Archive for July, 2009

Cypress Vine just needed a little support, that’s all

July 21, 2009
First Cypress Vine Buds of 2009

First Cypress Vine Buds of 2009

Today I saw the first two blooms on my cypress vines.  About 10 days ago, I finally put up supports for these vines.  I learned about them while standing in line at the North Haven Gardens nursery.  A lady told me that they grew really well in our area.  I didn’t have time to go back and get one that day, but when I mentioned them to a neighbor, she said she grew them every year and collected seed.  She gave me seeds to plant for this year.  They remind me of Christmastime!

Both this and morning glory vines that reseed every year were slow in coming.  It has been even hotter than usual and that may be a contributing factor.  But I didn’t get the supports up soon enough.  Once they have supports, vines grow amazingly fast.  I can literally see growth from one day to the next.

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Three More Succulents

July 20, 2009
red stem (succulent), echeveria (succulent), and an unknown succulent

red stem (succulent), echeveria (succulent), and an unknown succulent

I rarely do things half-way.  When I decided to grow a succulent garden, I meant it.  These are the last 3 of the new succulents.  The lighter green at the top left is Red Stem (succulent).  Echeveria (succulent) is the darker green at the bottom of the photo.  The one at the top right is a succulent, but I have not yet identified it.  It just looked like a very happy plant.

Retro Choke (succulent)

July 19, 2009
retro choke (succulent)

retro choke (succulent)

Isn’t this beautiful?  It’s supposed to grow a lot larger.

Fireworks Photo Failure on July Fourth

July 18, 2009

My city’s annual fireworks display can be seen from the Labyrinth Garden.  I tried to take photos, but wound up with only dark blanks.  The good news is, there are people who know how to do this!  Take a look at Mike Z’s Fourth of July photos.  He lists his settings and method in the comments. I’m going to save these and try again next year!

http://myphotomemries.blogspot.com/2009/07/fireworks-in-new-braunfels-2009.html#links

If you can’t beat them, join them

July 18, 2009

2sedlum1succulent

I was so irritated at the dismal failure of my vegetable beds this year, that I decided to buy more of the plants that never give me any trouble whatsoever — sedums and succulents.  Three of my new plants are shown here.  A striking Lemon Coral sedum, light green Trailing Jade succulent, and a dark green Miniature Pine Tree succulent.  These tolerate drought, sun, and propagate easily.