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  1. Vacation Photos: Tulum, Mexico!

    April 8, 2013 by Jocelyn

    Well, the boyfriend and I just got back from our first real vacation in about 7 years.  We went to Mexico for a week, spending  time in the cities of Tulum, Akumal, and Cancun.  The warm weather and sunshine was much needed, and now we’re back in Minnesota and very ready for spring!

    While on vacation we toured around a bit, and I got to check an item off my bucket list!  On our third day, we traveled up the coast to Akumal beach. Once there, we rented snorkel equipment and began exploring the ocean.  Sure enough, just a few minutes out we saw a few sea turtles eating sea grass. This one was only a foot or two away from me; he was swimming to the surface for air.

    Sea Turtle

    If you ask my close friends, any of them could probably tell you that my favorite animal is the turtle. I was so excited to see these guys up close, and just floated above them for quite a while. It was really incredible, and I’m so thankful that I got to have the experience.

    Fern Leaves

    Two Hibiscus Flowers

    Obviously there was a huge variety of flora everywhere we went. Many of the plants that were growing wild in Mexico can only be grown indoors, and with a great amount of care, in Minnesota. It was refreshing to see so many flowers in bloom, and got me excited to start my garden at home.

    Early Waves

    Flowered Archway

    These last two photos were taken in Cancun, the night before we flew back to Minnesota. IF you’d like to see some of my other photos from the trip, just head on over to my Flickr page.

    Overall, we had a great trip! It was a much needed break from our cold and snowy Minnesota weather. Now that I’m back, I’m ready to dig in the dirt! I’ll be posting my Seed Starting guide in a couple days, so check back soon! Thanks for reading!

  2. Why I Love Gardening

    February 4, 2012 by Jocelyn

    How Zen by GardenBluesPhotography
    How Zen, a photo by GardenBluesPhotography on Flickr.

    To me, there’s something magical about being in my garden.  No matter how stressful my life is, puttering around my garden seems to heal my soul.  When growing season rolls around, I will make time for my garden every single day without fail.  It just feels like something that I need.  And maybe I do need it.  Mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Ah, I can’t wait to get into my garden again.

    We’ve had an incredibly mild winter here so far, and I’m hoping that spring will come early.  Right now I’ve got the winter blues, and could use the pick-me-up.  I’ll have to appease myself with some preemptive seed shopping.  🙂

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  3. The Most Beautiful Flowers in the World.

    January 29, 2009 by Jocelyn

    I recently joined Flickr, and I’ve wasted so much time just browsing through peoples’ albums.  I am absolutely amazed at how many incredibly talented photographers are out there!

    Having been inspired by these people and their lovely photos, I’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful flowers in the world…acccording to me.











    Pink Lady Slipper


    Flowers of the Cannonball Tree








    Photo credit: sphilp1225



    Calla Lilies




    I could really go on and on with this list.  I also have an affinity for tulips, irises, and orchids, but I guess I have to stop somewhere.

    What are your favorites?

  4. Newest Houseplant – Schefflera Arboricola

    December 6, 2007 by Jocelyn

    Here’s my newest houseplant and Plant of the Month, a variegated Schefflera Arboricola, also known as the Umbrella Plant. It’s native to Hawaii, and couldn’t be more welcome in my apartment right now. Having been snowed in all last weekend and a few days this week, it has been a welcome sight.




    It looks a little rough right now because I just repotted it, but it should perk up pretty soon. This tropical plant is a fairly popular houseplant, as it can tolerate neglect pretty well (not to say that you should neglect your plants, but you get the point). Anyways, they prefer bright light, but will adapt well enough to other light levels. One important thing to keep in mind with tropicals like this is that they like moisture!




    Moisture is my biggest issue with keeping my houseplants looking nice through the winter. It’s important to give them the humid conditions they need, without harming them. The fastest, and easiest way to give them some moisture is to mist them once a day or so.

    But when it’s the dead of winter and my apartment is really dry, that just won’t cut it. In order to give the plant adequate moisture, you need to get a wide but shallow container and put rocks and water in it. This way you can set the plant on the rocks, but keep it from sitting in the water so it won’t harm the root system! I may end up doing this during the winter, and I think it’s a great idea because you can easily incorporate it into your household decorations. Just spend 99 cents for a bag of those nice looking rocks; and your plants will be growing in style!

  5. Fall Colors and Last Blooms

    October 7, 2007 by Jocelyn


    This picture doesn’t do this tree justice; it is a huge, gorgeous maple inside of a small, square courtyard at my old college. I looks amazing right now, and I wanted to get more pictures of it, but a big thunderstorm chased me back inside.


    There are only a few new blooms on the hydrangea bushes; this one looks like it’s almost ready!


    And some happy pink daisies!



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