Through the years I have had six crepe myrtles some of which have grown up to be tall trees (over 8 feet). Last winters severe weather essentially killed off all the woody components of all of the crepe myrtles. The four remaining "plants" have put up 3-4 feet green shoots. I had to cut out all the dead woody portions. After all spring and summer, last week I got one pretty if measly raspberry crepe myrtle blossom. So it goes.....
Monday, September 29, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
This is aster time in the garden. Here are three different color asters. The first one is a light lavender color in the front garden growing in several stands.
This one is also in the front garden but is an orphan aster plant with a more pinkish tinge.
This aster is more purple and grows tall in the sunlit wildflower garden.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Starting at the Upper Beaver Meadow Trailhead Ken Oldham
and I hiked the trail to Ute Meadow.
As we gained elevation we had exceptional views of Notchtop,
We had a glorious day. Here is Ken in Ute Meadow, a
place of serenity.
place of serenity.
Here I am in Ute Meadow with the path to Trail Ridge behind me.
On the way back we had a good view of burned out Cub Lake (center). We could see the path of the Fern Lake fire as it skipped several areas on its way down toward the
entrance of the national park.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
This is what happened after I purchased 2 small Morning Glory plants (Total$3.50) at a Garden Club sale. The vines are taking over the front porch and swing. Morning Glory (Ipomea) is one of a thousand species of flowering plants in the Convolvulaceae Family.
The blue and purple blossoms open in direct sunlight and the
edges of the flowers start to curl by noon. A very hardy and
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
We are home from Colorado in time for triplets. All three of the
buds on our mature night blooming cereus opened in full darkness
in unison over a one hour time span.
Two are in a very intimate position with each other.
Open, they have spectacular features.
The only light that they had was from the half moon.
The stalk of the bud emerges from the free edge of the leaf.
They will stay open all night and will close with dawns light.
This is the only time the plant will bloom this year.