marigolds and miscellany

July 19th, 2013 2:48 pm by Kelly Garbato

I’m not really into the decorative flower thing – if I’m going to throw a bunch of time and water at a plant, I want to be able to eat it, dammit! – but every year I make an exception for marigolds, which I adore. In striking shades of red, yellow, and orange, they bring to mind the cosmos, shrunk down and bundled into little bursts of life. Suns, moons, planets, all in one little flowerpot.

Unfortunately, I’m not having a whole lot of luck with them this year. Part of me – a small yet deliberately fanciful part – imagines that they flowers don’t want to grow; they are creatures of beauty, and my house has largely been devoid of it since May. Of course, the real reason it that I’ve mostly been too tired and depressed to properly care for them.

So I was almost pissed when, earlier this week, I noticed Rennie nesting in the two lone flowerpots that are home to flowering marigolds. (Probably owing to their proximity to the dogs’ water dish; when I switch it out for a fresh bowl each morning, it’s the flowers in these two pots that drink the unused water.) Almost but not quite: the adorable photos I got out of the deal more than made up for a few crushed flowers.

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Miracle of all miracles, I also managed to get a few decent photos of the elusive Finnick. I think he was too distracted by the fishes splashing around in the pond to worry himself about the camera. (The carp are scary huge!) That, or all the “exposure therapy” is finally starting to pay off. By which I mean me chasing him like a starving paparazzi. After just two years.

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Of course no photo blog would be complete without Mags – and especially not a summer-themed one (the girl loves to sunbathe!) – so on that note:

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