To me nothing says summer like sunshine and sunflowers.
The living’s easy and the veggies are free.
Stay tuned for a recipe of what you can do with all those hot chilis you’re growing.
bhut jolokia – ripe and ready
Posted for the DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer Lovin
To me nothing says summer like sunshine and sunflowers. The living’s easy and the veggies are free.
In case you didn’t know, I teach middle school. I also started and continue to run a school garden at my school. We have a summer watering schedule, and students and parents have volunteered to come and water the portions of the garden over the summer months. But I still like to stop by every couple weeks and check on how things are going, to make sure the equipment is still there, and make sure nothing is broken or destroyed. Unfortunately, vandalism is a big problem when you leave an area of a school open to the public. Sometimes it seems that teenager’s favorite way to enjoy something is to destroy it. This summer though, so far so good.
In my own garden that I see everyday, the growth and changes are subtle and hard to appreciate. But not seeing the school garden for weeks at a time, the growth and changes are much more dramatic. These are some photos from my last visit.
Now if we could just keep all the other garden pests out.
Flowers in the School Garden
In case you didn’t know, I teach middle school. I also started and continue to run a school garden at my school.
Too Long in London
The day starts with you in front of a tube station in south London. You and your traveling partner, who has really started to get on your nerves recently, as the two of you nickel and dimed (euroed and franked) your away across certain parts of Europe for the past month.
“Isn’t he adorable?” my wife asked, holding up the fuzzy little muppet like it might be a puppy or a teddy bear. It was a koala bear, which she apparently purchased at a garage sale. Not a stuffed koala bear with big, cute Pokemon eyes, but a living, breathing, agitated marsupial. The eyes were not over-sized anime eyes, but rather the beady little eyes of a heartless troll. It looked at me and…
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flora (ˈflôrə) noun; the plants of a particular region, habitat, or geological period
-phile: (combining form) denoting fondness, esp. an abnormal love for a specified thing.
I live in California. I grow plants and take photos. I run a school garden and teach Science. I am a floraphile.
This is the tagline for my Tumblr, which is where I post about my adventures as a plant fanatic. It started from a New Year’s resolution in 2012, and this Tumblr essentially jumpstarted my floundering creative potential. It started out with me just sharing other people’s photos of plants, and then I soon began taking my own photos. Then I got a better camera and started taking better photos. I tried to capture the photographic evidence of the beauty I witnessed in my own garden. I wanted that sense of calm and serenity I feel in the garden to be delivered through my photographs. Not sure if I can succeed in this, but I keep trying.
Just the act of creating my own content soon led to other things. Soon the writing began. Then a workshop, an online course, a novel in progress, a slew of potentially mediocre short stories. Then this wordpress blog happened because I needed somewhere to put all these extra words. Frankly, the wordy posts I had been composing about my plants hadn’t exactly proved popular on Tumblr, and every time I posted a short story at least ten people immediately unfollowed me. I have a sneaking suspicion that many of the people that use Tumblr are illiterate, but I’ll be damned if they don’t like a pretty picture of a succulent. So now, I’ll just have to subject the blogoshpere of wordpress to all my rants, raves, and unfortunate literary transgressions. I apologize in advance.
Meanwhile, please enjoy these photos from my garden. This is a collection of some of the most popular photos I posted this week.
Sedeveria ‘Green Rose’
Zinnias and friends
Originally posted on flora-file.tumblr.com
flora (ˈflôrə) noun; the plants of a particular region, habitat, or geological period -