Painting Dory and Strawberries plus Flower Pics

Thanks for joining me today! I’m hoping to start catching up on some back-logged posts I’ve been wanting to share with you. Today’s comes from a visit to my aunt’s home in N. FL back in the Spring. She has some amazing plants, so I thought I’d share a few…

The Panda Plant aka Pussy Ears (Kalanchoe tomentosa) has these darling furry velvet ‘ears’ that you just want to pet!

She also has this nifty Rabbit’s Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis) where the rhizomes (creeping rootstalks) look like fuzzy rabbit’s feet.

A pretty cactus bloom.

She was given this by family in Ohio and told it was a Jerusalem plant, tho I can’t find anything like it on the net. It’s nifty how the inside reminds me of a poppy ‘fruit’. Let me know if you know what it is!

I finish with her lovely irises… I couldn’t pick a favorite, so you get to see all three…

The strawberries and leaves on her welcome sign had faded away, so I went to Michaels and got some paints and refreshed them for her.

She wanted me to sign and date it and we all got a laugh when she caught that I put ‘o8 instead of ’18… yep, I’m running a few years behind! lol!

I was honored and a little bit nervous when she entrusted me with her next project…

She was tired of her plain white fish and wanted him to be colorful. Her BFF had a picture of her son’s royal blue tang and those were the colors she wanted used…

Ahh… Dory! Also known as regal tang and surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus).

So, I used the picture as a starting point and then took a little artistic license for some extra pops of color and sprayed on a lacquer to seal her up for easy cleaning and give her some shine….

My aunt seemed pleased with how it turned out and if she ever gets bored with those colors, we now know it’s not too hard to change it up.

Thanks for stopping by here today. I look forward to seeing you again as soon as I can find another little break to catch up again. Have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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Spring Flowers at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, NC

Ready for some more gorgeous flowers?

A couple of weeks ago we were at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, NC. (You can find more info at www.dsbg.org) If you’re an American Horticultural Society member, you can tour the garden for free. If you’re going to tour more than a couple of gardens, you more than recover your membership fees. (More info at ahs.org)

I’ve been getting questions about what camera I use. I just upgraded and was comparing my old phone with my new one, so these are a mixture from both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S6. Because the files run about 9MB each, I have saved them as low res images to load faster. Thus they are not as crisp as the originals, but I think they’re still lovely. As always, you can click on any picture to see it larger.

This garden isn’t as meticulous about signage, so it will mostly be a self-guided tour this time… If it’s uncommon and I didn’t write anything, your guess is as good as mine!

Enjoy your tour!

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They had a small aviary with some Golden-Manteles Rosellas (Platycercus eximius). They are members of the parakeet family and native to Australia.

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These were called Firecracker flowers (Dichelostemma ida-maia):

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has even put eternity in their heart; yet mankind will never find out the work that the true God has made from start to finish.

– Eccl. 3:11

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‘Paprika’ Yarrow (Achillea millefolium):

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Now we come to my favorite part of the garden… the orchid conservatory!

It’s packed with an amazing array of orchids in all sizes, shapes and colors. It always tickles me when I see faces, noses, lips, dogs, dancing ladies, babies, aliens and more in these flowers! Here are just a few of these lovelies… what fun things do you see?

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I hope you had fun! I have pics from two more gardens we visited yet to come, so if you liked these, check back in a few days for another tour.

Thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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Spring Flowers in Indiana

Hello again!

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you… You ARE in the right place – just the background theme of my blog has changed. I was playing around trying to find one that would be better for showing photos and accidentally installed one, erasing my previous theme, which has already been discontinued and can’t be re-installed. This was the closest I could come up with until I find one I like. Thanks for your patience while I try to figure this out.

Meanwhile, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the spring pictures I took while I was in Southern Indiana earlier this month. I made them low res so, hopefully, the page will still load quickly, but that makes them loose quality a bit. Someday I’ll figure out the right balance. Don’t forget you can still click on any picture to enlarge it.

When I arrived at the end of April, the first thing I noticed were the Redbuds, Dogwoods and Crabapple trees all vying for attention.

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A pink Dogwood:

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It’s easy to see that Crabapples are in the same family as roses (Roaceae):

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There were still some late tulips and daffodils hanging about:

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Bleeding hearts:

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The lilacs were so pungent, even I could smell them!

Close your eyes and breathe deep… maybe you will too. ; )

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The farmers were happy to see the end of the April showers and the locust trees blooming… local lore says that’s a sign that it’s time to plant!

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(Wild mustard and blooming locust trees)

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Of course there were already some edible perks of spring to be harvested… like morel mushrooms…

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And tender asparagus, fresh-picked daily…

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And fresh rhubarb pie…  YUM!

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Ok, I’ll stop making you jealous and get back to the eye candy with more spring flowers:

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A flowering almond bush…

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Weigela…

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I just love the colors of this hydrangea!…

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Allium…

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Pansy…

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Spiraea is another relative of the rose (Rosaceae)…

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Pansy…

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Of course, some flowers are considered a nuisance, but they’re still lovely:

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Raindrops make a difference in photos… which hibiscus do you like better?

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I just love these bearded irises!!…

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“Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these!”  – Mt. 6:28,29

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Did you know that azaleas are part of the Rhododendron genus? So all azaleas are Rhododendrons, but not all rhododendrons are azaleas. Confused? Rhododendrons tend to be larger and usually have 10 stamens, whereas azaleas have smaller leaves and usually have 5 stamens.

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It was fun to watch this rhododendron bloom over the course of 5 days:

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I fell in love with these lovely columbine flowers!! Perhaps you will, too…

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Well, I could go on and on with these gorgeous works of creation, but it’s time to to bring this to a close.

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A special thanks to my aunts and cousins who work so hard in their gardens tending these gorgeous plants for our enjoyment! I’m sure they keep as busy as these guys…

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Thanks for stopping by. If you enjoyed these flowers, come back in a few days and I’ll have some more pictures posted from some botanical gardens and arboretums we visited in North Carolina last week.

-D.Ann

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