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… to have the opportunity to photograph such beauty in so many forms.

I’ve noticed some activity at my local flower shop.  Spring really is coming, isn’t it? Be well. 😉

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… they grow in their small vessels upon a short bookcase that’s filled with cookbooks and related food literature.  It has been a joy to try photographing their leaves, from different angles, in this morning’s bright winter’s light.

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Ivy growing well in a couple of mugs next to the kitchen window.

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Two new posters available in my Zazzle shop. Just click on the image for more information on availability. The first image is of spicy cress sprouting in a shell I found on Revere Beach. The second image is of clover, a “weed” I recently learned is edible, so in a little clay pot it now grows next to my other herbs.

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And in the bucket where my mini crop of potatoes once grew, a wonderfully gnarly growth of nasturtium.  No blooms quite yet, but I’m waiting.

 

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The instructions say to plant seeds in a shallow dish and move as needed for best light. Instructions I can follow! Not sure how I’m going to serve up this first little harvest.  Maybe with slices of avocado and tomatoes on toasted bread rubbed with garlic.  Theoretically, this cress is a spicy herb.  We shall see. I’m not sure that I grow enough at a time to benefit from the nutritional value, but the simple act of planting a few seeds in a bit of dirt and watching the sprouts rise in the sun, that’s worth the effort alone.

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Some folks think I yearn for a big field to garden, but I don’t.  I enjoy my few clay pots and random mugs filled with dirt, tucked in all sorts of corners and moved about as my whim and the sun does strike.

It has been fun this year to grow flowers, herbs and the occasional vegetable.  The trailing green growth and splashes of color have been inspiring, as well as occasionally quite tasty.  Most of the herbs have died back or faded away completely with a few exceptions like the oregano.

I planted a few new seeds on Saturday.  Spicy cress, fenugreek and more nasturtium.  The fenugreek has already started to sprout.  Perhaps I’ll be able to harvest it for Christmas. On Sunday I picked up some paperwhite bulbs with a goal to plant them in January and perhaps soon after photograph white winter blooms against a backdrop of falling snow. Until then, I have these herbs and, oh yes, that violet.

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It better be, to crawl around on the kitchen floor, photographing the undersides of African violets. It is certainly a pleasure to look up at what is so rarely seen.  There are two plants, both needing to be repotted.  A winter task I am looking forward to doing and then I hope to tuck the plants away into a warm winter spot where I won’t mess with them so much. One I’m definitely watering too much but the other has new buds forming. Perhaps it is of hardier stock. We’ll see …

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