Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Angel Wing Begonia

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia

Angel Wing Begonia


Flowers and Other Activity in the Garden 20220321

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Butterfly

Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria

Brugmansia
Brugmansia

Cerinthe
Cerinthe

Cistus
Cistus Buds

Cistus

Cymbidium
Cymbidium

Cymbidium

Daffodil
Daffodil

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Freesia
Freesia Lilac

Freesia Lilac

Freesia Stripe

Freesia Stripe

Hellebore
Hellebore

Knotweed
Knotweed

Pussy Willow (cutting)
Pussy Willow

Sweet Pea Shrub
Sweet Pea Shrub

Wisteria
Wisteria


A Nature Gift

Friday, March 18th, 2022

In mid December I checked out the green waste bin looking for potential art materials. Saw a sweet little oak cutting. I snagged it.

Looked like a wee stump with a few twigs. Thought that it might be fun to use in a piece. Popped it in some water hoping it would prevent it from drying out before I had an opportunity to look at it closer. It has been growing new leaves, no roots. Pretty sure this is not a tree that can be propagated in water.

Oak Cutting

Last week I moved it upstairs. I thought it would get better light during the day.

Oak Cutting

I totally forgot to water the little oak one day. It requires loads of water.
Unfortunately, it’s started to lose leaves and some of the twig-like branches died.

I pruned the dried dead bits.

Oak Cutting

I think the green section may survive. How, not sure.

This leaf gave me pause.

Oak Cutting

Nature offers amazingly beautiful gifts!


Freesia from Seed

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Bud 2022 02 23

Freesia from Seed

Bloomed 2022 03 04
Freesia from Seed


Cymbidium, Datura, Prickly Pear

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

The cymbidium are doing great his year. I had planned to repot them for two years and kept missing the dormant time. The pots are also full of leaf litter from the wisterias covering the deck. The cymbidium will continue to bloom for several months. Maybe later this year I can repot them. Also wanted to pop some in the courtyard garden.

Cymbidium 1
Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 1

Cymbidium 2
Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Cymbidium 2

Datura
Even though Datura are considered to be annuals, some don’t actually die back where I live. They will lose nearly all of their leaves and then the base of the plant begins to thicken. Shortly after, new growth appears at the base and sometimes at the top of the stem if it hasn’t been cut back.

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Datura New Growth

Usually I remove the seedpods to start new plants in flats and pots.
This year, I left a few to self sow.

Datura Pod

Prickly Pear
The start of the Prickly Pear is growing out of its pot. Just not sure where to transplant it. I don’t enjoy dealing with plants that can cause injury. A slight bump and multiple, nearly invisible spines to remove.

Prickly Pear


Amaryllis Bulb

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

Amaryllis With Fungi


Magnolia Bud

Friday, January 28th, 2022

Magnolia Bud


Tillandsias Update

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

The Tillandsias were moved to the bathroom for humidity and some brighter light.

Noticed that they seemed a bit dry even though I have been misting them.

Tillandsias in Water

Tillandsias

Tillandsias

Tillandsias Previous Post


Narcissus

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

Narcissus

Narcissus Bud

All of the buds dried before a bloom.
Narcissus Bud Interior

Narcissus Bud Interior

Narcissus Roots

Narcissus Stems

Trimmed the bulbs.
Narcissus Trimmed

Narcissus Roots

Narcissus Roots

Transplanted bulbs into the garden.
Narcissus Transplanted

Narcissus Transplanted

Foliage may be used to make a vessel.
Narcissus Foliage


Magnolia

Monday, December 27th, 2021

Magnolia Flower

Magnolia Flower

Growth on Magnolia

Growth on Magnolia

Growth on Magnolia

Growth on Magnolia