Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Naked Lady from Mount Calvary

About four years ago my friend Brother Will from Mount Calvary Monastery gave me some naked lady bulbs (Amaryllis belladonna).  He had dug them up at the monastery and I planted them in three different areas on our hillside.  This year one of the bulbs has sent up a stalk with some blooms and this is it.  I was surprised to see one of the bulbs bloom in this location as it is a few feet from one of the birds feeders and there is a lot digging and scratching from the different birds.
Naked Lady, Amaryllis belladonna
It's especially nice to see these blooms emerge from the ground as Mount Calvary Monastery was destroyed nearly three years ago in the Tea Fire.  That fire that burned 1,940 acres and destroyed 210 residences.  

Just yesterday Brother Will stopped by and gave us some White Naked Lady bulbs.  Now we will plant them on the hillside and look forward to both Pink and White Naked Ladies blooming on our garden. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hummer coming in for a landing!

I like this picture of a hummingbird coming in for a landing on the oriole feeder.
Anna's Hummingbird

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Last Orioles of the Season

Well I think this was the last of the Orioles for this season.  I took these pictures several days ago and haven't seen or heard an Oriole since.  Nesting pairs return to the same place each season so I look forward to their return next season.
Hooded Orioles
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gazebo Flower Show

The following posts are pictures that I took of the Gazebo Flower Show that was held August 19th and 20th.  The show was put together by Mike Flaherty owner of Gazebo Plants and Flowers.  He also grew many of the begonias on display.  Paul Carlisle grew the award winning Tuberous Begonias and John Wullbrandt painted the beautiful paintings that were placed around the Garden.
John Wullbrandt, Paul Carlisle and Mike Flaherty, photo by Julie Vanderwilt

I have the show covered in the next five posts.

Gazebo Flower Show - The Entrance

Gazebo Flower Show - Paul's Tuberous Begonias

Here are pictures of Paul Carlisle's award winning tuberous begonias.  They were the stars of the Gazebo Flower Show.
Tuberous begonias grown by Paul Carlisle

The grower Pau Carlisle adjusting the display.

Gazebo Flower Show - Mike's Garden

Here are pictures of Mike's Secret Garden at the Gazebo Flower Show.

B. Red Fred

Dalia grown by Larry Falxa

B. 'Rudy Tuttie'

B. 'Mission Bells'

A painting by John Wulbrandt

B. Sizemora grown by Laurel Carlisle

B. Mr Hunt