Forget-Me-Not

Monday’s One-Minute Fiction challenges you to write a story in one minute, no more, no less, based on the prompt provided. For the next several weeks our prompts will be Alaska themed. This week’s prompt is the state flower: Forget-me-not.

                                Forget Me Not

                                            

How could I?  Your bold blue color is my favorite of all colors. When I look at you, I see the twinkle in your eye -that only my eye can see and I humbly say to you… forget me not…for you are my reflection of myself.

Simple Beauty

So this morning I walked out into my yard and discovered this…

These are blooms from one of the many crepe myrtle trees in my yard. Notice the colors and also notice the stems they are growing on and from. Yes, this one tree has produced blooms in two different colors. Simply beautiful….IMG_3150

Day 2 of 5 in 5

I was invited to participate in the 5 photos in 5 days Challenge; many thanks to Dorne over at dorneawhale wordpress for the invite.

The rules are simple:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.

2) Include a story which can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to pick up the torch and carry out the same mission – if he or she so chooses.

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Magnolia Tree

the pride of Mississippi

just drive ’round, you’ll see.

And today I nominate: sporterhall over at sporterhall.wordpress.com

NaPoWriMo Day 13

Today’s prompt: “today I challenge you to write a riddle poem”

This one’s easy for me as I have a “Riddle Me This” category right here on my blog. Although I considered copying and pasting one of my old riddles I decided to write a new one just for NaPOWriMo.

Here ye here ye

Let it be known

Im still really small

Even when I’m full grown

Either way Im very helpful

During youth or old age

My worth does not waiver

No matter my life stage

I pig out on things

That creep some folks out

Im quick when I grab em

As I lurk all about

So not everyone values

My size, style, or worth

Is it my color

Or perhaps my girth

Wait, I’m no fat guy

Im sleek, slender and slim

Im fast when I move

I go limb to limb

Got it now? Do you know what I am?

Ok need more clues

Look closely at the pic

At the different green hues

Im right there in front

Im trying to blend in

You can call me Waldo

When you find me you win!

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The Treehouse Project—phase 2

Well here we are at the start of phases 2 and 3 of this project. We’ve added three sections of plywood to form our north walls and we’ve also rooted our first pallet planter which will be mounted on one section of the wall. The planter is filled with bougainvillea plants, petunias, creeping jennies, purslane and Cooper’s ice plants.  Not familiar with pallet planters? They are old wooden pallets lined with landscape fabric and filled with potting mix. The flowers are then added by cutting holes in the fabric then planting the flowers in the holes.  In our experience, pallets with wider spaces work best. If you are into growing your own herbs, pallets make perfect herb beds also. We plan to mount two pallets on the north side of the treehouse, one full size and one that we will cut to fit into the smaller space on the right. In the pallet pics below, the first one is a shot taken the day we planted the flowers (approximately 2 weeks ago) and the second one was taken just yesterday. We’re excited to see the new blooms and the new growth. We will post more pics after we plant the next pallet and get them both mounted on the walls. The last part of phase 3 will be adding some type of painted designs to the plywood walls.

Enjoy~~~~

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Scenes from our greenhouse—

Recently, we posted a pic of our special bougainvillea and tonight we’d like to share a few more shots. The flowers featured here have been in our 10 x 10 backyard greenhouse all winter. We have hibiscus plants, sago palms, banana trees, a wandering jew, a variegated bougainvillea and that plant with the beautiful orange blooms. We bought it two years ago, and after almost losing it last winter, we were able to nurse it back to health and showcase it in one of our many flower beds over the summer. It was nestled in a corner of the greenhouse this past winter and to our welcomed surprise it started putting out new leaves and beautiful orange blooms a few weeks ago. Long story short- we don’t remember what the plant is called.

If anyone is familiar with it, please feel free to enlighten us….

(we inadvertently forgot to get pictures of our hibiscus plants but we’ll be sure and post some when we do)

Hope you enjoy—-

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A Beautiful Petal

Exciting news:

So, a couple of days ago I went out to check on our prized greenhouse growings before leaving for work. Since I recently removed the plastic walls from the south and east sides, I was able to see the plants without actually entering the greenhouse. When I approached the south side, my eyes were immediately drawn to one of the hanging baskets that holds a bougainvillea plant which has beautiful blooms the same color as the kernels on corn on the cob. Now here’s the interesting part, one of those blooms has what can best be described as a bright pink “stain” running from the center vein to just shy of the outer edge. I thought this was such a beautiful and unusual bloom that I had to share. Enjoy…

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