My Garden and Such!

Okay, this is the third time I am attempting to post this. Last night, trying to keep myself busy, I put up a long post with many pictures, TWICE!! Both times it disappeared. There was no draft and I couldn’t do anything about it. So went to bed. Here I am this morning, trying to recreate.

This morning, the temperature was 36 degrees. Peg my neighbor and I went for a three mile walk. It was so good, with a lot of sunshine and no wind. And would you believe, the roses, dahlias and other flowers are still vibrant. Hunh??





The dahlias are so gorgeous to look at. On Saturday I planted 160 tulip, crocuses, and hyacinth bulbs, and while doing that, I saw a Monarch sitting on the dahlia bloom. I think it was drunk with the nectar. I ran in the house and brought the camera out and snapped it.



Doesn’t it look so good?

The color of the leaves are just so good, but in my opinion, I don’t think the fall this year was as spectacular as the previous years. I don’t think we had enough moisture.

And, I have been continuing to paint. Kaylar, a reader from Xanga and a friend on facebook, had posted a picture on FB a week ago. I snapped it and painted it. The other picture is from a photo I had taken of sunset here, as viewed on my street.


Yesterday, I added another leaf to this painting. Not sure if I will keep adding more! πŸ™‚ Also, I have bee trying my hand in pencil sketching. This is a scene from Hawaii I saw in a book.


While every one was glued to the TV last night, I sat and watched a series on Netflix. It is called The Crown. Enjoying it.
Have a great day. I hope I don’t lose this now.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to My Garden and Such!

  1. slmret says:

    Hah! Your flowers are crazy — perhaps they are trying to give us hope on this strange day! And the butterfly shot is spectacular — a wonderful blend of flower and insect! And your painting is developing nicely — I love the first picture and the leaves — and the Hawaiian sketch is really tropical!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. Trying to take my mind off of stupid things like elections and nonsense. Hah!

    • Zakiah says:

      I don’t know if I do it well Janet, I try to over ride all the negative things by doing something positive if I can. Still continue to be very upset.

      • slmret says:

        I think we will all be upset until we see what our new President does. He’s already backing down partway on Obamacare in saying that he’ll keep the pre-existing condition clause and the kids under 26 clause. I think he has a rude awakening coming. The LA Times had an excellent article this morning about which of his proposals he can actually do and which he cannot. I am concerned, though, about his biases, and his bringing those biases into general values of the country!

  2. Your sketches are very good! I’m glad you planted more bulbs for next year. I’m sure your garden will again look amazing. Keep smiling.

  3. I love your flowers–the butterfly on the flower is breath taking.
    I love the fall pics too, but like you, feel it wasn’t as pretty as past years…too dry.
    Your paintings continue to be beautiful and I can see the growth. You are so inspiring.
    Love and hugs

  4. marica0701 says:

    Oh, that butterfly! And I love the autumnal foliage. The cooler weather makes me happy πŸ™‚

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Love your pretty flowers. I am glad I am not the only one who has that same problem with WordPress. Its when I try to share more than five pictures

  6. whyzat says:

    I can identify with your frustration at having a long post disappear! Ugh!
    It’s hard to believe it’sNovember when your flowers, are still so beautiful.
    I like your paintings of the snapshots!

    • Zakiah says:

      I know, the weather is just NUTS here. Todd the groundskeeper was grinding his teeth because he has to come and mow every week. haha. The roses are just blooming galore.
      Hope you are doing well.

  7. kaylar says:

    Wow, on all of this! Look at those flowers, those trees, your sketch and paintings! and a 3 mile walk, along with distracting oneself from upset; smart doctor. (-;

    • Zakiah says:

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Had to do that K. Hopefully things will get better for every one. Thank you for the “wow” on my paintings and pictures and the sketch. Need to keep the old brain busy.

  8. You always have such a lovely garden of beautiful flowers.

  9. theinfiniterally says:

    You have certainly been productively engaged! I have noticed the roses around here perk up in the cooler seasons. Kudos on all your hard work to make your home a place of beauty. Planting bulbs sounds fun, but you did quite a lot!
    I love your paintings. I think you have a real talent there and hope you continue!

  10. Thank you, SweetZ! The beauty you have shared in this post, and your love that always emanates through your words, makes me smile and helps me take a deep breath and find peace.

    Nature, also, always soothes my mind and heart. πŸ™‚

    Last week I was in shock, I was sad, I was baffled, and I had no words for a few days. (And it’s very rare for me to have no words.)

    I am on episode 5 of The Crown. It’s been interesting. I’ve read bio-books on Queen Elizabeth’s life, so it’s been interesting to see how this series compares.


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