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Nature and Garden Photos From Recently )
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Yard Updates )
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This is Rita Sammons rose. She's a pink sport (child) of Cecile Brunner. She's going in the front yard somewhere... I can't quite decide yet.

I took a couple photos of Judy's roses this past weekend. This is her (probably) Cecile Brunner cl. And this is her David Austin A Constant Gardener

OMAKE: some awesome dude I saw with a pimping suit. It's too bad you can't see his blue rose boutonniere.
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CAN'T STAND IT. LOVE THIS ROSE SO MUCH. This is my baby Sombreuil's first bloom. It is a climbing white old tea rose (1851?). I planted it in early Feb as a David Austin bareroot (even though it's not a DA rose,... it's an older rose). I can't even imagine how beautiful it will be when it gets bigger and is climbing my-yet-to-be-bought arbor. :D :D
DA Jude the Obscure is also blooming and smells divine.
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hey folks, I'm out of town for Burnley and Trowbridge 18th century zone front gown class with Judy. I'll be gone until late Sunday. If you really really need me for something use my macmail account if you have it or leave me a comment here.
I'm making my gown with this fabric. I'm looking forward to the class,... but I'm worried as this is more strictly historical than I've ever done, I hope I do ok!

I'm finally feeling a little bit better this morning (I'm such a whiney baby when I'm sick.) Just gotta make it through May. RAARRR!

Enjoy some more rose and iris photos:

more Descanso rose and iris photos )
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SO SICK. Insert Whining Here.

So instead of real content, here's another rose photo from Descanso Gardens
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Got interviewed by LA WEEKLY regarding my artshow this weekend! Go take a look!

And again, for more info on the artshow, see this post or facebook RSVP.

Am officially sick today. Why you do this to me, body? WHY?
Dayquil totally makes me useless and loopy, too.

whatever, lets look at flowers. I keep meaning to post this, so I had it backlogged, anyway... FLOWERS IN MY YARD.

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More Roses from Huntington Garden (FAVES) )

If you want to see more rose photos, I'll be putting the rest (mostly for my own reference) in another later post.
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I'm finally done (sortof) with storyboards for Futurama ep 616, so I took a break by going to Huntington Library again today! I wore my Innocent World Forest Harvest Festival skirt (hurhur.) I was really glad to get out. ALL THE ROSES are in full bloom right now, so if you are in the area, you really should do yourself a favor and go, like now. <3
Anyway... too tired to go through all the photos right now, but here's a couple. :)

Annie took this pic. :)
The big climbing rose behind me that I'm oh, so excited about is Madame Alfred Carriere (a 1879 noisette)... but more importantly, it's the same rose I have planted two of to grow up the front of my house. Grow, my pretties, grow!

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Please see previous post for Doctor Who silly arts

SIDENOTE: I got my Costume College class pack yesterday and sent in my limited class choices this morning. I decided to try for: Introduction to Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Shiny! Making Wings That Gleam, Wire Frame Early Victorian Bonnets, and Embellishing With Bead Embroidery.
I do wish there were some Victorian or 18th century dress-making classes or something of that ilk this year, though...! I so enjoyed taking the francaise draping class last year!

By the way, if you're signing up for classes, my darling Judy is teaching a couple and she rules and does great classes. Her Fantastical-wig class on Friday should be fun. Cause she makes crazy wigs like this and this. She's also doing a Historical and Fantastical Hats class on Saturday. :)

Garden Progress )
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"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love."
~ Marcus Aurelius

Great Maiden's Blush Alba rose.
My first bloom of this type! Supposedly the rose was introduced around 1550! I have two of them in a shady part of my front yard right next to the house. They don't look like normal roses... the leaves and thorns and buds are different. The buds look like someone ate the top part off and it took a very long time for the bud to open... But then it blooms and it's gorgeous and you realize it's normal for that plant. It's charming! I'm so glad I got it.
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I spent the whole first half of the day cleaning the house and finally packing up the Christmas decorations. They'd been in a pile in the dining room,... so don't think that I actually still had a Christmas tree up... but... yeah. I also cleaned up the various-piles-of-random-crap in the garage. A lot of work! I still have probably a couple more hours of work to go before I feel like I'm kinda done, but yay! Progress.

GARDENING: Later,... I spent like 3 or 4 hours going to the plant nursery and then weeding in my yard, fertilizing a few things and planting a few things.

The nursery lady, who is SUPER NICE, said that she thought it was unlikely that my now-blooming-white sakura tree is SECRETLY pink... and I just can't bring myself to call the landscapers and ask them to replace it with a pink one. The white tree is really pretty and it has a hummingbird nest in it. I don't want to pull it up. So white it is! I think I may get a pink tree next year to go next to it though... even if that is a tiny bit off-balance. We'll see. Anyway, here's my white sakura: (If you're curious what the whole tree looks like right now)

She also warned me that I was over-watering my wisteria and camellias... so I'm going to try and figure out the irrigation system better this week.

Specifically I wanted to get a couple plants for my local hummingbirds, so I got some more penstemon and some salvia lemonii. Also got some catmint, dahlberg daisy (golden fleece) and some santa barbara daisy (erigeron karuinskianus). I also got some Italian basil (YAY!) to add to my pots-of-herbs section.

This is Gloire de Dijon such a giant bloom on such a little plant! That's the whole plant you guys.

Here's what my weeping sakura looks like right now

Here's my Lady Banks rose! This is one of my nostalgic favorites... they always covered things in Charleston.

It's so funny... my dad always jokes about my mom staying outside working in the yard until it starts to get really dark. And that's what I did! Just putting around the nursery for a while was super relaxing with all the good smelling plants... and then planting them in my yard later and weeding, etc... it was super relaxing, too. I actually kinda like weeding. I think it's a hereditary disease. A lot of the plants I bought smell really yummy too, like the basil, catmint and dahlberg daisy. My thyme is doing really well... maybe in a few more months it will have filled up all the cracks in-between my patio stones. and the rosemary smells so good, too!

I love the little old lady who works at the nursery, too... she's so sweet. She wished me a Happy Easter. You could tell she really meant it. Have a great weekend you guys.
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Well, I still don't know what kind of sakura this is that was planted in my back yard! haha! The nursery told me it was a double pink... (and still hasn't gotten back to me...) but it's clearly a single... and well, it's white! But then, the photos that Jason took of clearly-labled Pink Cloud sakura in Van Nuys were white as baby trees, too.... so maybe mine will turn pink next year? Also makes me wonder if my tree is a Pink Cloud... which would be awesome if it was, because... well, you all know why. I love those Van Nuys trees.

Sadly, it seems something ate the hummingbird egg. Poor thing.

This is what the whole tree looks like.

Here's my baby Snow Fountain weeping sakura! Isn't it beautiful?

and here's my first Madame Alfred Carriere bloom! I'm pleasantly surprised by the pinkish tinge when the bloom is young! And the shape of the bloom... oh,... madame, you are so charming! If you want to see the shape of the bush click here. MAC is a climbing noisette rose. Supposedly MAC gets huge... I'm looking forward to it, Madame, please get huge and cover the front of my house!
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Hi, folks!
One of my wisteria vines is also blooming! ... and here's another photo of Belle Story Rose!

More Balboa Park Sakura photos later. I took a ton... so... I need time to edit them and I'm just BEAT, BEAT!

Look at what I found in my baby sakura tree!
This bird nest is super super tiny! Is it a hummingbird nest? I put up a feeder in my yard,... I think maybe I should put up another one, too! I loooove hummingbirds. I'll plant some more hummingbird friendly plants when I get some time, too.

This is one of my little (planted in Dec) sakura trees. I'm not sure what type it is... at the nursery they told me it it was a double-pink... but it's blooming single white. But sometimes people say it doesn't bloom what it is the first year. I don't really mind either way, I like both types (though I'd prefer a pink since my other tree is definitely a white!) I'm super happy that it looks like it's actually going to bloom a decent amount soon! So hopefully that means it's doing well.
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My friend Crisso was my roommate in college and she's partially responsible for getting me into costuming. When I moved in with her she was making renfair gowns. We're still really good friends and work together now. For a couple years I'd been telling her to come out to ANTHONY C. BEILENSON PARK with me during sakura season. Two years ago she made an Enchanted dress, but never really got any photos of it, so she came out to the park with me yesterday. I think she looks SOOOO beautiful as Gisele! This is her actual hair, she just dyed it.

We also had a great time picnicking and hanging out with lovely friends. I'll post more in depth about that later.

I'm going out to the park today in my Sleeping Beauty costume (because I don't have any photos and I feel like being a princess after watching Princess and the Frog last night...) So, see you!

Lastly, here's a photo of one of baby roses, Sydonie! I've never really seen a quartered(?) rose like this before in person... isn't it awesome? I'm so glad I got a variety of rose types in the yard.


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