Archive for April, 2009

Sparks of Unexpected Color

April 30, 2009
Freesia.  I have a variety of colors, but couldn't get them all in one photo.

Freesia. I have a variety of colors, but couldn't get them all in one photo.

I love these freesias.  They came in yellows, pinks, and reds.  I forgot that I had planted them until they started poking their heads up through my Iris.  They give a bit of surprise color where it is least expected.  This is the first year I have had them, so I’ll have to report back next year if they rebloom well.

Stacked Plants – Not Recommended, but Accidents Happen

April 29, 2009
Blackfoot Daisy holding its own with verbena growing on top of it.

Blackfoot Daisy holding its own with verbena growing on top of it.

 I thought this Blackfoot Daisy had died when it went dormant for the winter.  I planted other flowers on top of it, including this verbena.  The next spring, the daisy woke up determined to grow.  It grew sideways out of the mesh that is attached to the side of the raised beds.  

I love and seek out plants that stubbornly march on, performing their flowering duties!  I call those plants “Marines” for their perseverence and ability to overcome all obstacles.

(Sorry, I couldn’t find an online source for blackfoot daisy.  They are sold widely in Texas stores and in some of the surrounding states because they are so drought-tolerant.)

A Few Daffodils Remain

April 28, 2009
White Daffodil with Orange Trumpet

White Daffodil with Orange Trumpet

I have had more daffodils this year than I’ve ever had before.  I planted bulbs this fall for early spring color.  I bought lots of different types, including a “combo pack” of which this is one.  The color is striking.

Sapo

April 27, 2009
Sapo. responsible for the rain water gauge

Sapo. responsible for the rain water gauge

This is my friend Sapo.  I acquired Sapo at an Arts Festival that my friend Linda took me to.  He’s some kind of metal art form, and very good at keeping track of rainfall.  He’s been working hard.  We had a torrential downpour in the wee hours of the morning.  Sapo was exhausted by the effort.

I have long ago forgotten the name of the man who made Sapo.  But I found a bird water gauge that is similar and really pretty.  I might get one of those to figure out much water the plants under my oak tree are getting.

Snapdragons Blown Away

April 27, 2009
Pale Yellow Snapdragons

Pale Yellow Snapdragons

   I planted snapdragon seeds one and 1/2 years ago and they finally sprouted. I took the photo above a few days ago. Unfortunately, the wind picked up really strong Sunday and blew most of the petals off my snapdragons! Ah well, time for more seeds!

By the way, I’ve tried growing the seeds in pots and then transplanting.  Mine work better just planting the seeds straight into the ground.

(Hmmmmmmm…This was supposed to post on Sunday, not sure what happened there.)