Close Up Of Flowers – CFFC

I wish I had been thinking about this, or I would have saved my lovely lilies for this challenge. I’ll reshare a few close-ups of flowers from earlier this year at the end of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is in response to Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. ๐Ÿ˜€

Found this lovely Rose of Sharon hibiscus bush at my great aunt’s house. It’s as tall as the house! I guess no one ever pruned it. I plan to get some cuttings to see if I can start my own bush. โค

My black-eyed Susans in our garden.

Eggplant flower.

Miniature rose. I call them candy-cane roses because that’s what they remind me of. But the tag didn’t say if they had a name for the color, only that they are miniature rose bushes.

More miniature roses. โค

Vine-type roses from my great aunt’s house, originally posted here for an installment of Treasure Tuesday.

Close up of my mom’s daffodils, originally from this post, My February in Photos.

Close-up of a Sweet William, originally from this post, Meeting Sweet William and Miss Spiderwort.

Water drops on a lily, originally from Lovely Lilies and Beautiful Butterflies.

Look forward to the next challenge tomorrow!

Treasure Tuesday 6/11/2019

This Treasure Tuesday takes place at my great aunt’s house. ๐Ÿ™‚

The first discovery was that the roses were blooming. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Aren’t they lovely? ๐Ÿ’–

I couldn’t get enough of them.

This was with the flash to really bring them out.

And the grass was pretty too.

I really liked the clovers.

Haha, I probably took too many of those. ๐Ÿ˜… These were the best shots.

It was a beautiful day! This is a shot of the area I was metal detecting in:

After taking photos, I pulled out the metal detector. ๐Ÿ˜€

We also found what we think are wild onions. I wanted to start a batch of them here, so I pulled some up. (I didn’t find the spark plug or the rachet – those are there because we kept having spark plug issues in the lawn mower.) But anyway, the finds!

My first key! ๐Ÿ˜€ Coins! I knew it might be a great hunt when the first thing I dug was a dime. 1965. One year off from being a silver coin! One of the pennies was 1959 – one year off from being a wheat cent.

Also pull tabs. And tin foil. I am really starting to detest that stuff. But that’s how it goes. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Some sort of blade. (Now I understand why people wear gloves while metal detecting – it’s not just to keep the hands from getting dirty it’s to protect from finding something sharp! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) Some sort of overall clip thing? It looks like it might slip over a button? Some sort of aluminum pieces. And a rusty nail. ๐Ÿคฃ

A rock. (It was huge so I kept it. ๐Ÿ˜†) And my first buckle! It was the last find of the day. I’m so happy about this one. ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it may be a shoe buckle?

Overall, it was a good hunt. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Life Updates – June 2018

Since the last update (not including the Clear Vision one), a lot has been going on and I’ve been taking a lot of photos. I guess an alternate name for this post could be, “My June Through Photos.” In this post, I’m going to focus on June and then post the July one in August – because there are a few days left in July and I may want to add another photo or two to it and this post is long enough as it is.ย ๐Ÿ˜„

There have been some gorgeous sunsets, like the one above, and a few stranger ones like the one below.

I think this may have been before a storm, but the clouds were really odd.

Here is what the sky looked like above my head at the same time as the previous photo. The clouds were so weird. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them like that.

My mom’s “candy cane” roses bloomed. (I don’t know if that is the actual name for these roses, they just remind me of candy canes the way they are red and white.) They are so pretty.

I met some snakes. This is a ribbon snake, and he’s hanging out on the garden gate.

A friend identified this one as a western worm snake. My mom uncovered him when raking leaves.

This is aย Dekayโ€™s Brown Snake. I almost stepped on him when checking the air in my mom’s car tires. (There was also a rough earth snake, but I wasn’t able to get a good photo of it; it was too fast.)

Tomatoes! First one of the season.

There was a knothole in the wood fence around my grandma’s backyard, and I had some fun with it. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so this is the focused on the wood one, and this:

is the focused on the abandoned house through the hole.

I met one of the cutest frogs ever at my grandma’s. He was between the screen and the glass on her storm door.

And I met one of the cutest lizards ever in the garden.

I rescued this Aloe Vera plant from the Walmart people. The only thing wrong with it was that it needed water. So I bought it at the discounted price, watered it, and a few weeks later, repotted it. Now my old Aloe Vera plant (my dad calls it “The Octopus” because that’s pretty much what it looks like XD) has a friend.

Eggplants – the one on the left is a Black Beauty and the one on the right is a Japanese variety.

We went to a family reunion – there were some hymnals on top of the piano there. I thought they were neat so I took a photo of them, haha. You can see my blue blouse in the mirror. XD

And at the end of June, my potatoes were ready! Red, white and blue – just in time for Independence Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

And this has been a look at my June through photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos

April showers
Bring May flowers —
AHHHH — ACHOOOO!
Which apparently I’m allergic to.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And allergies which make me cough
And sneeze my head off.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And the use of many Kleenexes and Puffs
Because my sinuses can’t handle this pollen stuff.

Welcome April and then welcome May
Welcome the flowers that are here to stay
Long enough to make my head feel like a hot air balloon
And then make me wish they hadn’t come so soon.

The flowers are in full bloom.
My head feels like it might go BOOM.
My eyes turn into a waterfall,
And I wish that it were all —
OVER.

But then I see the petals fair;
Such beauty and color everywhere.
So I suffer the consequences and go
Bravely into the outdoors to take photos.

Allergy season, we have aย relationship of love and hate.
And I don’t know, maybe you reciprocate.
I’m not sure if I hate pollen or if pollen hates me more,
But there is one thing that I am sure —

It was worth the pain
To go out and gain
Flower photos such as these
In the midst of the allergies!

**None of these flowers are mine – they belong to a local nursery, except for the last one, which is the honeysuckle growing on my grandma’s fence. ๐Ÿ˜„

Marching In

I stare in wonder
As January melts away
The New year is no longer new
Where oh where did all that time go?

I gaze dumbfounded
As February sends greetings
Seems like January had just arrived

The winter snows give way to
Red hearts and love stories to warm the soul

And then February says goodbye, and the green clovers march in.


Hey everyone! I hopeย that you’ve had a great March so far! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m going to be taking a short blogging break this weekendย – so I’ll see y’allย again on Monday! โค Have a great weekend!