Flower of the Day (FOTD): Clematis Montana

Flower of the Day is the mighty clematis montana rubens. Self has had this plant 20 years. Never has it flowered the way it is flowering now. Guess all it needed was company.

Thank you to Cee Neuner for hosting this wonderful photo challenge.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): April Color

Not just any Green! Cee Neuner wants


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): TEXTURES

Self loves whenever she can participate in one of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges.

This week’s topic is TEXTURES. The first thing self thought of was a native mat (called a banig), that she brought all the way from the Philippines. It’s now on the floor of her bedroom.

Then there’s her collection of woven handbags, also from the Philippines.

This post also applies to today’s BRIGHT SQUARES, hosted byThe Life of B.

Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge: clematis montana rubens

Flowering spectacularly over the trellis now. This flower and the wisteria are mighty climbers. Most of the clematis’s blooms are on the top of the trellis, but there was one strand — this one — hanging down.

Love Cee Neuner’s FOTD.

Flower of the Day, Apr. 4: WISTERIA

Thank you to Cee Neuner for creating the Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge!

The wisteria have started blooming! Wowee! It didn’t look like this yesterday!

Flower of the Day (FOTD), 2 April: clematis montana “white surprise”

Check out Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) photo challenge.

Below is self’s newest clematis, clematis montana “white surprise,” which she found in local nursery Wegman’s a few weeks ago. The one she ordered last year, from a mail-order catalogue on the east coast, died. And it’s not that common in local nurseries. This one was a find!

Just started blooming!

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Cee’s Friday Funny Finds

Self checks Cee Neuner’s blog almost every day.

Today, she has Friday Funny Finds.

In that spirit, here’s a mug!

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Flower of the Day (FOTD), 28 March: TULIPS

Linking this to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

This afternoon, met a friend at the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. It was a beautiful day. Didn’t expect to see so many people. The areas closest to the house were roped off.

The tulip beds were gorgeous.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Flower of the Day: Iberis

Posting this for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

Took the picture this morning in the backyard.

Spring is their season. Not as profuse this year as they were last year. And my cistus and abutilon aren’t blooming at all. Hmmm.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge (CBWC): Triangles, Diamonds, or Squares

Thanks again to Cee Neuner for the always-interesting photo challenges.

  • Be creative if you feel like it, and fun with this challenge this week. Remember your photos needs to be black and white, desaturated, sepia (brown tones) or selective color.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Self went through her archives. These are pictures that weren’t intentionally black and white, they just became that way because of the conditions of the light. They all date from 2019, the last year that self was traveling.


Cork, Ireland: hallway to apartment above Café Paradiso

Bottom Row, L to R:

Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, California; driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico, three days after Christmas 2019, with son and his in-laws

The squares in the New Mexico pictures are at the very bottom: the road signs. Or the highway leading to a vanishing point: a triangle?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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