Friday, October 24, 2014


American Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana
My Beautyberry has gotten quite large.  I'm not complaining!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Texas Aster -  Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) on the inferno strip

Saturday, August 23, 2014


A Trinity of Passion Flowers (Passiflora)
Passion Flowers have been given their common name as representations of the passion play.  This morning, I found three in full glory.  They only last one day, so  it's usually smart to cut them and bring them indoors, in order to experience their scent and beauty, up close.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Sweet Autumn Clematis

Last week during our rainy days, I captured this image of the Sweet Autumn Clematis against the sky.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The weekend is forecast to be in the triple digits. I  decided to pick some flowers last night while the temperatures aren't so  bad. The arrangement consists of Celosia, Cuphea, Cosmos, and  Gomphrena. If the bottom photo looks like a larger bouquet, it's  because the background is  an old  painting with a bouquet of flowers.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Front Border Ensemble

This year, I experimented with a  combination of plants, in one of my front yard borders. I wanted to pay just as much attention to texture, as to color.  I'm quite pleased with the outcome.  The ensemble includes: Cosmos bipinnatus, Cynara cardunculus, Emilia coccinea, Cymbopogon citrullus, and Cuphea llavea.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Platycodon grandiflorus in a bed of Sedum angelina

Every spring it's always a delight to see the large blooms of the Balloon Flower Platycodon grandiflorus open.  The buds, as their common name suggests, look like little balloons about to pop.  Once they do, the flowers are fairly large, measuring around 3 inches wide.  The blue of this variety is even more striking in combination with the chartreuse foliage of the Sedum.

Monday, June 9, 2014


My Late Spring front door border.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Saponaria officinalis

The scent of this flower is heavenly!  It was once used to make soap and has a clean refreshing essence - and it's pretty too!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


 Spring Bouquet

Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea llavea) and Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

Friday, January 3, 2014



Amaryllis La Paz

It's a new year and what better way to start it than to show off a beautiful Amaryllis that is blooming in my house!  La Paz was a gift from a special friend.  The painting in the background is one I did way way way back.