A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 78 – Mock Orange

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“Philadelphus” – Summer 2013 – North Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Philadelphus… Better known as “Mock Orange”… Named so because the blossoms somewhat resemble those of citrus trees… I can tell you a few things about this plant simply from neighborhood observation… At some time in history… My guess is around the turn of the 20th century… Mock Orange was a very popular shrub… I regularly find it in the yards of hundred year old homes… It is not uncommon for the base to be 3′ or even 4′ around… The wood is very hard… I have broken several sets of cheap pruners working with Mock Orange…

OK… Got that out of the way…

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Big news everyone… If you follow my blog you know photography is a big part of what I do… I think many people would be surprised to know that all of the photographs on my blog so far have been shot on a $90 point-and-shoot camera… To be more specific… I used a Samsung ST150F… And I have to admit it is a great camera… In fact… I will continue to use it… It has become a tool that I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon…

So… I have to admit that I am not the most financially stable person… While my friends were building lives and credit… I was using heroin… As a result… I am pretty much starting at square one… In order for me to be able to buy “big-ticket” items… The stars must perfectly align… Hell has to freeze over and pigs must fly… If all of these things happen during a total eclipse… I can buy something cool…

Well guess what… Thanks to my girlfriend… And a very special blogger – Alexandria Sage – Who I can’t possibly thank enough… I was able to get my hands on a brand new camera… I got a Canon EOS Rebel T3… Brand new… With two lenses… And thanks to my girlfriends incredible ability to save money… I was able to get it $200 cheaper than retail…

I am not sure if I would call it a miracle… But it is interesting how my entire life to this point is somewhat of an anomaly… I think most people would be insane… In jail… Or in a psychiatric hospital… Although I have been all three of these at one time or another… I am not now… I am stronger now than I have been in my entire life…

So there it is… I got a new camera… A camera that I honestly thought was way up above me… A camera that I thought I would never get…

Now the sun is up… And I have to go… I will do a much more formal introduction in the next few days… But for now… Now I have to go familiarize myself with my new friend…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphus

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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5 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 78 – Mock Orange

  1. SimplySage says:

    P.S. Let us know when you start using your new camera. Are you familiar with DSLR’s?

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    • C.Condello says:

      I have been at it non-stop since I got the camera… In love… My first real photos taken with it will be snowdrops on the last post of the series…

      And again… Seriously… Thank you so much… You helped me get over a hump that I did not think I would climb…

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      • SimplySage says:

        No one makes anything of themselves without the help of others. As a Christian, I believe it’s the way God wired us–to help one another. One of these days it will be your turn. He will bring someone across your path and you will know without a doubt that you play a part in that person’s success. It might be a small part but it might be just the thing they need. And so, the blessing is passed on.
        I look forward to those pictures. Fun. 🙂

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  2. SimplySage says:

    Chris, thank you for your very public thanks to me. I’m very humbled by that. Honestly, it was an honor to do this for you. You truly are an inspiring young man and I think your story of redemption is remarkable. I cannot but think it will help others struggling with similar issues as yours. You have exchanged a life wasted in drugs for a life filled with a passion and talent for gardening. What you do with plants mirrors your own life, transforming neglected stark urban landscapes into beautiful gardens. How I wish others gripped in drug addiction could do the same. Perhaps your life will inspire them to do so.
    And thank you also for featuring me on your sidebar. Nice of you. 🙂

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