Random for Friday

February 14, 2014

On this rainy, soggy (and for a lot of you, dreadfully cold and snowy) Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d give you some beautiful “garden porn” photos to warm your spring-loving hearts. (And, much less fattening than chocolate)

Last year, my cimbidium orchid bloomed like crazy and I was so proud of myself, (although, to tell the truth, I completely ignored it outside for most of the year), and this year, nothing. No blooms, no spiky promise of flowers…nada. And I ignored it just like last year. What gives?

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I want these containers, and loads of polished little pebbles to make some sort of raked Zen garden out of. But then, I’ve got waaayy too much stuff here already and adding sexy containers and beautiful little pebbles isn’t going to help. Maybe I need a little rock tumbler and I can go picking up handfuls of garden pebbles and tumbling them myself. 😀 (Actually, I’ve always wanted a rock tumbler….and a metal detector)

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The wall clock I had in the kitchen has stopped working. It was a sort of cheap battery operated clock, but it was big and looked like a vintage train station clock. You know, I kept looking up at it automatically for days and days after it stopped working and now look at the empty space above the back door. It’s like an automatic reflex! And I miss having a clock there something rotten. This clock was with me for about a million years always in the kitchen, always up high. So now I have to replace it. I’d love this one, but don’t love the price (somewhere around $300…that’s a one-way flight to E! And about 90 chai tea lattes!) I think I might make one. How hard can it be?

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About a million years ago, (first marriage), I had a standing order for a dozen anthuriums/week. I know, it was all chrome and Bahhaus and black leather and glass, but I still love those flowers. The only thing is back then it cost me about $20/month for the flowers and now it costs…what? about $20/stem? I know dinosaurs were alive back then. LOL.

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I love planting houseplants in unusual containers, and love these seed pod pots. I think I’ll buy one for a little begonia Rex I’ve got going on. The smallest is $45, but it’s one of those things I’ll love to look at for years.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and off now to share the random the love with Nancy. 😀

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  • Reply Nancy @ A Rural Journal February 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Lots of things to ponder for spring — so beautiful! And I always wanted a rock tumbler too! 🙂

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney February 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Veronica, I bet you could fix the clock yourself. Or, keep the front and put new “innards” into it. Thanks for your lovelies. I so enjoy your posts and pics!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Thank you so much Carol, you’re the sweetest. 😀

  • Reply Mascha February 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    A lovely gray post! The Begonia Rex is beautiful, I will look here for such a plant.
    Have a great and quiet weekend (and write about it…I always read with joy, even if I am not writing a comment) 🙂

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Aw gosh, thank you Mascha. 🙂

  • Reply Buttons February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Oh your garden porn is wonderful thank you the only pretty flowers out here in the snow are the flowered sheets frozen drying/freezing in the wind.Oh you can fix that clock I bet. B

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      It’s hard to think of anything green when I look at my East Coast friend’s posts. We all need a bit of lovely garden porn right now, don’t we? 🙂

  • Reply Beth February 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    awesome blooms. i need some green in my life. lots of winter & snow lately. ha. ha!! ( :
    happy <3 day!!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I think we all need green in our lives Beth! Happy V day. 😀

  • Reply abrianna February 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I have a clock here that used to keep time. I don’t know when it happened, but it started gaining time so that after a few weeks it would be an hour ahead. Then it got to the point where it would be 2 hours ahead in a few hours and now it stopped working at all. Also powered by one battery.

    Lovely floral shots.

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Oh funny! I suppose it could have been your Zen clock…and your math tutorial clock! 😀

  • Reply Renee Dowling February 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Your photos are actually as tasty as chocolate!

    • Reply Veronica February 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much Renee. Mmm, chocolate! Lot less fattening though. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v February 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Veronica, those little pots are like flowers themselves–worth it! My clock in my kitchen just died, too–I miss it a lot. and my hubs has decided that we don’t need clocks anymore…turns out we really don’t–just one to wake us up in the morning. Life is funny. Hope that you find a clock soon 🙂 Thank you for all the beautiful photos

    • Reply Veronica February 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      It’s true isn’t it? We don’t really need clocks. I usually use my cell phone for everything from calendar to alarm. But I do miss that old clock. Robert just said I should have let him fix it. He’s a genius at fixing anything. Darn, didn’t think of that. 🙂

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