Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Epiphyllum Midnight, blooming in the garden. Epiphyllums are easy to grow. They have awesome flowers. They are downright durable. I'm always amazed that you don't see more of these around. Perhaps they're not as popular as they could be because each flower only lasts a couple of days or due to the odd spine or two... Still, on a full grown plant, they bloom for weeks with bloom after bloom, making an incredible display.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Oh yes, Agapanthus, while called the lilly of the nile is neither a lilly nor from the Nile! They originate from South Africa as do Amaryllis, both of which do stunningly well here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Red tailed hawks are found from Canada clear down through Panama. The can reach about 3.5 pounds and about 26" in wingspan! These were being pestered by two mockingbirds but that is for another day...
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Drosera rotundifolia, Sundew, Cedar Bay, Alaska and a small spider both out hunting for prey. Sundews have a sticky, sweet nectar on their hair-like stalked mucilaginous glands that cover their leaf surface. The "nectar" attracts small bugs which quickly get enmeshed by the closing stalks where they are digested for their nitrogen. The bugs supplement the sparse nitrogen available in the acidic bog environments that these plants favor. These nifty little plants will propagate from leaf cuttings, given the proper environment, sprouting a new plant from the leaf section as might an african violet.
Mini-car in the South of France (Nimes, if I recall...). I have no idea what mileage this tiny little car gets but it has got to be better than what I get! It is kind of cute. They are advertising for wood pools and garden sheds (just in case you were wondering).
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Clearly I was not meant to be a finger model! In any case, you might wonder why I garden and why I seem to have an endless variety of plants in my back yard. It's partly because there is something soothing about watching plants grow and some sense of reward when they bloom. It's also because there is an inherent beauty and wonder in nature that is difficult if not impossible to duplicate by man-made efforts. I stake no claim as to how it all happened, leaving that to each of nature's admirers to find on their own. My only hope is that each of us can find the moments to participate in the wonders of this world and to bathe in the myriad diversity and intricacy that we are a part of.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Pineapple in Hawaii: A Guide to Historical Resources.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
San Diego Alligator Lizard, Elgaria multicarinata webii, out enjoying the sun. The San Digo Alligator lizard is found along the San Diego region and then up through central inland California. While these little guys are normally active during the day, they may favor mornings, evenings and even nights during the hottest part of the year. Apparently, they are also able to swim, which, given those tiny legs, is not at all intuitive.
In Hawaii they have beautiful semi-precious olive crystals (yes, peridot!) in some of the lava formations and, on a few beaches, the sand is actually green with Olivine!
Lizards, in Hawaii, are considered good luck!