Friday, January 23, 2015

One Day of a Year


Yesterday was frosty day, -15 C some time with the sun and no wind, It was my special day. Because once you realize that one year more has flown. They say that you feel as old as your soul feels old. Well, yesterday was my birthday and I can particularly not worry: my soul is still young
After wonderful breakfast it was time for gifts. One gift was a new orchid and lily, they're beautiful, aren't they?



The another one was a book or to more accurately say it's a pocket guide 'The Pocket Flower Expert' by D.G. Hessayon, an English writer (translation into Russian).
Here it is:




Although we all use Internet very much, sometimes we need a pocket book for plant identification in a nursery, Botanic gardens or in a market. I love its detailed paintings, photos and information about methods of flower growing, of diseases, care, potting and planting shown in this guide.



Before afternoon I had prepared cups for tea and coffee, blackcurrant jam, chocolate cookies, milk, teapot, etc. for birthday party and went with my friend to see the new exhibition in Hermitage museum. At the evening I took a seat at the table in the dining room, and had a great time eating a piece of 'sancho' cake, drank a glass of Chateau clinking: 'на здоровье!', enjoying my family and friends around me.



What do you think about pocket guide? You do still read books or use the internet only? Thank you!




36 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to you. Wish you all the best! I still use pocket books to know about the identity of the plants that we want. Lovely gift! The color is so fantastic! Congratulation...

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    1. Sure your pocket books are useful, Endah, thank you!

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  2. Happy birthday for yesterday. We have sine Dr Hessayon books that we bought some years ago. They sell them in most garden centres here,

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    1. The same is here, Sue, many books by Dr Hessayon are sold, this one is to complete my collection. There is a garden center quite far and wi-hi is not good there so this book will be useful in that place.

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  3. Happy belated birthday Nadezda - it sounded just perfect

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  4. Happy birthday dear Nadezda, I hope you had a wonderful day!
    Your red orchid is gorgeous and so is the lily, plants are always the best gifts, right? I no longer use my many gardening reference books, I prefer to use the Internet, it is much quicker and I often take my iPad mini with me outside in the garden if I am working on something where I need continuous access online. I have bought a good but cheap Wi-Fi Range Extender (booster) and that enables me to have Internet connection in the garden too – very practical. I have even worked out how to avoid getting muddy stains on my iPad – I take a pair of disposable gloves with me out, and put the gloves ON when I use the iPad, and take them off again when I go back to work in the garden. Yep, very practical :-)

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    1. Thank you, Helene, you're right I had a wonderful day from breakfast till late evening. And I liked the exhibition, not very often I visit museums especially in summer.Good idea about a booster, it's what I need in my garden as well.
      The lily fragrance is strong and the buds open every day!

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  5. Oh, happy-happy birthday dear Nadja! Hа здоровье!!!
    I have to admit that in nurseries I use my smart phone to google plants for furter information. And of course I use a lot of internet too! BUT, from my last post in my blog you know that I love-love-love gardening books! There is never enough!

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    1. Yes, I do know Tistou! I have many books by Dr Hessayon and others authors. Sure we all are used to search the information in Internet.
      Thank you!

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  6. VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! Nadezda girl I totally believe your soul is young and lively : )
    I love that poclet guide and would be so happy to have one myself .. it looks perfect for quick identification.
    You have had some very nice birthday gifts, the tea cups and treats look delicious and cute ... here is a "clink" of a wine glass for your birthday !
    All the Best !
    Joy

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    1. Yes, Joy girl, I love my new orchid, it has so rare color and white 'nose' :))
      The lily smells perfectly, I feel its fragrance in all the rooms.
      Thank you dear!

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  7. Happy Birthday Nadezda! Your pocket guide looks like it is going to be very useful. I hope you have a good gardening year in 2015!

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    1. I need to have good year because I have big list 'to do'. Thank you Alain!

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  8. Happy Birthday dear Nadezda!I hope you had a lovely day!
    I usual use internet for information but your book looks so interesting!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Dimi...

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    1. Thank you Dimi!
      Happy weekend to you too!

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  9. Nadezda, I see we are both January babies :) Many Happy Returns. You had a lovely day didn't you. Thoughtful gardening gifts are the ones I cherish most. I am not a big reader and much prefer to get all my info on the internet nowadays. I have a few garden books but tend not to pick them up much.
    Hope you are having a great weekend :)

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    1. Happy weekend to you too Angie, thank you!

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  10. Nadezda, Congratulations with your birthday. That pocket guide of plants will be very useful. We can find everything on the internet but it´s so much nice to have a real paper book in our hands. I love just reading and after reading they are on the shelves and I can look at them and remember.

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    1. Janneke, I remember your book shelves. I agree it's a pleasure to open a paper book!
      Thank you!

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  11. Happy birthday! Your gift lily and orchid are beautiful! You make me think of my visit to the Hermitage from my one trip to St. Petersburg.

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    1. Hope it was interesting visit, Jason.
      Thank you!

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  12. First, let me say Happy Birthday"! Enjoy the plant gift - very nice. Also I have been to the Hermitage - very nice tour some years ago. You brought back many memories. Thanks Jack

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    1. Glad you recollected your visit to St. Petersburg, Jack.
      Thank you!

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  13. Rica y calentita merienda para estos frios;))
    Leo internet y libros Nadezda de papel y el electrónico. Siempre me ha gustado leer.
    Buen domingo.
    Un beso.

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    1. Y a mi tambien me gusta leer, aunque ahora prefiero los electronicos.
      Gracias Laura!

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  14. Happy birthday greetings to you Nadezda, a few days late but hope you had a great day. Your gifts are are gorgeous. I have that book by D.G.Hessayon too. Your tea party looked fabulous and I like the sound of those cakes and cookies. Have a good week. Patricia x

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    1. Thank you, Patricia, cake and cookies were tasty and fast disappeared.

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  15. Happy Birthday to you Nadezda. You had quite a day. I love the gifts you received. I especially love your book. I use books all the time as well as the internet....I will never give up books.

    I also love the look of your blog....so much color and the rainbow....

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    1. I love books too and always remember when and where I bought them. Thank you Donna!

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  16. Happy birthday to you, Nadezda - albeit a little late :)

    I hope you had some cake!

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  17. A very happy belated birthday to you, dear Nadezda! I hope your day was the best so far. It sounds like you had a special time! The internet is wonderful but I still use books and your new pocket guide looks wonderful.

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  18. Happy birthday Nadezda - your birthday was two days before mine! Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I did too, since it's summer here my guests and I sat outside (in the shade) and had cake and afternoon tea. I was just looking at your post about your summer cottage garden and all the snow that's currently covering it. Such beautiful scenes! I bet the birds were happy with their new feeder.

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    1. The weather here is very changeable, Ruth. Yesterday I shoveled the path and today snow melts again. Forecast says frost -15C the next week. Don't know how the plant survive this winter.
      Thank you!

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