Variegated Shell Ginger

The Variegated Shell Ginger grows very well in Texas.

Ours has multiplied so much from the one-gallon plant I bought years ago. We have about 30 plants in pots that we are planning on reselling.

We transplanted some from this large plant to the front of the house a few years ago and now it is multiplying.

It is like the plant that keeps giving. The blooms are gorgeous but they will only bloom if there has not been a freeze and if there is a freeze the plants die back. That has only happened to us one year, but they came back the next spring stronger than ever.

These are roughly 5 – 6 ft tall and about 8 feet wide in most directions. I took the bloom picture when the plant was blooming but I wanted to show off those gorgeous blooms.

The color really pops on these plants below two of the 35+-year-old oak trees. They are accented with ferns who also love the scattered sunlight.

Brighten up a shaded area with some shell ginger it is a plant that keeps giving.

The blooming paperwhites

It is that time of year again when you look out into the yard and see these beautiful bundles of white flowers.

These paperwhites belonged to my great-grandmother Moore and my grandmother gave me these bulbs over 30 years ago. We have moved them and separated them numerous times and shared them with a few family members. They are in several locations in our yard for us to enjoy.

It is so nice to have something out of my great grandmothers yards planted in my yard.

When it’s cold and there is not much blooming these are a joy to see pop out of the ground. Paperwhites are a bulb type flower that grows in clusters but the bulbs tend to grow deep.

When photographing paperwhites you need to use a macro lens to show off how delicate these blooms truly are. These flowers need the perfect lighting to show off their beauty to much sun blows out the white of the blooms so it is better to take pics early a.m. or on an overcast day.

Fine art, photography and paperwhites all go hand in hand.

Kalanchoe

I love Kalanchoe and currently have 4 colors of it planted in a large container.

There is a red, dark pink, pastel yellow and a yellow orange color. I think there are about 12 plants total.

These are from last spring they need to be cut back after blooming this year because they are somewhat leggy. You can take the cuttings and root new plants.

Kalanchoe is a thick leaf succulent that can be grown indoors or outdoors. This time of year it is easy to find them at the garden centers.

Raindrops and Roses

I love the smell of a good rain.

There is something about raindrops on rose petals the depth of the drops with the bright color of the rose and the definition between the two. It is all about the details.

If you have a good macro lens and a bright colored rose give this a try after a rain.

The perspective of pictures

A picture of a flower can look totally different by the way you frame it.

Try moving to the left or the right or shooting from above to see how you can change up the look.

Leaving negative space in the picture below allows for an interesting perspective.

Cropping the picture much closer changes the look of the image.

In this case I prefer the one with the negative space because I feel like it draws me into the picture. For some reason I like the negative space on the left hand side I have no idea why.

This flower is the Agapanthus ( Lily of the Nile). These were beautiful this year and they were clearance flowers from Lowes.

Creativity is in the eye of the beholder.

Blooms

This althea has the most beautiful shaped flowers.

We had a double ruffle lavender one time I loved but the ants got to the plant and killed it.

This white one was merely a stick someone shared with me. It is in front of the house on the corner under the shade of the largest oak tree.

Her beauty adds a bright spot to the shade like a light.

A splash of purple

Mexican Heather is one of those plants you can buy that keeps putting on a show all year long.

It is actually false heather not sure how it got its name.

It’s fairly inexpensive and works out great as a border around a flower bed.  We probably have somewhere around 30 of these plants. They work out great for a spot of color in an area that might not have a lot of colors.

They seem to like it in the sun or partial shade they do well in both areas.

 

 

Blooms, Succulents, and Sedums

This is our well shed and I enjoy changing out what’s hanging on the walls.

This was my hanging herb planter but it is now for succulents & sedums. This is on the right side of the well shed from the back. There is a pink crepe myrtle and white plumbago.

On the backside are the window frame, planter box, and stars accented with dianthus, wandering jew, and pink chi – chi bushes.

Chi – Chi’s is a cousin plant to the purple showers which you have seen on my blogs in the past.

On this particular morning, the humidity fogged up my lens so that gives the images a softer look than normal. I was going to redo these pictures but I and decided I liked the look.

I love all the plants blooming in all the colors it makes me very happy.

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Sunflower morning

We mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together to feed the birds in our area.

We have all kinds of birds, blue jays, bluebirds, red birds, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, dove, chickadees, wrens, house sparrows, brown head cowbirds, black birds,  black bellied whistling ducks, hawks, buzzards, grackles, crows, & ravens then we have quite a variety of seasonal birds that hibernate in our area for the winter.

This beautiful sunflower glistens in the morning light on the back fence line as it reaches for the morning sun.

There were two bird nest one wren and one house sparrow in my hanging baskets off the back porch. One had baby birds the other had eggs and I did not get pics of either one because birds fledge so fast 12 – 15 days from eggs to flight.

When the bird’s plant seeds for us I think it’s their way of saying thank you for feeding them.

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Morning Glory Bush

About  10 – 12  years ago my mom was on the county library board in our local town.

She made some great friends and had a really good time with these ladies.

One lady had a beautiful yard well landscape and thought out and her yard had lots of pocket type gardens. She wanted to have a garden party so everyone could see her yard so all the library board ladies went over to her house for a garden party.

She had the morning glory bushes all over the place so when the garden party ended she gave everyone some cuttings from some of the plants. It was her way of sharing something from her beautiful yard.

My mom gave me a few stems to transplant and from that, we have had many many more. You can root them in water rather quickly and grow lots more plants.

They die back every winter but come back every spring and grow like crazy. We have some right now that are 8ft tall x 5ft wide and full of blooms. You can keep the cut back for a more compact bush of blooms.

We have several rooting in a 5-gallon bucket so we can transplant them in different areas.

The flowers grow in clusters like in the picture they are the size of a small saucer. The stalks are hollow and easy to trim.

They bloom in the morning and new blooms open up each day at sunrise. They do need some sun to produce these beautiful blooms but can get by in partial shade.

There is something special about the beauty of these lavender blooms and my memory of how much my mom loved these flowers.

 

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