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Mid-South Gardening: Welcome KashtanGeorge from Sochi, Russia Part IV

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #5817608

Time to begin a new thread already, we came from here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/796976/

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. :-)

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #5818157

Thanks, Kim. I just stated on the other thread, that we need a new one and here it is. ;o))

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2008
12:51 PM

Post #5818673

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.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2008
12:59 PM

Post #5818693

George we've been corresponding for sooo long I can't remember if I showed you my pond. Sorry if I already did, but here are a couple pictures from my backyard.

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jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2008
1:01 PM

Post #5818699

That is the waterfall and top pond.

This is the bottom pond.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #5819291

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.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 22, 2008
6:47 PM

Post #5819776

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.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 22, 2008
7:07 PM

Post #5819821

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.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 22, 2008
7:21 PM

Post #5819856

Another pic of my favorite warerfall in June.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 22, 2008
7:27 PM

Post #5819872

Alex is like a koala-(bear) in the woods. LoL.

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #5822866

Alex is too cute! Great photos! I hope you enjoy the chocolate shake. Some people leave out the egg whites and some add malt. You want to give those a try, too.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 23, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #5823688

Kim1, the shake turned out unbeatable! Real delicately delicious! I tasted it with a bunch of friends and decided to call it Mid-South!
This time I used egg whites.

Here's a pic of SPb from last July.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #5823862

My grandfather used to make me a Meretine (sp) shake. It was like Ovaltine but he always put vanilla ice cream and an egg in it, it was sooooooooooo good!

Awesome pictures, and Alex is cute! Quite the little climber too!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 24, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #5823935

Crissyr, Ovaltine or Mid-South is awesome!
Please, check my extraterrestrial contribution to DG! Lol
http://www.davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/923676/#new
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 24, 2008
3:04 AM

Post #5824575

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)

Kim
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 24, 2008
4:46 AM

Post #5824880

LOL Kim He will definitely enjoy it, as much as he's enjoying that mid-south

George way cool! I'm sure that little piece was worth the $$. Can you see the damage from it on a map? I love studying things like that, should have been an archeologist.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 25, 2008
12:57 AM

Post #5827949

Kim1, it sounds exciting! Lol.
When we were in Gemany we visited a number of restaurants. I real like German cuisine too!LoL

Hahaha, Crissyr, nope, I don't recognise anything on the Google Earth!

Here's the amethyst geode from Brasil at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow. I was just impressed with those at the store eather.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2008
2:55 PM

Post #5829366

Wow George, that amethyst is WOW, WOW!!! (pardon me I became speechless, lol).
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2008
5:50 PM

Post #5829940

Me too! That is the most gorgeous amethyst I have ever seen! And the largest!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 26, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #5833440

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.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 27, 2008
5:19 AM

Post #5834988

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2008
12:21 PM

Post #5835297

Truly beautiful pictures, George. My geode is very small with only white crystals. Not worth very much...if any ;o)

Kim
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 28, 2008
2:31 AM

Post #5837091

Thank's a lot to ye'all! And happy Thanksgiving!!! Everything's lovely and the goose hangs! :-)

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

November 29, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #5840483

LOL Kim!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

November 29, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #5840585

Crissyr, great hearing from ye'all!

Here's the view on the sea through the pines from the highway. The late October.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2008
10:24 PM

Post #5852014

I'm planing of going to the south from St.Pete soon to get new pics and have some fun too.

How'd ye'all getting along? Haven't heard of ye'all lately. Any news?

I like this pic from the last April in Vladimir region of Russia.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2008
10:28 PM

Post #5852020

And the pic of a young nettle in the early April morning over there. The good reminder of the Spring to come again?

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2008
12:14 AM

Post #5852383

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!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 3, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #5852436

Crissyr, looks, like Shreveport is a real cool place to go!!! For Mardi Gras! Sorry for my French. LOL

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #5852570

Oh that is pretty!

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!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #5852573

LOL!!! Crissy we go to Shreveport /Bossier City for the Mardi Gras parades!!! We already have reservations for Feb. 20-22 for the parade there. We stay at the RV park at Diamond Jack in Bossier.

George that last picture is awesome!!!!!


KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 3, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #5852634

Jeri, it's the Black Sea! I was knee-deep in the sea water. I wonder I didn't dip my camera. lol

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2008
1:46 AM

Post #5852682

That is beautiful!!! It looks alive!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #5852726

Shreveport has Marti Gras parades? I didn't think about that, duh, Sacramento has Marti Gras Parades lol

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2008
2:09 AM

Post #5852756

The ones in Shreveport are more family orientated than the ones in N.O.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2008
2:36 AM

Post #5852841

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!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2008
3:18 AM

Post #5852945

Crissy the earliest memory I have of Mardi Gras was when I was 5. I know all about N. O. LOL!!! The parade routes are crowded but the rest of the city runs like normal.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 25, 2008
10:14 AM

Post #5926696

Merry Christmas to ye'all!!!!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 25, 2008
10:17 AM

Post #5926697

Palace square at night.

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2008
1:15 PM

Post #5926836

Thank you, George. Today, and the rest of the week, I will eat enough for 4 people ;o) But, yum, it will be gooood.

Kim



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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 25, 2008
1:35 PM

Post #5926870

Merry Christmas to you and yours, lol Kim, wishing you a beautiful season too.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2008
1:49 PM

Post #5926908

Merry Christmas George and to all my Mid-South friends!!!!

There was a fluke this year at my house. We got snow.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 25, 2008
10:17 PM

Post #5927830

Jeri, it was my snow mail from Russia! ;-)

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #5928125

LOL!!! TY!!! George you made it special delivery too!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2008
3:32 PM

Post #5929278

Merry Christmas!! Sorry I'm a day late. Nice snow Jeri, what a nice thing to send, a snow mail! We're supposed to be getting tornados tonight, I'm already scared!

Beautiful George! Very nice pictures.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 17, 2009
2:40 AM

Post #6014867

I'm really inspired and happy, that everybody survived in the Hudson river landing!
Chelsey B. Sullenberger is the hero!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2009
2:41 AM

Post #6014876

We are too, George. What a pilot!

Hope all is going with you.

Kim
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 17, 2009
7:17 AM

Post #6015436

Hi, George! That disaster turned into a blessing, thanks to the pilot.

Wow I bet it's cold in Russia.

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6015721

Agreed George, that in itself is a Miracle!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2009
8:24 PM

Post #6017055

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!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 24, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6042739

Thank you my friends!

But I Am Distressed.

ADOLF MERCKLE...

TELL ME WHY????????
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 24, 2009
1:35 AM

Post #6042875

Info tips:
Adolf Merckle (March 18, 1934 – January 5, 2009) was a businessman, and one of the richest people in Germany.[1]

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.[2][3]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 ...

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 24, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6042952

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!!!
George.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2009
4:04 AM

Post #6043460

I don't understand anyone committing suicide!!! He still had more money than most people even dream of having and it wasn't enough. How sad!!!

Hope you are doing good other than this upset!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2009
4:50 AM

Post #6043613

Oh George, what terrible news. I cannot imagine why he did such a thing. How sad.

Kim
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2009
7:22 AM

Post #6043849

How sad about Adolf Merckle. I suppose money was his driving force, so he couldn't live with his losses. Probably took away his self-identity and he hit rock bottom.

However, the life goes on, we gotta fight and win!!!
Love ya, George!!!

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 24, 2009
12:25 PM

Post #6044055

Thank's ya'll ! Now, I have the better understanding of the story.

Yesterday I've been to the temporary exhibition of minerals.
Those are quite interesting samples of the late Stone Age.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2009
2:30 PM

Post #6044362

That looks like an exhibit of Indian arrowheads. Very interesting!!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #6045500

George I am also sorry to hear that horrible news! I agree that he just couldn't handle his losses. Very sad.

It does look like Indian arrowheads. Very coo!
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 25, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #6047157

Geroge, I glean from you photo that tools of the Stone Age cultures were not all drab and from the same kinds of rocks or quarries (as I had thought). They are very colorful. That's cool!

You are still in Germany? Indeed, you travel quite a bit. That no doubt gives you a wonderful perspective of the world. Are your travels business or pleasure?

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 26, 2009
10:28 PM

Post #6054537

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...

I guess gardening can help us all, LOL!!!)))))

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2009
10:37 PM

Post #6054576

When all else fails, garden! If the weather sucks too bad, craft! LOL Or sit here and chat.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 26, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6054812

Oh, Crissyr, verily saith thau!!!!!!)))))))
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 27, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6055059

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?

Martha
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #6056090

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??
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 27, 2009
5:29 AM

Post #6056442

Not I, Crissy. I don't cook. I don't clean house. I play!

Martha
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #6057891

LOL Martha!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #6057906

Wow, Martha! We must be related ;o)
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 27, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6059250

LOL Kim!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6068520

At the Geological exhibition I was inspired the kids do still have some interest in the Natural sciences besides the stupid american moovies. lol

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2racingboys
Bartlett, TN
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6068588

jumping in on this thread just to say those ponds & gardens are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6068623

Thanks!!!

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 30, 2009
8:09 AM

Post #6069759

Exquisite, George.

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6072148

Thank you, Martha!!!!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #6072180

Admiral Krusenshtern was the first Russian explorer, which traveled around the globe. The monument for him on the Neva imbankment in St.Pete.
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

January 30, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6072185

He looks Russian with his arms crossed! I see something that looks like a sword or knife. Cool.

Are you sowing any indoor seeds to plant this spring?

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6072194

Not yet.))) We plant those in Feb or March!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6072210

The 65-th aniversary of the breakthrough of the Leningrad blokade. Salute.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
10:07 PM

Post #6072222

Leningrad is the hero-city!!!!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #6072235

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!!!!


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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 30, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6072285

FOR THOSE, WHO FORGOT WHAT THE REAL HERO LOOKS LIKE!!!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 31, 2009
11:29 PM

Post #6076136

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!

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2009
8:11 AM

Post #6077586

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!!!

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 1, 2009
10:43 AM

Post #6077674

Hi Martha! That is the prehistoric rhino from Neogene and it lived about 15 mln. years ago.
The gardening at the time was way different for certain.

The scene in St.Pete.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 1, 2009
10:46 AM

Post #6077676

Walking last night in St.Pete.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 1, 2009
10:48 AM

Post #6077678

The view on the Neva river and the Academy of fine arts.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6077728

Oh, the snow scene in St. Pete is beautiful, especially the horses. I think the horses enhance the photo, don't you.

Next image - Walking in St. Pete. Looks like Americ with your crowded traffic. That's the 21 Century for you! Do you reside downtown?

The Neva with the Academy backgrounds is so calming and serene. Beautiful with night lights.

I bought a digital microscope. Clockwise, starting from top left, in the photo below:

Beetle ventral abdomen (the beetle is really too large for a high magnification of the microscope);
Petunia seeds (actually the size of a pin point)
Fennel seeds
Triple Yellow Datura seeds.

Martha

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2009
11:56 AM

Post #6077729

Forgot the pic!!!!!

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 1, 2009
1:12 PM

Post #6077857

George, is the river frozen? Seems like this time last year, you posted a photo and the river was frozen solid. Lovely pictures...as always!

Wow, Martha, neat picture! Looks like you will be having lots of fun with your new toy.
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 1, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6077946

Hi, Kim. I LOVE new toys!

Martha
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2009
1:35 AM

Post #6090058

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.

Martha that is a cool toy!
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 4, 2009
5:14 AM

Post #6090903

Thanks, Crissy. I'm not planning on joining Facebook either. I don't want my information out there!

Martha
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6092077

I am not a facebooker either ;o)
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6116347

So, who wants to stay the night with me tomorrow night??

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 10, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6117745

I've got room here. If you want to escape!!! No storm shelter here thought we would drown if we had a storm shelter.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2009
3:47 AM

Post #6118142

My shelter is in the ground with the door raised up a little on top of the little hill in our yard.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 15, 2009
7:37 PM

Post #6142873

I hope, Ye'all had the great St. Valentine's day!

Here's the pic of the Czech antique jewellery with garnets at the exhibition in St. Petersburg.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 16, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6144387

Very nice Valenltine's Day here, George.

Beautiful Garnets! Does it say who the lucky woman was?

Martha
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 16, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6147431

Nope, I have no clue, alas! I wish it were a gift for ye'all for that special day!
What have ye'all been up to lately?
Last day, I visited the St.Pete's Botanical G!!!!- the pix follow soon!

Here's some amber with the prehystoric fauna.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 16, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #6147654

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.

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6148287

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.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 17, 2009
1:06 AM

Post #6148868

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

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 17, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6150398

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
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 17, 2009
5:53 PM

Post #6151558

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

Martha

Edited to say I just looked up Shadblow in Plant Files. It has beautiful berries, much prettier than W. Hawthorn berries.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 17, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #6152343

Great picture Kim2.

There's my turn.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #6157622

George, GORGEOUS! The architecture is absolutely elegant.

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6157819

Agreed! Beautiful winter sight! Hi Martha, hi George.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #6159805

Love the fence!!! There was a lot of love put into that masterpiece!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #6160022

Ok, I've been gone from this thread entirely too long! Love all of the pictures, especially the horses at St. Pete. The gems are very cool!

Kim that looks like some mountains we have around here! We have one, Mt. Magazine, that's flat on top.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 25, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #6190026

The Feb. in St.Petersburg for Kim1.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

February 25, 2009
11:11 PM

Post #6190032

Another one from Russia.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 26, 2009
9:03 AM

Post #6192058

George, the snow scenes with the Mallards are exquisite. You are fortunate to have such a beautiful country.

It will be 77° here tomorrow. Can you believe that?

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 26, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6192844

Martha, spring is near! Spring is near!!! Wow, George the beautiful scenery and the snow how awesome!

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 26, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6193687

Love the Mallards on the snow, very nice George
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

February 26, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #6194366

Yessssssssssssssss, Kim. Spring is near! Umm, your hyacinths are intoxicating!

Martha
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 27, 2009
4:29 PM

Post #6197829

Yay Spring!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 1, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #6204079

Oh, Martha, yessss! I can believe in 77 even in Feb. I have houses in too much hemispheres. Lol.Kim
Kim2, magnificent flowers and smell! When did you plant the bulbs of those?

The main point by now:

Happy New Spring!!!!!!!!!!

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #6204106

Hi George, how are you doing these days? The spring blooming bulbs typically are planted in the Fall.

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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

March 1, 2009
3:53 AM

Post #6204827

All of the sudden photos when from show to springtime! I love it!

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2009
2:30 PM

Post #6205875

...spring! Or sight of spring...(this was a day or two ago).

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6205904

...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.

editted for typos.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2009
4:41 PM

Post #6206367

We got snow too but none of it stuck. I have so many dafs budding but they're not opening. The sun is brilliantly bright but it's only 27 degrees. Looks can be deceiving.
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

March 2, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6208723

I have daffs too, Crissy, and none are blooming.

Kim, love the spring flowers patched with white snow! We didn't get snow here. But it's down to 28 tonight.

Martha

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2009
3:12 AM

Post #6209054

Looking into our neighbor across the lake, it gave an illusion we're some where up north this morning. lol.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2009
4:16 AM

Post #6209334

Kim that pictures looks cold!!!! Brr!!! I had a shiver just looking at it!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 2, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6212047

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.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6212127

LOL! That's the way it is here, winters last forever up North and they hardly have winter in the South.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 5, 2009
7:41 PM

Post #6225613

Today I was walking from the store through the Summer Garden.Lol.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 5, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6225631

Sporting the forcing treatment of the Danish crocus bulbs.~))

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 5, 2009
7:48 PM

Post #6225642

Today's view on the Fontanka from the Summer Garden.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 5, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6225653

I love your snowman George!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 5, 2009
7:54 PM

Post #6225676

Thanks Kim2! The tranquil view, pretty much the same with the buds condition on the branch. We live in one world!;-)
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 6, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6230441

It was a real cool and sunny day today 35.6F.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 7, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6233710

Today

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 7, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6234348

Gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Looks like it's starting to warm up. Yea!!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 7, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6234559

Thanks for the ducky pix, George. Love the snowman!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 7, 2009
9:17 PM

Post #6234684

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?

The shadows of today in St.Pete.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 8, 2009
4:52 AM

Post #6236567

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.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 8, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #6239076

Jeri, wonderful picture!!!!! It looks just like here near St.Petersburg!
Gotta take my camera to the slope next time!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 11, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #6252238

I'm gonna go to Moscow tonight, then the same day to my elder brother.
Expect the pics of the the wild Russian planes. Lol.

edited to add the article the


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mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6256931

So pretty, George. Are those apartment buildings?

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2009
2:35 AM

Post #6259221

Thanks George. That is my bright and shining star.

Hey Martha!!! Your yard sure looks good!!! Did you ever get out of the cast? How did you do that?
mwperry
Brandon, MS
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2009
8:18 AM

Post #6260148

Hey, Jeri! Thank you for the compliment on my yard.

I got out of crutches and custom shoe a month or two ago. I broke my foot by trippiing over my garden hose. My foot got caught and twisted as I landed on it. Ouch.

Martha

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2009
12:11 PM

Post #6260441

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!!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2009
2:06 PM

Post #6260780

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.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6260900

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #6260975

Tehehehe, sounds like you're getting to be really busy, Jeri. How I wished we live close to each other. Let's me talk to hubby about retiring in La. :-)

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 13, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6261774

I'm game!!! LOL!!! You think the 2 of us could convince him?????
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #6270944

George I love that building! I can't wait for pictures of the wild Russian planes!

LOL you two! I wish you the best of luck!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #6314076

Great hearing from ye'all!!!
Here's some pics from my trip.
I've noticed the halo.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6314121

I like the latest Mercedes!Lol.

edited misspelings in mercedes word: s to c. doesn't affect speed, though...lol

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6314132

Some walking in the wilderness.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6314137

The contrails of the March sky. The signs of hope and the great adventure!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #6314147

The planes from the historic mountain.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:55 PM

Post #6314157

The interior of my room.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
8:59 PM

Post #6314178

Another view.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
9:02 PM

Post #6314194

The sitting-room.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6314206

Some ancient architecture.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 24, 2009
9:05 PM

Post #6314211

The wilderness in the middle of March.


Edited at to in.))

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6331386

Very nice, George. I see a couple of plants that I would like to steal ;o))
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 28, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6332908

Kim, no need! They all are yours, just say which one! Lol.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6333140

Hi George, thanks for sharing the pictures with us. Our northern part still gets snow and wintery weather. But here down South, spring is in full swing.
Kim2

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

March 29, 2009
10:05 AM

Post #6334459

Cool picture, Kim2!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2009
3:04 PM

Post #6335239

I will take all of them ;o))

Kim

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 30, 2009
12:50 PM

Post #6339439

I especially like Post #6314211.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

March 30, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6339764

I can't figure out which pic I like the best, I think post #6314147. Love the plants in your room too, with the windows, I want the windows! lol
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 9, 2009
4:31 AM

Post #6385201

Thank's to ye'all!!! I'm on the trip currently, and add more new pics when I'm back.
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6385780

Oh boy! Cannot wait to see them, George. Have a marvelous time!

Kim
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 14, 2009
7:49 AM

Post #6407406

Thank's Kim!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 14, 2009
12:20 PM

Post #6407788

George are you home yet? You have been sorely missed!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6458136

Jeri, I'm finally back!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6458158

Orchis fuchsia Druce.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
8:01 PM

Post #6458179

Paeonia caucasica Schipcz.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6458196

Myosotis alpestris.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
8:12 PM

Post #6458230

Paeonia caucasica Schipcz, another view with the mountain river valley.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 24, 2009
8:25 PM

Post #6458299

The Ruscus colchicus at the sunset. The relict prehistoric plant, which survived since the Triassic Period, like
248 to 206 Million Years Ago.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #6459331

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!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 25, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #6462651

Great hearing Jeri! Get'ye updated a bit later- too busy communicating with friends.LOL

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6462775

I'll be patience!!!! LOL!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 26, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6464638

Welcome back George! It's good to hear from you.
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 27, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #6471728

Welcome home! Flowers are lovely.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 30, 2009
9:34 PM

Post #6485482

Thank' s to ye' all!


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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 30, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #6485556

The Motto of the New Century: "Let's Garden!"

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 30, 2009
10:22 PM

Post #6485641

Gardening is cool!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

April 30, 2009
10:36 PM

Post #6485680

More pics coming soon. I was just busy.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 1, 2009
6:33 AM

Post #6487457

Hart's Tongue Fern.)

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 1, 2009
10:14 PM

Post #6490455

The unknown plant in the wilderness.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2009
1:47 AM

Post #6491270

Hi George, these flowers are called foxgloves here, what do you call them in your country. Or do you have them?

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 2, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6494421

Hi, Kim! I've never seen those in the mainland Russia, nevertheless those're common on my black see coast. Those are wild in the forest and are known like wild
gerberas.


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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2009
11:22 PM

Post #6494702

One thing we both share in common...the weeds in your picture besides that interesting heart-shape river rock. :-)
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 7, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6517578

I agree! I sported my camera at the dog's exhibition recently. ;-)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 7, 2009
6:38 PM

Post #6517928

Ahhh, that's sweet George. To see our furries friends being 'friendly'. lol.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 16, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #6557050

hkj;l
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 16, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #6557068

We have too much in common to part.
See that Mc Donalds on the right? LoL


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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 16, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #6557125

There you go! Tulips blooming too? Seems like spring is in full swing there where you're! Welcome back George!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 17, 2009
8:36 AM

Post #6558968

Kim2, nice picture! What is that plant?
My pic was made on April 8.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2009
12:21 PM

Post #6559279

George good to hear from you old friend!!! Leave it to Yall to even put a fountain and palm trees by your McDonalds. Yall succeeded in adding class to Macie D's!!!!! I still recognized it!!!! LOL!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 17, 2009
3:53 PM

Post #6560081

Hi Jeri! Thank's for kind words. Yep, the design is quite good there.

Here's the entrance to the famous Dendrarium on Apr. 12.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6560142

Beautiful!!! Now some pictures in the gardens if you please!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6560477

Okay George, just to be sure they list all the Kcalories you'd get from each hamberger you eat there at Mcdonald. lol. Though, their frenchfires is quite good.

The flower is a climbing flowering vine, Clematis 'Asao'.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 17, 2009
9:46 PM

Post #6561538

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 ;-))


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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

May 20, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6575774

The MidSummer time is nigh in St.-Petersburg.
The pic was made at 23.43 local time

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 20, 2009
9:37 PM

Post #6575950

From my garden for your enjoyment. Hi George, I do love those big and tasty too. LOL, immagine that we are across the miles and finding ourselves enjoying the same 'taste' lol.

p.s. The purple/blue flowers are clematis blossoms, with the peachy blooms that of Asiatic lilies.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 28, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6609070

Beautiful!!!!!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

June 2, 2009
10:08 PM

Post #6632707

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6633377

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.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6635771

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.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

June 4, 2009
10:47 PM

Post #6642787

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...

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 4, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6642849

LOL!!! I'm sure that would be the least of my worries!!!!

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6643150

LOL Me too!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

June 14, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6687060

LOL. The Northern Sun and the afghanisch turquoise.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2009
10:27 PM

Post #6687240

...afghanisch turquoise? Hi George, glad to hear from you.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2009
3:19 AM

Post #6713318

OMG I love that!! Elephants are my favorite animal and I love that turquoise (blue is my favorite color)
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

June 29, 2009
4:12 AM

Post #6752090

I thought that turquoise's afghanisch, but actually it's Indian.Lol

Here's the car I've noticied recently.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6754289

Nice mural!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 1, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #6764687

I thought to find those in nature. but it was only the remains of their feast!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2009
1:30 AM

Post #6765910

Okay George, I know you travel a great deal. Where is your destination now? Up high on some mountain? LOL.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6772244

OMG what was that animal at one time??? Looks prehistoric.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 3, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6773660

It was a wild boar. I took the pic at my neighbor's yard last april.

Kim2, currently I'm in St.Pete. Yesterday I was on the lake, I was swimming and took pics with the thunderstorm in a distance.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 3, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #6773662

The field in the country last June.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 3, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #6773670

The wagtail.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2009
9:07 PM

Post #6773711

Pretty bird George, I like that wagtail. :-) And the field with zillions of dandle lions puffs! BTW, they flown all the way over here some. LOL

Here a what is called Candy lily .

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 4, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #6777769

Kim2, wonderfull pic of a Candy lily !
Some more puff. Lol

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #6784138

Oh, ok. I had some wild pig for dinner Friday night. Well, it was a half wild, half domestic pig. Apparently a domestic pig got into the wild pig cage and now they have hybrids! LOL

Kim you're lilies are gorgeous.

Love the wagtail George! The thunderstorm is a good one too.
Puffs!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 15, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #6823770

Crissy, I can't believe we have a lot of wild and domestic pig stories to share with the Stripes (I'm not yet sure of Stars) on the backs! LOL
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:44 PM

Post #6827277

The tranquillity of the Northern lake in the middle of July.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #6827286

The duckling.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6827295

The mom-duck with dicklings.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:48 PM

Post #6827305

The water lily today on the lake.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6827314

back in St.Pete from the lakes' swimming and enjoying the Sun of July.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
6:54 PM

Post #6827331

The water- lilies near the bank of the lake.

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6827467

Awwww, thanks for the duck pictures, George. They are just too cute!

Wow! What a beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 16, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6827567

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...

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duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 17, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6828503

Can you imagine traveling that way? No, I think that I would have passed on those trips ;o)

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 17, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6830420

George I think that I have fallen in love with your country. Sure wish I could travel there in the motorhome!!!! LOL!!! Guess that isn't happening!!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 18, 2009
6:58 PM

Post #6835088

Jeri, thank you a lot!!!
Sure, you can eventually. I got used to even Australian motorhomes on my street in St.Pete!!!
The pic showing the power of nature near my friend's suburban house.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 19, 2009
1:47 PM

Post #6837403

Goodness, wild plant tries to grow through asphalts?
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

July 19, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6838095

Yep. I guess it's reed.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

July 22, 2009
8:07 PM

Post #6851916

LOL George pigs with strips :) :)

Duckees!!!!!!!! How cute!!

I would love to go over there and check it out, but don't have the $$ right at the moment.

Love the lily pads! When I was about 5 I tried to walk across some when visiting a Japanese garden, it didn't work and I was mad mad mad.

That building and gardens in St. Pete are gorgeous!!! I want to do my gardens that way but I don't seem to have the talent, or the common sense to write down what each plant is.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 29, 2009
2:25 PM

Post #7406592

Hi,everybody!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to ye'all!!!!

I was travelling, and will be back soon.

George
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2009
3:02 PM

Post #7406685

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR GEORGE!!!!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #7406724

Merry Christmas George!!! Where are you? What have you been doing for so long? We have missed you!!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #7407140

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
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 30, 2009
11:48 AM

Post #7409129

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.
tryliv
Booneville, MS

December 30, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #7409358

Merry Christmas, George and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!

Terrye

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #7409360

George, welcome back. I too, look forward to see more of your posting.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #7409364

Good morning Terrye, we cross posted. glad to see you online.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2009
2:54 PM

Post #7409428

Good morning Kim & Terrye!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2009
5:19 PM

Post #7409977

Merry Christmas Jeri, George and eryone.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #7410287

LOL Kim!

"Hoopla!" I love that word! I haven't heard it in a long time, I used to say it but somewhere along the line I guess I quit.
tryliv
Booneville, MS

December 30, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #7410290

Monring and good afternoon, Kim and Jeri. I'm at work and only checking in sporadically.
Terrye
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 9, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #7446063

The Fall is gradually transforming into Spring.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 9, 2010
7:24 PM

Post #7446072

The Winter.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 9, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #7446076

X-mas

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 10, 2010
2:31 AM

Post #7447422

Beautiful architectural buildings! Nice pictures, thanks George for sharing those wonderful pictures of your great nation.
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 10, 2010
5:46 AM

Post #7447877

Lovely photos, George!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 10, 2010
6:29 AM

Post #7447937

Did Yall see the RU thread Kim & Kim????

Hi George!!! Welcome home!!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 10, 2010
2:40 PM

Post #7448339

No, Jeri, I didn't but I'll look it up next. Thanks.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2010
10:57 PM

Post #7453105

George those buildings are so neat! Love the Christmas lights.
SherryLike
SE Arky
United States
(Zone 8a)

January 27, 2010
8:21 PM

Post #7502753

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!!
SherryLike
SE Arky
United States
(Zone 8a)

January 28, 2010
9:01 PM

Post #7506096

I received this today, a really fun Russian site:

http://news. bbc.co.uk/ go/em/fr/ -/2/hi/in_ pictures/ 8465175.stm

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2010
12:07 AM

Post #7506686

Sherry, I can't get to the link. Is there an error on the URL?
SherryLike
SE Arky
United States
(Zone 8a)

January 29, 2010
12:51 AM

Post #7506815

I went right to it on my computer. Looks like there is a space in the addy. You will love this, if it works, lol! See if this works:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8465175.stm

Maybe that will work, I'll see...sorry about the confusion!

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 29, 2010
1:14 AM

Post #7506913

Hi Sherry from SE Arky! Awesome link, thank you for sharing that!
SherryLike
SE Arky
United States
(Zone 8a)

January 29, 2010
1:50 AM

Post #7507030

((Tanks!)) I'm pleased it finally worked. I just loved it, the dogs are wonderful, lots of fun...
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2010
6:26 PM

Post #7522711

Oh I bet!! How cool!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 2, 2013
11:44 PM

Post #9373803

Happy New Year to you All !

The pic was recently made in Smolensk region, Russia.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 3, 2013
5:24 AM

Post #9373876

Happy New to you my friend. Long time no type George!

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 3, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9373891

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

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 3, 2013
6:08 AM

Post #9373911

Wow, climbing all the way on foot up the starecases of the cathedral... You do travel! Welcome back, and thank you for stopping by to say hi at DG. :)
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 3, 2013
6:34 AM

Post #9373939

Oh, that worth it to say hi at DG ! You have a wonderful gardening community here.

I'd like to share some pics of gardening sites from my travelling experience, now.

Here's what the Helsinki Botanical garden looked last June. I think they do great job there! (Took pics en-rout: Helsinki(Fin)- Milan- Modena-Melara-Pescara-Rome(Italia) last June)).

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 3, 2013
6:49 AM

Post #9373953

Last year I made a post about the wild Peony species growing in the forests of the Black sea coast (those blossom there in Mar-Apr):
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6458179

I have found the vast collection of different wild species of Peony in the Helsinki Botanical garden (there they blossom in Jun).

The pics of some of those.

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jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9377117

Happy New Year George and Kim!!! Hope you survived the holidays and are ready for this new year!!!
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
10:08 AM

Post #9377171

I would like to visit all of the places you have, George! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a fantastic new year!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 6, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9377186

Jeri, Duckmother, I'm so happy to hear from you all !!! It's great you still the trustwordy members of our DG gardening community!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9377304

Hiya sis and Kim, happy New Year to you too, like George I'm glad you are here. We're all here.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
1:21 PM

Post #9377373

Wonderful to see all of Yall! I have had a throat & ear infection and have been pretty quiet the last few days!!! Our weather is yucky here and I feel just as bad!!! Can't wait to feel better!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2013
6:02 PM

Post #9377648

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.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
8:35 PM

Post #9377714

I got it also and have had 2 colds since. I guess infections are colds? I don't know. Just my head is ringing like the New Year Bells!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 9, 2013
10:30 AM

Post #9380105

Jeri, I suggest taking vitamins now. Better on the separate basis. And next summer start conditioning to the cold by swimming. Wish you get all right soon !

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2013
2:14 PM

Post #9380285

Been taking vitamins. Had the flu shot and everything!!! The 2 little grand babies (4 & 6 yrs. old) have been sick and we all have the same thing. But thanks for the good thoughts!!!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 10, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9381076

Happy New Year 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!!!

On a better note, I am finally divorced!!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 10, 2013
11:47 AM

Post #9381082

Crissy I am glad that you are feeling better. LOL!!! I guess I made it to 54 before I started falling apart.

I was thinking of you the other day. You know KA is having a RU at her house in June. Sure hope you can make it. I'm gonna try.

Congrats on finally getting the divorce!!! I hope you manage to keep a little money!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
9:37 AM

Post #9382012

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

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jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9382059

NO!!! I would never make it!!! -26F!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
11:17 AM

Post #9382085

I say YES!!! When it's 78F (average) at home ! You just walk out and you feel ...uuuf relief from that heat. Then snow works. then you feel it's too much for it and run home. That's it. Lol
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
11:19 AM

Post #9382086

I did it last Dec. I swear
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
11:22 AM

Post #9382097

I'm so happy to contibute finaly to the DG Birds' files too ! http://www.davesgarden.com/guides/birdfiles/showimage/7445/
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2013
11:27 AM

Post #9382103

LOL George!! That is awesome!! Quite the way to wake up in the morning but I bet you do feel refreshed, or lack of a better word LOL
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9382104

And a great picture! Cute seagull!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
11:49 AM

Post #9382123

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 !
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9382137

"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."

Richard Bach
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9382138

Yes, they do! I always had seagulls when I lived in California, even though we were a good 3 hours from the ocean!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
12:07 PM

Post #9382142

"A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water."
Richard Bach

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 11, 2013
12:12 PM

Post #9382144

Did you read the Richard Bach's novel -Jonathan Livingston Seagull?
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2013
6:49 AM

Post #9384444

No, I haven't read it. I think when I'm ready for another book I'll look it up, I've been reading a lot lately.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 21, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9392318

I recently watched some National Geografic documentaries. I don't no why, but I think this one is some touching episode. C. B. Lansing Garden : http://www.hawaii.gov/hnl/customer-service/cultural-gardens

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2013
7:27 AM

Post #9393516

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
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 22, 2013
8:28 AM

Post #9393577

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.

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crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2013
8:48 AM

Post #9393606

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.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 22, 2013
9:15 AM

Post #9393632

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


KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

January 22, 2013
9:32 AM

Post #9393642

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

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