spring beauties

a dear friend of mine notified me that my last post was well, shall we say, less than uplifting? yes. i know, but i can’t really apologize for it. but i can offer up some spring beauties that are catching my attention these days a little closer to home.

a giant swallowtail chrysalis, open after spending the entire winter under the protection of our front porch

the Papilio/Heraclides cresphontes (giant swallowtail), who emerged from the chrysalis, getting to know her wings

a skeletonized leaf of Rudbeckia maxima (bog coneflower), casting beautiful texture of light and shadow

my first Latrodectus hesperus (black widow spider) finding in Stachys 'Helen von Stein' (lambsear). note CobraHead tool for scale.

a closer view of Ms. Latrodectus... and moving on to another part of the garden...

while i can't grow my favoriet giant Alliums here, i can grow this minature one. Allium canadense (native onion)

Verbena bonariensis (butterfly verbena) is coming along nicely. clumps of it were green all winter.

Sisyrinchium (blue-eyed grass) just starting to bloom

full view of Sisyrinchium (blue-eyed grass), with gallon-sized pot in back for scale reference

a full white bloom of the thorny Rubus (blackberry) shrub. the birds patiently await along the fence top above...

dude the sneak-away-cat sips from the water bowl. Prunus 'Sam Houston' (peach) stands over them.

Ipheon (spring beauty) about to bloom for the first time

Ipheon (spring beauty) in bloom

Pyrrhopappus multicaulis (texas dandelion), an adopted weed/wildflower in our garden, in bloom

a molting Papilio polyxenes asterius (swallowtail) caterpillar, on overwintered Petroselinum crispum (parsley)

and finally, here are three views of our spring time garden:

spring time view of the front garden (3.23.11)

back yard view of spring time garden (3.27.11)

patio view of spring time garden (3.27.11)

a gardener’s work is never done, but i think i’ll rest for now. enjoy your weekend everyone!

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10 thoughts on “spring beauties

  1. Well, there’s a lot of “uplifting” in this post! I love the swallowtail molting! So jealous that you can grow the Sisyrinchium so well. It does well here, just not in my gardens! It’s even native. Oh well, I’ll just admire yours!

    • thanks kylee! the blue-eyed grass has done well here. i split the first one i trialed into three plants last fall, and hope to (slowly) make an entire edge of it.

  2. Beautiful swallowtail photo and beautiful blue-eyed grass, too. You’re way ahead of us here.
    RE: all that backyard edging material…you might have some ‘splainin to do…

    • thanks maggie. as for that edging material… we are happy to reuse three years of wine bottles, as our area doesn’t accept green glass for recycling. mr. grwhryrpltd has even made drinking glasses out of them. come hang out on our terrace sometime, and help me finish that edge!

  3. Gladly! And as I live in the recycling state, it’s remarkable to me that you can’t recycle green glass where you are. What gives?

  4. You have some of my faves blooming. I fell for blue-eyed grass last year but whoa, it’s getting big fast! I think your idea of using it as a border is great. I will definitely be splitting mine up this year. I also love your butterflies. I keep trying to add more habitats for mine!

  5. Spring is springy sproingy under your care! What lovely plants you’ve nurtured. That blue-eyed grass hmm hmm hmmmm. Thanks for sharing. Up here, the coltsfoot is starting to yellow up the disturbed spots and woods. it’s cominggggg!

  6. After all the hard work, you may need to drain another bottle of wine to add to the border.

    Do you let the spiders stay?

    • Ha! Only need a few more bottles for one edge, thinking of continuing it along another edge… might have to put the magnums to use there. And of course I let the spiders stay… why wouldn’t I? Just don’t tell my mom…

  7. Great Pictures 😀
    thought you might like my machinima film the butterfly’s tale~

    Bright Blessings
    elf ~

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