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The end of my WordPress problems on March 29 have provided me with the daily pleasure/privilege of going blog camping again.

Morning glory, my wise old grandmother's favorite flowerMany of you who have not heard or seen me in several months have been seeing me camping out in your blogs again, even though they have been mini-campouts, defined as any combination of LIKEs and comments adding up to three.

Those of you who have been visiting here regularly, even daily, have been getting National Park-like campouts, defined as any combination of LIKES and comments adding up to four or more. My Excel spreadsheet tells me the winners for last week, defined as the recipients of the most LIKEs and comments from yours truly, Russel Ray Photos:

  1. Unknown flowerjeteliot, 26 total

What’s my purpose in providing that list? Notice that those blogs are linked? I get excellent Google juice here on my blog, so when Google, Yahoo, and Bing come by here a couple of minutes after I publish this post, their spiders will see my links to those blogs and will see the love, giving a little extra weight to them!

Unknown flower in La Mesa, California, on January 23, 2012When my WordPress problems ended, I was about four months behind in visiting the blogs of those I follow. I’m pleased to say that as of last night, I was exactly 30 days behind. If you’ve seen me in your blog this past week leaving likes and comments, that’s an excellent indication that I follow your blog and have you in my Excel spreadsheet!

Flower and rain dropsWhat all of that really means is that I have more time to do things in my blog rather than waiting on WordPress to load LIKE buttons, or load the comment box, or post the comment so I can move on. Click on my menu items and look at the submenu items. Those are the various series that I enjoy doing, and now I can get back to doing them. I re-started yesterday with my San Diego Historical Landmarks post. It had been ten months between posts in that series; I promise the next post will be in days rather than months.

Another series that I really like is my History Through Philately series. I’ll have a post in that series up later today.

Yellow Flower 4Lastly, I liked doing this Blog Love post and think I will make it a regular Sunday series. I’m even putting a Blog Love submenu item under SNIPPETS to make all of these Blog Love posts easy to find.

The cool thing here is that the top love recipients for next week will be completely different than this weeks. Once you make it into a Blog Love post, you’re ineligible until everyone has had a chance. With 3,787 followers, it will take me about 30 days to get to everyone, so those getting blog love today will have to wait about 30 days for their next chance. However, you can leave lots of blog love here because my Excel spreadsheet loves blog love!

Sunflower and clouds

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Friday Flower Fiesta

Friday Flower Fiesta (1-17-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

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WordPress is really messed up right now. Alas, I’ll keep trying to work here but maybe WordPress is trying to get rid of me?…………

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta pictures will be part of my Photographic Art collection, which means they will be for sale shortly. Of course, they will be significantly Photoshopped compared to the pictures below.

To see exactly what Photographic Art is, click on Photographic Art Introduction, which is a temporary PDF eBook.

To see the workings of my first catalog, temporarily available at My Wise Old Grandmother’s web site, click on Photographic Art Catalog. A completed version will be available Monday Morning.

Both are temporary because I’m looking for an eBook creator that, when the file is open, is sized to fit the screen. Right now, you have to click on the minus sign several times to get a page to fit on the screen. That’s irritating.

Nonetheless, sit back with your cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy a collection of beautiful flowers.

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Photographic Art

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-25-13) – A menagerie

Friday Flower Fiesta

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A menagerie of flowers for our Friday Flower Fiesta today. All from this past week. And yes, roses are still blooming here; they bloom year round.

PassionflowerPassionflower

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RoseRose

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RoseRose

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Unidentified cut flowersFlowers

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Flowerus unknowniiFlowers

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BromeliadBromeliad

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BromeliadBromeliad

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Flowerus doyouknowiiFlower

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DaylilyDaylily

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CactusCactus

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ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum

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Unknown flower with a visitorFlower with a visitor

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With this next flower from an orchid tree, it was grossly out of focus. I liked the colors and the composition, though, so I made something artsy out of it using Photoshop CC.

Orchid treeOrchid tree

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For the following picture of an angel’s trumpet flower, I had my camera set on bracketing, so it took three pictures, one at normal exposure, one underexposed by two f stops, and one overexposed by two f stops. I tried to put them through HDR but since I did not use a tripod, the pictures were out of alignment and gave me a really weird result, which I did not like. Next I tried using Photoshop’s Photomerge function to see what would happen, and the picture here is the result of merging the three pictures.

Angel’s trumpetAngel's trumpet

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-18-13)—Flower abstracts

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Flower abstracts for everyone…. except Tea Party Republicans, mean people, and people who got their driver’s licenses at 7-11 (and that’s being mean to 7-11; I shall take a flower abstract away from myself).

Created in Photoshop CC and using the fairly new WordPress slide show function, which is much better than the previous slideshow.

This is a 21-picture slide show and takes about a minute. Eventually I hope the WordPress slide show will let us adjust display time and transition, and number slides, or perhaps WordPress will even let us insert third-party slide shows because there is some really good slide show software available.

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Bird of Paradise

Friday Flower Fiesta (10-11-13) — What you make others see

Friday Flower Fiesta

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My wise old grandmother died in 2003.

The last time I saw her, we sat down and looked through her many scrapbooks and photo albums.

I remember her putting them together all those years ago to portray her life as she saw it, a joy that words can’t describe.

Unfortunately I did not inherit any scrapbooks or photo albums when she died—just a couple thousand dollars.

However, I will never forget growing up in her house and seeing her sitting at the dining room table with scrapbooks and photo albums, scissors, glue, photo corners, and extra pages, putting things together, composing every bit as much as a writer or a musician.

And I’ll never forget the few words she had for anyone walking by who would criticize her for cutting apart the pictures: “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

Today I feature pictures of flowers that were just the basics to start. In every case they could be considered throwaway pictures because each of them had serious problems that made them unworthy of simply being a great picture of a flower. In some cases, they were simply cropped severely to get rid of something annoying in the background. In other cases, I resorted to Photoshop’s Filter Gallery and a Photoshop plugin called Topaz Adjust while keeping in mind something Edgar Degas said over a hundred years ago about his paintings: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” Now simply replace the word art with the word photography.

Red rose

Red rose

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Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

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Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

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Canna

Canna

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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Coneflower

Coneflower

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

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Ginger

Ginger

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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Poinsettia

Poinsettia

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African tulip tree

African tulip tree

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Passionflower

Passionflower

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Sunflower

Friday Flower Fiesta (8-23-13) — A little bit of everything

Friday Flower Fiesta

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A selection of flowers from the past couple of months that don’t fit any specific category, other than miscellaneous flowers.

1 — Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

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2 — Aloe (orange) and Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

Aloe and Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)

 

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3 — Dahlia

Dahlia

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4 — Daisy

Daisy

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5 — Unknown flower at SeaWorld

Unknown flower

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6 — Marigold

Marigold

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7 – Sunflower bud

Sunflower

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8 — Sunflower

Sunflower

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9 — Passionflower

Passionflower

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10 — Passionflower

Passionflower

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11 — Passionflower

Passionflower

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12 — Passionflower buds

Passionflower

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13 — Weedy evergrowing everblooming indestructible rose from my garden

Weedy rose

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Poinsettias from the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Friday Flower Fiesta (8-16-13) — Summer poinsettias and more

Friday Flower Fiesta

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My wise old grandmother adopted me when she was 56 and I was 11. After she got control of me, she forced me to dry the dishes, set the table, sweep the garage, hang the laundry out to dry…. child abuse…….. child labor…….. illegal in today’s world……….

I even had to prune the poinsettias before the summer was over. According to my wise old grandmother, that was so they would be tall and full of flowers by Christmas. We have poinsettia bushes throughout Southern California, and they will bloom whenever they darn well feel like it.

Poinsettia 15' tall

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Poinsettias at San Diego State University

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It’s no surprise, then, that professional growers can get their poinsettias to bloom whenever they want, and the recent San Diego County Fair had a nice selection:

Poinsettias from the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Poinsettias from the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Poinsettias from the 2013 San Diego County Fair

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Poinsettias were not the highlight of the Fair, though. Those were the rose competition (see 8-19-13 Friday Flower Fiesta) and the dahlia competition (see 7-26-13 Friday Flower Fiesta). However, throughout the fairgrounds, flowers were part of the Fair. Here are a few pictures of flowers used as accents and decoration from other exhibits and shows:

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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2013 San Diego County Fair

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

There are times when it’s okay to be selfish!

Out & About

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I’m a big fan of the smaller mom & pop nurseries. They tend to be more personal and have quite an interesting assortment of plants, garden ornaments, sculptures, and water fountains that the bigger nurseries don’t carry.

One of my favorite nurseries is Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, in the Cedros Avenue Design District.

Cedros Avenue Design District in Encinitas, California

Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens always has unique plants that I rarely find anywhere else, such as Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia sp.):

Aristolochia sp. (Dutchman's pipe)

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Other than the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, which really isn’t a plant nursery, Cedros Gardens is the only place in San Diego County that I’ve found various Proteas, Banksias, Grevilleas, and related plants for sale!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Their unique water fountains, and how many they have, are unparalleled:

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If you like to decorate your gardens with art and sculpture, they have plenty of that!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Here is a 1:18 video of Cedros Gardens:

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There is some of everything, and something for everyone, at Cedros Gardens! And who can possibly pass by knowing that they have their own basket cat?

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Stop by Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, California, and pick up something for your children, or your parents (great gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!), or your spouse…. Heck, be selfish and get something for yourself…. There are times when it’s okay to be selfish! I still have to recommend getting something for your family first, though, just to help keep peace in the world.

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta from the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta comes to you from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, which is where Jim and I spent our 19th anniversary.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops. That’s not a flower. That’s a squirrel! Well, he was the official greeter at the entrance to the Arboretum, so I’ll let him greet you to our Friday Flower Fiesta today!

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops.

That last one isn’t a flower, either.

That’s Zoey the Cool Cat.

Look at the expression on her face.

She is pretty upset that we were gone for sixteen hours, leaving her all alone except for that strange lady who came by to give her food and water.

I tried to get her interested in that squirrel above but she’s having none of that until I explain my absence……..

I’m Zoey the Cool Cat,
and I do not approve this post.

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta — Orchids at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta

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I go to a lot of orchid shows each year. Recently I found some of the most unusual orchids I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t at a show. It was at the San Diego Zoo! The Zoo is an internationally recognized botanic garden as well as a zoo, but orchids are not something that we see too many of in our desert climate.

When my blogging friend Barb Beacham and her husband came to San Diego on April 25 and 26, I was able to provide them with free tickets to the Zoo. I think I wore them out.

We discovered the new orchid greenhouses which are now open to the public, and today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is from the greenhouses.

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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