Floral Friday – 4

These colorful petunia flowers were photographed while we were visiting the city of Cobh in Cork County Ireland. I’m not sure if this was taken before or after I fell into the street. Yes, I stepped off the curb, tripped and fell face first into the street. (Disclaimer: Guinness was not a factor during this incident.) Landing on my knee first was very painful, but I survived the embarrassment. Several people ran to my assistance, one even stopped his car and came over to help me up and to make sure I was OK. A waitress from the pub across the street came over to see if she could do anything. I’ve not experienced that much concern from strangers since. In Ireland the people were so friendly! If this fall had happened here in the states I would have been on my own. Anyways…. I’ve loved this photo ever since.

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Floral Friday – 2

Everything is all brown and dry now due to the extreme drought that we are in here but I wanted to share some photos of better times.  Hopefully more rain will come soon and everything will turn green just a little longer before the cold weather really starts.

Wild Blue Morning Glory
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Day Lily
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Gardenia

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Floral Friday – Mirabilis Jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peru

Drought – extreme drought conditions for where I live. No rain since September, however while I was outside today I notice the one of my 4 O’Clock plants was coming back out and even had a couple blooms.  I guess they really are drought tolerant.

I really hope this is a sign that we will have rain soon.  Everything is so brown, dusty and walking across the lawn the grass crunches under my feet.  Here’s a photo I took a while back when the 4 O’Clocks were loving the rainy weather!

Pink 4 O'Clock Flower

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Blooming Cactus I Say!

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In 2000 someone at work was going to throw out a small cactus plant that just wouldn’t grow.  I took it since I knew it only needed more light than what it was getting in the office.  Well it didn’t fare too well for me in my sun room either.  Then two weeks ago I moved it to my front steps and now it’s booming!  Maybe it’s happy now in its new home or either it’s going through some type of blooming cycle that comes around every 14 years or so.  I’ll never know but I can enjoy its blooms!
*June 1, 2014 – Update – that was the only day the blooms were open.

Cosmic Yellow

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Cosmic Yellow…Yellow Cosmo… next year I’m planning on covering the whole flowerbed with these tall yellow flowers. I’m not sure of the type, but they look like a type of marigold. This year they started out in hanging baskets, but since they grew so tall their seeds fell to the ground below and young flowers are going there now too. I wish I could remember their names…oh well they are still pretty.