Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

1st September
2012
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I moved to Wallingford (neighborhood in Seattle) over the summer. And with my new apartment came this huuuuuuuuuge balcony that was just screaming for some plants to make it more home-y. So I obliged.

The most amazing thing is that these plants that I bought are still alive! I was sure that they would be destroyed, but as long as I kept watering them, they were just fine! It’s amazing!

I planted various plants I’ve mostly never heard of. I just thought they looked pretty or cool or something. The main criteria was that they shouldn’t need an entire day’s worth of sunlight. My balcony faces east, so as soon as the sun goes past my the apartment building, the plants lose their direct light.

I hung 3 baskets on the railing on my balcony. In the first basket: Yellow Begonias, Japanese Sedge “Ice Dance”, Million Bells “Crackling Fire”, and Electric Lime Coleus. In the next basket: Verbena, Sweet Alyssum, Dark Blue Star Creeper, and Elijah Blue. Then in the last basket: White Bacopa, Illumination Periwinkle, Himalayan Maidenhair Fern, and Black Mondo Grass. As a note, not all the plants are visible in the baskets, at least not from the pictures I took.

Next, there are a bunch of other random plants on a table I have on the balcony. First, creeping yellow speedwell. I love the look of this plant in the terracotta pot. But I can’t figure out the light and water requirements. This is one of the few plants that didn’t survive. :( But next we have Japanese Hinoki Cypress. Then Japanese Cedar “tansu”. Also with the Japanese Cedar are some dwarf mondo grass, and a deer fern. Then in another pot, I tried a bunch of flowering plants. In the picture, you can see the Non-stop Apricot Begonia, the Regatta Marine Blue (but I think it looks purple), and Euphoric Whites in the foreground. Not shown are the Impatiens Double Fiesta Ole Frost.

Then I tried to grow some more herbs. Chives are amazingly resilient. But thyme seems to die off quickly, at least in my care. But no where near as fast as the mint chocolate (foreground of the right image). In the back, there is some basil. I decided to continue growing basil after my cooking tour in Italy. :)

I still have the jasmine I bought a year ago. It did not do too well over the winter, but I didn’t want to give up on it, and look, it’s growing again (first image)! But I bought a new one anyway. 😛 I also decided to try out vine jasmine (like they have all over Positano).

I started making jokes that I had a farm on my balcony because I started growing lots of plants that I could eat. There was lettuce, blueberries, strawberries, and tomotoes. However, the Pacific Northwest isn’t the friendliest environment for tomatoes, so I only ever got one. :(

Finally, I have the Nandina Gulf Stream that I’ve had since last year. I also decided to try out a hydrangea. I tried indoor ones, and those didn’t work out so well, but outdoors seems to be ok so far.

There were a few pictures that I didn’t post, to see them, click here.

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27th November
2011
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Back in Gurgaon, where the trip started, I took a picture of this tropical looking flower in my uncle’s backyard. I thought it was really pretty bright compared to how dusty and dirty everything else is. Also interesting is that flowers in India bloom in the November/December time frame – winter. It’s because it is just too hot in the spring summer for flowers to bloom any other time of the year.

12th September
2011
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I bought more flowers from Pike Place over the weekend. I really like the way the colors turned out in this picture. The flowers seem really vibrant in this image.

4th August
2011
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This is a top down view of one of the Gardenias (gardenia jasminoides in latin) from my balcony. These flowers smell amazing. It was part of the tropical plant sale at Molbak’s. I would say this is plant that will need the most care. It needs just the right amount of sun, water and humidity. When I got it, there were a couple blooms, but those both died. I was really worried none of the other buds would bloom. But they did! I have two blooms now and a third is coming. (This means I haven’t killed the plant yet! Yay!)

I decided to do the top down view because I’ve already taken lots of pictures from the front of the flower. I wanted to try something different.

28th July
2011
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I bought this sweet peas last weekend at Pike’s Place. They smelled amazing for about 2 days. And then they started to dry up. This was my first time buying sweet peas, so I didn’t know what to expect.

Well, in their dried and wilted state I decided to take a picture of them. Then I did a little post-processing. I lowered the saturation, but not completely to gray scale. I like that the most vibrant of the colors is the red in the vase. I also raised the contrast quite a bit to add to the effect. I think this picture looks ‘artsy’. If my kitchen wasn’t in the background, the picture might actually be good, lol.

26th July
2011
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I bought a bouquet of flowers at Pike’s Place over the weekend and a few of the buds had bloomed this morning. I decided to take a close up picture of the pollen. This is something that only works well with flowers that just bloomed since the pollen hasn’t fallen off yet.

I don’t have a macro lens, here I just used my kit lens because I only need a few inches to get auto-focus to find a point. Even without a macro lens, I’m getting an extremely narrow depth of field here. The only thing I would have changed is how noisy this picture is. I need to bump the ISO to 1600.

25th July
2011
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These are the newest additions to my balcony. I wanted a planter for under my window sill. I went out to Molbak’s again over the weekend and bought a bunch of plants. I planted them on Sunday.

I really like this combination of plants because it looks kind of tropical.

21st July
2011
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This is a a flower from the Arabian Jasmine (or jasminum sambac in Latin) plant I got from Molbak’s. I was so excited to see a flower bloom since I had bought the plant because that means I haven’t killed it yet, lol. I’m really worried about this one since it requires special care – being a plant from a much warmer climate.

16th July
2011
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Today, I went to Molbaks in Woodinville to get plants for my balcony. Since moving to Bellevue, I’ve found myself wanting to spend more and more time out there. (Except Seattle weather has its own plans, since it’s been raining every day since I got patio furniture for it… but that’s another story).

I wandered around Molbaks for about 3 hours because, well, it’s huge. There are so many plants there. I took my camera because I figured there would be interesting things to take pictures of. And there were! I found these crazy looking flowers and had to take pictures of them. I didn’t actually buy these for my balcony. But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be taking plenty of pictures of my balcony in the coming weeks. Though, I don’t think it’s quite done yet. Even after spending 3 hours looking for plants, I think I still need more. 😛 But that’s ok, I don’t think I’ll mind spending another afternoon wandering around looking at plants.

Anyway, below are some other pictures I tool at Molbaks. I took a couple pictures of hydrangea. They aren’t usual or anything, but I think their beautiful. I wish they weren’t so hard to care for.

9th July
2011
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It was another gorgeous day which means another day of hiking! It didn’t go quite as planned since we spent the first half hour or so wandering around the base of the mountain trying to figure out what which trail was the one we wanted. There were zero signs at the start of the trail.

Once we figured out where we were going, we found a field full of these flowers. I’m not sure what they are, maybe they are weeds? But I thought they were really pretty. I also really like the boldness of the color in this image. The sky is very blue, the trees are very green and flowers are very purple.

UPDATE (7/17): I figured out what these flowers are. They are called foxgloves. And they’re poisonous, so don’t eat them.

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple other pictures from the hike.

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