Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Blue Morning Glories

These Blue Morning Glories have multiplied abundantly this summer along my fence. With lots of water they survived our dreadful August temperatures and are now thriving in partial shade. I must enjoy the remainder of the blooming season before frost comes a courtin.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pale but Pretty

Such a striking Morning Glory. I was beginning to think they would never bloom. I even thought they were blooming at night.  But then, I "caught" them blooming in the early morning before the heat of the sun put an end to their delicate lifespan.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mystery Flower Revealed

Two years ago I planted seeds from several packets. I kept the empty packets, however only two of the planters had results with seedlings. These developed into small plants, but no blooms. These made it through our severe winter and then I discovered, they were coming back............still not knowing just "which" packet of seeds were yielding results.  I've been watching this 3-Ft. plant thrive and produce buds. Then, finally this week one opened up and revealed which packet of seeds these beautiful daisies belonged to.  I've never known daisies to be this tall.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tough & Hardy: Zephirine Drouhin

Did you ever plant a rose in the "wrong" place?

In 2002, I purchased three bare root rose bushes from Home Depot because they were supposed to grow in "partial shade."  They survived in the corner of my shade garden, but never bloomed. As a last resort, and I figured I had nothing to lose - I transplanted two of them to a sunny spot last year (2009). They both took off, but only a couple of blooms late in the season.  Well.....this year they have exploded. True to their description: they are romantic and fantastically fragrant; an old-fashioned Burbon Rose and one of the most popular climbing roses in Europe.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Geometric MADI in Dallas

Taylor chose this painted aluminum sculpture by Heather Marcus as his favorite piece.
Lexi chose this painted metal cityscape with cutouts and lights as her favorite piece.
Admiring the amazing mixed media work of Pamela Nelson.
The design and use of jewels, sequins, paint, etc. was outstanding.
A Sunday afternoon excursion to the Geometric MADI
museum near uptown in Dallas is exciting for my
artistically inclined grandchildren. Taylor is now a
member and this was Lexi and Jessica's first time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

One-day setback to Spring

Unsual snowfall on the first day of Spring. I saw this Robin with feathers all fluffed out, enduring the cold wet stuff that shocked us all overnight. Do you see the Robin?  He's nestled between the two stubs of a tree.
 We received about 5" but it was gone in 24 hours. Now we're expecting 70 degrees today.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh - SPRING !

Yellow is such a special color and what a refreshing sign that SPRING is really here in North Texas.

I've planted both Pansies and Violas in the fall, but the Violas (or Johnny Jump-ups) always outshine the Pansies the next Spring. 

Monday, March 8, 2010


"INSPIRATION" comes from the Latin word meaning "to blow" or "breathe upon."  The authors of these fabulous publications and articles within have been deeply inspired to create. I love to sit and muse through the beautiful  creations and techniques waiting for just the right "breath of creation" to waft into my mind for my next project.  I do, however, have a very bad habit of looking for the next project before I completely finish the current one. Ahhhhhh, but these books (and many more) are just awe-inspiring! 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Change of Seasons

 We had abundant snow in Texas this winter. These photos show the contrast between this beautiful view outside the East Texas town of Quitman in April 2009 and January 2010.