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Friday Flower Fiesta (9-12-14)—Bearded and wild

Friday Flower Fiesta

Part of my youth was spent living in northern Utah, places like Hyrum, Wellsville, Logan, and Brigham City. There is a significant difference between the climate of northern Utah and that of San Diego.

One of my favorite flowers that grew very well in Utah was the iris. We have a wild iris that grows here in San Diego, and while it is pretty, it’s just not as awesome as the irises from Utah. About the only time I see something like a bearded iris is near the coast where it’s cooler all the time, and on the campus of San Diego State University which has become a pretty good arboretum over the last four or five years.

Here are some of my favorite iris pictures in my collection:

#1 Wild Iris stamp

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#2Wild Iris

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#3
Purple iris

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#4
Purple iris

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#5
Iris at the San Diego Zoo

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#6Iris from Weidner's Gardens

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#7

Peach Iris

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#8

Regal Iris

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#9Bearded iris

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#10Wild Iris stampPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Petunia from SeaWorld

Friday Flower Fiesta #19 (June 1, 2012)

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Friday Flower Fiesta

 

Happy June!

Pelargoniums from my back yard garden

Pelargoniums from my back yard garden


 

Hibiscus from the San Diego Zoo

Hibiscus from the San Diego Zoo


 

Hibiscus from the San Diego Zoo

Hibiscus from the San Diego Zoo


 

Iris from Weidner's Gardens

Iris from Weidner’s Gardens


 

Iris from Weidner's Gardens

Iris from Weidner’s Gardens


 

Day lily from out in the boondocks

Day lily from out in the boondocks


 

Alstromeria from who knows where

Alstromeria from who knows where


 

Thistle from out in the boondocks

Thistle from out in the boondocks


 

Bromeliad from the San Diego Zoo

Bromeliad from the San Diego Zoo


 

Tuberous begonia from my hanging garden

Tuberous begonia from my hanging garden


 

Petunia from SeaWorld

Petunia from SeaWorld


 

Petunia from SeaWorld

Petunia from SeaWorld


 

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Iris

Music on Mondays — No stranger in the night

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

 

When my wise old grandmother adopted me in 1965, I noticed that her house was full of music all the time. I was practicing the violin, her youngest son was listening to popular music like The Beatles, granddad was listening to country music like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, and my wise old grandmother was listening to the era’s heartthrobs like Frank Sinatra. She had all his music, from the first 78 LP to the last.

It was on this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82. I remember calling my wise old grandmother to see how she was doing. She was fine, sitting there listening to Sinatra music.

My favorite Frank Sinatra song is “Strangers In The Night.” However, I must admit that I despised it when it came out in 1966 and hit #1 on the charts on May 7. With Frank Sinatra, my wise old grandmother was like a radio station, way overplaying the song. Forty-six years later I like it much better.

Iris

 

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Iris at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is more than just a zoo….

Out & About San Diego

 

Most people go to the San Diego Zoo to see giant pandas, polar bears, elephants, giraffes, and anything else big, moving, and strange.

The San Diego Zoo, however, is more than just a zoo. It’s also an internationally recognized arboretum. Along with the Zoo’s Safari Park, there are over a million plants on 1,900 acres representing 6,500 species, including 280 threatened and endangered ones. There is always something blooming, growing, or simply looking strange:

Picture 1 — Flowers at the entrance to the San Diego ZooFlowers at the entrance to the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 2 — IrisIris at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 3 — IrisIris at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 4 — Fern in Fern CanyonFern in Fern Canyon at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 5 — AloeAloe flowers at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 6 — Palm treePalm tree at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 7 — Carnivorous plantsMeat eating plants at the San Diego Zoo

 

Picture 8 — Tree owl on a baobab treeTree owl on a baobab tree at the San Diego Zoo

 

I’ve been watching the baobab tree in the last picture for about a decade. The scars are from the removal of branches, but it looks like an owl to me. Over the years, the owl continues to grow.

 

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #5: February 24, 2012

Friday Flower Fiesta

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta post is dedicated to Sally and David Hanson.

Sally and David are real estate agents with Keller Williams in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I have known Sally and David as virtual friends for several years and had the privilege of actually meeting them over in Palm Springs in 2010. If you need a real estate agent in the southeast Wisconsin area, I can highly recommend Sally and David — two great agents for the price of one!

Sally and David, this Friday Flower Fiesta is for you!

The pictures in today’s Friday Flower Fiesta were taken this past week at the properties where I was doing home inspections.

Picture 1 & 2
Purple irisPurple iris

Purple iris

 

Picture 3
Purple ice plantPurple ice plant

 

Picture 4
Blue agaveBlue agave

 

Picture 5 & 6
TulipsTulips

Tulip

 

Picture 7 & 8
CliviaClivia

Clivia

 

Picture 9
Unknown bromeliad Unknown bromeliad

 

Remember the power of flowers to brighten your day!

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