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!