Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Sweet Essence of the Magnolia

Friday, January 22nd, 2021



Billbergia nutans

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Queen’s Tears


San Marcos Growers–Billbergia nutans

World of Succulents–Billbergia nutans

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

The courtyard garden needs cleaning and clearing. The drought offers loads of dropped oak leaves and pine needles.

Passiflora and Pandorea vines growing on the trellises need some care.

Passiflora and Pandorea

When I started to clean and clear the dead bits and the dropped oak leaves and pine needles, I saw a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.


This morning I found another one.


Late for them to be hanging around the garden. Good that there is plenty fo food for them.

If they make it through the chrysalis process, this is how the will emerge.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

The chrysalis of the Gulf Fritillary looks a bit like a dead leaf.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Plan to put the cleaning on hold to give the caterpillars a chance of becoming butterflies.

Converted Egyptian Paste Piece

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

While reorganizing my garage studio space I found one of my Egyptian Paste test pieces had apparently been used as a hotel for mice.

Egyptian Paste Box

The mice managed to get in the garage and found all of the dried and drying plant materials sustaining.


When I was cleaning the space after the mice were relocated, it didn’t occur to me that I should look through the boxes of pieces stored in the space.

The box was constructed of hardware cloth and Egyptian paste. After firing the box, it was lined with black nylon and bound closed with strips of the same fabric. The fabric was dipped in diluted wood glue and hit with a heat gun, for a shrink wrap effect. I like that nylon can look like a skin, exposing the structure under it.

I have posted about this piece in the past. Pleased that the pieces have not developed a light coating of sodium.

Egyptian Paste Vessel

The pieces were constructed of hardware cloth, some had the addition of nails.

Egyptian Paste Vessel Nail Detail

The Egyptian paste was used like spackle and the lot fired to cone 015.

What to do with the mouse house? I am leaning toward popping it someplace, out of the way, in the garden.

Acacia Seed Pods

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Acacia Seed Pods

Acacia Seeds Pods

The interior of the pod is beautiful!
Acacia Pod Interior

Acacia Seed and Foliage

Ladybug Visitor

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Ladybug Found Roaming around the Kitchen

Placed it on a potted Brugmansia that is infested with spider mites.

The concave area appears to be a malformation or some type of damage. The ladybug probably came to be in the kitchen after involuntarily hitching a ride on dandelions or kale that was purchased at the Farmers’ Market.


I sharpened the image to show the damaged area a bit better.

Datura Pod

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Datura Pod

Senecio articulatus Changes and Leaf Growth

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

There is a thickening at the site of the new leaves.

Senecio articulatus

Senecio articulatus

Previous Posts
2020 October 27

Senecio articulatus

2020 July 13

Ludisia Flower Buds

Monday, November 9th, 2020

When a plant seems to not grow for nearly two years, what could that mean? Loads of stuff.

Wrong potting mix.
Wrong light.
Wrong watering.

When I bought the plant at the local Farmers’ Market, I thought the grower told me that the plant is an Impatiens.

Today when I did a google image search, I found that it is a Ludisia, a type of orchid. And that the soil was wrong, light wrong, and watering wrong, feeding wrong. Nice that it survived in spite of my incorrect care. I should have been caring for it like an African Violet.

I repotted it and suddenly it began to grow.

Ludisia Plant

Could all be a coincidence, or maybe it finally had the right growing conditions.

Ludisia Leaf Detail

New Growth
Ludisia New Growth

Flower Buds
Ludisia Flower Bud

Ludisia Flower Bud

Kew Science–Plants of the World Online, Ludisia

The American Orchid Society, Ludisia

Succulent Activity Inside and Outside

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis More New Growth

Albuca namaquensis

Albuca namaquensis

The Succulent in the Courtyard


Its Flowers

Succulent Flower

Seeds Developing
Succulent Seeds Developing