Smile! It's Monday!
Monday I'm always disorganized, so a good day for miscellany. There are some bits of the garden I never photograph because the lighting is bad, or the backgrounds are bad. I ignore the beautiful Sprekelia flowers because they are either in deep shade or harsh overhead sun.
Too bad; such a lovely bloom, even in harsh sun.
I have to stand on top of a wall to look from this angle, not too safe, and this is also either harsh overhead sun or deep shade. Star Jasmine, Phormium 'Guardsman', and the rose is 'Mrs. B. R. Cant'.
I need to figure out how to get a decent shot of the Yucca 'Color Guard' flower. This one has a bad background and bad lighting.
'Bright Star' is looking fabulously lit against a great background.
Not enough Sprekelia pictures, too many of 'Belinda's Dream'. But it looks like this so consistantly, I can't help it. This is the early June flush, as usual better than the April one. The late July flush will be great, but not as wonderful as the early September one, although the mid-October flush is usually the best, though sometimes it is outdone by the one in December.
Haven't mentioned the koi for a long time. They're fine. Bigger. I need to solve the UV problem.
The bulbils on the blooming Agaves are getting larger, while the mother plants are continuing to shrink, yellow, and dry. Some of the bulbils are over 3" (~8 cm) long.
I never take many photos of 'Gemini', either. The light is never right, and the blotchy quality of the coral color puts me off.
Saw my very first in-person example of Crepe Murder yesterday. Crepe Murder is well known in the Southeaster US--people hack their Lagerstroemias (Crepe Myrtles) in all sorts of terrible ways, and this is known as "Crepe Murder". You would think with all the terrible pruning examples here, we'd be Crepe-murdering too, but this is the first example I've ever come across locally. Here the standard method is removing the spent blooms, plus light shaping and and thinning, which preserves the natural beauty of the tree. How odd that the standard method here is...correct!
Not correct: someone just cut the top off and weaker growth has re-sprouted:
And what have the puppies been doing with their bright and shiny teeth?
Yep, it's Monday alright. The puppies are focused, while I am not.
I don't know about this new format thing. I thought I would try it out. Sort of like it, sort of don't. What do you think?