Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pansies And Smiles / Pensamientos Y Sonrisas

We returned Tuesday to Viveros Guzmán — our favorite garden center — in Alhaurin de la Torre, which meant we were also back at Papas Fritas y Huevos for lunch (click here). We saw lots of pansies this time, among orchids and other flowers, and we finished with many smiling faces (which made me groan a little).

Volvimos el martes a Viveros Guzmán en Alhaurín de la Torre, lo que significaba que también estábamos de vuelta en Papas Fritas Y Huevos para el almuerzo. Vimos un montón de pensamientos esta vez (pensamiento es pansy en inglés y significa lo mismo que mariquita), entre las orquídeas y otras flores, y terminamos con muchas caras sonrientes (que me hizo gemir un poco).








I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SMILEY FACES. SOME PEOPLE LIKE THEM. SO I'M NOT SAYING A WORD!
TENGO UN PROBLEMA CON "CARAS SONRIENTES"; ALGUNAS PERSONAS LES GUSTAN. ASÍ QUE NO ESTOY DICIENDO NADA!

29 comments:

  1. Talking about meals, the eyes need to be 'fed' too - and this is a peepers' banquet! Stunning! (I especially like the purple-almost-black thingies third from end. One doesn't see many of those.)

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    1. Ray:
      Those are black petunias. Aren't they amazing. In normal light, they look truly black. I took that photo super-close and with sun shining through. If I lived next door to this garden center, I would get a daily fix of happiness.

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  2. @raybeard - I think it's a pansy.

    the orchids are muy fabuloso! OMB, the 70s smiley faces!

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    1. anne marie:
      I noticed you straightened your confusion (fixation?) with pansies. Yep, black petunia. This was like visiting the orchid house. Those top two orchids were growing out of the tops of hanging orchids. There were so many different varieties.

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  3. Hi Mitchell, the purple/black petunias are gorgeous! The garden centre looks beautiful. Makes me want to start planting but it is almost a month yet before we can do it safely.
    Take care.
    Robin

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    1. Robin:
      We love garden centers and have never ever seen one like this. Enormous and amazing. I should have just taken a shot of the black petunias together. They were truly black. My close-up with sun shining through it is misleading I think. But still so beautiful.

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  4. The flowers are gorgeous! Carlos would go nuts there!

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    1. Bob:
      Tell Carlos to get his butt over here. We have to go back for some more plants.

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  5. What gorgeous photos -- especially those orchids!

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    1. Debra:
      There were hundreds of orchids in one of the green houses. Stunning variety, too.

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  6. Mi gustan estos orquídeas...Que hermosas! :) :) :)

    (Perdon mis caras sonrientes!) Jajaja!

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    1. Jennifer:
      Me gusta que te gusta! I like "smiling" faces, just not "smiley" faces.

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  7. Beautiful photos, Mitchell!!
    Keep 'smilin'!

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    1. Jim:
      As long as my smile isn't round and lemon yellow with unexpressive eyes!

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  8. I love the flower photos!
    Do you have a problem with the visual smiley faces, or also with ":)"?

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    1. Judy:
      The visual smiley faces are the ones that drive me crazy. I find the punctuation ones much more naturally expressive.

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  9. What wonderful flowers! Which ones followed you home?
    I was just reading a research article about smiley faces and it seems that western smiley faces differ from eastern smiley faces. Western ones don't smile with their eyes, the eyes stay round, whereas eastern smiley faces have crinkle eyes that are more evocative of a sincere smile. Maybe you just don't like the insincere round-eyed smiley faces!

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    1. Wilma:
      All we bought was cactus soil! We're traveling in May and didn't want to get any new plants for our housesitter to possibly kill (she's wonderful but has drowned or starved plants in the past). More to come in June!

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  10. W.Q. Re: Your remark above on pansies. I should have recognised them on the grounds that "It takes one to know one." :-)

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    1. Ray:
      We called our hotel in Palm Springs "Viola's" in honor of Jerry's great-great-grandmother Viola. Then we realized that a viola is a pansy. Even more appropriate!

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  11. I don't mind happy faces but do not feel the need to see them on clothing, accessories or flowers! WTF why would they do that?

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I burned out on Smiley Faces by 1971. I arrived at university and headed to the Fine Arts Building for the first time. The front was all glass. There was a yellow dot on each panel (so we wouldn't walk into them and birds wouldn't fly into them I suppose). Someone had scratched Smiley Faces into all the yellow dots. It was enough to make me want to quit school.

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    1. Gosia:
      I could go for days with photos from this garden center.

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  13. @raybeard - bwhahahahaha! :)

    actually, I googled pansy and petunia; I am wrong, the flower it a petunia.

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    1. anne marie:
      Oh, so now you're "googling" pansies!

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  14. Your blog is turning out better and more fun than Duolingo !

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