Gardening

May 16, 2015 comments   

plants started from seed indoors

Last year I did quite a big garden project. Painting my own terra cotta pots and attempting to use very bee-friendly flowers while also being realistic about the lack of all day direct-sunlight my home gets.

I planted quite a few varities and they broke down like this:

Nasturtium – A favorite of mine, always grows spectacularly well.
Chives – Hard to germinate easier to just buy as small plant at local grocery store and pot it.
Parsley – Also not easy to germinate as it too needed certain germination conditions but grew well after sprouting.
Morning glory – Vivacious in the new spot I planted it. Also Grandpa Otto variation seemed easier than others.
Sunflower – Wow these Elf ones love containers! But are bloomed out by July.
Portulaca – Usually easy but just won’t grow here.
Lavender – Wow hardest herb everrrrrrr. Ended up buying a plant and potting it.
Baby’s breath – Out of control and not at all as expected but definitely thrived.
Zinnia – Grew well but bloomed out by June.
Cypress vine – Wow this plant won’t grow here for me.
Moonflower – Started off growing strong and fast but took a while to get to climb and blooms were rare.
Four o’ Clock – Grew large with many flowers but flowers would only half open.


2014 photos


garden photo from 2014
garden photo from 2014
garden photo from 2014
garden photo from 2014



2015

This year I planted many of the seeds I collected from last year’s plants. Morning Glory and Elf Sunflower especially. The seeds germinated easily! Money saved! I bought some new nasturtium seeds plus planted some morning glory seeds from my parents’s home. They’re pastel in color. Also got some of the four o’clock seeds from them as well in pink and mixed color.

I bought a lavender plant and potted it plus a small plant of chives, parsley, and mint. Grocery stores tend to sell them for very cheap ($1.20 at times) which is the same price for a pack of seeds without the finicky germination instructions.

I scaled back variety this year and focused on the flowers that looked spectacular last summer.

this years 2015 garden beginnings

This year’s garden includes: morning glory, elf sunflower, four o’clock, mint, parsley, chives, and lavender

this years 2015 garden beginnings
this years 2015 garden beginnings
this years 2015 garden beginnings
this years 2015 garden beginnings

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Olympus PEN E-PL2 for Sale

May 13, 2015 comments   

*Sold*

I bought a new Olympus camera during a flash sale recently so I decided I’d see if anyone would be interested in buying my previous go-to camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 in white. It’s still in good condition. Everything works flawlessly, no major scuffs or scratches, and I have the majority of the original kit items. I could kick myself because I had the original box until a closet clean out in February.

I saw that a lot of used ones were going for $180 or more and new ones are still between $300 and $400. But I’d like to offer mine for less + include shipping, tracking, and shipping insurance through USPS.

Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera

Buy Now: Olympus Pen E-PL2 Camera in white (used)
SOLD! THANK YOU!

How to buy?
There is a drop down menu above the “Buy Now” Paypal buttons. Choose which applies to you.

One is for those living within the United States, therefore domestic shipping.
The other is for international buyers who live outside the US thus higher shipping costs.

Order will be shipped 3 days after purchase at the latest.

Shipping?
I will be shipping everything USPS Priority-Mail/First-Class with insurance and tracking. If you’d prefer express mail please feel free to let me know! Simply add the request to your paypal purchase comment and we’ll work out the extra costs.
example:
2 lbs package within US + insurance = $10
2 lbs package to Australia + insurance/delivery confirmation = $25

Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera

SPECS
Full model name: Olympus PEN E-PL2
Product type: Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens system
Resolution: 12.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 4/3
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom 14-42mm (28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 200-6400
Shutter: 60-1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.9 x 1.7 in. (115 x 73 x 42 mm)
Weight: 16.8 oz
Flash: Built-in

4 Shooting Modes: Program shooting, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority shooting, Manual shooting

22 Scene Modes; 6 Art Filters:
POP ART, SOFT FOCUS, GRAINY FILM, PIN HOLE, DIORAMA, DRAMATIC TONE

Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera

Sale Includes:

Olympus PEN E-PL2 in white
1 Movie & Still Compatible [m14-42mm f3.5/5.6] zoom lens
1 Li-ion camera battery
1 Li-ion battery charger
1 USB connection cable
1 AV connection cable
1 Camera strap
1 Body cap
1 Lens cap
1 4GB SD card
Flash included/built-in

Questions?
Feel free to comment on this post with any questions.

Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera


Below are some of the images I took myself using this E-PL2 camera.

Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera
Photo I took using the Olympus PEN E-PL2 camera

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