Saturday, January 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day-January 2011

Happy New Year, everyone!  Let's see what the torrents of rain have brought in the way of blooms recently.

I can't believe my Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea) is still blooming.  I thought everything would be blown out and faded by now, but as you can see, there is still quite a show going on.

I know it looks dark, but that was the setting I had to go with to get an accurate representation of that purple, and the pink is accurate too.  Isn't that a great combination?  

Similar in structure, but totally different in pallet is one of my most consistent bloomers,  my golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea (hee hee-it sounds like it's related to a pachyderm)).

Well, unlike a pachyderm, the flowers on my polka dot plant are teeny tiny and freakin' hard to focus on when there is any sort of breeze in the yard (which there always is when I'm trying to get my GBBD photos! Not that I'm complaining-it's awfully muggy without it.)

In the same pot and also with great foliage and tiny flowers is my coleus. It's hard to focus on the flowers with such pretty leaves below, but they are an awfully nice purple. 

And, speaking of purple, my African Daisy (Osteospermum) still has a few nice blooms on it and even a couple specks of pollen in the middle for contrast.

My bougainvillea is beginning to fade a bit, but I still found one creamy flower very much on display for GBBD.

And, finally, I've shown you what my red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) does when it's done blooming.  It starts putting out new foliage to grow new plants...except when it puts out new flowers instead.  See the gangly, spent flower coming up out of the middle and falling over toward the left?  All the other flowers are coming out from around the base of that one. I haven't yet figured out when it makes foliage and when it makes flowers-anyone out there know?  

To see what is going on in other gardens around the world, or to share what is going on in your garden, visit our Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day host, Carol, at May Dreams' Gardens

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's a New Year, and Already I'm Behind!

Well, OK, I guess I'm not really behind on the new year, I'm just not caught up on the old year yet.  Here's what I meant to blog about last year that I haven't gotten around to yet:

Books-As close as I can figure, I've got about 15 that I read and never blogged about.  I'm thinking about trying to just do a one-sentence summary for each of these.  This would be a good exercise in creativity as well as brevity.

Our trip to the mainland-I did cover some of this already-Hubby's paragliding clinic, the Rat Race, and the nice people who let us stay with them in Oregon-but I still haven't told you about our camping in the redwoods and our visit to Yosemite.  I'm sure you're all waiting with bated breath-"Ooh, let me guess, I bet there were camp fires and tents and big trees and breathtaking scenery!"  Um...well, yeah.  Maybe I'll just put up some pictures and call it a day.

Our trip to France-France?  How exciting!

Our trip to Venice-This was really just an extension of the France trip, but gondola rides!  Old buildings!  Lots of water!  Huh.  I guess that about covers that too...I'll put up some pictures.

Our trip to 2009-I did write about Day 1 and Day 2, but I still want to tell you about our Nature Conservancy hike on Day 3.  It was awesome.  I'll put up some pictures.

How's your new year going?