Saturday, May 30, 2009


Easy to grow, and overwinter very nicely. Most of these came from specials at the home improvement store, and some didn't bloom until the next year.
lemon yellow

huge flowers

I think this may be a hybrid of the ones above and below it. I shamelessly encourage pollen from one plant to another, and plant all the seeds back in the flowerbed. This is on a smaller plant, likely grown from planted seed.

sort of a mutant of the huge-flowered one.

Happy almost-summer.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Nesting and Resting

Tenacious violet Robin's nest in our pecan tree, about 8-9 feet off the ground. The long streamers are dead daylily leaves, pulled off and left for the lawnmower.
Waiting for the eggs to hatch. Hopefully, the cats will stay disinterested in birds. They seem to prefer bugs, lizards, and the occasional mouse. Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, cardinals, red-headed woodpeckers, and the little brown birds all eat out of the cat food dish on the back porch. The cats are only concerned with having someone fill it back up.

Oslo's new napping place. Note how her head is perfectly positioned for ear-rubbing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cactus in Bloom

One of several growing almost wild in the Natchitoches area.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Roque House Garden

Roque House, Natchitoches. Cane River in background.

All photos from May 6, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Roque House

Roque House was built in the late 1700's (there are three historical markers or signs at the site and every one of them has a different date), and is made of bousillage, which is similar to adobe.

rear patio, with climbing jasmine

there are wasps (?) living in the walls

lots of interesting textures, and a huge perennial garden in the front