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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-06

election rose

Election Day Rose

Raise your hand if this rose looks like how you feel after being dragged through months of ridiculous politicking, conniving, and chicanery. Yeah, me, too. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-08

hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

Blue-tipped green hydrangea

One of the prettiest hydrangeas I've ever seen! Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-03-13

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Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-02

rose garden

Rose garden

It was 83 degrees here in Zone 10 yesterday, so the roses are happy and they're not the only ones ;-) Southern California usually has a warm spell during Limo Season (the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, which is about as close to a religious event as we get). So here's a little preview of spring/summer to start the year right.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-12-26

orange roses

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Roses

Happy Day After!! Not much of a Plantidote today -- just some electric orange roses to liven the joint up a little. You might be happy to hear that Santa brought me a new camera, one that macros!! So we should have much better images in the near future, right after I read the manual (for a change) ;-) Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-11

last of the roses

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Roses at the end of summer

Random roses from a nearby garden, still magnificent, even if they are a little past their prime. I love late bloomers. As long as they're around, winter isn't. So at least we've got that going for us for a little while longer ;-)

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-07-29

yellow rose

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Rose

Nothing exotic today. Unless you count the fact that the bush this rose is part of was in a trash can at one point. A nearby house was being renovated, and the builder had all the landscaping ripped out and trashed. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-06-10

rose

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Rose

Welcome to Self Indulgent Friday! We've gone almost two consecutive weeks without a rose picture and that's way too long, if you ask me. More roses, more roses!! (Feel free to jump in any time!)

This little flower is growing nearby, in a sort of abandoned area, so it's pretty much on its own. It's adapted very nicely to neglect. Apparently roses are way tougher than I thought. And that color! How to describe it -- Flamethrower Orange? Firecracker? Prison Jumpsuit? Suggestions are welcome! Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-23

white rose

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Rose

Yes, a rose -- again!! Why not? They're beautiful, and they're in bloom. In one of those odd events involving large numbers of people collectively going into denial, every spring the portion of southwestern desert known as Zone 10 practically turns into a rosarium. Thanks to the miracle of purloined water, residents in dozens of Southern California neighborhoods proudly fill their yards with roses, roses, and more roses, one of the thirstiest plants in existence. Read below the fold...

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Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-04

roses

Just because they're really, really beautiful and you can never have too many roses. So until the neighbor with the great garden tells me to get lost, we're in luck!

I'm not sure what variety these are. The flowers are about 5" or 6" in diameter and have had the scent bred out -- :-( -- but they're still awesome. They remind me of the Flemish flower paintings, which is a very nice thing to be reminded of.

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