GARDEN - Hydrangea
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I've been given, and given away unknown varieties of Hydrangea.
They seem mysterious to me as there are so many types, and then there is pruning.
This winter I will narrow it down to some smaller blue to purple varieties.
And this spring I will make a commitment to planting one and learning how and when to prune it.

Problem is: cross referencing photos of the same variety can look totally different, and yet the two varieties I have listed below can even look exactly alike.



Hydrangea Onyx Peacock

https://www.growingcolors.com/plant/Hydrangea-macrophylla-Onyx-Peacock

Zone- 5-11
Bloom- Mid Summer, Mid Autumn
Sun to Part Shade
H 4'
W 3'











http://www.waysidegardens.com/product.aspx?gclid=CNT4uIK4ktECFZqNswodrjgDRQ&p=38297&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ppc_google_pla&gdffi=573fa292456d407181e980ad725fe667&gdfms=1BD5AA94D5E94222B4C03E29C4293BB0&ef_id=V-WRIwAAAO@za8t9:20161226175947:s


Hydrangea Bloomstruck

http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/3178380/hydrangea-bloomstruck

Zone- 4-9
Bloom- June, September
Sun to Part Shade
H 2' to 4'
W ?'









http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/hydrangea-endless-summer-bloomstruck?child=63161&%2F63161-product_html=&utm_medium=googleshopping&source=6SG02&gclid=CLPUuti4ktECFRRWDQodV30NlQ&uc-ea=1&__cfduid=dd6c8ddbce953c078ba874f19282c57731475711245&__roiNonDirect=true&__roit=0&_ceg_s=oep671&_ceg_u=oep671&_ga=GA1.2.1905699508.1475711711&com_silverpop_iMAWebCookie=394ed95c-b4b7-a100-7d1c-9a74ebdaa8a3

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Complete info on pruning plus more info:
http://www.willowbrooknurseries.com/growing-tips/hydrangea-care-guide/



Dave's Garden
Always good information
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/finder/index.php?sname=Hydrangeas

LIFE - The Grand Finale is the Same for Everyone
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I've been partying like it's 1982 when the song "Party Like it's 1999" just came out, mentioning the year 2000, which always brought to my mind a cold electronic, sterile future and a computer named Hal in 2001.

I think way to much about death as I eat my way there...
One cannot live on cookies, bread, butter, egg nog, and pizza...or at least not for long.
Time to change my self destructive eating habits.
Junk food & TV is no substitute for art & music & exercise.

And Prince is so alive here, in an empty stadium, a mild breeze in his hair, I feel as if I am spying on him during a private moment when I watch this:




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My new mantra: "Live life, art, music, exercise"

Wow, that was a lot of concerts: https://sites.google.com/site/princetourhistory/

HOLIDAY - Winter Solstice Christmas
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All of the holiday work is done and now we can relax and enjoy.



Pear Pie, and sugar cookies with butter cream frosting.





I made an animated gif on gify.com of the lava lamp Theodore gave us. The colors are amazing like the ocean but don't show here.
Ironically I've been making fun of one of our cats for staring at the bubbles on our humidifier, and now I am staring at the blobs on the lava lamp...so relaxing.




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PHOTOGRAPHY - Janet's Holiday Card
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I want to copy this idea of a four seasons card that Janet G. made of her street.




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HEALTH - Starting Again
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I had plans to slide into age 60, in 2017 in great shape...
...and so true..."Man makes plans and the Universe laughs."

Last January, we joined a gym at the end of our street, exercised everyday for 4 months, gave up, started back for a week and broke my ankle.

And so... I will start again this January.
I will go back to the gym after an official leave of absence.
Progress will happen...very slowly...I know from last time.


'Cupids Drawn by Dolphins, Etc' by Michelangelo Maestri (-1812)

This photo I took from the PAA reminds me so much of my first days joining the gym last year.
The fabulous views, the freezing cold weather, the magnificent old building, a goal for better health...and it is one of the best photos I have ever taken.
Not that my skills are great, but the opportunity to photograph the spires from the PAA at the perfect moment the setting sun hits them for only a few minutes.

I'm looking forward to "starting again".




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shrimp video
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FRIENDS - Perfect Day
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Yesterday was the most perfect day in ages.
I want to remember it, as perfect days are so elusive anymore.
I almost thought the perfect days were in the past along with youth.

Francine, me & Marshall spent the day together (8 hours) lounging around, a fire in the fireplace laughing & talking.
I made homemade Fettuccini Alfredo, we had wine, chocolates, bread, and a movie.

Just as I had imagined life should be everyday at this age.

Finally the pile of papers & responsibility are gone from my dining room table, my ankle is getting closer to something resembling normal each day.

Now if I could just find the desire to paint and draw again.



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WATER WORLDS - Baby Sea Monkeys- 17 seconds
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NATURE - Sea Monkey Babies Already
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Finally went to add the Sea Monkey Eggs and while cleaning some algae from the sides of the container I noticed a lot of babies already.

I had read that the "water conditioner" packet often had eggs in it also...and that must have been where they came from...that was only about 3 or 4 days ago.

So today I added the packet of eggs to the little water world they live in.




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NATURE - Crows & First Big Snow of the Season
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The first big snow of the season, fell yesterday and into the night.

Around midnight we noticed the crows had settled in on snow covered branches, and left at the first light of dawn, and every crow discussing the coming day and the plan to find food.
Really an impressive sight & sound... unlike my crappy photography.







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