Category Archives: leaves

jellybean jar

lots of flowers

Jellybean jar yard shot IMG_3739




one more

there is another blooming still that i did not name last night.  i have a steel trap that is a lot like a mind.  just not precisely like one.  and yes rusted.  whether it is rusted shut or open is another matter.  let us get back to the naming.  this one blooms without competition in the front yard.  an oldie called Glittering Gift.  it is a 5 inch 51 cm bloom on a short plant.  it will have several more days bloom.  perhaps you may see why it was named so.  four images

glittering gift macro

glittering gift edge macro

glittering gift det

glittering gift


seedlings and seedlings

two generations.  both with late bloom.  both mostly yellow.  the first is a plant that has been crossed with lots of things.  it is a trumpet shaped bloom.  it is tall in the four foot range.  the second is a seedling of the first.  so they will look a bit similar.  mostly images that i will use to see a little of what this new seedling is doing.  one day’s observation is just a small slice of what a plant will do during a bloom season.  four images

11-0730-A Desert Icicle x Autumn Minaret

volcon fuego x 11-0730-A DI x AM branching

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volcon fuego x 11-0730-A DI x AM  IMG_5804 side view

find a picture ?

i vaguely remember this concept.  i might even remember what comes next…    that was a dramatic pause.  if you heard the creaking of rusty hinges you’re not imagining things…  i have a rusty trap that is a lot like a brain.  now back to that picture.  this is Neverending Summer introduced by Dave Winter.  his garden is not far from mine.  and now this lovely grows in this garden.  it was planted here last fall.  it is known to rebloom.  yes it goes with the name.  next summer i hope to see it do just that…   unless it gets inspired this summer….  patience grasshopper…   two images

Neverending Summer


Neverending Summer macro

a spiral in the hand

is worth …..   a good look !    i am fairly sure this is a rex begonia.  it sure looks that way to me.  it is also spiraling.  the leaf does not so much end as fade into a smaller still growing spiral segment.  which if you are familiar with rex begonias each little piece of a leaf and vein is capable of becoming a new plant.  now let’s get back to that spiral and the leaf pattern. ain’t it just amazing ? ! ? !  oh and these are still from the garden we visited !  and if anyone asks just pretend this was not a math lesson.  three images.

rex begoinia spiral macro rex begoinia spiral det 2 rex begoinia spiral det

where you find them

here and there and anywhere.  this is one from the there category.  a daylily found there.  there in another garden.  no name.  just blooming pretty.

unknown yellow white daylily macro unknown yellow white daylily det


too long a day.  nah – discard on that.  too orange, not likely.  too common – says who ?  too spent a flower ?   too much out of the ditch and along the fence ?  too red an eye ?  too close for comfort – really.  too many excuses – double nah.  or perhaps not creative enough ?  too vein ?  could there be more red veins in this ?  or just too much delay before the picture ?   … or pictures, 4.  too beautiful.  oh and it was just long enough a day in the northern hemisphere.  the longest day of the season.  happy solstice.  too!

orange ditch lily spent IMG_8158 orange ditch lily fence line orange ditchlily det orange ditchlily macro



a comparison

a 120 mile (193 km) comparison.  heading south from my garden it should be a little warmer sooner and the gardens there should be a little bit ahead of our garden.  and that is just about what i have seen.  Stella’s Ruffled Fingers grows in both of these gardens.  not the exact same conditions mind you, still very similar.  the Stella in my norther garden is still buds, oh at least 5 days from opening.  the Stella further south has opened.  and soon it will be blooming madly away.  it is a mature clump with several – say about 15 mature fans.  possibly more.  a rough count shows about 20 scapes sending up buds.  when they are all in bloom it will be one pretty sight.  four images and a bit more jabber

stella ruffle fingers clmbs det

stella ruffle fingers clmbs macro

stella ruffle fingers clmbs clump

stellas ruffled fingers cleve IMG_8109


the first clump is Stella in the more southern garden.  It is a free standing clump.  no competition.   the second one is in my garden.  it is surrounded by other clumps of daylilies.  most of them are a bit taller than Stella.  so between the extra competition and an extra hundred miles this Stella is not blooming yet.  now on the plus side it may just bloom a little longer.  time will tell.  and yes i am still waiting for Stella to bloom here.  waiting patiently…

purple larkspur

the larkspur self seed throughout the garden.  there are enough that many are removed to make room for planned plantings.   and new ones keep coming along during the course of the summer.  they are a nice and delicate addition to the garden.  three images

purple larkspur det IMG_7997

purple larkspur bud macro IMG_8000 purple larkspur bloom macro IMG_8000