I leaned a wood ladder against the garage and forgot about it. A month later an anemone bloomed. Took these shots yesterday to capture the accidental art of a flower contrasted by hard surfaces (wood ladder, stucco garage).
These flowers in the backyard appear to be affected by sunlight. The shaded petals sport yellow markings while the sun drenched ones don’t. I’ve currently misplaced the tags that tell me what flowers I planted in our knock-on-wood gopher-proof garden (raised bed with underground wiring). Any clues?
Our eclectic front yard has an aloe Venus with spikey bright orange/ red blooms. The gopher has left it alone as have the rabbits and quail that move around it. I planted it fittingly as an after thought.
This week the ocean cliffs along Big Sur were alive with color. Unfortunately, the succulents that provide much of this natural bouquet have become targets for poachers, according to warning signs posted by state park officials. An oil painting of the coast wouldn’t look real to observers unfamiliar with Big Sur’s artistry. But the huesContinue reading “Big Sur Artistry”
I first put nasturtium seeds in the ground in 2011. The result was orange flowers. Depending on how much sunlight struck the flowers, the leaves were big (less sun), or small with lots of flowers (lots of sun). But the flowers were a uniform orange. This year, for the first time, I am seeing variegatedContinue reading “Variegated Nasturtiums”
When the morning sun struck the butterfly irises outside the living room window yesterday, I saw a great photo opp. They were in full bloom–flying as it were. But I waited too long. Rain. Sometimes it was hard, mostly it was gentle. Didn’t matter. The “wings ” became something else, beautiful in their own way.Continue reading “Butterfly Irises After the Rain”
The peruvian lily or astroelmeria is a popular flower in the Carmel area. Originally from the cool mountain regions of Peru, Chile and Brail, this lily is known for its long vase life–up to two weeks. We have them all over in great numbers this year due to a long rainy season with cool weather.Continue reading “Peruvian Lilies”