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Published: March 13th 2013
I sent the frog set to my friend and they all replied liking this one!
Gardening has always been a great way to clear my mind. I stopped all the tasks I was working on and walked the new yard for first time.
I found some rocks on a pile that could make a great fire pit. Hmmm. Ideas, ideas. It would take a long time and work to have the lot the way I would like it to feel, look and smell. I started by cleaning a palm tree by the garage that I always see when I pull up… while I think of a new spot for it. There was a pretty bug with bright blue stripes. I wanted to run to get my camera but then I thought: ahh by the time I come back it is going to be gone.
Half of the leaves of the palmtree were yellow so I cut them off and when I went to put the old leaves in the bag I saw 2 beautiful colorful grass hopers with bright yellow stripes…That was it! I run for my camera and played DOF for a while and ended up with my belly on the ground and with dirt up to my hair
taking photos 😊. I watered the palm and looked around it carefully for more colorful bugs and then I saw a cute frog sitting in one of the folds of the leaf. I am attaching a collection of images for you! As I write, the little guy is still there and the leaves are now green! 😊
This plant project maybe the beginning of growing some roots in FL and find some balance between ocean and land: First build a fence with palms, some bush or bamboo for privacy, to block sound and to cover the ugly things like the trash containers, pumps and such.
But most importantly I would love to plant trees that will last for generations like fruit trees, flower trees and "smelling good" trees. The possibilities are endless: citrus, honey suckle, gardenias, jazmin, pineapple, star fruit, mango and avocado.
Scents and color and sound with wind are important elements to me …I don't like trimmed perfectly plants that don't flow. I want them to grow free and to move with the wind…
I would like lots of flowers with colors around the
house like geraniums that are also a natural mosquito repellent and produce different scents from chocolate mint, ginger, cinnamon…they produce a variety of 22 different scents; chamomile (for my tea to help me sleep); lilies (my favorite flower); lavander and of course citronella everywhere. Most can grow like weed if I am not around and that would welcome me at my return. Something fast growing, low maintenance and colorful….
None of that at the moment just a big lot and a few tall pine trees that I love. Then eventually maybe I will have vegetable garden eventually if I get to spend some time around..but not priority now. I move too much to take care of it.
By the windows I like to have plants that attract butterflies, dragonflies and birds and somewhere in there an herb garden for cooking with at very least sweat basil, sage, mint, rosemary …Vassa mentioned hanging herbs around the house to open the energy flow. For now I only have basil and an edible flower for salads…I forgot its name…it tastes sweet and it is a great addition for salads.
Photo notes: It was getting
1/80 f 6.3
dark when I shot the grasshopper and I needed a mini tripod and a ringflash to get what I wanted. But not bad for now. I have to admit the f-stop I choose gave me a bit to shallow dof. I only noticed it when I looked at the images in my computer the morning after. If I see it again I will not open any more than f 13.
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