THE INDOOR GARDEN – Marilyn Armstrong


Owen added four more hefty plants to my indoor garden. The table is fully loaded. He also bought a bale of high-quality potting soil, so I finally got to repotting my Christmas Cacti, putting them into one larger pot. I repotted my Jade plant which was so heavy, it just kept falling over. They have no roots, but very heavy branches.

Green, green, it’s green they say

I put fresh fertilizer in the orchids, realized I have new shoots on the other orchids and had to find a new home for my cameras. If the plantings get any bigger, I’ll have to open another part of the table … but those sections are not as sturdy as the main section.


For the first time, this morning I wondered if we are going to survive this plague. I really never thought about it. Of course, I knew it was possible, but considering they have no idea when it will be over, it bears some pondering. I thought it odd that I never thought about it before.

Sideways orchids

Now, I’m back to just getting through the day. Trying to figure out how I’m going to make a 6 am shopping time.

Red cactus

So many people are wondering how they will manage to keep their home since they have no work nor any idea when or if they will work again. The animal shelters are desperate for donations, not knowing how they will manage to feed the animals they protect.

Full open orchids

And I can’t help. It bothers me that I am unable to help. The longer this goes on, the more my inability to help bothers me.

Categories: cee's photo challenge, Flower of the day, Flowers, indoor garden, Marilyn Armstrong, orchids, Photography

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11 replies

  1. Marilyn beautiful shots, Love the sideways orchid. I can not understand making the older members and disabled along with more vulnerable people in our community go so early to our supermarkets either. I worked as a carer for disabled people while I studied at Uni. It takes quite some time to get 4 people in wheel chairs up dressed and fed. Then almost an hour to get all four wheelchairs in the vehicle. (not long to get them out.) So if our guys had to be at the shop by 7am two carers would have to be at their home by 5am. Which is night duty and only one staff member on a sleep over. Most older people I know do not get up early generally. sIgh.
    Here in Australia pet food, kitty litter is getting on the lower end of supply in the shops. Which is a positive to me in that people are thinking of their pets. I have heard in Italy people are just letting their dog loose! now this may be fake news, it was an Italian woman in lockdown who posted it on a thread I was reading. If it is true. So bad for the poor dogs. I imagine a lot of pets will be given up as people have to make really tough choices.


  2. I see that doing what you do, means you have to develop two skills. One; you need to know how to grow beautiful flowers, and two; you have to know how and when to photograph them. You do both really well with some of the most beautiful flowers photos I’ve seen.

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    • Thank you 😀 Mostly, the issue has been learning to properly use my macro lens and it wasn’t easy. I’m getting better at it, but macros are tricky little lenses. You can shoot flowers (and other small things) with other lenses, but the macro gives the best and most interesting result. There are some really fancy macro lenses that “tilt and shift” about which I know nothing, not even what “tilt and shift” means. Of course, right now I can’t buy even a second-hand lens. Too bad because it’s a great time to buy stuff if you have money. Everyone is desperate to move products, from car dealers to camera makers. A good time to have money and a sad one to be broke.

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  3. You might not see it this way, but you ARE helping. You post those beautiful photos of your plants, flowers and furry and winged visitors. You talk about your beautiful dogs. You provide a window to show that there is still beauty and grace in the world. Keep doing that. There are far too many who are crying about the sky falling (and yeah it is, but what can the individual do about that? Danged little). Seeing that ‘normal’ still exists through your wonderful photos is a gift beyond price to me. Thank you and hang in there.

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    • Thank you. I’m not sure there is a “normal” right now. Honestly, I take pictures of what I have available. Because if I didn’t, I’d get crazy. It’s why I grow plants in the first place. Annoying as they can be, there is something very soothing about seeing to the needs of plants. For those of us who are not natural outdoor gardeners, an indoor garden is easy to reach and every time it blooms, it makes me happy.

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  4. this is where the government had better step up and protect its citizens…..

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