Budding

A close-up of the buds of an orchid plant

It’s been a while since I’ve shared pictures of my little orchid plant, hasn’t it? To be honest, it’s because I haven’t really had any new pictures to share. The last bunch of flowers all fell off, and then… nothing. It was like the plant had started to die.

Then, suddenly, there was new growth. There are new roots making their way out of the pot (which makes me wonder if I should risk trying to move the plant), a whole new base stem, and new shoots off of the two original base stem.

Plus, there are these guys. New flower buds are popping up all over the place. It’s like spring on my window sill.

I love it, and I can’t wait until the flowers actually bloom again. Rest assured, you’ll see pictures of them here not long after they do.

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Paper flowers

Three small, pink paper flowers

It got really cold here this week.

Well, fine, it didn’t get as cold as it could have. It didn’t hit -40 C, like it probably will later this winter. But it did drop below zero, even reaching -20 C one morning.

The cold had me craving signs of something warmer, which is probably why I was drawn to photographing these paper flowers. I don’t have any real flowers in the house right now, unfortunately. So these had to do.

Though this picture came out alright, it really isn’t the same as the real thing. I might just have to grab myself a nice bouquet this weekend.

Bugging out

A little white bug on a rose leaf

Remember the little rose plant I got a few months ago? Well, let me tell you a story about it.

One day back in, oh, maybe mid-August, I noticed that my little plant needed some water. Being the good plant owner that I am (well, halfway-decent plant owner; I’m not sure I quite know enough about plants to qualify as “good”),  I took it to my kitchen sink to give it a drink. As I was waiting for the water to change from cold to something closer to room temperature, I spotted some tiny bits of white on my plant.

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Dainty

A white strawberry flower

I have a few new, tiny little flowers on my strawberry plant. I’m not sure if they’ll grow into actual strawberries yet, but I’m hopeful that they will. It would be nice to get a few more before fall hits.

These flowers, though, have some of the daintiest petals I’ve seen on my plants. They’re tiny, and they look like they could blow off with the slightest breeze. And yet, they’re staying put. Which is surprising, considering some of the winds we get where I live.

I’m definitely not going to complain about that. I’m quite happy to have a few dainty-but-strong flowers in my collection.

 

Rosebud

A white rosebud on a dark background

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this photograph, other than that it came out so much different–and so much better–than I was expecting. I thought, when I took it, I’d get a fairly simple picture of a white rosebud on a dark background.

Somehow, though, the leaves in the back gave me a bit of a swirl effect. The colours blended together wonderfully, adding to that in a beautiful way that I just didn’t anticipate. And that white rosebud jumps right out of everything in the best way possible.

At least, that’s what I see when I look at it, and I love the picture for all of that. I’m not sure that you see the same things I do. Maybe you’re shaking your head right now, thinking that it’s a terrible photograph. Which you have every right to do, of course. I hope, though, that you enjoy it at least a little bit.