Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flower for the Day Azalea 4-30-14

My azaleas have burst into bloom over the last week. I have a mixture of Karen and Herbert azaleas. They both have rich lavender purple orchid blooms. Karen
blooms initially followed in a week or two by Herbert. 

 These are Karen blossoms which are single and luscious.  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lake Aspen Spillway and Falls 4-26-14

Lake Aspen has been very high this year after the spring rains. Excess volume goes 
over the spillway which is just around the corner from our place.


The water  flows down a fairly deep gorge, under a bridge,

over the bedrock  and down some nice falls. Right after the rain there is quite an impressive
amount of water. Jan enjoys creek walking when there is not much water .



Flower for the Day Periwinkle 4-28-14


There are large beds of periwinkle (Vinca minor) along the north and west sides of the house.
It is an ideal ground cover. It is beautiful to behold, easy to walk on, smothers most small weeds,
handles the draught well, and stays green all winter.


It blooms twice a year,

and it has a spectacular lavender blue flower.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flower for the Day Last of the Daffodils 4-23-14

A little different in color arrangement.


Th is is my favorite daffodil. Its almost like a rose.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Flower for the Day Red Buds on the Red Bud 4-21-14

The delicate branches of the red bud tree are striking this time of year. The red
flower buds come right off the branches.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Flower for the Day Red Tulips 4-18-14

Don't get me wrong. Tulips are ok. But I have never needed them or felt passionate 
about them. They were just there as somewhat colorful early garden space fillers.
So I drop some bulbs in before the frost and forget about them.  

On closer look when they quietly arrive they can be interesting. 

Oh my, I've fallen in love. What a feeling.
Happy Easter. Ich wunsche Dir ein frohe Osterfest. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flower for the Day Miniature Daffodils 4-16-14

Narcissus asturiensis. These are popular dwarf daffodils. They are delightfully diminutive. My gnomes love these dwarfs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Overflow

We have a house on Lake Aspen, one of over 100 lakes  in Innsbrook Resort, in the Village of Innsbrook, Missouri outside of St Louis. ( It is a man made lake and the dam is around the corner to the right. Each spring there are rains that overwhelm the spillway both with water and a winters worth of debris. The previous owners did not warn us about this natural phenomenon but our new next door neighbors  said, "Oh, that's just The Overflow." The water rises so quickly that the lake flows over the tie wall around the lake.  You can see trees and logs and trash that have been carried over the wall and 20 feet up the hill. The deluge has inundated our little sand beach and surrounded my new picnic table. 

But there is always the possibility of surprise in the detritus. One man's trash is surely another man's treasure. Above is a priceless 'found' object.  It is a woodpecker's nest in a hollow 
branch with three magnificent openings. It now hangs on the front porch.

Flower for the Day More Hyacinths 4-14-14

Last week they showed up.


This week they bloomed.


And nearby was a new color for me to enjoy.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower for the Day Hyacinth 4-9-14

Hyacinths grow from bulbs which produce 4-6 linear leaves and1-3 spikes (racemes)
of flowers.The name is derived from a plant, Hyakanthos, named by Homer for flower 
that supposedly grew up from the blood of a youth who was killed accidentally by an 
errant discus thrown by the god Apollo.  


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flower for the Day 4-3-14 Amaryllis Quandary Solved

In early February I had a bulb that showed no activity, despite the fact that its two
family members had bloomed successfully.  After more than six weeks of water 
and sun light it finally bloomed this week. Patience was required. It looks
like you only bloom when you are ready.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bonus: Mystery Butterfly named

Last August I posted this image of a mystery butterfly on a Tilley
hat on a hike near Peaceful Valley in Colorado. Today one of 
our Flower Listers wrote that her husband had found
the butterfly in an old Boys Life magazine he was reading.

This is a Weidermeyers admiral (Limenitis weidermeyeri, 1861)
and was discovered in the Adirondack Mountains  by your favorite
19th century entomologist John Henry Weidermeyer.