Posts Tagged: flowers
Thurs 05.20.10 – Erika and Thomas just got back from three weeks in New Zealand, so Erika and I decided to meet up today to go for a long walk. When I arrived at her house, I suggested that since it was late May and the weather had started to warm up, that we should go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino to see if the Rose Garden was in full bloom.
Oh was it ever in full bloom! We came the very right week to see every rose bush in full, over the top, bloom. It was amazing. The afternoon was warm at 84F/29F, clear, and sunny. We walked purposefully around the Rose Garden, all the while sniffing the roses and taking photos.
Luckily, the Huntington was not very crowded. My suggestion is if you live in the LA area, go the Huntington in the next 3-4 days to see the roses at their first bloom peak. It is truly amazing.
And the lotus flowers in the Japanese, Chinese and North Lawn ponds/fountains are also in bloom.
Do go. It is lovely.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97.
Thurs 02.04.10 – Three tweets from the 5 o’clock hour this evening:
@msjen: That was *HYSTERICAL* A neighborhood 5 year old boy just showed up to show me his mom’s new phone, “Look, it is a mini computer” he says. about 6 hours ago
@msjen: Me, “Does you Mom know you have her new phone?” Ely, “No!” Me, “I think you should go home.” “Ok” His Mom has a new Nokia N97 mini. about 6 hours ago
@msjen: Of course, I had him stop long enough to do a video. I am now walking over there to make sure he really took it home. about 6 hours ago
I do have video of Ely standing at my door telling me about his Mom’s new ‘mini-laptop’ as he brandished a brand new Nokia N97 Mini with no adult in sight. I need to get Carolyn’s permission before I post it, though. He was so excited about the ‘mini-laptop’ that could take photos.
When I walked over to their house to make sure that Carolyn’s new phone made it home without harm, Ely informed me that the Nokia N97 that I had was ‘Too Big’ and that his Mom’s new phone was much better than the big N97. Carolyn and I tried to show him that the Mini is just a smaller version of the N97, but he was convinced it was MUCH BETTER. Oh, to be 5 and all boy.
I proceeded to show him how to take photos and video. He particularly liked the sports mode of the digital still camera and made his Mom run down the sidewalk to get an action shot.
In other local Seal Beach news, all the flowers are a-bloom due to last week’s rain. Magnolia, aka Bird, cashed in her savings for pierced ears at the Westminster Mall. She got pink sparkly earrings. Magnolia hopefully appreciates that her Mom is super cool to let her get her ears pierced at 4, I had to wait until I was 7.
Thur 11.18.09 – Now that the hot, dry SoCal summer (July – Oct) is behind us, the roses are in full busting out all over bloom. Southern California has two good growing seasons, one from February to June and the other from October to December, and if you are within a few miles of the ocean December and January are very kind to one’s plants. Go a few miles inland and there will be the occasional frost in December that will piss off the basil and flowers. Go many miles inland and Nov. 15th to Feb. 15th is frost time.
Here in Seal Beach, where we are on the Pacific Ocean, the local roses, camellias, and other spring flowers like pansies, violets, and snap dragons are having their second big bloom of the year after being seared into non-blooming compliance during the hot, dry months.
From now, mid-late November, until April are my favorite months of the year in SoCal. From late April to early November, I would rather live quite a bit north of here, like the 50-54th parallel line. ;o)