Smile 2: Garden Surprises (and Links to Other WordPress SMILES)

A plant self thought was dead turns out to have a few living sprouts:

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Variegated Abutilon, 4 April 2018

Love the dappled leaves. The mother plant is dead for sure. Then, a week ago, while clearing away dead twigs, self found definite signs of life, about two feet away.

Happiness!

Here’s another WordPress post on SMILE:

Grammy Writes

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

SMILE: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 4 April 2018 (Will Add Links to Other SMILES, Gradually)

  • For this week’s challenge, point your camera at something or someone that puts a smile on your face (or just show a smiling face).

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Here are three things that made self smile this week:

Her backyard iris: They started blooming about two weeks ago.

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Backyard Iris: 4 April 2018

This little lady in her side yard:

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Self is trying to train her ivy to go UP the fence!

A new welcome mat! YAY! Spring is sprung!

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New Season, New Welcome Mat!

Here are other WordPress reasons to SMILE:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day, 1 April 2018: Clematis Montana Rubens

Self is taking inspiration from Cee Neuner, who posts a Flower of the Day.

On the front porch, her clematis montana rubens just started blooming. Most of the year, it looks like a dead twig. But, suddenly, a few days ago, self saw flowers!

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Clematis montana rubens: Started blooming a few days ago

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HAPPY EASTER!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Irises! 31 March 2018

More irises began blooming in the side yard today:

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Blooming Today: Saturday, 31 March 2018

Which photo do you prefer, the blurry or the sharp?

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For more gorgeous flowers, here’s a link to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day – 30 March 2018

It has been much too hectic a year, even though it’s only March.

Today self drove home to Redwood City from Mendocino and it took her five hours.

She was feeling very tetchy — until she stepped into her backyard and saw that a few iris had started blooming.

There is no pattern to self’s gardening. She just plants bulbs here and there, wherever she feels like it.

Today, she saw that half a dozen spectacular (huge) iris are just unfurling by her kitchen door. In the side yard (where she took this picture), these three blooming iris are the first, but there’s almost a dozen more getting ready, close by.

Cee Neuner’s photography blog is an endless source of inspiration. Not only does she have the Fun Foto Challenge, she also has “Flower of the Day”

She tried getting close-ups of the irises, but the background was off.

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Side Yard, Friday, 30 March 2018

Here are the side yard irises from another angle, farther away.

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The backyard looks a little wild, but she likes it that way. She planted so many different things, without much forethought, just squeezing everything together. There’s actually a mature rose bush tucked right in the middle of those big bushes, but you can’t see it because it hasn’t started blooming yet.

HAPPY EASTER, ALL!

Stay tuned.

Favorite Place 4: Backyard

Cares do not exist in a garden.

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Euphorbia, 23 March 2018

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Viburnum, early March 2018

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Japanese anemone, early March 2018

Home for the weekend.

Redwood City March For Our Lives will be a big one. Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Stay tuned.

I’d Rather Be . . . : The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 14 March 2018

I’D RATHER BE IN A GARDEN.

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Backyard, Redwood City: 15 March 2018

Out of This World 2: The Garden

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Stepping into her garden is like stepping into another world.

There are six steps from the back door to the ground. Self took the first picture standing on the top step.

The garden is rectangular in shape. To the left is a small courtyard that she bricked over, about 20 years ago. She used to have an apple tree there. It died. She used to have geraniums and camellias. All gone. There is one wee clematis that she remembers planting three years ago. A few weeks ago, it started to put out green shoots. Every day since then, it has put out more and more leaves.

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Backyard, 2 March 2018

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Faces in the Crowd: Backyard, Redwood City, California

Spring is just around the corner. Buds are beginning to open.

Here are a few of her flowers, just “faces in the crowd” :

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In Bloom Today: Japanese Anemone

More on their way:

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More Blooms Are on the Way

Plum tree’s covered with tiny white flowers:

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Been Blooming for a Week Now: Plum Tree

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs to Start Or End With the Letter ‘Y’ (2)

This bush in self’s backyard has grown to be a monster!

It’s perfect for Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge: the Letter ‘Y’

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YELLOW! All over is YELLOW!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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