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365 Challenge: Day 333 – Bulbs

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Bulbs: a rounded underground storage organ present in some plants, notably those of the lily family, consisting of a short stem surrounded by fleshy scale leaves or leaf bases and lying dormant over winter

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Today is February 13th. It is still the middle of winter. But for some reason, about 3 weeks ago, I noticed many of the bulbs in all the flower boxes on the terrace were starting to poke through the top layer of dirt. We had a few warm days in the 50s, which might account for it, but suddenly in the last week when it’s been in the 20s, those little suckers forced their way through the dirt at least an inch! It’s too early. Go back to sleep! It made me wonder why I had a hard time digging in the dirt while it’s frozen, yet a weak little bulb could push its way through. Maybe I’m the weak little bulb in this relationship???

So… what’s a non-gardener gardener supposed to do? Buy some dirt and cover them up! Yes, that was the solution. Someone (it wasn’t me) purchased 3 bags of dirt from Amazon. Is that weird? I feel like anyone reading this post could be puzzled over that statement… I live in NYC. If you go to a garden store… roughly ten blocks away… it’ll cost like $10 for a tiny bag of dirt. Then you have to get a taxi and carry it home, or pay a delivery charge. So… Amazon it is… anyway… there I am yesterday at 5:30 PM when the sun has gone down trying to fill planters with bags of dirt. Why didn’t I do this earlier in the light? Because I forgot and was busy editing. I remembered when I stopped writing and went to shower as it was that kinda day. I also realized the one thing W asked me to do that day was fix the ‘bulb problem.’ Some people are so needy!

Why do things grow faster than they are supposed to? What is Mother Nature’s problem this year? It’s not time for the bulbs to come out hiding. I need a few more weeks as it’s @#@#$ cold out there, which I do love in terms of a temperature for me, but not the bulbs. The plants are just unable to tolerate it — I guess maybe I am not the weaker one!  Ha! I win this little game… So by way of this post, and directed at the bulbs:

‘Please stop growing for a few weeks. Don’t you dare poke your green little buds outta the dirt or I’ll be forced to throw blankets over you and I’m just too busy for that.’

Okay. That’s all for today. I’ve got a book to finish. Maybe I’ve had to much coffee today.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 113 – Growing

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Growing: to undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing physically; progress to maturity; become larger or greater over a period of time; increase

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Yesterday was the official half-way mark for 2017, meaning we’ve completed 50% of the year and are in the “downward” slope towards the beginning of a new year.

“Already?” you say.

“Can’t be,” you doubt.

“Shut up!” you scream.

But it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing… it’s an opportunity to continue growing forward, not growing older. Forget about age… think about what you are learning, discovering and enjoying as part of this year’s path… in this 365 Daily Challenge, I’ve had 112 days of growth. I unfortunately didn’t start on January 1st, which would have made this all that much more easier… Nevertheless, I’m learning a little bit about myself, about you and about my future. I’m growing. And every small increment is worth documenting.

Back on May 24th, my post, Gardener, displayed several photos of the newly planted flowers on my NYC apartment terrace. I promised pictures in a few weeks to show the changes. I was set to post them after one month had transpired, but it was raining most of that week and I couldn’t get clear photos. Then I forgot last week, so here we are now at about 5 weeks.  All the pictures below marked current were captured this morning around 9:00 AM.  I’ve showed some comparisons from when they were originally planted back in late May.

 

NEW FLOWER PHOTOS

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Added petunias to several of the flower boxes

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Purchased 4 new 7-foot tall Cyprus trees for in between each of the large flower boxes

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Moved the original 7 foot tall tall trees further down to the other end to create privacy

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Added in small herb garden

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More clear picture of the golden pot with brilliant greens and yellows

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Added a new Crepe Myrtle in the corner which is just starting to bloom

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We are always comparing ourselves and our growth to others. We say things that end up causing more harm than we realize…

“It’s too much.”

“It’s too little.”

“It’s not the same.”

“You’re better.”

“I’m behind.”

 

We need less comparisons and more focus on the continued aspects of our growth and movement towards the future. I’ve got 180+ days left in this year to marvel everyone with 365 Daily Challenges. I’ve got 6 months to build a stronger me. I’ve got 26 weeks to write the next book. I’ve got only 3 more months of this awfully hot summer… oh please bring the fall weather to me!!!

 

FIVE (5) WEEK GROWTH

Double Pot (Original), Single Photos (5+ Weeks Later)

Left (Hydrangea with no blooms, Wisteria top rung only)

Right ( Hydrangea with 28 blooms, Wisteria two rungs)

Left (May), Right (July)

Roses (Not a whole lot of change, but they all bloomed twice so far)

Pic with 2 pots — right one is the purple grouping

Pic with 1 purple grouping — 6 weeks later (grown significantly)

 

So whether we’re growing or producing blooms… whether our colors are coming out or our limbs are becoming sturdier… there is growth. And that’s where our focus should be… not worrying about if it’s good enough, but enjoying the continued evolution towards the future. Acknowledge the progress each step of the way and find the positive within your growth.

And if you don’t want to take just my word for it, check out this blog all about growing… Roda is an amazing spirit with fantastic content, advice and photos that make checking out her site a truly remarkable experience each day.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 73 – Gardener

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Gardener: a person who tends and cultivates a garden as a pastime or for a living

Let me be clear right at the beginning: Gardening is not the way I make my living! And while it’s a bit of a pastime, it’s not something I have a lot of opportunity to do right now for two primary reasons: (1) I am blogging and reading in all my spare time and (2) I live in NYC. But let’s do a quick re-cap on why I chose gardener.

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As a child, I helped my mom with all the gardening. We had a 150 square foot raised patch in the back corner of the property where we planted vegetables. We also had a fairly large piece of property in the suburbs situated on a corner lot, about 1/3 of an acre. We spent a lot of time on the weekends mowing the lawn, trimming trees, cleaning up weeds and leaves, and planting flowers. If I had to count, I’d say we had about 40 flower beds between the front, back and sides. I learned a lot about gardening! When I moved into my own house, I tried to re-create a lot of those memories, and my mom would help, but I worked a lot and couldn’t keep up. But I always had a few beautiful flower beds I could maintain in the front yards. Then I moved into the city… and on to the 12th floor of a building. So what was I suppose to do when I wanted to garden?

I love to garden. I enjoy planting seeds, watching things sprout, watering, checking the growth and seeing the pretty colors. It makes me happy. It’s calming. It’s a pretty scene to look at when you live in a concrete jungle. And while I do live in a major urban area, there are tons of parks and lots of small corner flower beds to admire, so it’s not all brick and mortar. But, when the significant other and I bought this apartment, we carefully chose a place with a large terrace for a few reasons: (1) Ryder needed some space to run around, (2) We needed an escape outside of the apartment without having to travel far and (3) We were giving up our summer beach share and wanted some connection with nature in our new place. So… our apartment has a 600 square foot terrace. It’s about 8 feet wide and 75 feet long. That said… to bring this back to today’s post… and to share a little about me… and to give us all something to look forward to, I’m going to post pictures every few weeks of everything we’re doing with the flowers, bushes and trees on the terrace.

We spent about 5 hours last Sunday, with my mom’s help of course, planting a bunch of flower pots, moving around some trees (yes, we moved 8 foot trees in pots from one side to the other… very heavy!) and deciding how much more we’d need to purchase. Knowing it’s way too expensive to buy things in NYC, we take the train out east to Long Island, buy everything much cheaper at a huge nursery, and then my parents drive us all back in with the flowers to the apartment. It takes about 3 to 4 hours for that part, then I make lunch while they start prepping outside. And we plant for a few hours, relax with coffee and some dessert I cooked… they head home and we crash from exhaustion!

Without further ado, below are the photos I took this morning at the beginning of the season. Please remember these were just planted, have very little color at this point and aren’t picture-perfect; however, they will be in the coming weeks and months.

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Three pots with roses on the East corner. The bright pink one is new, the other two we put in last year. They are already starting to flower. This will be a collection of varying heights and pinks.

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Both larger pots are new. We bought a bunch of flats with different colors. One is a pot full of yellow and orange flowers, and one is a pot full of purple and red flowers. I can’t wait until they grow together and cascade over the sides. The smaller green bush might not make it, but we removed it from another place and wanted to see how it would do.

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Another pair of new pots, both full of various yellows, whites and greens that grow tall and will cascade down the planter sides.

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On the left is a hydrangea that we trimmed to the base last year. It’s already grown back and starting to get some buds. On the right is a new wisteria vine we will train to grow on the railing once it’s bigger. A few small colors in the base, too.

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We have 5 huge planter boxes full of ivy. In #1 above, we added purples and reds, and a strawberry bush.

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In #2, we have a few bushes, including a very fragrant jasmine tree and some impatiens.

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In #3, we have petunias and foxglove that’s still fairly small and needs to grow.

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In #4, we have a few bushes, heather and a bleeding heart.

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And in #5, we have more colorful perennials.

We’ll need to buy a few more flats with colors for the window boxes and these planters, as well as think about the herb garden… but that’s next weekend. I’ll post new pictures in about 3 weeks when there is enough growth and change!

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.