Flowers Flowers Everywhere


Hello hello!

Spring is here and the garden is squealing with happiness! My last garden update post was at the end of January and a lot has happened since then. Well, let me be more specific, I have taken a ton of photos since then! Yes, a lot has happened in the garden, but I've taken tons of photos! Yes, I just said the same thing twice.

Anyway, the time has come for me to further break down the categories of my garden posting. My garden has become much larger, not only because it fused with my mother's garden early last year, but because my love for succulent and cactus plants causes me to acquire more and spread them everywhere! Therefore, I can no longer share everything in just one monthly garden update post... No no, I need to do several. Otherwise, we're talking 150 photo posts! That's not too wise, and it's very overwhelming. So, in one small attempt to reduce my tendency to get overwhelmed with photos (and hit a blogging slump), here is one of many garden posts to come.  This one features flowers because they are bloomin' everywhere!

Any flowers blooming in your garden?  Have you planted or bought anything new for the garden lately?  Let's chat about it...

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This is the first flower to bloom on my mother's Desert Rose plant this year.... it has been a few days since I took these photos and at least five more flowers have bloomed since then, I will have to take more photos for you to see, they're gorgeous!




Pretty awesome huh? Ahh nature, you get me every time! :)




This is one of my mother's many Orchids throughout the yard. Orchids seem to be her specialty, every time I've bought one I usually enjoy it until the flowers fall off, then I give it to her! She has the patience and gardening knowledge to nurture Orchids during their ugly time, you know - months without flowers! Anyway, I suppose this floral dormancy does allow for a nice surprise when the flowers finally bloom again!



My mother likes to tie most of her Orchids to trees around the yard (see one of those in this post) because they do better like that.  I'll have to recruit her to help me do a post on caring for Orchids one of these days....





Don't mind my little piglets, apparently they were dying for a cameo in this shot! :)



According to my mother, this is a very rare Orchid, not sure what the name is though... She was really happy when it bloomed, these photos are rather dark and don't do these flowers justice!





This is Euphorbia milii, commonly known as Crown of Thorns, a woody succulent species native to Madagascar. This monster is my mother's work of art, a product of many nurturing years! She has others as well, many of which I've shared in my garden posts, usually the ones with the white or creamy pale yellow flowers. It has grown a lot since this post!




See more Crown of Thorns from our yard in this post, this post and this post.





The variegated coloring of the flowers is stunning in person...




This is my Crown of Thorns with pale yellow flowers, it was one of my first plants, given to me by my grandmother as a small piece in late 2009....




Oooh la la, roses... This rose bush belongs to my mother and she has nurtured it for many many years, ever since I was a kid. They aren't your typical roses - the rosette is not very tight, but they're roses, I just don't know what kind. You can see more (older) pictures of this rose bush in this post.




Correction:  this is not Gardenia, it is Night Blooming Jasmine....







This is a ground Orchid, though it's not growing in the ground, it's planted in a terracotta pot. Ground orchids are awesome, they propagate easily (with just a small piece!) and they grow like crazy! Just take a look at this other potted ground orchid from our yard that I posted a while back.




Ooooooooooooooooh.... Yes, this Orchid is a real beauty, the creamy white, cranberry pink, and curry yellow make for such a nice color combination! The shape of this small orchid flower makes it extra adorable...



See more of my mother's beautiful blooming Orchids in this post from a while back.





My mother recently bought and planted two of these in pots and they are pretty weird looking! I don't know the name, maybe one of my readers can identify it for me. All of its flowers dramatically droop when it needs water, it's pretty comical - sorry mother nature!
UPDATE:  Thanks to my dear reader Pam and another anonymous person for the name of this plant - it's called a Cyclamen!




This is another orange colored ground Orchid, this one is actually mine. This was also one of my first plants and given to me by my grandmother, check it out here in its younger days on my highrise balcony patio.



Incredible huh?! Again, nature really blows my mind, hehe ;)



This last beauty is a Purslane, I love its salmon pink color! They love lots of sun and water, and they bloom every day, mostly early in the morning and mid-afternoon. Other colors include white, yellow, fuchsia pink and maybe others that I have not seen...



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(All images in this post are my personal photographs, please do not use them without my written permission - I can be contacted at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com. Thank you.)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone, Irish or not. 


I'm of Irish descent on my mother's father's side of the family, but I won't be chuggin' green beer and shouting "Kiss me I'm Irish!" in some pub. No no... those days are over. Just kidding, I never did that. In fact I didn't like beer until a few years ago, I was mostly a wine or mixed drinks or no drinks at all type of gal. I don't really drink, but when I do I like wine - red - Malbec or Shiraz. Beer is very filling, it makes me feel like a fat cat by the time I get a buzz. The first time I ever really drank beer was on St. Patrick's Day a few years ago, I was with some friends and someone said "Let's do Irish Car Bombs!" My naive self didn't know what that was, but after some explanation it sounded good - and it was, albeit somewhat nerve wracking! I've had a few more of those since that day, but it has been a long time. Hmmm, an Irish Car Bomb would be nice tonight, LOL.... Sounds bad. Anyway, if you don't know what I'm talking about, an Irish Car Bomb is when you take a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and drop it into a glass of Guinness beer (shot glass and all) and chug it down as fast as you can - before the Irish cream curdles that is. Don't let that scare you, it will curdle too fast for you anyway, banish the thought from your mind, close your eyes and just chug chug chug!!! It's delicious, trust me! The flavor combination is awesome.

Anyway, enough of my novice and silly beer story. Other beers I like are Amstel (I love you Amsterdam!), Yuengling, Amber Bock, Blue Moon, Warsteiner Dunkel, Negra Modelo (a recent discovery, my uncle brought it to a family get together), and one that the Ale House has called "Rogue Dead Guy"! Hahaha, those are just a few of the ones I've tried and liked over the past few years.

Anyway, have a great weekend and a great St. Patty's Day if you're celebrating it.  If you are, be safe and I found the following message of hope and good will for you.........


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Source for first image: thecraftingchicks.com via Danielle on Pinterest,
Source for second image: someecards.com via Chris on Pinterest
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Hendrix Experienced!



Hi there :)
I hope you're all having a great Friday so far...another weekend is upon us! What are your plans??

As I mentioned in my last post, on Wednesday I attended the Experience Hendrix concert in Hollywood, FL with my boyfriend Ivan. Experience Hendrix is a tour of various artists such as Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robby Krieger, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos, among many others, they all come together and play some of the best Jimi Hendrix songs with incredible accuracy, both in tribute to the man himself and as a gift to the people who love his music. Read more about the history of the tour here, or check the tour dates to see if it's coming to a city near you.

Our experience on the way to/at/leaving this concert was awesome, no hassles - at all - well, apart from having to take the drive up to Hollywood from Miami. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do to hear some great artists play Hendrix music live! So once we got up there, we exited on Griffin Road from the Turnpike, and after a few minutes and turns we were driving straight into the Hard Rock parking garage, parking the car, and walking to the elevators. From highway to elevator in no more than 15 or 20 minutes! In other words, no insane traffic on the highway, getting off the highway or to the location itself. Perhaps that is because we were actually early, for once! Oh yes we were... :)

So, with time, we walked around and got a quick bite to eat (and some drinks) before walking casually into the concert... There were bands everywhere throughout the Hard Rock mall and casino/hotel complex, singing all sorts of classic rock, one cowboy was croonin' some Johnny Cash in the casino too. We could immediately spot the people who were going to the Experience Hendrix concert that night because they had on all types of Hendrix t-shirts (all of which I want, hehe) and they were in groups chatting/shouting happily.

So let's cut to the concert.... At certain moments, Ivan and I both agreed that if we closed our eyes we could imagine that it was Jimi Hendrix himself playing that guitar. We felt the music in our souls! I won't lie, I got emotional at certain times throughout the show, it's strange, but I feel that strongly about his music that it makes me sad to think he did not live to play into old age and be on tour. Anyway, we had pretty great seats and the concert venue at Hard Rock feels pretty intimate and small compared with those where other concerts are held, so we felt close to the stage. I called my mother to let her know we were there and to thank her again and let her know that the seats turned out to be great - a.k.a. non-nosebleed, which would have been all the same to me anyway because music is heard, not seen. While we were on the phone, she asked what the crowd was like and I told her that from what it looked like in our section, surrounding sections, and down below on the floor in front of the stage, we were some of the youngest people! It made for a very harmonious and, yes I'm gonna say it, groovy atmosphere and experience. Apart from that, I've been told by many that I must be an old soul, for many reasons beyond my musical tastes. It just felt nice to be surrounded by people that love Jimi Hendrix music as much as I do. At one point I even wondered how many of the people in the crowd had seen Jimi live in the 60's, perhaps even at Woodstock (and a sting of envy may or may not have crept over me, hahahahaha).

The musicians that play Jimi Hendrix's songs are incredible! It was great to hear and see bassist Billy Cox in person, he is the last surviving member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Kenny Wayne Shepherd was spectacular and so were the guys from Los Lobos! I just can't say enough about this concert, you should definitely try and see it if you can (FYI - our tickets were $49 each). So scroll on for some images from the concert. Yesterday on Facebook I said that I had some videos to share with you, which I do, but after a wise suggestion from my dear boyfriend, I researched the legality of posting personally recorded concert footage and it's a no-no. It's pretty annoying, because I can't share these incredible performances with you without violating copyright laws. However, I have found some posted videos of the very same performances, you can find the links below amongst my photos of the concert.


Have a great weekend!


Other music posts that you might like:
Jimi Hendrix and other Classic Rock records found at Goodwill for $1
Carole King and James Taylor concert
Woodstock Live Performances
John Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten
The Beatles: Lyrical Art and Graffiti
Woodstock 42nd Anniversary!
Happy belated Birthday Jimi Hendrix!
Happy Birthday Ringo Starr!



Billy Cox

Eric Johnson




I love all of the images and videos of Jimi Hendrix that they played on the screen throughout the concert!







Eric Gales performing Foxy Lady featuring Robert Randolph - pedal steel guitar, Bootsy Collins -bass, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - drums. See the live performance here.


Robert Randolph - pedal steel guitar and Bootsy Collins on bass...


They were really jammin' out here!!....


Also check out May This Be Love by Eric Gales and Eric Johnson.







Jonny Lang and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith on guitar and vocal and I think that was Robby Krieger from The Doors on bass.

This is Jonny Lang and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith.
Check out a video of them playing Spanish Castle Magic or All Along the Watchtower with Brad Whitford, Calvin Cook, Chris Layton and Scott Nelson.



I love this photo!


Kenny Wayne Shepherd's live performance of Voodoo Chile was the best performance of the night! See that same performance in another city on the tour right here. Oooooh, I wish I could show you my eleven minute video. Grrrr.



At the end of the show, all of the artists and Janie Hendrix (Jimi's adopted younger sister who is President and CEO of the Experience Hendrix company) came out on stage.

Experience Hendrix was an awesome concert, that was major talent!

As we were walking out, Billy Cox literally brushed right by me (followed by a few lazy security guys in yellow shirts) on his way souvenir tables. I managed to get some pictures of him as he signed autographs. Again, he is the only surviving member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys! I didn't need to get his autograph, besides my stupid self totally forgot to bring one of my recently purchase Hendrix records. It's not a big deal to me, I heard him play and I got a photo (and a breeze as he passed) of him. LOL ;)






It was such a wonderful tribute... We love ya Jimi!!!



(All images in this post are my personal photographs.)