Friday, December 30, 2016

This is going to get big!

There is a large Agave Salmiana, AKA Green Giant. It's growing just below the house and it's going to bloom! The plant is about 12 to 14 feet in diameter and the bloom stalk will grow to over 20 feet tall when it actually blooms.

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Agave Salmiana

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Color in the Garden

Today I went for a little walk around the garden and took the following pictures.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Begonia Mr Hunt

I'm very fortunate to have this begonia named after me.  It's B. Mr Hunt hybridized by Brad Thompson.

B. Mr Hunt

Blue Ginger

Blue Ginger

Monday, October 24, 2016

Stained Glass Terrarium with Begonia Microsperma

Here is a Stained Glass Terrarium that I made and inside of it I have Begonia Microsperma.  It started sending out little blooms about a week ago.  I like how this terrarium has a viewing pane in the lid so that you see the plant from above.

Stained Glass Terrarium, B. Microsperma
Stained Glass Terrarium, B. Microsperma
Stained Glass Terrarium, B. Microsperma
Stained Glass Terrarium, B. Microsperma

Saturday, October 22, 2016

White-Crowned Sparrow

A small flock of White-Crowned Sparrows were at the bird feeders this morning.  Just as I took this picture of one at the birdbath, they all flew away.

White-crown Sparrow

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cactus and Succulent additons

One of my favorite cactus and succulent nurseries, Desert Images in Oakview California is going out of business.  Today we went over there to make our final purchases.  Here are the cactus and succulents that I am adding to my collection.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Passion Fruit

I finally have a ripe passion fruit on one of my vines.  It was green for awhile and then all of a sudden it turned yellow.

Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit
It came off the vine with these blooms.
Passion Flower
I cut it open and tasted the inside. The red seeds are colorful but not very flavorful.  They have just the slightest sweet taste.

Passion Fruit

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Gulf Fritillary laying an egg

Here is a photograph that I took of a Gulf Fritillary laying an egg on the leaf of a passion vine.  If you look closely you can see the egg coming out of the butterfly.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary Egg on the leaf of a Passion Vine

Close-up of a Gulf Fritillary Egg on the leaf of a Passion Vine

Gulf fritillary