1. "Mellow Yellow" - Image & processing by CRUSH Studio©

    The title of this image is taken from a single “Mellow Yellow” recorded by Donovan in the 1960’s. For me the yellow Rose is a token of Friendship in an increasingly hostile and grief stricken World.

     

  2. Lampshades

    Just click on image to reveal “Lampshades Too!!”


    Photography and Processing by CRUSH Studio©

     

  3. Pink Lady

    A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles.


     

  4. Clandestine

    Anemone, is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to the temperate zones. It is closely related to Pulsatilla and Hepatica; some botanists include both of these genera within Anemone.

     

  5. Unconditional Love

     

  6. It just hasn’t stopped raining!!!

    When is it going to stop?

     

  7. My Image reaching the heights in Pixoto Leaderboard

    Tear Drop by CRUSH Studio©

     

  8. Common Snow Drop (Galanthus nivalis)

    Galanthus nivalis is admired for its delicate beauty; millions of plants are sold each year by the horticultural trade. It is one of the most popular of all cultivated bulbous plants and is widely enjoyed as an outdoor, early spring flower.

    Snowdrop bulbs are collected on a small scale from privately-owned estates in the UK for sale to wholesalers for the horticultural market. Lifting the bulbs on a four- to five-year rotation helps ensure sustainable production.

    The common snowdrop also has medicinal uses, for example it contains an alkaloid, galanthamine, which has been approved for use in the management of Alzheimer’s disease in a number of countries. Galanthamine is also used in the treatment of traumatic injuries to the nervous system. Galanthus nivalis is also an emmenagogue, and as such it stimulates or increases menstrual flow and so can induce an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. Snowdrop lectin (GNA; Galanthus nivalis agglutinin) is also being studied with regard to its potential activity against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

    Snowdrop lectin is also an effective insecticide, and can be used against pests in the orders Coleoptera (beetles), Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and Hemiptera (true bugs including aphids and leafhoppers). Research has suggested that snowdrop lectin could be a candidate for introduction into genetically-engineered crops, such as tobacco and tomatoes, to increase their resistance to insect pests.



    Galanthus nivalis is popular with gardeners because it is easy to grow and because a large number of cultivars and clones are available. Once planted they increase freely, producing new bulbs as offsets, and large and impressive drifts can be easily obtained after some years. Snowdrops should be planted in dappled shade, in soil that is well-drained but not completely dry in summer. If planted in grass they should be left to die back before the grass is cut.

    Despite the restrictions on the snowdrop trade, populations in some areas remain under threat. For example, G. nivaliswas once widely distributed in the East Carpathians (a mountain range arching across Central and Eastern Europe), but during the last decade its distribution has been considerably reduced. The main cause is the destruction of its primary habitat, particularly the lowland-foothill zone, due to increasing residential and recreational land-use. Galanthus nivalis is included in the List of Rare and Disappearing Species of the Ukranian Flora, listed as a species in decline in the Red Data Book of the Ukraine (1996), and is considered to be under threat of extinction in some areas.

     

  9. Poem: “Little Snow Drop”

    The world may never notice if a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom, Or even pause to wonder if the petals fall too soon,

    But every life that ever forms or even comes to be, Touches the world in some small way for all eternity.

    The little one we longed for was swiftly here and gone, But the love that was then planted is a light that still shines on,

    And though our arms are empty our hearts know what to do, Every beating of our hearts says that we love you.

    (Author Unknown)


     

  10. Some useful Tips I have come across when trying to grow Roses

    Roses have a reputation for being difficult to care for, but with the correct amount of water and sunlight and a little bit of grooming, roses should thrive. Explore these basic points of caring for your roses — but if you forget something, I am told that the plants are surprisingly forgiving:

    • Watering roses: The rule of thumb is to make sure roses get about 2 inches a week. Deep soakings are much better than frequent, shallow waterings. Set the hose at the foot of the rose and let water trickle in. Or if you have a big bed of roses or roses and companions, use a soaker hose or install an in-ground system.

    • Fertilizing roses: Use an all-purpose garden fertilizer, because it has balanced amounts of N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), and K (potassium). Fertilizers touted especially for roses — such as Rose Food — are fine but not mandatory. In spring, as the plant emerges from dormancy, you can water with a tablespoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) dissolved in a gallon of water to promote strong canes. Always water before applying fertilizer so the plant is plumped up and under no stress.

    • Grooming roses: Using sharp clippers, you can spruce up your rosebushes whenever something unattractive about the plant catches your critical eye.

      Here’s stuff you can cut out any time you see it:

      • Dead wood: Remove dead canes down to the ground level.

      • Damaged wood: Cut it back into about 1 inch of healthy wood.

      • Misplaced stems: Take off stems that are rubbing together (choose one and spare the other), stems that are taking off in the wrong direction, and stems that are trailing on the ground.

      • Suckers: In a grafted plant, these errant canes emerge from below the graft union (the bulge at the base of the bush). The suckers look different from the rest of the bush — they’re often smoother, straighter, and lighter in colour. Another clue: They sprout leaves and occasionally mongrel flowers that look nothing like the main bush.

    • Deadheading and tidying up roses: The plant looks better when you get rid of spent flowers. Also, because the goal of all flowering plants is to stop flowering and produce seed (in the case of rosebushes, to make rose hips), deadheading thwarts the process. So the plant is fooled into making more flowers. Deadhead away!

      Whenever you see badly damaged, diseased, or dead leaves, remove them. To be on the safe side, throw them in the Bin rather than in the compost pile. Otherwise, the leaves may spread disease. Alternatively burn the diseased leaves.

    • Pruning roses: Early spring is the best time to prune. If it’s still winter, your overeager cuts may lead to frost damage. Pruning is pretty straightforward: Remove all non-negotiable growth, thin the plants, and then shape them.

    Experts advise cutting 1/4 inch above a bud eye so the bud eye doesn’t dry out.