Floral Friday: First Gardenia Flower

A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a gardenia bonsai, “Just because I love you, Mom.” What a lovely surprise it was, and I stood it in my kitchen, read the instructions and waited for the buds to come out. I was supposed to mist it daily, keep the pebbles moist in the tray and make sure not to water it too much. Not that difficult really. My daughter was disappointed when she saw the photo, because in the brochure, it showed a bright red pot with many flowers already blooming.

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I followed the instructions religiously, but all that happened was that a couple of buds fell off. Then I had the bright idea to stand it outside in the humidity instead of inside in the air conditioning. Light bulb moment! The very next day, my first flower started to appear and now it’s looking gorgeous.

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The fragrance is wonderful and takes me back to when I was a teenager in the 60’s. For Christmas, my very favourite aunt bought me my first bottle of perfume, which was ‘Gardenia’ by Goya. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened the bottle and dabbed a couple of drops behind my ears.

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Tonight we’re going to see the fabulous Judy Carmichael performing at one of our local theatres. I wish I could play piano just like her. Tomorrow evening, we have dinner and dancing here at the club, so that should be fun too. Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

 

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Cee’s FOTD: Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Cee’s ‘Flower Of The Day’ challenge is open every day. Today is quite cloudy, but my Bromeliad hanging out on my patio, guarantees I always have some sunshine. I call her ‘My Girl’. Do you remember that song by the fabulous ‘Temptations’ and can you believe it’s over 50 years’ old? How time flies when you’re having fun.

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Now I have an earworm. 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you all.

Here’s the link to Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

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Spiky Squares In March: Pink Quill Plant

BeckyB has challenged us this month to find all things spikey and to post square photos of same.

In a pot just over the waterfall in my fish pond, is this pretty spiky Tilandsia Cyanea, commonly known as the Pink Quill plant because the bright pink flowering bract resembles an old fashioned ink quill.

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Hope you have a fun Thursday looking for spiky things around you.

The square challenge isn’t only for spiky things. It also includes bristly, pointy and prickly.

Tulips On Tuesday

The pot of pink tulips in the kitchen is a lovely sight to see. Through the window, can be seen my favourite orchid just above the fish pond. This faithful Vanda blooms every few months and the flowers last for a very long time. What a bargain it was when we bought it about three years ago. I know the tulips won’t last very long, but they’re gorgeous to look at right now.

What are your favourite flowers to have around the house?

Mothers’ Day Blossoms for Ailsa’s Theme

Two days before Mothers’ Day, I had a message from our son in New Jersey, to say that the next day there would be flowers for me to collect at our local florist. When I presented myself there, of course mine was the biggest bunch waiting for collection. Hubby took a pic to send to Jeff, as I staggered back to the car with my prize.

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The following day, there was a ring at the doorbell, and there were more flowers plus chocs, from Mandy, our daughter. What a lucky mom I am.

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This delightful arrangement of Anthyriums was in the foyer of  our favourite hotel, where we went for lunch on hubby’s 70th birthday. I’ll share more pics of the celebration in another post.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my blossoms as much as I did. To see more, visit Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

 

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Romance

Ailsa’s travel theme this week, is ‘Romance’, and on Valentine’s evening, love and romance were definitely in the air at the dinner dance we attended. The red carpet was out to welcome us.

There were many elderly couples there, and I was happy to note that no matter how old we may be, or how many years we’ve been married, that exciting partner ‘Romance’ is really happy to tag along. My sweet neighbours across the street are both 90 years old, and yet there she was, petite and lovely, in her bright red dress, dancing up close with her husband of  almost seventy years, and the look of love was so evident in their eyes, as the band played this song, which in my opinion is one of the most romantic songs of all time. It brought tears of joy to my eyes, just watching them.

To see more entries for Ailsa’s Challenge, just click on the badge below.

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