Agave May 12 to May 22

May 22nd, 2015

Agave

Agave 12 May 2015

Agave

Agave 16 May 2015

Agave

Agave 22 May 2015

Agave

Some Leaves at the Base of the Agave

Agave

Agave Flower 22 May 2015


Mushrooms

May 22nd, 2015

The soil that I recently purchased has some interesting components.

I posted this image of a lovely mushroom that appeared growing next to a Brugmansia seedling. It lasted for a single day.

Mushroom

I found the remnants of a couple of mushrooms in a pot of greens I am growing for my house bunnies.

Mushroom Remnants


Agave Morning May 11th

May 11th, 2015

Agave

Agave Morning of May the 11th.

Agave

One of Multiple shoots.


Palm Nuts Work In Progress

May 5th, 2015

I have a great stash of palm nuts. Different sizes and colors. I was wondering what to do with them. Kept looking at them. Touching them. They are such beautiful little bits of nature.

Containers of Palm Nuts

Sunday I drilled holes vertically through the nuts, inserted wire. I bound four together to make a frame.

Palm Nuts Frame

Even if I used patina on the brass wire, I still don’t think I will like wire with the palm nuts.

I stitched a 9×9 using brown Egyptian cotton. The thread is barely noticeable, but when it is, looks natural.

Palm Nuts 9 x 9 Mat

Last night I drilled holes in 240 nuts. I need 218, but always make extra just in case. Tonight I will begin stitching them together with the Egyptian cotton.

Palm Nuts and Egyptian Cotton

There will be 99 connected little frames with a mirror in the center of each frame. Yep, I am making a grid using palm nuts.

I am not sure if the cotton thread will be strong enough to support the weight of 218 palm nuts and 99 pieces of mirror. I will address that problem if it becomes an issue.

Of course there will be a coded message. This time the message will be: another mirror held up to me.


Agave Update

May 5th, 2015

Agave

Agave

Top of the Agave Today

Agave

Some Additional Changes

Agave

One of several shoots.


Solandra maxima variegata

May 3rd, 2015

This morning I found a Solandra maxima leaf on the kitchen counter. It looked wrong. There was a lot of yellow. What was happening to my plants?

Then I looked closer and saw the purple stem. This was not from one of my plants. My husband told me that he found a Solandra maxima plant on his morning walk. The leaf was from a variegated variety.

Solandra Variegated Leaf Detail

Leaf Comparison

Solandra Leaf Comparison

I first became aware of the Solandra early one morning at the local Farmers’ Market. There was a slight breeze and a fragrance that was familiar, yet unknown. When I located the source, I immediately bought the plant.

Solandra First Plant

Since that day I have taken cuttings and have plants in 6 locations in my gardens. I have given cuttings to neighbors as well.

When I researched the plant, I found reference to the flowers emitting a pheromone that can induce amorous feelings. Parts of the plant have been used for medicinal treatment and in rituals. If used inappropriately, respiratory and circulatory failure can occur. Yet another potentially dangerous plant in my garden.

I like the plant because the older growth is substantial and bark covered, the leaves are waxy, the buds and flowers are beautiful, and the fragrance is like candy on the wind. I am allowing two plants to grow naturally. The others are cut to fill spaces, so more shrub than vine.

Solandra Bloom


Agave Update

May 2nd, 2015

Agave

Agave May 2nd

Agave texture

Agave texture

Agave

One of several smaller shoots that will produce flowers.


Stick Bug Came to Visit

April 19th, 2015

A stick bug came to visit. It hung out on the screen door most of the day.

Stick Bug

I kept hoping that there would be a magical transformation like the one that occurs in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. But, it didn’t happen. The next morning it was gone.


Fun Find Growing Next to Brugmanisa Seedling

April 19th, 2015

Fun Find Growing Next to Brugmanisa Seedling


Agave Next Door

April 19th, 2015

Agave

Agave March 24th

Agave

Agave April 19th

Agave Teeth

Agave Digging Into Itself

Agave Teeth

Agave Scrapes and Scars

What happens after an agave blooms? According to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum this is what happens to most agaves after they bloom–

“In all but a few species the rosette dies after flowering and fruiting, having spent all of its life energy to produce a huge quantity of seeds-a monocarpic (once-fruiting) life cycle. The plants literally flower themselves to death.”