Even though I’m feeling kind of blah (kid germs or spring, take your pick), I decided to take the new camera for a whirl, and update some of the stuff that’s been going on on my patio. Fortunately, you’ll be spared the destruction of the tomato plants, which got attacked, AGAIN, by the stupid hornworms (after serious efforts on my part to eradicate them). Someone please remind me next fall that I DON’T even like tomatoes that much, they’re a nuisance (although rewarding in their rapid growth)….and not worth the effort.
I ordered some amazing and exotic new varieties of chile peppers, though, from chileplants.com since I’ve had such spectacular success with my poblano (and mini-Thai) peppers. They arrived in beautiful shape last Thursday, and I’ve spent a couple of days carefully acclimating them from their greenhouse environment to the wilds of hot, humid, and windy South Florida environment (today it’s 95 degrees, humid, harsh wind, and a 102 degree heat index). They seem to be very happy. Today they got about 6 hours of filtered sun. Another few days of hardening them off, and they’ll hit their permanent homes (big pots and earth boxes).
Baby Chiles ~ Nom Nom in Six Months!
I ordered Anaheim’s (or Hatch, Big Jim’s); Chuihuacles Negro & Rojos (for mole); a Caribbean Habanero; Thai Red, and a couple of Ichiban Eggplants. Aren’t they beautiful?
I’ve also been working on doing some repotting of the orchids. I got kind of a cool green pot for my cool green Paphiopedilum….it’s rather happy.
I also purchased a new little Vanilla orchid (it’s a vine), and it too, is thriving in its new home.
Baby Vanilla Orchid Vine
Now, a couple of oldies, but goodies….
And finally, something new (for me). At Christmas, I bought 3 pots of geraniums for some “color” (I know, I like pink Christmas stuff….whatevs!). I have poured the Osmocote on like mad, and watered them faithfully, as well as dead-heading the spent flower blooms. They have more than doubled in size, are blooming splendiforously, and are absolutely spectacular, for that extra “pop” of color when the orchids aren’t doing much (and they mostly don’t do very much, except demand attention).
Colorful, Constant Enjoyment
I can’t say enough about this new camera! I’m slowly learning what the buttons and settings mean, but these pictures were taken on basic PPD mode (point & push dummy!). I am super excited to think about what fun we’ll have (and I’ll be able to document) over the summer, as we have all kinds of fun outings and “cultural” stuff planned for the young man and the old grands, including the Miami Zoo, Discovery Museum, Planetarium/Aquarium, Miami SeaQuarium, Lion Country Safari, and Cub Scout Day at the new Marlins stadium. The camera even takes HD movies!
That’s it for now.
~ Blonde Gator