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I’ve decided to enter this month’s Gardening Gone Wild Photo contest. Many of the blogs I follow take part, so what the hell? This month’s theme is “awakening.” I considered a few photos…

This daffodil photo was taken in March 2009 after a rain.

raindrops on a daffodil

So was this one. I love the angle, focus, and vectors all pointing to the daff, but the colors aren’t as vibrant as I wanted, even after I fooled around with another version in Photoshop a bit.

a daffodil at home

I like this shot of a baby spinach seedling, but eh, I dunno. This was taken 2 days ago.
spinach seedling

Also taken 2 days ago, this one clearly won’t work. Alice is doing precisely the OPPOSITE of “awakening”…
Alice sleeping

…she REALLY really loves the heater.
Alice sleeping

This was taken in early February. I like it, but it doesn’t really “pop.”

In the end, I decided to enter this one. This photo of my flowering quince was taken last spring. I actually used it as my desktop wallpaper for quite some time. I was rather pleased with how pretty the sky looked and how it contrasted against the pretty salmon pink of the flower.

Think I picked the right one???

Herb AlmanacMARCH 12: Wearing fresh pea blossoms attracts people and promotes friendships.


My Mardi Gras helenium finally bloomed! I love it as much as I thought I would! Sweet. The red looks like it’s painted on, the center looks like a little pincushion. The flowers are small (maybe half dollar sized?), but it looks like there will be a bunch, and supposedly it blooms all season and is a good cutting plant. Hope so! They are slightly taller than my daylilies and help fill up the gap back there and add some interest behind my still itty bitty euonymus bushes, just like I hoped (I have a mix of helenium, echinacea/coneflower, and various rudbeckia back there).

mardi gras helenium

mardi gras helenium

Also, noticed this leaf while I was strolling through the yard the other day (strolling – yeah, I was strolling, what of it?). I loved it! Took pics. It had rained for a ton of days previous, but not the day I took the pic, so that leaf had been holding on to it for a while. Can anyone tell me what kind of leaf it is (this is not a test, I really don’t know – it’s the tree that makes the orange flowery things though, I think)?

water droplets

water droplets

leaf avec rain

leaf avec rain

Stay on the lookout for a giveaway, guys…I want to get good pics of the goods, but here is a preview (in which I look lame): I have a few of these to give away, no strings attached!


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