Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category
Posted by terrepruitt on August 19, 2014
I love Stargazers. They are so beautiful and fragrant. I put up a short post about them once in 2009. There is a picture. It seems that the most recent ones we have gotten have not been as pink. They are very pale. And they do not have that strong intoxicating fragrance. We used to have them all the time in the house. Then I heard that they were toxic to cats, so we stopped buying them. We had some recently . . . I do love them.
I was looking at the information on Wiki hoping to share more information than in my first post. There was not a lot of information. The most interesting fact was that they were created in California in 1974. A lily breeder created them. Wow. What a cool thing to have done. Created one of the most popular flowers. If you Google her name a lot of lilies show up. So I am thinking that some are named Leslie Woodriff. The pictures I saw were of “drooping” lillies. I have not seen stargazer droop like that. Click here to see what I mean.
Wiki said the cats are the only animals poisoned by star gazers. About.com had more information about toxicity in cats. The article said the flower itself is the most toxic but ANY part of the plant, if ingested by a feline, can cause problems. Information directly from the article:
The first signs seen are:
• loss of appetite
Kidney (renal) failure usually follows, and the signs seen are:
• increased thirst
• increased urination initially, followed by lowered urine output, and finally, no urine output
Kidney failure occurs as early as 36 – 72 hours after ingestion.
The article states in addition that treatment is aggressive and can be successful if administered within the first 18 hours. Wow.
Our cat was not one to climb up on things all the time. Yeah, she did it, but not all the time. She didn’t get into a lot of things. But once we learned they were poisonous to cat’s we didn’t buy them any more.
Also, if you have ever had these types of lilies you might have experienced staining from the anther, the orange pill shaped thing that is on the end of the stamen and is powdery to the touch. I had thought these lilies were older than 1974 and was convinced that ancient civilizations used them to dye things. That stuff stains no matter what it touches. Just a little powder from one of those things can make a huge stain. My husband and I are very diligent in pulling them off and throwing away before they can dust the surface below the vase with any powder or worse yet, fall onto the surface. If powder does happen to get onto something VACUUM it up or use a DRY cloth. If any amount of moisture touches that powder it has even MORE staining power. Any of you know what I am talking about when it comes to those things? Incredible.
So do you like these flowers? Do you love the smell? What type of flower do you like?
Posted in Flowers, Misc, Star Gazers | Tagged: About.com, Flowers, Leslie Woodriff, Lilies, poisonous, staining anthers, Stargazers, toxic to cats | 9 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2014
Sometimes I just can’t think of anything to write about. Sometimes it could be that I want or need a break. So today — I am just going to post some pictures. We have been having really beautiful weather in the San Francisco South Bay Area and beyond. I love it, but I wish we would have rain because we need it. But . . . it is Spring now . . . so I will enjoy it.
The first few pictures are from a trip to Natural Bridges — a state park in the Santa Cruz area of California. Whenever we go to Santa Cruz for a Nia class we like to stop by the ocean. Santa Cruz is not that far from San Jose, but I just don’t get over there often. When I make the drive over I like to at least set my eyes on the ocean. I remembered my phone has panorama. The bridge that was natural actually collapsed a while ago, but it is still a very pretty spot.
Then, the next week, I was “over the hill” again. I was visiting a friend who is moving. She wanted to get the kids out of the house on such a gorgeous day. This is a slide at one of the parks. WOW!
And, of course, I take a million pictures of my cat, so I thought I would share.
She likes to be in her outside house but with the door open. She loves the sun, but doesn’t like to get too hot.
Then there are our roses. They are in bloom. They are beautiful. And, yes, they smell fantastic.
I like to bring the beauty inside. They make the house smell great!
Thanks for taking this little Spring Break with me!
Are you enjoying the season?
Posted in Flowers, Misc | Tagged: Natural Bridges, Nia class, Nia San Jose, Nia South Bay Area, ocean, Roses, San Francisco Area Nia, San Jose Nia, Santa Cruz, Spring 2014 | 12 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on April 20, 2013
I am so happy with our roses. One year I went out and hacked them pretty good. They were just growing too wild. I went out and chopped them up. There are some bushes that produce these flowers . . . I think of them as roses. I am not sure what they are. The bushes are not the type that have one flower on a stem, they are the type that have multi flowers on a stem. They bloom then die quickly and we end up with dead brown petals all over the yard. So when I chopped the bushes I chopped those ones up a lot. Since then we have not had the yard full of dead browness all over. I like that better. The bushes are a nice green and are just fine not producing flowers. I did such a good job that I have not really been out there since to really do a huge hack job. Which means I have also not done anything to our other rose bushes. A couple of weeks ago I was noticing they were out of control. They have really tall stems towering over the bush. (I think the first picture to the left shows how tall a couple of the stems are.) I thought, “I need to go cut those so the bush is more in control.” But I noticed that at the top of each stem was a bud. So I decided that after the flowers bloom and die I will start cutting the bush back. What I have done is gone out and cut some prime flowers to bring in. Then as the other ones bloom and die, I trim them off.
But as you can see the bush is just doing a beautiful job of producing flowers. Even though it is a mess of a bush, not trimmed to any type of pleasing shape or taken care of in the least it is still producing very beautiful flowers. And like most “homegrown” roses, they smell fantastic. I have been cutting flowers and about-to-open buds and bringging them in. At the time of this writing, I have five small vases with flowers . . . . well, six if you count the one single flower that broke off the stem that I stuck in a tiny vase . . . set about the house. Still the rose bush is full. I need to go out and cut some more off.
Such a hardy rose bush. This is the one that used to be JUST orange and now the flowers are orange and pink.
Then there is the yellow and pink roses. Those ones used to be JUST pink or did they used to be just yellow? Either way, they are now dual colored.
The ones that look red my husband calls Crimson Stinkers. I really need to tend to that bush. It is right in front of the kitchen window with the idea that we can look out and see them, but the curtain is always closed so I forget they are there. The poor bush is more like a few vines. I am going to give her extra love. Her flowers are beautiful when they have a chance to grow and don’t end up at the end of a long viney stem on the ground.
I love flowers. I love roses. I love that they are so hardy they don’t even really need attention. I am not the gardener in the family. I do not have a green thumb at all. I am not a fan of dirt or the outdoors. Dirt just bugs me and the outside makes me sneeze. In fact the other day when I was outside trimming the roses I stayed out as long as I could. When I started sneezing and my nose started running I had to come in. It didn’t take that long. But I did get some trimming done.
I just love the roses and the beauty they have. I just wanted to share.
I have a friend who was tweeting about all of the fruits and vegetables she planted. She said something about flowers. I tweeted that my roses are going wild and she said she was afraid to try growing roses. I laughed. I didn’t understand how she could grow FOOD and other flowers, but think she couldn’t grow roses. I’ll share this post with her so she can see our roses that did this all on their own with no help from me. @BeckySain, if I can grow (cough, cough, cough, I didn’t DO anything) roses, YOU can grow roses!
Below are the ones that used to be either pink and now are yellow and pink or yellow and are now both. Pink. I think they used to be pink.
Anyone out there have rose growing tips for my friend?
Ha, ha, ha . . . I should say, anyone out there have rose growing tips for ME? Whatcha got?
Posted in Flowers | Tagged: @BeckySain, beautiful flowers, Crimson Stinkers, growing tips, orange roses, pink roses, red roses, Roses, wild roses, yard roses, yellow roses | 11 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on April 21, 2012
To me life is about learning. I have learned a few things since I started my Nia Class on Monday in Campbell in the evenings and my Nia Class on Saturday. It is much better for me to have Monday’s dinner cooked on Sunday. So I have been planning my weekend meals so that I have leftovers on Monday. You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything last Saturday . . . . lesson learned: I need to make sure my Saturday post is done on Friday. I have too many other things to do when I get home from my 10:00 am Nia Class. It ends at 11:00 so I don’t get home until 11:30 (at the earliest) or noon! So I really need to have my post done because the next thing I know it is 1:48 am on Sunday morning and I am just noticing I forgot to post on my blog. 😦 Well, it was only the second time I forgot. The first time also was a Saturday. This past week the weather has been gorgeous here in San Jose. I haven’t spent much time lately getting any pictures of our yard happenings. This past week while the weather was cool and nice I took a few. I thought I would share some with you. It has been awhile since I have shared some fun pictures on my blog.
This guy has an injured foot. I noticed his injury about the same time I hurt my foot. I try to keep an eye on him and make sure he gets some nuts. And he makes sure I know he wants nuts. He will find a spot where he can look in a window at me and stare. He will stare at me until I go outside and give him some peanuts.
He is doing that now. Staring. Of course, I went outside and gave him some nuts. Did you notice how clear the sky is?
Sometimes the squirrels drop whatever it is once they get it up to the roof. There is often fruit in our yard that doesn’t blog to any tree we have.
Here is a picture of the cat enjoying the sun. She will stay in the sun for a bit, then get too hot and move.
The blue jay was getting some nuts. I took a few shots “through” the chair then I went out and turned it so I could get a clear shot. And of course I sat there for a long time waiting. I got bored with staring at my camera at a peanut filled chair so I started taking pictures of the cat. What happens? The blue jay sneaks back while I wasn’t paying attention. But I managed to get a few.
Of course the squirrels wanted some too!
I wanted to get some shots of our blooming rose bush. A while back I was unhappy with the wilderness that was out the window so I went outside and did some pruning. It was completely “Edward Scissorhands” style as I just took the saw and went right and left and left and right and up and down and down and up and all around. I just wanted all the wildness gone. So I was very concerned that I wrecked the bush. So when I saw one rose I was very happy. And now that the whole bush is blooming I am really happy and wanting to share. I’ve posted about how weird our roses are. But I still like them, even though they start out really sunset orange and then fade to a washed out peach. They SMELL really good.
One bush has a single flower on it. The single flower is pictured below.
Well, thank you for stopping by and visiting our yard. We enjoy the entertainment the wildlife offers and the beauty that the flowers share with us. I hope you did too.
Do you have a flower garden? Do you have a vegetable garden? Fruit trees? Does any wildlife visit your yard?
Posted in Birds, Flowers, Misc | Tagged: backyard, evening Nia, flower garden, fruit trees, Nia, Nia class, Nia in Campbell, Nia on Saturdays, Nia San Jose, rose bush, Roses, San Jose Nia, San Jose Nia classes, vegetable garden, wildlife | 10 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 19, 2011
Today I taught Nia. It was not a Nia class, but a one-on-one session. No matter what I am teaching, a class, a playshop, a move, a song, an individual, I always learn things myself. It is amazing. Sometimes I am reminded of something. Today I was reminded of how fun it is to teach someone something new. To explain something in a way that allows them to understand. In some instances it might be the information is received and then there is still learning or “mastering” to be done, but they have the tool you gave them. In some instances they just have it. It just depends on what it is. But it is amazing.
When I am learning a new routine I would love to be able to take a perfect “product” into my class. But there is often a point where I know it is not perfect, but I can’t learn anymore by myself. So I take it into class and usually that first time in that one hour I learn more than (or just as much as) I had learned in the time it I spent getting to the point I where I took it into the class. Amazing. I might have actually said this very thing before in a previous post, so it might sound familiar to you. Or it could sound familiar because you have experienced something similar. Learning as you are teaching. I love that!
Well, it is May and for the past week, maybe two it has been cold and raining here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don’t mind it so much. Especially since, as you may know, I have a new found love . . . making soups with my immersion blender! The last one I made I made it too spicy and I couldn’t eat it. I was very sad. But my husband loved it which was great because he was stuck eating the whole pot. I was thinking it would be the last batch before the warm weather comes in and I might have been right. The past two days have been pretty warm and very beautiful.
It seems like spring might actually finally be here.
During the cold one of my friends posted a picture of some of her flowers. She had cut them and brought them in the house and posted “At least it’s springtime inside the house.” She inspired me. It took me a few days, but I cut these from a tiny rose bush we have in our yard. These are VERY small roses. The bush is probably not even two feet high.
I just wanted to share. I wanted to share the beautiful flowers, the beauty in a sign of spring, the excitement of learning as you teach, the wonder and beauty of the world. I wanted to share and I wanted to say I am looking forward to living in the beauty that is, and learning as I go.
Posted in Flowers, Misc | Tagged: Bay Area Nia, beautiful flowers, beauty, emulsion blender use, Flowers, immersion blender, learning as you teach, May 2011, Nia, Nia Bay Area, Nia class, Nia Playshop, Nia routine, Nia Song, rain in May, rose bush, Roses, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area Nia, soups, spring, teaching Nia | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on December 14, 2010
I once mentioned to a friend that I had a cough or some congestion in my lungs/chest, she suggested I take yarrow. She had said that it aides in lung health. When I looked it up, I remember finding information supporting that, but that was some time ago. I bought a bottle of capsules and took them on and off until they were gone. When I tried to find it again I had a difficult time finding it. It took me a long time to find another bottle. I think this all happened over a period of two or three years. So now here I am thinking I could post about it and the information I am finding on the internet is vast and interesting.
As with any supplement you are thinking about taking you should talk to your doctor so s/he can advise you of any adverse side effects that might occur when mixed with any medication you are currently taking.
As I look at the information out there today I cannot find but one thing that says it helps with “upper respiratory phlegm”, but not more about lung health. There is a lot of information that says it helps with a lot of things that could be associated with lung health. It actually looks as if this herb does everything. I see that it is used as an antiseptic and an astringent.
Information states that it aides in digestion and is used to treat inflammation.
It is used to treat colds, flu, and hay fever. Since it is used as an anti-inflammatory then it makes sense that it would be a good thing to use if you have a cold, flu, or hay fever because inflammation is a symptom of those ailments.
Yarrow contains flavanoids which are linked to antioxidants.
It is used to help with muscle spasms, gas (both preventive and expulsion), and over production of sweat.
As with most herbs there are several ways to use or take Yarrow. I myself have capsules and a liquid. There are oils and teas and compounds that can be applied topically.
I think that some of the things that yarrow is stated to help might actually need medical attention so even though this herb sounds great be cautious and don’t necessarily substitute medical attention with an herb. For me, even though herbs have side effects and we cannot always be certain of the purity of our herbs, I personally believe that herbs are a good thing to take as a supplement to a healthy diet.
What do you think about herbal supplements?
Posted in Flowers, Misc | Tagged: anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, cold help, digestion aid, flavanoids, flu help, hay fever, healthy diet, help congestion, herbal supplement, lung health, upper respiratory, Yarrow | 6 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2010
I have learned a lot from our backyard here in San Jose. One thing I have learned is even rose bushes change.
I am posting pictures of our roses because they have changed over the years. When we first moved in there were ORANGE. I had never seen roses so orange. My husband wanted to rip out all the rose bushes and rearrange the yard and I requested that he keep the orange rose bush. I didn’t care about anything else in the yard but that one bush. I was fascinated by the orange roses. And so were many people that saw them. When we first moved in we had a ton of roses, all the time, or it seemed like all the time. We would have flowers in the house all the time. I would also take them to work. People would stop and ask me about the orange roses. That is how vibrant their color was.
While I am not sure about how my hubby felt about the orange roses, I know how he felt about the rose bush. He HATED it. It was one of those bushes that had thorns everywhere. At the top of the stem near the flower there would be hundreds of little tiny thorns. When they got in your fingers, they felt like fiber glass. The thorns were progressively larger as they went down the stem. There was never any room on the stem to put your fingers. So working with these roses always resulted in bloody fingers. The thorns at the bottom where huge, sometimes as big as a half of an inch.
Also the blooms had “less petals”. I think of the “less petal” roses as “real” roses.
Early this week, while I was practicing Nia, I looked out the window and saw a huge rose on the bush. I decided I wanted to have it inside. So I went out to cut it. Even though the rose was next to a bud, I decided to cut them both so the stem would be long enough to put in a tall vase. I also cut another rose. I was holding them while I was looking for a vase to put them in, it occurred to me that there was one (ONE!!!) thorn on the big rose’s stem. And the other one hardly had any. Then I looked at the rose itself and noticed it too is different. I had previously posted about the color change of our roses, but I had not noticed the lack of thorns nor the increase in the amount of petals before.
They are still very beautiful and I love having roses in the yard and in the house. But, there are not the same roses that we had when we moved in. So I learned that roses morph. The rose bush that has been in our yard since we moved in eleven years ago has changed. Interesting. I guess most things change huh? I had noticed that the flowers were not longer the striking orange color they had used to be, but I just noticed the flower itself is different and there are less thorns. They have been changing over the years. Do you know why? Is it cross pollination? Do all roses do that?
Posted in Flowers | Tagged: Changes, Flowers, Nia Practice, Nia San Jose, Practice, rose bushes, rose thorns, Roses, San Jose, San Jose Nia | 8 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on July 9, 2009
It is funny to me because when we first moved to San Jose, this rose bush had JUST orange roses. Bright orange. Now some come in pink. The ones that do come in orange turn pink.
All of our rose bushes are multi-colored now. Funny how it worked out that way.
I still think they are awesome.
I wish you would smell them.
Posted in Flowers | Tagged: Roses, San Jose, San Jose Roses, San Jose Workout, work out | 8 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on April 2, 2009
My blogging intent was to blog about healthful things, exercises, nutrition, but I keep thinking that readers might like other things too. And I keep thinking of things I want to share. I have so much I keep learning about Nia, we are doing more things in San Jose, and life is just full of stuff. I am going to try to start posting three times a week instead of two. I think that I am going to keep up with my opinion on healthful things on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but on Thursdays my posts will be different. We will see how this all goes.
With my first post that is less-in-the-realm-of-wellness-and-the-like will be simple. I wanted to share, that my house smells like flowers. I love Star Gazers** and recently (almost two weeks ago), my husband bought me some. He bought roses and Star Gazers, but the Star Gazers have lasted longer. And they make our living room and dining room smell so nice.
You cannot walk down the stairs or sit on the couch without getting a big whiff.
They are so gorgeous. What is your favorite flower?
**Lilium “Stargazer” (the Stargazer lily) is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group according to Wiki
Posted in Flowers, Star Gazers | Tagged: exercises, Flowers, hybrid lily, Lilium, Nia San Jose, nutrition, Oriental group, San Jose, San Jose Nia, Star Gazers, Wiki | 4 Comments »