16 January 2013

The walk to the butterfly garden

Seeing as how it is a rainy, dreary day here today, and I am also sick of doing the paperwork, I thought I'd share more from the Naples Botanical Garden.
I just love this butterfly bench!
Look at the beautiful color on this one.
Can you spot the butterfly here? It is striped like a zebra. There were so many of them, but this was the best photo I could get as they kept flying around.
I wish there would have been more different ones even though there were a lot of the ones that I took photos of, however, most of them were in the cocoon stage. It was not a big exhibit, the one in south Atlanta at Calloway Gardens is much bigger, but it was still nice.
Now, I guess I will get back to my paperwork, yuck!, but it must be done.  They are forecasting some snow here tomorrow.  First rain, then snow.  I will believe it when I see it!

15 January 2013

What to do with your old purses

Why, fill them with plants and hang them on the outside wall! Another photo from the Naples Botanical Gardens.

11 January 2013

Looks like bat wings!

At first I thought it was an orchid, but it's not. However, it does look like giant bat wings! According to the sign this is a Giant Dutchman's Pipe, and it looks to grow on a vine.
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How cool is this? Would you like it in your garden?

10 January 2013

Do you love orchids?

I can grow a lot of things except for orchids. They are so gorgeous, and the flowers seem to last forever. My hubby used to bring orchids home from the office as the company that were bringing them in would throw them out, and replace them with other plants. Hubby brought one home a few months back, and I also received one when my dad past. That one is still blooming! It is why I like them...they go on and on. When we went down to Florida last year I wanted to visit the Naples Botanical Gardens. Absolutely beautiful! The first thing I saw...orchids!

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I'll be posting more photos from the gardens for a little while. I am trying to post more so for the moment it may be one or two photos! Oh, and a little tip I learned when I received the tea cup orchid. The friend told me that she was told with hers to put an ice cube in the pot off to the side. She said hers is doing great, and mine? It is getting new growth so I guess there is something to it!

09 January 2013

Hello, I'm still here!

Hello, yes I'm still here!  Or I better be since I got this beautiful birthday card from a dear friend of mine.  She said once she saw it she knew it was perfect for me; that it had all the right things in it that just screamed my name.
So much has been happening in my life lately.  Not only with it being another year older, but it also makes three months since my father passed.  It is still a very hard thing to get used to.  Like when you go to the phone to call about something funny, and then you realize you can't.  I am fortunate that I had him for that long although it is never long enough.
Although with his passing comes a will, and from what I've learned from a lot of people that there is always someone who is not happy.  Since I am also executor life has not been to easy with lawyers and such.  I am hanging in there though with lots of support from friends and family.  I will be glad when it is all over.
Now to keep my mind busy amongst everything else I did a lot of crocheting for the holidays, which I hope all of you had a good one!  I made an afghan for our oldest grandchild.  He wanted a cameo colored one.  I forgot to take a picture of it so my step-daughter did one for me. This of course is not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. I also crocheted hats for the girls, but the afghan took up most of my time.
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Hubby and I took a break about a month ago so I have lots to share, and I definitely will be blogging again. I miss my blogging friends, and thanks to many of you for your thoughts, prayers, and cards. Now, I better get myself in gear (something my daddy used to say), and put on my walking clothes. My neighbor friend took me to lunch for my birthday (Olive Garden...Yum!), and we both feel stuffed so it is time for our daily walk. Happy New Year to all of you, and I'll visit soon!
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