January 30th, 2016 by Celia

2016: A Year of House Plants

scented geranium
This year I intend to reacquaint with and revive my house plants. They are in desperate need of assistance.

 

Is it strange that I make New Years’ resolutions for my plants? If you consider that our house plants are a reflection of ourselves and our home life, then no, it’s not weird at all.

above: pineapple scented geranium (wintering over inside)

below:

  • plants in the south-facing window seat
  • Spanish thyme (also wintering over inside)
  • African violet
  • Monstera
  • coleus (wintering inside) with an un-known plant in front
  • Paphiopedilum Raisin Pie, an orchid hybrid

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May 24th, 2015 by Celia

Mother’s Day Hike at Triple Falls

triple falls
I’m at a loss for words, so I’ll keep it painfully simple. Here are pics from a Mother’s Day hike with Rob and Wolfie:
Triple Falls
Oneonta Gorge
Petting Bishop’s caps
Hanging out in the grass with Papa (x2)
Big waterfall (x2)
Colombia river gorge
Snugly baby listening to waterfall (x2)

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March 4th, 2015 by Celia

One Silver Maple and a Plea for the Invasives

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Sometimes I head out for a walk with my camera and to my surprise, nothing calls to be photographed. Or, I take out my camera, focus on my subject but not take a photo. It just doesn’t work out.
Last week this happened to me twice. But there was one thing that did speak to me; the trees. The trees in my neighborhood are big, old and charterer-laden. One block had lots of massive silver maples and this one in particular was an interesting subject.
The tree itself is a nice one, no doubt, but I was impressed by the variety of other plants which called it home. It seemed to have a little ecosystem of its own. The silver maple was covered in vibrant English Ivy, ferns and a lovely array of blue-green algae.

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February 21st, 2015 by Celia

This Weeks Pics: Branch & Blooms in Laurelhurst Park

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Spring!!! It’s Happening!
Blossoms, buds, green tips, mossy everything, wet earth, longer days, warmer sun. Rebirth. A fresh start, a new beginning.
Anyway I look at it, I can’t get over how lovely this time of year is.
These pics are from Laurelhurst Park, just a few blocks from our house and a place of significant botanical interest. In the olden days, Laurelhurst park was the backyard to a mansion, now its all of ours’ backyard.
daphne bloom

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February 16th, 2015 by Celia

This Week’s Pics: Early February Springtime

andromeda
Spring is most definitely in the air. And it’s only the beginning of February. The sweet early spring bloomers are poking their pretty heads through the cool moist ground to take advantage of the unopposed view of the sun.
This set of photos are from my apartment grounds, featuring (in order):
  • andromeda buds (don’t you love that name?!)
  • snowdrops from my back porch container garden
  • evergreen magnolia, gracing us with their clear green spring growth
  • fuchsia violets and the ever-present blanket of moss
  • skeleton of last years’ ferns
  • sweet little Ella kitty
  • daffodils growing around an over-turned watering can (they don’t care)
  • the curly willow planted by our neighbors years ago
  • apartment #8, looking homey
snowdrops

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February 9th, 2015 by Celia

A Sweet Combination… Baby and Botanicals

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Thanks to my Pinterest habit, I was really looking forward to doing a photo shoot with Babe surrounded by a wreath of seasonal botanicals for our birth announcements.
The photos didn’t have quite the effect I was looking for and weren’t used on the announcements, but it was nonetheless fun to experiment in this direction. Plus Rob doesn’t like photos of babies with their eyes closed; he prefers more lively shots.

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January 27th, 2015 by Celia

Handmade with Love: Botanical Baby Mobile

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Although newborn Wolfie has yet to appreciate it, I am ever inspired by the botanical mobile crafted at my baby shower. I find it inspiring and stunningly beautiful; and I can’t stop looking at it. The colors, textures and simple design is perfect for the nursery corner, and the fact that it was created by my good friends make it all the more special.

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January 23rd, 2015 by Celia

This week in photos

foggy willammatte
This week isn’t much different than other winter weeks here in Portland. Which is to say it’s as gorgeous as ever!
I love it all; the fog, the sorbet sunrises and sunsets, the lacy silhouettes of hibernating plants and florescent moss adorning just about everything.

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January 18th, 2015 by Celia

Newest Addition to the Family

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I’d like to introduce you to our baby boy, Wolfgang. He’s pretty much the best thing ever…

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December 4th, 2014 by Celia

A Book & Botanical Baby Shower

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I am still blissing out on my lovely baby shower. It was lovely beyond belief in so many ways.
My incredibly creative friend Holly hosted a group of good friends and decorated in a sweet baby book theme, with plants and flowers mixed in for good measure. Holly had received a bunch of old children’s books from her family, but they were a little too rough and worn for her son to read, so she used the pages and covers to decorate and make the invitations (I’ll post a photo of the invitations someday).

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