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Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 8, 2014 6:03 AM CST
I hope my baby clumper makes it through the winter so we can see what it is when it grows up... I'll work on taking a photo with my new close-up lenses -- so far I haven't had much luck with them, but I also haven't had much time to play with thim. In the meantime, here's the biggest photo I have on file (don't forget this sweetheart is only about 1/2" in diameter...)
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 8, 2014 8:09 AM CST

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MR, the photo doesn't enlarge when I click on it. Bummer. But I can tell from the perlite that it is very small.

Greg, love your photo, just look at all the different forms of your Whirl-i-gig.
Whirl-i-gig seems to be one that is crested. Here is a photo of mine, along with a more normal rosette with offsets. It will be interesting to see if the normal looking one will produce crested offsets, or the normal offsets will produce crests. Seems like this might be similar to Fame Monstrose, reverting back and forth?
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Oct 8, 2014 2:04 PM CST
Lynn yes it does seem that way!! I have 2 normal and several crested! Thumbs up
MR your semp should do fine, just keep it dryish for the winter!! Thumbs up

Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 8, 2014 4:02 PM CST
gg5 said:MR your semp should do fine, just keep it dryish for the winter!! Thumbs up


Greg, I agree I'm sure you're right and some therapist would say I'm re-living a childhood loss as nervous as I am about these little guys! Hilarious! Well winter is coming to be followed by spring, the remay will come off and my babies will have gone from childhood to adolescence -- one way to get through parenting in a hurry! Thumbs up

I need to order more seeds from Park (I don't trust my own seeds since I didn't do anything to them except stick them in a paper bag) and then this batch won't be stuck in the "only child" syndrome! Also it will be interesting to see if there is a big difference in the mix next spring. I never heard from them in answer to my question about the source of their seeds... I had two clumped seedlings in the bunch and I thought there was something wrong with them. I separated one thinking they should be treated like Siamese twins, but I left this one as a "control." And then I lost track. So much for the scientific experiment! *Blush*

Glad you guys have been through this so many times that you can be blasé about it! Also I've got to get back to taking pictures so I can get a better shot of that clumped seedling. Learning so much about taking pictures, all at once I feel like the centipede that can't move because it's started thinking about which leg needs to go first... Sticking tongue out MR
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Oct 8, 2014 4:11 PM CST
MR - I do have losses with my plants! Still working on finding the perfect fast draining recipe, I feel like I have it, but only found it this year, and only some of my potted ones have it (50% pumice, 30% potting soil, 20% grit or sharp sand) then top dressing with more grit...I will cover my one bed once the rains begin in earnest, but already have lost several of the types that don't like too much water (Ohio Burgundy and Pacific Hep both seem temperamental for me regarding water) Lucky for me I have ATP to give me great ideas and also to trade or purchase from folks...and also references of good sources from nurseries! So I replace what I feel that I want to replace and just keep trying! I haven't tried seed yet but due to your prompting I'm going to!
I tip my hat to you.

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 8, 2014 4:22 PM CST
Greg Colucci ...BLA-SE? Blinking

(how do you get the letter "e with the accent on it???)
Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 8, 2014 4:29 PM CST
webesemps said:(how do you get the letter "e with the accent on it???)


Bev, I'm using MSWord which considers accents etc. to be symbols... (that's where you can also find some of the more interesting fractions). So choose the "Insert" menu, then Symbols, and unless you are lucky and the accented e is up front and center, you have to go through all the symbols your version has 'till you find what you're looking for. I'm not sure how i found that -- the earlier versions of Word had a way of holding down the letter key with the accent key... MR

Name: Bev
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webesemps
Oct 8, 2014 4:34 PM CST
Thank you, MR.
Just saw that after I typed the 'e' in bla-se (without the hyphen so that the accent mark doesn't kick in), ATP's spell ck system added the accent mark to make it correctly spelled. This is why I always appear to have been a B student in English when I post because of spell check.

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Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 8, 2014 4:41 PM CST
Yes, I should have tried that first -- I knew it added the fancy "e" to saute, so I should have figured it would do it for blase... I had OK grades in English; just failed math and science...
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Oct 8, 2014 5:00 PM CST
okay but meanwhile why am I being charged with being blase?(my spell checker isn't giving me the option of accent agou) Whistling

Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 8, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Blaise will get your sore throat healed...
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 8, 2014 8:08 PM CST

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I will be holding my breath through this next winter/spring wet season on these crested semps. Tomorrow I will be putting extra chicken grit under and around them.
My crested 'Dark Cloud' crest still seems to be healthy, although it has repeatedly tried to send up frail bloom stalks. I just keep pinching them off as soon as they appear.
Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 9, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Only getting up to 54 today so I'm concentrating on getting desk work done so I can nip out the minute it warms up! MR
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 9, 2014 10:03 AM CST

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MR, you really are into fall weather. We have been in the 80's and high 70's. It is suppose to start a cooling trend, this weather has been way above what is normal for us this time of year.
It is 48 here this morning. I like the coolness of morning to work outside. Hope to get chicken grit on one of the newly cleaned up beds before it gets to warm.

Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Oct 9, 2014 11:24 AM CST
MR, I gave up on trying to do all the photo stuff and am back to just taking pictures as I can, however I can.
I think I need a better camera to get better shots but can not spend the $$ now.

I need to get some pictures now but it is starting to rain, predicted to last a couple of days. So maybe on the weekend. It was 78 yesterday--- up down up down.
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Name: Mother Raphaela
Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery NY (Zone 4b)
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 9, 2014 7:12 PM CST
I'm still reeling a bit from my sudden CA trip and then a PT session, but I do hope to do some more with my photos. Marilyn, I think the photography should be fun, and even if you back away from it, on another day you might want to play with it again. We don't have tests or deadlines or competitions to worry about! nodding

Thankfully I can experiment indoors, too, with winter approaching. I got a lot of paperwork done today so tomorrow I can play a bit and pretend to be virtuous! Angel
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 9, 2014 7:54 PM CST
MR, You are right of course, my enthusiasm comes and goes. I will hope to try some of the things my camera is able to do and see if I can improve my results. If I make a job of it, I will lose enthusiasm again, so for now I will "read the manual" and try a few different settings.

I was never a great test taker and it may take me a while to catch on to a concept but once I have it, I have it. Am hoping that is true with all the info/light I am absorbing from the forums will turn on the lights in my mind.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 9, 2014 9:01 PM CST

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Marilyn, do you have a tripod?
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Oct 9, 2014 10:48 PM CST
Marilyn, once I found (and turned on) the shaky hands setting on my camera, I've liked my photos!!! That is one setting that I don't ever change now that its turned on!! Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: Mother Raphaela
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MotherRaphaela
Oct 10, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Marilyn, tests used to make my physically sick so I don't go there. Its too bad doctor's wouldn't declare that a certified allergy like they did mine to cold and weather change! Hilarious! I've learned to sort of sneak up on learning something new: take a peek and then go out and play in the garden or read a murder mystery...

The depth of field thing has me totally confused -- there have been lots of good explanations, but it is exactly the sort of thing that when it comes at me all at once, I feel my brain shut down. If I had someone right here to show me, it would make all the difference, but I am still going to learn this. So... today I *look at the explanations again, go do something else, pick up the camera, go do something else, get the camera and TRY one of the explanations. If it doesn't work, repeat from * Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

You should come spend a week here and we'd have a great time, as someone once said about a Bible study group, "explaining to each other the things we don't understand..." Angel

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