Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Favorite Color Combination

I just love cobalt blue in the garden. I especially like blue and shades of yellow. One of my favorite color combinations at the moment is my bottle tree along with Black Eyed Susan vine. I planted a few seeds at the base of the bottle tree, and then watched as the vine slowly twisted around the bottles. Here are a few photos of how that bed looks today.
Here we see my bottle tree with Black Eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata) vine climbing up the bottles.

This is a photo of how this bed looks with the bottle tree and the Black-eyed Susan vine together.

Also planted in this bed is Gold Star Esperanza (Tecoma stans).

On the trellis in the background is the rose ‘Red Cascade’.

…I also planted Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)…

…and Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)…

…and Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris)…

…and last but not least Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccínea).
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Macro Monday ~ Gulf Fritillary

I took these photos of a Gulf Fritillary in my Houston, Texas garden, just a few weeks ago. They are one of my favorite butterflies. We have them almost all year long. I try to always have nectar sources for them as well as Passionflower vine, which is the host plant for their larva. When we have a mild winter (like this year) they continually lay eggs and we have a constant parade of butterflies.
Gulf Fritillary butterflies are a tropical or semitropical butterfly, which are common in much of the southern United States as well as Mexico and Central America.

Gulf Fritillary butterflies seem to always be near their host plant, which is Passionflower vine. Native Passionflower vines to your area are the best source for attracting these lovely orange butterflies.

These photos of a Gulf Fritillary were taken only a few feet away from a Passionflower vine. In my garden they seem to enjoy Zinnias as a nectar source.
Today I’m joining Lisa’s Chaos for Macro Monday. You can head on over there to view some wonderful macro photography.
If you would like to read my last post on this topic follow this link: Macro Monday ~ Pandora Sphinx Moth

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our Cardinal Family

Recently, we had a pair of Northern Cardinals build a nest in our garden. The hatchlings have fledged, but the family is still spotted daily in the garden. Here is a series of photos I took of them at the feeder.
I have a hanging bird feeder in the Front Garden. In it I usually place red grapes and whole peanuts. The Cardinal family loves the grapes.

The babies get very excited when they see their Papa on the feeder.

He will collect a few little bits of grape and then place it in his baby’s mouth.

They always want more!

They watch from above as he collects more grapes for his little ones.

They still have mostly grey feathers and blend in well in the branches.

Here you can see a few red feathers beginning to show.

It makes me so happy every time I see these little guys!

They are always hopeful that more grapes will soon be delivered.

However, the Momma no longer feeds the babies. I have only seen Papa feeding the brood.
 If you would like to read my last post about this family follow this link: Cardinal Babies

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The View from My Back Door

I often stand and look out my back door. It is one of my favorite views of the garden. Here is a photograph taken over the past four months. It is always nice to see the evolution of the garden.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wildflower Wednesday

Today, I’m joining Gail over at Clay and Limestone for another installment of Wildflower Wednesday. I love wildflowers and I look forward to the fourth Wednesday of each month when Gail hosts Wildflower Wednesday. Here is a little look at what is blooming in my Houston garden.
My Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) only recently began to bloom.

Black-eyed Susan

White Mistflower

Plains Coreopsis

Texas Paintbrush

Texas Bluebonnet


Mexican Hat

Clasping Coneflower

Dwarf Red Plains Coreopsis
If you would like to see the wildflowers that were blooming last month follow this link: Wildflower Wednesday

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The View From My Front Door

I often find it interesting how a view changes with the seasons. Even on my small suburban lot, the view from my front door looks very different each month. The following photos capture the changing scene for the months of February, March, April and May. During those months the Front Garden Make-Over was still in full swing, so the changes are somewhat dramatic.
This is the view on my left…




This is the view looking straight ahead…





This is the view on my right…




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Monday, May 21, 2012

Rose Roll Call

Today, I took a little walk through my garden and photographed the roses that are blooming. We are heading into warmer weather. As a result, some of the blooms are not as large as they were a month or two ago. However, many of the roses are still having a nice flush of color.
Easy Does It

Francis Dubreuil

Archduke Charles


The Fairy

Souvenir de Saint Anne

Red Cascade

Nearly Wild Rose

Rise N Shine

Knock Out
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