Okay – I actually had no good reason to stop posting here other than things happened and while I kept walking and taking photos I somehow never made it a priority to come back here and post properly. But today changed that. Today when I got home I went to feed the fish in our pond, and saw something I’d never seen. I ran to my camera and thought I have to post this to my blog. This needs more than a fleeting share. This needs a home.
I want to be able to find this whenever I want. Seeing that our red and yellow water lilies had crossed and made this gorgeous flower made what was already a nice day into a great day.
On my walk to my office this morning I spotted this spunky flower growing up through the sidewalk crack. It looks to me like a dandelion but albino – or even more different, because it almost looks clear. I thought it was fascinating.
I was recently on a quick visit to friends in San Diego – it was a great trip! In their backyard they have mimosa trees and while I wandered around I stopped and took this picture. Enjoy!
The deep purple color of this flower was so intense it was almost difficult to look at.
There were some incredible succulent plantings near my hotel by the San Francisco airport.
This one reminded me of Little Shop of Horrors:
There were many lovely large plantings of lantana around the area where my hotel was. Where I live we need to keep it in pots to overwinter inside or treat it as an annual. Such a gorgeous flower.
I never thought I’d put a garlic plant in my pond, but I did. It’s called “society garlic variegated (Tulbaghia violacea ‘variegata’)” and the flower is a delicate thing. I loved the way the lilypad in the background made for an interesting effect here.
Our water lilies are enjoying the hot summer and have been blooming regularly. We recently had a ten-lily-day! We were close to an unprecedented eleven-lily-day but it didn’t happen… YET.
We got some new pond plants and my favorite so far is a rain lily (Zephyranthes flavissima). Lovely bright yellow flowers that keep coming back.
Usually the plants that volunteer to grow in your yard without your explicit request are the ones that you have to call weeds and pull from the ground by their roots. They are, sadly, generally quite ugly.
In this case a butterfly bush decided to plant itself in our circular drive garden. (Technically, it’s an elliptical drive. THAT is a very long story.) Because I knew what it was, I let it grow. At some point we may choose a different home for it, but for now I’m happy to have it where it is. It just started blooming and I’m looking forward to the butterflies finding it soon.
I think the second version will make a nice cover photo for twitter or facebook…