Pictures, finally

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Pictures, finally
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Sun, 07-20-2014 - 9:39pm

This one, or first one if I can attach more than one, is my dds comparing pregnant bellies.  I am just as large, altho NOT pg.  Aubrey is in the foreground.

The second one is Layla is about 6 weeks old.

Next is the part of the front berm facing the house, and last is my terraced garden in the back

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Mon, 07-21-2014 - 3:20pm

Nice pictures, Sabr.  Layla is sweet - how old is she now?  I've certainly lost track of time.  Both your daughters have red-blonde hair?  But Aubrey and Layla did not inherit that? 

Your flowers are lovely.  Are those daisies or what sort of flowers do you have growing in the terraced garden?

Shirley

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Mon, 07-21-2014 - 6:44pm

Thanks, Shirley!  Layla is 3.5 months now.  I have more recent pics on my phone, but downloading THOSE is a problem for another day!  Yep, my girls are blue-eyed redheads.  Actually both the granddaughters have dark auburn hair, but you only see the red in the sunlight.  Aubrey had brown eyes, & Layla has hazel.  They take more after their dads.

The majority of flowers in the terrace are coneflowers.  I planted a bunch of new hybrids, in a rainbow of colors, when they first came out.  However most of the parent plants died, and the seeds reverted back to the original purple.  Only not exactly.  If you look closly, you will find that some are light purple, while some are magenta, and some are almost wine colored.  Some of the flowers are flat discs, while others have reflexed petals, and some have quilled petals.  Some are bicolor,  Some have brown cones in the center of the flower, some are yellowish, and some are fluffy and pinkish!  Some of the plant stems are branched, and some are dark colored.  And some smell like roses!  The original, prairie purple coneflower, was a washed out blue-purple, with slightly reflexed petals, a brownish cone, and a green, single stem.

I do have a few registered hybrids remaining.  I have a yellow, a tangerine orange, a fragrant white, and half a dozen salmon colored that fade ro pinkish-purple.  I have more registered hybrids in the front, in a variety of colors and forms.  The purples however, are taking over, thanks in large part to the large number of American Goldfinch we have!  They LOVE the coneflower seeds, and those that pass thru them only barely digested germinate more quickly.  My neighbors thank me for the volunteers also, as I thank them for the thistle that is now everwhere, courtsey of the goldfinch and their thistle feeders!

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Tue, 07-22-2014 - 2:18pm

Nice pictures, Sabr!  I'm envious of your flowers, but I can wait for grandchildren. ;)