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The only way to give you a picture of this lovely, must-see stop in Puerta Vallarta is to show you!
Hope you enjoy this photo album from our day at the VB Gardens of Puerta Vallarta. They always need volunteers and your support!
Take it from me it’s so worth many visits throughout the year.
The only way to give you a picture of this lovely, must-see stop in Puerta Vallarta is to show you!

Hope you enjoy this photo album from our day at the VB Gardens of Puerta Vallarta. They always need volunteers and your support! Take it from me it’s so worth many visits throughout the year.
Vallarta Botanical Garden relies tremendously on your generosity and support as we continue to grow and maintain our tropical paradise for the enjoyment of Puerto Vallarta residents and our visitors! They offer many ways to help the gardens stay beautiful.

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My husband did a sweet thing for me the other day… he booked me into an hour class at our local Apple store. So I arrived at 10am and took the class and I’ll have to confess, I walked out spending $79. for a new Olloclip 4-IN-1 Len’s for my iphone. Yes – being there did tempt me to spend more money with Apple. But, my knowledge and skills improved. The class motivated me to become a better photographer! The instructor showed us many things and the focus was on how to be creative with your iphone.
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We discussed how to do slow motion and time lapse photography for family group photos. So you can be in your next spur-of-the-moment group photo! But, back to why I couldn’t leave without my new Olloclip lenses.

The main reason I bought this product was for the built-in Macro 10x and 15x lens. I’m still learning how to use it. The trick is getting your subject in the center of your frame, so as not to distort. If you happen to move the accompanying branches or leaves, your subject begins to move as well. The 10X magnification seems simpler to use, as a beginner with this process.

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Have you been out in your flower garden lately?
I hadn’t, and as you may have noticed, I haven’t posted a “garden walk” in a long while! In fact, it was back in June of 2014 – GARDEN WALKS – that I posted one. Not sure why now that I think about it. I do know; I was working on trying to write a screenplay.
It’s fun to see the changes, the various flowers in bloom, depending on the time of year.
Even though it’s winter, there’s plenty of reasons to take a garden stroll. The azaleas, camellias, mums and roses are all still blooming. I even found snapdragons – still in bloom
There’s growth going on all over the place, although tiny, the blossoms, are there.
Now, I take a look out my window and think, “oh my babies are sleeping,” but after my walk today, it wasn’t accurate. Yeah, they’re, hunkering down, but growing. It’s as good a time as any, to add nutrients to the soil and it’s time I do that.
Here’s one of my favorite floral photographers: Paul abate

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This month I discovered that using “Sea Kelp” (available on Amazon.com for $11.99) diluted with water and sprayed directly on my plants made a hugely noticeable difference in the overall health and production. This year I applied 2-4 inches of new soil and mulch around my whole flower bed BECAUSE the flower bed has tended to decline and compact. I’m still using fish emulsion at least once a month mixed with water and sprayed on as well. I’m finding frequent trimming back of the plants to keep one plant from compromising another plant’s light source allows me to control my garden, versus it being in control. When I do trim back the encroaching plants, this allows for air and light to get to every plant and in turn, they all grow stronger versus just the most rigorous taking over. In other words, if a rose branch is over your snapdragons it will shade them and tend to limit their growth. If you live in a hot climate this might be perfect but in Marin we struggle for enough sun, so this is not as desirable. I would tend to cut that one rose branch off to encourage an annual to survive and flourish. It’s almost like giving your plants haircuts. They tend to focus then on their roots and the branches and blooms that remain get bigger and stronger. Similar to when you stake a delphinium. The act of staking the flowering plant gives the plant a break, and they can breathe easy and focus which allows for larger branch size and bigger blossoms!
So please hop right in and show us how your garden looks.
Please feel free to send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
We would all love to see it!
Happy Garden Trails

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Here’s a place for us to share the seasonal changes in our gardens. Every month, depending on the amount of rainfall and the range of temperatures in our given areas, these photos will, of course, be different. So hop right in and show us how your garden looks. Send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
Happy Garden Trails

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Here’s a place for us to share the seasonal changes in our gardens. Every month, depending on the amount of rainfall and the range of temperatures in our given areas, these photos will, of course, be different. So hop right in and show us how your garden looks. Send us a “garden walk” from home or anywhere you’ve been!
Happy Garden Trails

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