Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity

This week’s challenge requires an image evoking something infinite.  Each of the photos I’ve chosen symbolizes the concept in a unique way.

1. Infinity as ubiquity:  this morning I awoke to heavy fog, stretching as far as they eye could see:

Morning Fog, Vero Beach, 10/15/13

2. Infinity as limitlessness:  No matter how many clouds or flowers you see, you’ll never see any….

Papilio Glaucus on Super Cosmos, 10/13/13

….like the ones you saw before!

Super Cosmos in Ranchero, 10/13/13

3. Infinity as imponderable vastness: there is NO WAY to wrap one’s head around the size and scope of the ocean!  It’s magical!

Seaquay Pier, Vero Beach, 1/4/13

I hope you enjoyed my take on this week’s challenge!  To see the infinite ways other bloggers approached infinity, check out the Zemanta related articles below! 😉

Until next time…..


Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

This week’s photo challenge asks us to share our first activity of the day.  Since photos of using the bathroom and taking meds are respectively disgusting and boring, I”ll start with “Good Morning” rituals #3 and #4: brewing a Keurig (I suffer from K-cup obsession!) and stepping outside to greet the day!  As a transplanted northerner, you have NO IDEA how good it feels to do this year round without benefit of long underwear/heavy clothes! 🙄 only slightly exaggerating, here! 🙄

Today, I was met by Super Cosmos at peak bloom…and height!  It’s not often you stand under a flower and look up through a lens:

Super Cosmos, 10/8/13

The largest one topped out at 8’2″!!!l

Super Cosmos full plant view, 10/8/13

On especially pretty days, I forego the K-cup and say Good Morning to the Seaside Grille, instead:

Seaside Grille at Jaycee Beach, 9/21/13and then I return to my favorite chair, in my favorite spot: Good Morning Jaycee Beach

Jaycee Beach, Vero Beach, 10/05/13

Sometimes I step outside and see the unusual:

Rainbow, 9/17/13 8:12am, Vero Beach

A rainbow in the western sky at 8:12am! Sept. 17 was a very Good Morning, indeed!

For other Good Morning images, be sure to check out the related Zemanta links below!

Until next time….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

For this week’s challenge let’s take a peek inside the Ranchero!

First up is Selenicereus Pteranthus, a climbing cactus I posted about last September. When we were in Key West last month, I snagged a few new cuttings. I think one might be rooting already: 🙂 yesterday I noticed new stem growth which is a wicked good sign!

selenicereus pteranthus, 9/15/13

Look closer and you’ll see a ridge connecting the cactus’s old and new parts. FYI, this is the plant’s vascular bundle, hard at work inside the raised area.

The Cosmos from my rear cutting garden have re-seeded inside the Ranchero. Unfortunately, these ain’t your nice, run-of-the-mill cosmos, but super-sized monsters whose mission is to obscure everything in sight! 😉  If you squint, you might catch sight of a madagascar palm inside all that foliage!

Super Cosmos 9/16/13

Squint a little harder and you’ll see a tiny lizard inside cosmos jungle! 🙂

Madagascar Palm 9/16/13

Actually, the Ranchero is always teeming with lizards!  Here’s one inside a tangle of prickly pear.

Prickly Pear with Lizard 9/16/13Last winter I planted a Frangipani cutting and it’s more than doubled in size these past 6 months!  No blooms yet, but look at the healthy offshoot and leaves!

Frangipani, 9/15/13As you can tell, I like a jam-packed growing space.  If I see an open spot, I fill it with a container.  This one has germinating coleus seeds inside….

Coleus seeds, 9/17/13

….and THIS one surprised the you-know-what out of me!  I think some foxglove seeds I planted three years ago have finally made an appearance!

Foxgloves ?, 9/17/13

Way back when the seeds didn’t sprout, I pushed a bunch of little calladium bulbs into their container.  With the bulbs in dormancy, could the old seeds have worked their way to the top?  Is that even possible?

You never know what you’ll find when you look inside!

Until next time!

🙂 🙂 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I’m surprised WordPress saved this topic ’til AFTER Thanksgiving day 😯 but no matter; the approach of year’s end always brings about reflection. What good things happened? What bad? What do I appreciate most…or least?  At the heart of these ruminations runs gratitude..I’m thankful I can awaken each day and experience whatever life has in store for me.  NA/AA refers to it as accepting (and dealing with) “life on life’s terms,” and I’m thankful I’m able to do it. 🙂

In early November I “made” this online poster combining one of my favorite American Indian quotations with a picture of my super cosmos . If you’ve already seen it on Facebook, I hope you don’t mind I’ve recycled it for this week’s challenge. 🙂


Until next time….

🙂 🙂 🙂

For other interpretations of thankful, click on the links below.

Mid March Garden Update…..with Lilies!

Good Morning, Mr. Sun!

Because of the time change, I was outside to greet the sun this morning and wait for the sprinkler cycle to finish.

Rear Cutting Garden, March 12, 2012

I’d hoped to get so much done in the gardens last weekend, but with intermittent rain and consistent high winds, I concentrated mainly on re-potting plants in need of better digs.  😛 See the soft leaf yucca on the patio (left foreground) above? It measured a scant 4 inches when I rescued it from the floor of a Target Garden Center in December, 2009.  Since then, it steadily outgrew its original spot, and sprouted SHARP tips to remind me whenever I veered too close.  After it acclimates to its new pot (and full sun,) it will join the other large container succulents lining our front walkway.

Remember the super cosmos in late January?  They’re back with a vengenance, overgrowing EVERYTHING!   Although I really dislike “thinning out” living, breathing plants, I really had no choice.  😥  I filled 3 big pots like this one:

Cosmo Relocation Project

But let the largest one stay in the ground where nature reseeded it last fall:

Super Cosmos, Cutting Garden, March, 2012

along with some tough “volunteers” who refused to slip through the cracks 😉

Cosmos growing through the patio

Leave us alone!

Will they survive? 😯 In a few weeks I’ll post a photo update.

I don’t think I’ve ever shown you Treasure Coast soil, sans amendments…Oooh la la 🙄 Not exactly pretty (or loamy!), but it’s where I transplanted a Hylocereus Undatus that’s been languishing since September in a too-tight 8″ x 8″ pot:

Red Pitaya

Hylocereus produce HUGE, nocturnal, amazingly fragrant, white flowers followed by dragon fruit that is either red or yellow (mine is red.)  In addition to sandy soil, this viney cactus requires staking (or a trellis arrangement) so a spot near fencing should be ideal.  Before placing it in the ground, I dug a hole 2x deeper than necessary, adding several inches of fresh cactus soil to the bottom. Next, I situated the plant and while backfilling the original sand, snapped off one of the segments 😳  See it there on the left, poking out of the ground, alone?  Allegedly, these are fast growing cacti, although that wasn’t my observation of this particular plant…maybe it was just pot-bound.  Hopefully, next summer it will look like this:

Oh, but I have saved the best  for last!

It seems as if Daylight Savings time ushered in lily season, and nothing makes my smile more!  As I’ve said in the past, I am first and foremost a lily gardenerWhite Asiatic Lily

It appears the mystery bulb is some type of white Asiatic lily: in the next picture you’ll see it in sideview , near a Ruby Spider lily just beginning to unfurl:

Ruby Spider lily with White Asiatic lily

Stepping back a bit, reveals a clump of yellow Bok Garden lilies;  they’ve bloomed continuously since last April, due to a strange lack of winter this year.

View from the Lily Garden

Oh!! look in the background….there’s the Ranchero with a glimpse of the watermelon area off to the right, near the crazy-looking rubber tree roots! 🙂  Peering into the middle of the Ranchero you’d find lots of amaryllis whose scapes have appeared in the past 3 days:

Amarylis Scapes are appearing

And one in the rear cutting garden that just might open tomorrow:

Amaryllis, ready to open

I must confess, this bulb has me stumped!!!!  Last spring it opened a clear bright pink!?!!?


Until next time……..

“We interrupt this broadcast…”

Do any of you listen to garden radio shows?  Most programs in this genre air on weekends, but if you can’t listen during broadcast hours I’ve found two that are available by podcast.  Both are particular favorites of mine for their common sense and informative approach.

First let me tell you about The Garden Rebel.

Robert Vincent Sims, aka The Garden Rebel, has been beautifying central Florida landscapes for more than 25 years, but his plant knowledge extends far beyond the tropics. Vince (as he’s known to callers)  hosts a local 1 hour show on Saturdays, and a 2 hour, nationally syndicated show on Sundays.  During his show, he often directs listeners to his public facebook page to see the plants being discussed.   Because he gets callers from Alaska to Maryland and in between, each time I listen, I learn something new.

Similarly, Neil Sperry from Texas is a gardener extraordinaire!  I’m in awe of this man’s knowledge. Be advised: his podcast page has alot more to offer than just audio. As you listen, be sure to check out the fully searchable “most asked questions” culled from the 200,000 he’s answered during three decades on-air.  Amazing resource, that!  If you live in place dealing with drought, I highly recommend listening to Neil: maximizing water usage is one of his top areas of expertise.  He also has a well vetted, excellent link page with resources ranging from plant societies to gardening equipment.

Now it’s time to interrupt this broadcast info……

I need to show you my agave:


This was one of my original purchases in January, 2010. When I say it’s grown exponentially enormous since then, I’m speaking the truth!  Now, check out the close-up:

Agave Flower Spike

Look at me grow!

Look at that flower spike starting!

I believe this is an Agave Guiengola, although I’m not 100% certain.  Earlier today I sent both pictures to the San Marcos Growers for help with an identification, but haven’t yet heard back.  Some agave spikes grow ridiculously tall while others top out at just a few feet….Alarming factoid….many of these seemingly strong plants die after flowering….How cruel is that??!!!  Needless to say, I’m curious about this one!  When I learn more, I’ll come back with an update.

It seems like forever ago when I posted about my super cosmos, and wondered how the next gen would grow.   Look at these pictures, taken yesterday:

Super Cosmos 2012

This is one of the “Super” variety. How about the size of that stem!  Here’s what it looks like from a different angle:

Super Cosmos Top View

Super Size Me!

Now for comparison, let me show you a group of three from a different part of the yard:


One of these things is not like the other  😉

Can you see the difference?  The center plant is a “super;” the ones flanking it are the normal, everyday, (dare i say “garden!”) variety.   Although they are now in the ground, these four plants were grown from the seeds of one Super Cosmos and started in pots.   I was VERY careful with seed harvesting because i was so fascinated by the results of my original plantings.

Definitely one of those “you had to be there” kind of things!  🙂 🙂

….back to the broadcast info….

If you can tune in to the Garden Rebel or Neil tomorrow, please do!  You won’t be disappointed!

until next time!