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Birthday Flowers


By Raquel


Yesterday was my 39th birthday, and I was happily surprised to see that the red gerbera had finally bloomed! After nearly having it die, it made me happy to see it so well and with such a rich dark red coloring! It reminded me of why I had bought the plant, lol! So here it is:

The cottage pinks also looked lustrous, they seem to have taken well to the organic fertilizer and the watering, and after a bit of looking a bit crisped, are now blooming like crazy:

LOL I thought “pinks” referred to the color, and always wondered why, since you can also find them in white, didn’t realize until just now that it referred to the ruffled edge of the flower!! I am still looking for more, at the moment, I’m hoping these will spread to the rest of the pot.

The last birthday gift from my flowers was the zinnia, who gave me its first flower. Considering its leaves aren’t doing too well, I wasn’t sure it would even flower (they look burnt and have strange patterns on them – could it be slugs??) but happily it did, and it has another bud on the way. Here it is:

You can see how pinks and reds predominate in this (slightly) new garden, it’s funny how clearly you can see my color – and flower- obsession! Thank you flowers, for flowering on my birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Racquel! Still a spring chicken at only 39 ... I do hope you have a fabulous day and it's lovely to see some of your flowers blooming for this special occasion.

The gerbera should just keep on growing ... I find mine always come back no matter how hot and singed they get! Your zinnia should be OK too ... mine has similar patterns and I'm not quite sure what they are caused by, I thought it might be the spiders out in my courtyard. Well, whatever it is, the plant still keeps on blooming! Those pinks are putting on a fabulous display too. It's nice to see your potted plants doing so well.

20 Jun, 2010


Thanks so much Bernieh! I really don't feel old, though I would guess most people would now - gasp! - consider me middle-aged! But I think age is just a number. You are as old as you feel. Yes, it was nice to see my flowers doing well, in spite of the heat (we're having another scorching hot summer)'s hoping you're right and that the gerbera and the zinnia keep doing well...the zinnia worries me more, but so far, it seems ok as far as blooms...though it would be interesting to know what bug or slug or spider is causing the leaves to wilt...and is found both in Houston and in Australia!

20 Jun, 2010


Many happy returns of the day Raquel (a bit late sorry lol)

20 Jun, 2010


Belated Happy Birthday Raquel! (you're just a

20 Jun, 2010


Thank you Hywel and Dylandog for the birthday wishes! (what is a "bairn"?) =)

21 Jun, 2010


Sorry Raquel, it's a northern expression meaning a young 'un......:o)

21 Jun, 2010


oh a young'un...then I like it! Thanks Dylandog!

22 Jun, 2010


Belated birthday wishes, Raquel, I hope you were spoilt for your birthday! Lovely to see your plants flowering for your special day too!x

23 Jun, 2010


Thank you, Floribunda!

24 Jun, 2010


Happy belated birthday, Raquel. I too thought that the name pinks referred to the colour! Thank you for setting me straight.

25 Jun, 2010


Thank you Kibrisdan!

26 Jun, 2010

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