"Spring 2010"

At the Camps' Place
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On this page, you'll find floral photographs. The blooms and blossoms are quite full and colorful, thanks to the season's added rainfall and Rosanne's dedicated gardening efforts. In addition, you'll see the early growth of her veggie garden, as well as two shots of a large wishing well, which I'd built six years ago, that is a joy to listen to and watch.

Yes, Spring 2010 has indeed been wonderful for plants, flowers, trees, and lawns up here in the Sierras.

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Steve Hall's piano orchestration "In the Garden."

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"God's provision is only one prayer away." — Anonymous

Let's start with Rosanne's veggies, followed by the wishing well, and then the assortment of colorful flowers.

This is one of Rosanne's three veggie gardens. The left half of this veggie garden grows corn while the right half grows tomatoes and corn.

At the far right is Rosanne's secret tool to protect her crop from early frost spells. It's a "water wall," a cylinder of plastic tubes filled with water that's warmed during the day to insulate new growth at night.

The other two contain her winter plantings of onions, as well as sunflowers that she grows to feed our local Steller's Jays routinely look for Warren's peanuts in hand. Jays Steller's Jays, Grosbeaks sit in our dogwood tree as they take turns eating sunflower seeds from Rosanne's feeder. Grosbeaks, and This male sat on our fence
while he guarded his covey below.
California Quail

After waiting for the likely end of the frost season, Rosanne planted 6-inch sprouts of corn that she bought. This photo was taken 16 days after planting. Today, the stalks are nearly 3 feet tall.

Can you find one of my friendly fliers chirping at me as I aimed the camera?

Three tomato plants of different varieties have begun to flower after three weeks. The first green tomato is visible on the left plant (but your eyes must be sharp to see it).

Harvest is likely to begin in mid July. Then, I truly enjoy walking by the plants and enjoying sweet, ripe, organic, home-grown tomatoes. What a treat!

Before you see photos of Rosanne's flowers, here are two shots of the front lawn's wishing well.

Photographed four weeks ago, through colorful branches of one of our young Redbud trees at the side of the house, is our wishing well.

The wood-frame structure that I built in 2004 has a hand pump within it, but the pump is non-functional.

However, the wishing well itself is quite functional. Wishes made at our well cost only 25¢ per wish. (Note: Because of the current economic strain, management had to set a four-wish minimum until the economy rebounds.)

Okay. Here come Rosanne's flowers: Rhododendrons, Peonies, then Irises.

On the edge of our front lawn are these two collections of early bloomers. To the left are Rhododendrons; Peonies are to the right. In the center is a bird feeder.

Both collections receive strong early morning sunlight and partial shade beginning around noon.

Here are a few close-ups of Rosanne's Rhododendrons.

Because these flowering plants are on the edge of the lawn, they, and the Sedum groundcover in front of them, get watered at least five times a week.

These young blossoms are about to open during the next couple of days.

A few Rhododendron buds have matured and begun to show their colorful splendor while others await their day.

What a statement!

Here come the Peonies.

I shot this photo four days before shooting the next photo.

Ah, a blossom, beginning to open and reveal itself to the world.

An adjacent Peonies plant has redder blooms with full, strong, yellow centers.

Now fully matured, this pair of flowers sits atop strong healthy leafage, beneath a young pine tree.

Here's an erect pink pair growing tall within metal flower stands that Rosanne provided to a few taller flowers.

Her Peonies enjoy scheduled watering along with a mixture of sunlight and shade.

This pair of blooms is closer to the ground and doesn't need a stand.

I enjoyed photographing this large beauty. It was making a stunning statement to me.

Realizing this year's larger size of blooms, I wondered how big these beautiful flowers were.

At its fullest, this bloom had a 6-to-7-inch diameter.

Alas, as I type my caption, this flower's petals have withered and begun to drop. I hope that next year we'll again see and appreciate the wonder of God's beautiful creations.

While I was photographing this tall Peonies blossom, someone else took equal interest in it.

Having had the opportunity to photograph these gems over the past few weeks, I realize more and more the beauty we all have in front of us, if we take a moment to admire His treasures.

Now, here are Rosanne's numerous Irises of many colors.

Spring 2010 for the Irises began with these early bloomers in the front yard. Thanks to drip irrigation and long periods of partial sunlight, these were Rosanne's first Iris blossoms.

Standing in front of the mowed-lawn background color, this colored Iris is the most prevalent of all of Rosanne's backyard plantings, as you'll see in the next few photos.

Moving to the backyard, I began photographing her Irises at our pond and stream.

Decorating the area of the fallen Pine tree, healthy Irises bloom amid the stream's boulder wall.

Now you'll see a few different colors of Iris.

Growing up in front of an arbor, this pair displays light as well as dark Iris blossoms.

Once again, I'm accompanied by close friends who accompany me often.

To the left of the previous photo's Irises is this intense medium-orchid-colored Iris. The tallest bud can't wait to open.

Note the lone California Poppy, the first of many that are about to pop up behind the Iris this month.

Also growing strong on our back terrace, side by side, are these two beauties.

Here's a unique medium- and dark-orchid-colored, double-headed Iris blossom displaying its colors in front of our rear deck.

Farther down the pathway at the side of the rear lawn are these Iris families.

Here's a shot of our most common colored Iris, bordering the lawn's stone walkway.

And here are rarer crimson-and-brown Iris blossoms standing alone.

Purple and plum colors enrich this blossom that features a goldenrod center.

Finally, here's one of a few special pure-white Irises in Rosanne's backyard reserve.

Now, to see my recently photographed waterfall, pond ducks, and Steller's Jays, click here.