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February 2023
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I had to burn up

Last night I lit a fire in our new fireplace. Well. It’s not new to the house, but it’s a new house with a fireplace. Oh whatever. Except that Bear was paranoid and then I couldn’t get the flue open and then Bear got his hands super sooty trying to fix it for me which made him want a fireplace even LESS than he already did. BUT!

We got a fire going and burned the three logs that were in there. Bear won’t let me light another one though. We are going to get an insert at some point. The fire is good heat.

I also went around and took pictures of the plants since I had the camera out.

First is my orchid. Despite my neglect, it keeps on thriving. I’ve had the plant since June, when my mother bought it for me.

It has two new blooms that you can see open and one big bud. But even better is the shoot with three tiny blooms on it. The only bad part is that the plant’s flowers were originally bigger. I’ve got to figure out what I’m doing wrong.

The Amaryllis was picked out by Bear. I was going to go for one with peachy-orange blooms, but he was captivated by the lone red one. When we bought it, the second stalk was shorter and the blooms on the larger stalk looked sickly. It looks much better now.

These two are for Bear’s desk, once he gets everything set up. The one on the left is the money tree and the one on the right is the juniper. Bear was very disappointed with the “bonsai” selection that Home Depot had, but I like his selections. Granted it took him forever to pick these two. He wanted tiny plants, which was fine. They also needed to have waxy leaves and look a certain way and not need too much sunlight and not need too much water and they needed to be ok with his computer and compliment his new desk and I don’t even know because we looked at every plant they had at Home Depot. It was fun actually.

I was looking for plants for Bear when I saw this succulent and I was captivated by it’s green frilly healthy leaves and the purple tips on the dying leaves. It seems to be doing well here. I’ve stuck it in the sunniest spot in our house, which happens to be next to my glass dragon. I also gave it water before I realized that it should only be watered once a month in the winter. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll neglect it soon enough to keep it alive. I’m good at neglecting my plants. I just gotta keep picking ones that thrive in those conditions.

  • linda

    love the Amaryllis and orchid. love it!!!

    and how cozy is that fireplace.

  • emmy

    It would be even more cozy if Bear would let me light it again!!!