Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My Son Got Married!

....finally! Here are the photos. They have been together 10 years and she finally said YES!! I am blessed with a beautiful family! Heartbroken, we lost our precious Baby Girl Aliska shortly after. She is one of God's Angels now.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hey! M-C Lovers! Look What I Got!!

I was going to collect these, then they stopped carrying them. I have been waiting for them on eBay...then finally...I grabbed one....will have to wait another week to grab another (my allowance only goes so far!). I have a few friends who swear by them. They cook so well and'lm gonna use it...right? Wrong! It will look oh so nice in my Courtly Check kitchen!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mosaic Monday {A Magical Tour at Mackenzie-Childs}

Come on in and join me while we tour the fabulous and whimsical world of Mackenzie-Childs. You will tour the Mansion, the studios and the restaurant (now closed) . We will also have peeks of the beautiful grounds. Then we're off shopping till we drop. You won't see these pics anywhere else! Now run along and get a towel, as you'll be doing a lot of drooling on this Magical Tour. There are 163 images, so make a cup of tea and sit back and take this wonderful tour with me.

If you would like to see the photos quicker and in a gallery view, click on "View All Images". There are 163 of them!

Don't be Alarmed!!!

I have changed my background to black and the text to white for a few days only. I am doing Mosaic Monday and the photos I will be showing will show up beautifully against the black background.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

What's Your Passion?

It's been a while since I have posted...mainly due to a great loss in the family and taking care of my niece and fishing!! I am anxious to get back to blogging once again and play catch up on all of the wonderful blog happenings!! Looking forward to seeing new ideas and read what all of you have been up to.

Here is a photo of my Passion vine flower that grows on my conservatory. I wanted red flowers, but I got these, so was surprised when this color showed up!! It's still beautiful!'s a little about these wonderfully unique flowering vines:

I pruned this back last week and its already getting top heavy again. I’ll have to prune it again this week. Passion flower flowers on new growth not old, so if you do not prune you won’t get as large of a batch of flowers. I usually prune back once every 2 weeks, depending on it's growth rate. It is a fast growing vine and you’ll need to give it a quick prune almost weekly and a serious prune monthly during the growing season.
These are tough to germinate from seed, you are better off buying a plant or rooting a cutting off a friend’s plant.
Passion flower dies back in the late fall, leaves turn yellow and fall off and it leafs back out very early in the spring. This one has been flowering for over a month now.
The flowers are amazing, layers upon layers of petals and a large stigma with five stamen around it.
Full to part sun is best for this plant, however mine is in mostly shade except for late afternoon for a few hours. Flowers open when the sun hits the plant.
It prefers moist soil not too wet, not too dry.
It will need support, I have wires running behind the plant that I wrap the vines around.
Butterflies love passion flower vines and you will have caterpillars and cocoons on on the plant. I try not to remove the cocoons when pruning, but that’s a personal preference. {Butterflies that use passion flower vines as hosts include: Gulf Fritillay & Varigated Fritillary, Heliconians } Hummingbirds like this flower as well.
Fruits are edible and usually cooked, they do not taste well raw. They are like blackberries in flavor when cooked into a pie or cobbler.
There are over 600 species of passion flowers found through out the tropical and subtropical climate.
Some passion flower species can only be pollinated by interacting with hummingbirds. The hummingbirds and these species of passion flowers have a symbiotic relationship. Many caterpillars feed on the leaves before changing to butterflies, many other insects find the foliage to be toxic. This toxin also makes the caterpillars toxic to their predators.
Propagate by seed in the spring, or by cutting in the summer.
Look carefully at your passion flower next time it blooms. Close to the leaf base you’ll see a couple small bumps that are yellowish. These are the size of butterfly eggs. Since butterflies won’t lay eggs close together the passion vine is attempting to trick the butterfly into thinking eggs have already been laid there.

So, what's your Passion?