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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-16-18)

Friday Flower Fiesta

We have been in our new home since July 2017. I spent most of the last year landscaping, and plants have been flowering for me. From my gardens over the last couple of months

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

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SNIPPETS (5-6-18)

Snippets

SNIPPET 1

Back in 1966, I stopped by a field on the way home from school and picked some flowers for my wise old grandmother. She was appreciative but also upset. She told me that if I loved the flowers, I should leave them in the field to grow and produce seeds so we’ll have more flowers. I think that was our first conversation about the birds and the bees………..lol

So I’ve never been a fan of cut flowers. However, when a flower falls off or is pulled of by, uh, a ground squirrel or rabbit, I’m not averse to picking it up and putting it in a glass of water

I bought several cactus and succulents at the Huntington Gardens plant sale last Sunday in San Marino. One had a beautiful orange flower on it. Due to high-speed Southern California driving for two hours (one has to drive with the prevailing speed), the cactus fell over and broke the flower off. Saved the flower, and it’s looked amazing for three days.

Cactus flower

SNIPPET 2

If you have never been to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California (northeast of downtown Los Angeles, near Pasadena), I can highly recommend it. In fact, I think it should be on everyone’s Bucket List.

The property comprises 207 acres, of which 120 acres are gardens. I could spend a day wandering around the gardens. I did spend a day wandering around the gardens! My favorite plant during my visit last Sunday was the Tower of Jewels (Echium  sp.):

Tower of Jewels (Echium sp.)

SNIPPET 3

Yesterday, 25 members of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society were treated to a private tour of Western Cactus, the nation’s largest cactus grower. Wow! What an experience. Following are a couple of pictures inside two of their 50 green houses. Those are hundreds of trays full of many thousands of cactus seedlings.

Western Cactus of Vista, California

Western Cactus of Vista, California

SNIPPET 4

I accidentally stepped into a low branch of this 4-foot tall “Fat Boy” cactus yesterday. I can definitively tell you that those long spines hurt like hell. I have seven puncture wounds, and that poor ankle still is hurting.

Fat Boy cactus

SNIPPET 5

Out in the wild, only about one in a thousand cactus seeds germinates and grows into a plant. It’s tough out there. It’s only marginally better in a greenhouse simply because caretakers can’t care for each seedling individually, so there will be natural die-off. Here are seed trays containing a thousand cactus seedlings of Astrophytum myriostigma each.

Aastrophytum myriostigma seedlings about 3 weeks old.

SNIPPET 6

And here is a picture from Wikipedia of what those seedlings will grow into; vastly different. Bishop’s Cap photo by Petar43 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27717413

Bishop's Cap

SNIPPET 7

I have 50+ years of botany experience, so I know that cacti are dicots, which means that their seeds will send up two cotyledons to take care of photosynthesis while the seed grows into a little plant and then starts its own photosynthesis.

However, until yesterday, I had never seen the cotyledons of a cactus seed. I used a 90mm macro lens on my Canon 760D to get this picture of two half-inch tall cacti still growing out of their cotyledons, which seem to be quite a bit plumper than, say, sweet pea or corn cotyledons, both of which I’m very familiar with.

Cactus cotyledons

SNIPPET 8

I haven’t had a true passion since 2001 when I started my home inspection business. Sadly, due to the 1% jerk Realtors, the 1% jerk home inspectors in the trade associations, and the 1% jerk buying/selling Clients, that passion lasted only for about 3 years. Then it became just a job, a way to pay the bills, buy a new car every other year, and buy my annual membership to the San Diego Zoo.

It’s just amazing how the 1% can ruin everything for the rest of us. President Twitler and his ilk are great examples.

SNIPPET 9

Western Cactus is  wholesale only. They ship cactus to retail entities throughout the world. The smallest cactus they ship is in a 4-inch plastic pot, which retail nurseries then re-plant into larger pots (so they can charge more) or decorative pots that add perceived value.

The first picture is of cactus in their 4-inch growing trays ready to be pulled and planted in 4-inch pots. The second picture are plants that have been pulled from the growing trays and are ready to be put in 4-inch plastic pots. The third picture are plants in those 4-inch plastic pots and ready to be shipped out to your local nursery. The pictures are of three different cactus species.

Western Cactus

Western Cactus

Western Cactus

SNIPPET 10

Well isn’t Zoey the Cool Cat just a special little queen enjoying her private catio.

Zoey the Cool Cat

SNIPPET 11

I seem to be noticing cacti & succulents like I’ve never noticed them before. Here’s a huge Opuntia (Prickly Pear) growing in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. I would not be surprised if this one was planted in 1827 when Casa de Estudillo, where it was located, was planted. They certainly never grew this tall in my hometown of Kingsville TX.

Opuntia in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

SNIPPET 12

I had a margarita for Cinco de Mayo. You knew that, though, right? I had it in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park where I was serenaded by a Mexican trio playing “Tequila!” Here’s the trio, surrounded by cacti & succulents, and the song:

Tequila!

SNIPPET 13

Why are we allowing for-profit companies to litter our streets with these ugly bikes? I call them “litter bikes.” One can’t move them if one wants to take a picture, and they are so ugly that one is encouraged not to take the pictures, notwithstanding how expert one might be with Photoshop.

Litter bikes

SNIPPET 14

Today’s “Still Life” by Russel Ray Photos. I might have to question the part about “clean” since this was litter.

Clean, polite, and honest

The fine for littering is $1,000. Here’s my take on the litterer’s conversation with the litter police:

Litterer: Throws litter on the ground
Litter Police: “Hey, you! I just saw you throw that on the ground!”
Litterer: “Wasn’t me.”
Litter Police: “I saw you!”
Litterer: “You can’t possibly have been watching me and only me with these thousands of people here.”
Litter Police: “I don’t have to be watching only you. I only have to have my eyes on you as you’re littering.”
Litterer: “Wasn’t me.”
Litter Police: “All you have to do is pick it up and put it in the trash and we can end this.”
Litterer: “I’m not picking it up. It’s not mine! And who knows where it’s been or how long it’s been there or what kind of germs are on it.”
Litter Police: “I’ll pick it up and put it in the trash. However, I suggest you go home now because once a litterer always a litterer, and I’m going to follow you for the rest of the time that you’re here.”

SNIPPET 15

I grew up in Kingsville, Texas, just 70 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. Lots of dry, desert land down there, so I’m quite experienced with Opuntia cactus poking holes in my arms and legs. That was 45+ years ago, so it’s been many decades since I had growing experience with Opuntia. In my old age, I’ve been kind of out of the OUCH! stage of my life since I don’t heal as quickly as I did decades ago. Yesterday, though, I saw Opuntia quimilo at Home Depot. I call it Opuntia Wowthosearesomelongspinesii. $14.48. I had to buy it.

Opuntia quimilo

SNIPPET 16

After 24 years with AOL, I’m now ready to close that email account. Unfortunately, AOL provides no way to do that. It’s one of their free accounts.

Anyone have any ideas?

The first 100 pages of a Google search (yes, I went through 100 pages!) provided no help; everything was out of date or not relevant to the free accounts.

SNIPPET 17

In Spring 1976, I had Professor Phil Gramm for Economics 301 at Texas A&M University. He went on to become United States Senator Phil Gramm. I disliked him and his class. One thing he constantly emphasized to us, though, had nothing to do with Economics:

“All politicians lie. It’s part of the job description for getting elected and re-elected. What you have to do is determine whose lies you like the best and then vote for that person.”

Twitler and his ilk, though, have taken lying to a level never before seen. All these liars lying about the lies they told to cover up the lies about the lies. It’s like lies are becoming the norm in America. It’s amazing that I will believe a porn star before I believe the President of the United States.

SNIPPET 18

Here is my third attempt as the Newsletter Editor of the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society:

May newsletter for the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-23-17)—San Diego flowers in Balboa Park

Friday Flower Fiesta

I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning in Balboa Park taking pictures of flowers. Following are fourteen of them.

It was a cold, wet, cloudy morning so there was dew on many of the flowers and plants. My new lenses (16-300mm and 150-650mm) were able to capture the dewdrops, something my older lenses were not good at doing.

Succulent flowers

Unknown purple flowers

Cactus flowers

Succulent flowers

Rose

Yellow rose

Magnolia

Succulent flowers

Cactus flower

Unknown yellow flowers

Cactus flower and thorns

Cactus flowers

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-6-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Happy Friday!

The summer flowers are blooming, which means places like the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld have much more eye candy than just wildlife! Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta features flowers from all three places.

All pictures, minus the stamp frame and the Epiphyllum slideshow pictures, are available for purchase in my Flower Gallery at Fine Art America. You can buy matted & framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, cell phone cases, posters, and more!

Azalea, San Diego ZooAzalea

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Osteospermum
Osteospermum

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Coral tree
Coral tree

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Hummingbird and cactus flowers
Hummingbird and cactus flowers

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Hibiscus
Hibiscus

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Canna and agapanthus
Canna and agapanthus

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Four epiphyllum (orchid cactus) slide show

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Lapse photography featuring Clivia
(Lapse photography is time lapse photography
without the investment of time.)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-18-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Last week’s Friday Flower Fiesta featured Photographic Art of flowers that I have uploaded to my Flowers Gallery at Fine Art America in preparation for being an approved vendor at the fundraiser May 3 for Cat House on the Kings.

I am going to stick with that theme for this week, so all of the following Photographic Art flowers are at Fine Art America, which means they are for sale there.

OrchidOrchid

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OrchidOrchid

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OrchidOrchid

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FuchsiaFuchsia

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MoonflowerMoonflower

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Time To BloomTime To Bloom

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BeautyBeauty

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PassionflowerPassionflower

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Pink & YellowPink & Yellow

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LilyLily

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Whenever I upload something to Fine Art America, it automatically posts to Facebook, so I usually get at least one LIKE on Facebook for each post…. usually Jim……. 🙂

This final Photographic Art flower, however, was one that I initially didn’t like, but something struck me about it so I kept it. It is my least favorite of those in this Friday Flower Fiesta, but over at Facebook it is my most popular Photographic Art creation. Go figure….

Pink Lily

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Bees arriving at a cactus flower

Guests always arrive at the same time

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

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I got a few emails from friends wondering where my Friday Flower Fiesta was for this past Friday. Ooops.

I was so busy making money to pay June’s bills that I forget to do a Friday Flower Fiesta.

I did get out to play a bit, even going to a Park that I never would have gone to alone because it’s in a bad area of town. Real bad area. Yet I’ve always wanted to go there because the murals look so fascinating as you drive up the bridge.

Yes, yes, I know I’m being vague. You’ll just have to wait. Patience, my dears, patience.

While I’m cataloging the pictures I took and writing a few blog posts about the Park, following is a picture of a cactus flower in the park. The bees were quite active, and when I looked at this picture, I remembered all those parties I hosted in my younger days when guests always arrived at the same time.

Bees arriving at a cactus flower

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