Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Succulents and a Datura

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

The rain and storms have wrecked some of my succulents. We have had more rain from July to March, than we had July to June the previous year.

Echeveria pulvinata Red Velvet
Echeveria

Echeveria

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Not sure what this plant might be. I purchased it for .50 at the local Farm Supply

Succulent

Succulent

Senecio Jacobseni Weeping Jade
Some of the leaves on this plant are rotting.

Succulent

Succulent

Another plant that I have yet to identify, but it is lovely and about to bloom.

Succulent to ID

Datura pod, seed ready to be planted. The plant was started from a volunteer the previous year.

Datura Pod


Cerinthe

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Cerinthe 1

Cerinthe 2


Gulf Fritillary

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Recently found two Gulf Fritillary on my passiflora. When I converted part of the courtyard to succulents and drought tolerant plants, I made the mistake of moving my passiflora. It did not survive. There were some volunteers in another garden that I transferred to trellises in the courtyard. That is where the two Gulf Fritillary were found.

In the past, the majority of the Gulf Fritillary made it through their cycle to emerge as lovely butterflies. The first time I saw one I mistakenly thought it was a Monarch. Now I know they look nothing alike. Well, both have orange and black wings.

Need to check my archives for photos of Gulf Fritillary.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 1, 2019 January 20

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 2, 2019 January 21

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 2, 2019 January 31

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 1, 2019 February 1


Monarch Emerged

Monarch emerged 2017 October 13.


February 12 2019

Cat 1

Cat 2

Tendril

A Lovely Tendril


Solandra maxima

Friday, February 1st, 2019

The images of the Solandra maxima are a plant that went nearly an entire year without a leaf. But it wasn’t dead. Thought I would wait and see.

The plant typically begins blooming in January. The plant is 12 feet long, has leaves, and at the very end of the plant, buds and flowers.

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima with Brugmansia


After the Rain

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Alstroemeria

Bromeliad

Hellebore

Iris


Trapped Cactus

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Apparently a decision was made to landscape the area where the Trapped Cactus was growing. At first glance I thought the cactus had been totally removed.

Trapped Cactus

Closer look, the Trapped Cactus is stilling growing sandwiched between the chain linked fence and the reed privacy fence.

Trapped Cactus

What a resilient plant! What a relief that it still lives.



More Agave Photos

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Agave

Agave

Agave


Solanum pyracanthum at the local Farm Supply

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Solanum pyracanthum

Solanum pyracanthum Label

Solanum pyracanthum Leaves

Solanum pyracanthum Thorns

Solanum pyracanthum with Bee

The plant looks dangerous, but is it toxic? According to Wikipedia it is.

Solanum pyracanthum on Wikipedia.

The plant contains toxic tropane alkaloids in its leaves, stem and fruit and therefore should be considered dangerous to humans.

Did I purchase it? Nope. I like the idea of plants with thorns, but I do not like to work around them.


First Glance–Looked Like A Caterpillar

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Hibiscus trionum stem

Hibiscus trionum stem

Images of Hibiscus trionum Life Cycle
Hibiscus trionum buds

Hibiscus trionum flower

Hibiscus trionum flower detail

Hibiscus trionum spent flower

Hibiscus trionum seed pod

Hibiscus trionum seed pod


Agave with Unusual Color

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Agave1

Agave1

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