Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Love This Weather!

Golden Ball Lead Tree
Porter Weed
Bird of Paradise
Aloe Vera

Everything seems so happy with the chilly mornings and even though the rain we just got was slight, I think things are happier. I am so excited that the Golden Lead Ball Trees are getting ready to bloom!!! I can't wait to see those yellow golf balls (as I refer to them) hanging down. I also just love the Porter Weed. The blooms are so vibrant. I have them next to the Gold Mound Duranta and I think the gold makes the purple just pop. The other one I am waiting to see unveiled is the Bird of Paradise- slowly but surely I can see changes in the bloom. Last but not least on my list of favorites for the day is the Aloe Vera bloom. Simple yet beautiful.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My Newest Creation

I just finished this planter today- I kinda like the way it turned out if I do say so myself. I have already had a few compliments today! I put in a Black Prince Echeveria, Variegated Society Garlic, Kalanchoe Beharensis (which is my favorite- it was in the movie Man On Fire that is probably one of my favorite movies of all time), Ice Plant- Aptenia cordifolia, and then Crassula Silver Dollars.
I love mixing the different things up. I planted the front beds but they have a way to go until they get photographed. I will post pics of those soon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Too Cool Not To Post

Busy tending to everything but saw this today and felt I had to post it. Just too pretty.
It is called a Billbergia nutans.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Look Who Came Out to Play!

I love this time of year when the butterflies and the bees come around. We have so many different plants that attract a variety of different bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds. I have been successful in capturing the bees and several different types of butterflies, though the hummingbirds have proven a bigger challenge for me. Today I had so much fun following this Swallowtail. He was obviously very happy going between the different Milkweed plants. I had so much fun capturing him. While I was watching him and letting him pose for the camera I saw a Monarch. I wasn't able to capture him but I thought it was too early for those but I know it was one. Hopefully he will come back today and I can capture his photo as well. Hope you enjoy the photos half as much as I did taking them.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Have a blooming good day!

Jerusalem Sage

Spider Aloe
Mexican Thornless Lime
Mountain Laurel, love these blooms, they look like bunches of grapes
Aloe petricola bloom

I have been having fun running around taking photos of all the new blooms so I thought I'd share. Have to admit loving this weather and crossing everything I have we don't have another freeze. I am not a winter person, hence I live in Texas. It is fun to visit for a weekend or maybe just maybe a week but other than that, I am a not a fan of the cold. Things have been really busy making new buds, flowers, growing, it is so exciting.
I am anxiously awaiting all the budding plants and trees - everything seems ready to pop. I have already posted my favorite, the Lion's Tail, (the Leonotis) but am starting to wonder as things start to open it might have some competition...
I love my new camera I have to say yet again, the difference in the photos is amazing. Thank you again to my sweet husband not only for the camera, but the new lens as well.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pink Crystals!!!

How pretty are these? I love them! They are called Ruby Crystal Grass or 'Pink Crystals'- I never stop learning new things. My favorite part about them is they stay rather small. They look so pretty blowing in the wind, faint little blades and a subtle yet pretty little bloom of pink (which happens to be my favorite color). Just thought I'd share.