Friday, December 30, 2016

Place: Spectacular flowers in Fullerton arboretum......

Fullerton arboretum......hands down, its my one of my most favorite place......
After how can a botany enthusiast be not enamored of a vast collection of local and exotic vegetation....
Some stunning blooms..
Mexican hat flower...


Tropical bauhinia...

African tulip..

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Place: California counties to visit.......

So, there are 58 counties in Califiornia.............
Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn , Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer,  Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba.....

I have visited or passed through only a few....Alpine, Fresno,  Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Mariposa,  Merced, Mono, Nevada, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Sierra,  Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura.......yeah, only a fraction...alot to see..
I have lived  5 years in California....divided between Orange and San Diego county...
Mono county.....

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Observation: Chartreuse color.......

Chartreuse color........a brilliant shade that seems like the mix of green and yellow....
Like this grass............



And this camphor foliage......


Somewhere in Utah....it was spring time...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Passion: My flawless garden blooms........

When I see the beautiful hibiscus blooms in my container garden........one adjective comes to my  mind ..'flawless'.....red, orange, pink, yellow........
I believe, all growers feels the same for their fruit..err., flower of labor...








Just look at the mandevilla.........precious than silk...

allamanda

 this amethyst petunia...

Zinnia...

Cardinal climber vine...

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Festival: Red and green for Christmas.........

Red and green for Christmas.....from my garden..
Cardinal climber vine..

Red salvia....

Geranium.........

"Have a serene, festive Holiday'....

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Festival: Decorating the dracaena.......

We don't celebrate Christmas......so, no conifers for our living room...no baubles to decorate either...
However, I have several potted plants.......
I have decorated the dracaena with random trinkets from the house....









Most of them are discarded ornaments....no point in keeping them in dresser after I found myself having nickel allergy.......
At least they are beautifying my dracaena...
Do you like them?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Knowledge: 'Polymath'......a worshiper of learning....

I came cross the term 'polymath' yesterday......someone who is passionate about learning...and possesses information on a wide variety of topic...
I guess I am one.......science to art, and everything in between fascinates me........
This passion widens outlook...also frees mind from depressing clutters......enables to respect all entities...and appreciate vastness of the Universe..
People in mobile phone and an app-for-every-mundane-thing might say what is the need to learn and remember, but you can't realize the value and joys of quest until you try.......


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Passion: Succulents in my garden..........

If you are in South California, and you don't have succulents in your garden, that seems odd
I do have half a dozen varieties in the patio container garden........
Coppertone Stonecrop.........

Portulaca...


Aeonium...

Baby sun rose...


Propagating succulents is so easy..........
Just stick the stalks in the soil..........I have generated many such container-full of succulents...this is a 2 feet long container...soon, it will be full of lush crown and blooms..

Or, put the leaves on the pot for them to root and form the whole plants...
Here, I have put Coppertone Stonecrop leaves to root.......

After 2-3 weeks some of them have started developing tiny shoots...exciting! free plants from leaves..

In a month or so, the tiny plant is ready...miracle!

A prominent root..

Is not that nice? I will see how many miniature pots of succulents I can create..

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Place: Our neighborhood in Irvine...and future house hunts..

The neighborhood in Irvine is very pleasant...unlike the one in San Diego...
We live in an apartment, but aim to get a house as soon as possible...
When we go for evening walk, we see a variety of houses...in different price ranges...and designs...
We discuss our needs..and budgets...




















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