Friday, March 19, 2010

SkyWatch Friday, Fertilizer Friday, Seven Days - Seven Answers


Oh how I love this picture!  When I looked up and saw that, my mind just went ballistic thinking of all the things it looked like, or brought to mind, or could be.  Where does it take you?

Oh thank God it's Spring!  After making it through our uncharacteristic long cold spells, we found some of our flora still living, and some actually thriving.  The peach tree especially seemed to enjoy the cold.

The white Bird of Paradise plants just keeping popping out blooms.  What is really the most eye-catching feature of them is the blue on one of the petals of each bloom, but it's a powder blue sort of and you can't really see it from the distance and these are TALL plants!  You are probably used to seeing the colorful Bird of Paradise plants, the ones that look like showy parrots.  The whites are quite different.  Did you know that when they are young, it is almost impossible to tell a white Bird of Paradise from a Traveller's Palm?  Also, there is what looks like a miniature regular (not white) Bird of Paradise plant, that is called heliconia - more common and easy to come by.

The nectarine tree is lagging behind the peach, but doing quite well.  This shot is particularly intense if you enlarge it.
I planted some patio tomatoes and some peppers in pots this year, so I can more easily control the heat/drought/sun and they're coming along well too

There are many more things to see, but I'll show you more next time.  Happy gardening.

Friday, March 19, 2010

So I Have This Friend: Give your best advice to this friend.
So I have this friend... She is stuck basically on bedrest for most days. She is absolutely through with television. What book, DVD, or other creative idea would you suggest to her to help pass the time and keep from going crazier than she already is?

I cannot imagine being stuck on bedrest, but if I were, the first thing I would turn to would be audio books, unabridged audio books.  If my friend had the same taste I do, I would suggest the Mitford Series by Jan Karon, all of them, in order, and only the unabridged ones.  Then, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, which is the most amazing book I have ever read. And then on to the crime stories I love so much - too many to suggest here.  Throw in some Stephen King and some Maeve Binchy - yes, I have conflicting tastes : )  Since I am usually a multi-tasker, I would also suggest knitting, crocheting, making cards, scrapbooking, taking courses on line, teaching myself some software so I could become an expert and teach it on line, learning and using photo manipulation software.  Many of the crafts that can be done on bedrest (like the knitting/crocheting) can be donated to very worthy causes when they start to pile up : )  Some light exercise while in bed would be a good use of time too, if it's possible.

That's it for me today.  If you would care to join in on the fun on any of these great memes, please check over on the sidebar for the appropriate button and click on over there.  Peace.  B : )

I would be honored if you would visit my new on-line store and see some of the cards I have been making. Feel free to purchase some if you would like : )


Sherrie said...

That's a beautiful sky! The mind can make out lots of things when looking at this. Have a great day!

Sherrie's Stuff

Ricepatty said...

Amazing sky shot - you always seem to get the best of those. I love the white birds they are so special - I have a very beautiful one myself from Vic that is gigantic and has the largest blooms I've ever seen. Good answer about the bed rest. Yum peaches!

Becca's Dirt said...

Hi there - I popped in from Tootsie's and love your blog. I can't wait to see your place as spring and summer progress.

Powell River Books said...

That is a very interesting cloud. This is the first time I've heard of Fertilizer Friday. I went on over to take a look. - Margy

Lori Skoog said...

It likes a soft feather...nice shot! Hopefully you are having some great weather down there! It is almost 65 here today (with a chance of snow next week).

Martha said...

Nice shots B. If I were on bed rest it would be blogging, blogging and more blogging - maybe a little long over due catch up on books and movies too.

Have a great weekend :-)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful skywatch photo! I think the clouds like like a feather.

Tootsie said...

I love the feather in the sky...or the palm frond...or fern feather....and your flaunt this week was beautiful! thank you for linking in...I love visiting all the different gardens!

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