Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Snapshots

I so enjoy looking at  Bloom Day posts on other gardener's blogs.  Every month I am determined I will get organized and submit my own set of photos by the 15th.  And every month I get distracted or busy or both and simply fail to get out there and just do it.  

Not to say the Bloom Day round up is missing all that much for my lack of participation.  No false modesty here, truly.  Austin is already very well represented in that mix.

But I do like the idea of getting a sampling of what is going on at a certain point so today I decided to quit hair shirting about missing a particular date and simply got out to play with my camera a bit in the morning light.  

Here it is.  A sampling of my favorite images from the end of August, 2010 - the Summer of the Epic Ankle Injury:
Plumeria - these are the Hub's babies.

Althea gifted from my Dad's old place, long since sold.
The intricacy of Ruellia blossoms fascinates me.

I use Garlic Chives as landscape plants.  I love their long lasting blooms and spiky leaves.  

Bees capture my imagination every time.  I can't seem to resist trying to get a shot when I see them at work.

Oh!  As usual, a reminder to click on any particular image for an enlarged view.  I can't claim to have anything nearly as spectacular as the close up work of Philip at ESP but bigger can be better....

Meanwhile, back to our programmed cavalcade of Sunday photos....
My Verbena gets leggy but I love its lacy leaves almost as much as I like the delicate purple blooms.
Gaillardia are so cheery. I'm hoping these are reseeding themselves.
I yank out most of the invasive sharp pod Morning Glory but leave a couple in place to enjoy their profuse blooms since nectar feeders like it so much.


  1. Lovely that you have your Dad's althea. Memory makes it even more beautiful.

    We have so many of the same plants. My garlic chives never bloomed in Florida but here, they attract bees and butterflies and make me too happy to use.

  2. Good on you. And very original, halfway through the month. Make a meme of it.That hollyhock (?) is a lovely subtle colour.

    I'll have the unwanted morning glory seeds. Maybe not, as it would be a waste.
    I have white morning glory. Reams of it. (a.k.a.bindweed ;-)

  3. Hello Kat! I just discovered garlic chive flowers last a very long time as cut flowers indoors. I think that gives me any excuse I'd ever need to plant even more of them around our spaces.

    Jo: You are correct (as usual) the Althea is a hollyhock - also related to Hibiscus - the flowers all show the family resemblance I think. I've spotted a bit of bindweed roadside - I admire the tiny white flowers on it. I'd be happy to send you seeds for our purple bindweed but as they are considered invasive not sure the postal/agricultural inspector types would be very happy about it.

  4. Beautiful photographs - I especially love the Althea. The light was nice this morning for picture taking. I had a hard time pulling myself away :-)

    I enjoy your blog and am so happy to see that you are able to be out enjoying your garden again.

  5. Thank you WG. I guess I appreciate it all that much more for having been forced into staying away from it for so many weeks. Now, if we can simply get cooler weather and a bit more rain (says she who want it all)....

  6. Your blooms are beautiful.Many I'm not familiar with, cause they don't work in my climate. Makes me want to move south. : )

  7. Don't pack up just yet G Lyn. Today it is supposed to climb to 98 degrees and the lowest high in the 7 day forecast is 96. Although, sure, moving south doesn't necessarily imply all the way to Austin. Somewhere between here and there MUST be that lovely, temperate, perfect garden spot, yes?

  8. Wow, such beauty for a summer of torture. Love your Dad's althea. And wish I could get a gallardia like that in any season. Beautiful plants you have there!

  9. Welcome back Linda. We have all sorts of althea volunteers. As long as no deer are working the area they seem extremely well suited to our area. As to the gaillardia it was part of a wildflower seeding area in its third year. The plants self select a bit and a few are always early/late, which we enjoy.


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