impractical to drive any more.
That whole situation is sad. I feel for the families of the victims, the airlines, search teams, and everyone else involved. I really hope they can recover those black boxes but right now it's looking pretty grim.
When I the day before yesterday was at my friend's estate she said while we were dining, that the plane-crash death is the most calm one- "5 minutes and you are there"!))))) Then she told the story of a crashing landing while the thunderstorm, when she was on a business- trip with her boss. He was looking so frieghtened while landing she was amused beyond measure and thought there might be problems with his pants...
Kim1, I thought of you, when I' had noticed those ducks and took pics. Great to hear from you!!!
There's a bit rainy in St.Pete, but quite warm of about 90F out. It was a crashing day on the lakes with the reading of Thor Heyerdahl's "Ra Expeditions" account of his expeditions of a paper boat over Atlantic...
Hey George! I am glad that you have been traveling...I have been wondering about you ;o) I cannot wait to hear about your journey and see pictures. I hope you get lots of presents on New Years! Our niece (from Russia) got presents on Christmas and is expecting more on New Years...yeah, she will get some gifts. lol
Crissyr, Jeri, Kim, thank's for messages!
I've been to the south and made a lot of pics of the fall season over there with different relict plants.
I'll share those with you soon, when time allowes amid all the X-mas and New Year hoopla around.
This seems to be a fun thread, wow, Russia!! I have a friend who works in Turkministan, he's off the coast. How far is that from you, George?? He's brought me many lovely gifts, I love the Russian hats best!!
Thank you, Lily ! err... I was busy, travelling and... lazy. Lol
As for gardening, I'was discovering the gardens of Vatican from the Dome of St.Peter's cathedral in Rome last summer (climbing all the way up there on foot ))). narrow starecases up there
Jeri, hang in there. The weather soon will warm back up. Feel better soon. The flu season is very bad this year. Jim and I got the flu shots, glad we did. So far we have been very lucky. Be well everyone.
So glad to see you George! Wow those gardens are beautiful! You definitely travel a lot, I wish I could do that, I love travelling
Jeri I am all too familiar with being sick, I hope you get over that soon!
I've had some health setbacks myself, a UTI that I've taken 4 rounds of antibiotics for in the past 3 1/2 months, then I had to get that flu that's going around, wouldn't have been so bad in itself but the antibiotics were making me sick when I caught it, spent 4 days in bed with a low grade fever, got over that last Saturday but the cold part settled in my lungs so I went to the doc yesterday and he gave me a steroid shot and MORE antibiotics and diagnosed me with Pneumonia. I reminded myself that I should not have turned 40, I've been sick ever since! LOL!!! BLAH!!!
Wow! Crissy, great to see you ! Hope you all feel better soon !
This year winter I invented for myself the conditioning to the cold by morning snow rub-down.Imagine it's -26F, I walk from the my country house in my shorts and start so to say washing the face and the top of the body with that fluffy snow. Cool, awesome ! then you run back in the house and feel real fresh all day long
Thank's Crissy ! I like conditioning by cold.
As for sea gulls, I'm always amused, when walking on the beach. Those all look very hefty, fated and lazy. But when you walk towards them, they kind of reluctantly start off and fly towards the shining sea ... After a short trip they come back !
"It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a
gentle sea. A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water. and the
word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a
thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another
busy day beginning."
I've been to that airport and it's open air and absolutely gorgeous!! Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to look at the gardens, we had 30 minutes to go from one plane to the next to go to Maui and I wasn't into gardening yet, but I did get glimpses and thought Oh how pretty!!!! LOL
Hi, Crissy! A friend of mine also visited that airport and the resort place, she sais it's great there and a good place to purchase pearl beeds. The only disturbance was they had that earthquake then.
I personaly experienced the earthquake last june in the north of Italy. We came there right after those two main quakes and stayed in a small private hotel. The building itself was dated back like of the 16-th century. But luckily it was well renovated and turned into the cosy hotel. We had a gorgeous dinner with our business partners, then I went for a walk in the quiet Italian night observing surrounding plants and the magnificent star clad sky. It was quite late and I went to my room on the second floor. At four o'clock a.m. I woke up cause my huge bed was rocking as if I was in an overnight train. It was real dark, I jumpt up and started hastily looking for my shorts and stuff. Then everythin was quite again, and I decided to go to bed and slept well after. In the morning during the breakfast we found there was a miner quake with the magnitude about 4 Richter scale and it was about 30 miles away.
Wow, that's awesome! I would love to go to Italy and all that! I love taking pictures out of planes! Thanks for sharing those, how awesome! You got me wanting vacation LOL!!
Funny, my only disturbance when in Hawaii was the day we were leaving they had a Tsunami Warning, it was supposed to happen after our plane was supposed to take off, then found out when we got back to California that it never happened anyway, very good news.
Coming from California I have had my share of earthquake experiences and have learned that they make me motion sick. When I was little me and my parents went to Los Angeles for vacation and was woke up by a 6.5 in the middle of the night, they are sooo creepy during the day when you can see, at night when everything is dark they are really creepy. I hate earthquakes, they freak me out.
Yep, earthquakes are real creepy. But I was more scared when we went to that 6 D something moovie in St.Petersburg last September. The show was called like "The horrors of the subway". I was at first wondering why it's gonna be so short, like 45 minutes. Then I realised why. I thougt it lasted 3 hours while I was sitting there with my eyes tightly closed. LOl
I was once lucky to visit the Royal Botanical garden at Kew near London. It was in December several years ago.
Here's the most comprehensive account of what that preservatory is all about the web can provide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeE_u4HHjO0