Saturday, August 22, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Dtps. I-Hsin Red RoseRed Phalaenopsis have been somewhat elusive. While there are some, few have large numbers of flowers and the long arching sprays that most of us associate with Phalaenopsis. Here's a pretty one that's well along the way towards that goal.
Carpenter Ant, Campo, California. Carpenter ant swarms usually occur in the spring and are a sign that a colony is nesting somewhere inside the structure. They usually get into a house through holes, where trees branches contact the house or from wooden structures attached to the house like a porch or deck.
Went up to Campo, California to see the Persieds. We were two days off peak and there was nary a meteor. Perhaps a few and a few helicopters and jets to boot. Still, it was awesome to see all those stars!
Monday, August 10, 2015
Amarillis belladonna, commonly called the Naked Lady Amarillis, due to it's bare stems that rise out of the ground in late Summer and Fall, is typically a light pink color. However, I happened upon a batch of 50 mixed bulbs that had been hybridized some time ago, by a now deceased hybridizer. The bulbs were being sold on EBay fairly inexpensively and had apparently been growing wild in the desert. Most were still moderately small so I've been waiting for about 2 years for these to start to bloom. I think it was worth the wait. Of course, I'm a plant lover, so... Note that these need very little if any water during the Summer and like well drained soil.
This clone is just a hair darker than the typical variety but has the most wonderful striping.
An albino clone that is quite delicate and elegant.
Here is a particularly bright colored clone, one of my favorites.
This is the typically colored Amarillis belladonna, a wonderfully robust and hardy grower.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Evening Primrose Oenothera elata ssp hookeri
Late Purple Aster Symphyotrichum patens
Lupinus excubitus Grape soda lupine
Wild Sweet Pea Lathyrus latifolia
The Bishop's Lotus, Lotus strigosus, a furry leaved, yellow wildflower in the pea family, Idyllwild, California. These generally grow in sandy sage scrub.