Archive for May, 2009

Cannas at Night

May 30, 2009
canna in the labyrinth at night

canna in the labyrinth at night

Sometimes I walk the labyrinth at night, but last night I was doing some maintenance on the labyrinth.  I had just finished re-tying the passion vine to the arbor.  It had gotten so wild that I couldn’t walk through it.

This path  is the second ring from the outside, near the entrance.  I’ve already told you about the cannas.  The birdbath was a gift from my neighbor Karen.

Rose of Sharon Blooms

May 29, 2009
blooms on rose of sharon bush

blooms on rose of sharon bush

This is a close-up of the blooms on my Rose of Sharon bush.  I’m on my lunch hour so I have to be quick.  You can read about this bush in my previous post.  Gotta go!

Needs Trimming

May 29, 2009
Rose of Sharon Bush badly in need of trimming.

Rose of Sharon Bush badly in need of trimming.

The Rose of Sharon just started blooming.  I really love this flower.  The bush was originally given to me by my friend Bert.  He had cut a limb from his bush, set it in a pot of soil, and let it root.  It also propagates by seed.  It was 2 feet high then, but now it’s about 9 feet tall.  When I saw this photo I realized it’s time for a trim to shape it.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying the flowers.

Fake Hens-and-Chicks?

May 28, 2009

Can you guess what this is?

 These two plants appear to be  the  hens-and-chicks type propagation  in plants that I’ve recently talked about.  It’s not.  It is two separate plants, an Iris (without blooms) with a liatris growing up from right underneath it.

That white snow or powder on the leaves is actually raindrops that are reflecting the flash.  My night photography needs work.  For some beautiful night photography of  lovely gardens in Austin, look at this post on Mike Z’s blog.

My New Balls of String

May 25, 2009
This clematis generates little balls of string that are supposed to turn into flowers.

This clematis generates little balls of string that are supposed to turn into flowers.

This clematis looked so fascinating, I had to bring it home.  It didn’t have a tag in it, so I don’t know its exact name, but aren’t these balls of string  interesting? 

I’m currently experimenting as to where to put it.  The instructions said it needs to be in a sunny spot, but the roots need to be cool.  The sunny spots in Texas aren’t cool, so I’m trying to figure out how to pull that off.  Will come back and update you if I succeed.