Flower Friday & New Puppies!

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower I’m sharing is calendula. I’ve been growing this for about 3 years now as it’s super easy to grow from seed.

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Calendula is a member of the daisy family and very similar to marigold. It’s also known as “pot marigold”.

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Uses: I like to use mine in the bath, for tea, and for making infused oil. The flowers are medicinal and have super healing powers. They’re antiviral, fight cancer, heal ulcers, and have so many health benefits.

Scientific nameCalendula

Higher classificationCalenduleae

Where I live these are an annual and must be planted fresh every year. Collecting the seed is very simple and you can collect a handful of seeds in just a matter of minutes. As soon as the flower head dries you can collect and store the seed.


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Here are some of my seedlings that I have growing. Again, I just over seed these and transplant out into separate containers when they get larger.



I haven’t posted a lot this week because we have puppies in the house again and with everything else, I’ve just been so busy. Cynder had her second (and final) litter on April 2nd, giving birth to eight beautiful little babies!


They’re all healthy and growing well. We did have a few runts that were very small and weak in the litter. We had to help these two by bottle feeding for a few days, but they all seem to be doing well now.


Four of the pups are over-sized and look just like Bowie and Winston. I’ll be sure to post a longer update next week and share lots of photos!! Here’s a little video for you to enjoy for now. They are definitely little noisemakers.

I hope everyone’s excited for the weekend! See you next week and thanks for checking out Flower Friday!


36 thoughts on “Flower Friday & New Puppies!

    1. Thank you, Bonnie. ❤ Puppies are a nice start the morning, right? 😉 Cynder is a very proud mom. Thanks so much for checking out the post. I hope all is well with you and you have a great weekend too! ❤

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  1. Oh, my! Puppies!! Just so gorgeous 🙂 Are you going to keep one? Kayley wants a new puppy so badly; I’ll have to show her the video but then she might want one even more, lol. Cynder looks like a proud mamma ❤ Love it! Hope you aren't too busy with them!!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I do wish we lived closer because I’m sure she would love these pups. We do plan to keep one, but I’m not positive. Scared to have four dogs really. I know we can do it, but it’s a lot of work. You know what I mean. 😉 Hope to chat soon and that you are all well! ❤


      1. Oh me too! We’d love one! We’ve always had 2 dogs, so it’s been a difficult adjustment to just have one. Of course, we all miss Branna terribly anyway but it’s nice to have another dog for Onyx, who misses playing with her. You can do it! Almost a dog a kid, lol. 😗 I hope so soon! The kids have had spring break this week, so it’s been wild lol!! Talk soon though!!

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        1. It is! So much harder than I ever thought; she helped keep my anxiety down and I’ve just been more anxious since she died. It’s so hard to lose a pet. He really does 😦 He grew up with her; he’ll be 11 in June, so I’ve been hesitant to get a new dog (I’m not sure that I’m ready even if the kids are anyway) since I’m not sure how he’d react to a puppy. He’s pretty dominant…then again, he’s definitely lonely. I think we might try fostering and see how that goes…we might end up being a foster failure! 🙂 It was such crazy weather for spring break!!! It would be in the 70s a couple of days, 80 one day, then the 50s, then back in the 60s, then yesterday we had freezing rain and snow last night, LOL! It’s freezing and in the 40s right now. Only in NC can you have all 4 seasons in a couple of days! Maybe with winter staying around so long that means summer won’t be so brutal! 🙂


  2. stephanie haddad

    Can’t wait to be back to see you all and the sweet little pups. Cynder makes such a great mom. Well, Bowie has a new brother or sister and Papa Winston makes beautiful puppies.
    I’m going to try some of that tea too!

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  3. Nel

    Anything related to daisies I”m all about! I can just see you in the bath with these floating all around. Beautiful! As for the puppies, loooove! That video is life! I want to cuddle them. Can’t wait to see them grow with you especially when they open their eyes. Also can’t wat to see all the names you and your family end up picking out! 🙂

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  4. Such beautiful flowers and with medicinal properties as well. I really like them. Your new puppies are adorable. My granddaughter kept wanting to watch it over and over saying babies, puppies. Thanks for sharing.

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