A few F’s

Cee’s Mid-week Madness Challenge: April Alphabet – F at the beginning or end of a word

Fog

Begonia leaf

Fence

Figbird eating a Fig

Fighting ants

Leaf

Roof

Calf

Colour says it all

Lens-Artists Challenge #195: Colourful Expressions

Is the colour you like bold or subdued. Should a photo stand out on it’s own or blend the colours? Does it sit at the front or stay in the back for someone to discover? I think I like colour. My house is colourful and my garden is colourful.

I don’t know where to start or what I am doing but lets see where this post takes you and me.

Let’s kick off with selective colour, one of my favourite effects

A fluffy Eastern Yellow Robins yellow just stands out more

Just the red on a Black Jezebel butterfly stands out

A leaf stuck on a window after a storm looked interesting but more so with selective colour I feel

Red always stands out

But can also be subtle

But is never missed

Green can be quite fluorescent

or just be a hint of colour

Some blues are hello

but also quiet

It’s a hello yellow

or try to find me in the grass

or among the trees

A pink to catch the eye

or to gently cascade

and be small and dainty

or pop out among the others

As Anne said the colours in rust are a favourite

Small and white a discovery

or be a showy presence in the garden

and have a subtle blend

with pastels and strong green to stand out

and a mix of colours that attract the eye

or add colour to a dull day

But a riot of colours that make you look more than once is always a favourite

Well that was a bit of a long post but I hope you enjoyed a bit of the colours in my life or actually in bushboys world

Todays squares are pink

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares
Terri’s Sunday Stills: The #Pink Side of October
Cee’s FOTD

Let’s go pink with Becky, Terri and Cee. Mostly #PastSquares but has a few others as well

Your favourite #PinkSquares

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares
Cee’s FOTD

I though since it’s Floral Friday as well, I’d stick to my #PinkSquares as I am sure there will be at least one pink flower. I am trawling the stats to find some of your favourites.

There is always some likes and some comments and in 2018 there were a few for these posts -the top number for Comment was Pink#11 with thirty-nine comments For some strange reason, the original square image is missing???

Next was Pink#17 with 21 comments. A pink Frangipanni with a bonus Red Shield bug

And to round out the top three Pink#7 with 17 comments. It looks like the fungi had people talking

Now for the number of likes. Third was Pink#22 with twenty-seven likes. A dresser in my besties old house. That’s part of one of her paintings. That’s just how it was, no staging and I saw the scene from across the room and took the photo

Pink#18 received twenty-nine likes.and was second highest. A house on the island of Burano just a ferry ride from Venice.

And the most liked photo was the very last post Pink#31 This post received thirty-six likes and there has bee three recent views in September and October this year. Actually it was more than one photo. I love to grow Begonias. Therefore I just had to show your a few of the varieties I have; their leaves and flowers. I’ll do slideshow to make it easier. Click on the above link to see the whole post.

What has happened since October in the shade house

In October, as a part of Becky Kinda Squares, I wrote about propagating Begonias from leaf cuttings. I have been meaning to do a follow-up for a while now.

Here are the results so far. Some leaves have bigger shoots. These are ready to be lifted from the tray and potted up. All the bright green dots to the left and rear are new growth from the leaves. The only one to be slow to start is the one front left. The leaf of this variety is a bit hairier than others but the leaf hasn’t rotted away so anything may happen soon. The leaves at the far back, Emerald Ripples Peperomi, have almost gone but shoots are appearing still.

Things are going quite well for this leaf with two established leaves and two bursting forth.

Also for Cee’s FOTD

Colour change

The Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Two Ways

Just a couple of example. I can’t get the fancy image compare as I don’t have the right thingamagig. So put up with some old fashioned two ways. Some Begonia leaves and the fabulous Eastern Yellow Robin.

Kinda growing

Day sixteen of Becky’s Square Photo Challenge for October: Kindasquare

I was chatting to Becky the other day and I said I was going to do a bit of Begonia propagation the next day. One thing lead to another and Becky asked if I would do a blog about how I do the propagation and grow Begonias. I remembered to take my camera and here is a bit about how I go about getting more plants for little effort.

All you need is:
1 A tray of some sort which drains. I use a foam tray from the green grocer.
2 A very sharp knife
3 Seed raising soil mix
4 Some Begonia leaves. These can be obtained from friends with Begonias if you don’t have any of your own, or somewhere where you can pinch off a leaf or two. Ask at the Nursery and sometimes they may let you take one.

Here is the tray of soil. Smooth out the ridges to make the soil level.

Get a selection of leaves or just one or two to start. Leaves from Tree Begonias don’t seem to work with leaf cuttings. They are better getting a piece of the underground part of the root system which can look like a Ginger plant.

Make sure your knife is sharp and select a leaf to start.

Make a cut into the main vein of the leaf making sure you don’t cut all the way through the leaf.

Or alternatively you can cut a slice from the stem

Making a couple of slices in the leaf can result in a number of plants

I also get leaf cuttings from my favourite Peperomia, the Emerald Ripple, Peperomia caperata using the same method.

Give the soil a bit of a watering to make it damp not soggy. Place the leaves on the soil using a bit of the soil or a small stone to ensure the leaf where the cuts have been made are in contact with the soil.

Here is some plants from last seasons leaf cuttings. The large group in the middle yielded three new plants and the one at the bottom two plants from one leaf.

Out of the tray and into small pots to grow

Soon they will be a lovely show of flowers in Spring

and you’ll have a lot of plants

Here’s some squares so I won’t get into trouble