Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stapelia on the wane

"I'm shrinkinggggg!!!" she says. Must say that the bud certainly lasted longer than the flower is going to. That petal at the 3:00 position was pulled all the way back last night and now the others seem to be following its lead.
Hirsute Henrietta is on her way out.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

lavender slime mold?

This stuff is growing on the inside of an old half wine barrel. I didn't realize that it was there until I cut back the mums. Can anyone ID this? I googled "purple slime mold" but nothing came up looking like this. Tried it with "lavender" too. Hey! Maybe its the standard "dog vomit slime mold" but purple because its growing in an old wine barrel! No? Well, I'm game. What do YOU think it is?
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Sunday, November 23, 2008



and no smell!
What a nice surprise greeted me 2 mornings ago! I guessed that the flower would be 10" to 12" across and

when it did finally open (during the day) it was, indeed 12" across. It does not smell bad. In fact two noses have deemed it having no smell at all. This appears to be normal for the Stapelia grandiflora, which is what I think this one is.

Thanks again Leslie, my Darling Daughter, for sharing your plant with me!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I just spent 15 minutes trying to get the verbage aligned with the photos below. I give up. It looks fine on the preview but then the computer gnomes play with it and well...Deal with it you two readers! ;>)

silly things in the yard

The magic tree. Many times I wish I could just dissappear into the world in that hole in the tree. What? That's not really a hole in the tree? Its a mirror? Well. Damn.

This I try to do as much as possible. Especially now that I am plagued by anxiety attacks. Laugh. Breathe. Repeat.

It was somebody's lovely chandelier..but apparantly somebody gave it to the thrift shop...which is how it ended up in my become...perhaps a terrarium? The "guts" part may become a candle holder if I can figure out how to get rid of the light bulb holder-thingies. The glass is quite nice. Beveled even. Looks like it needs a little E.T. standing by it..

Nope, not bronze. These are the real thing. DOEreen is in the front, the surviving twin, Pete, behind her, and possibly the twin's daddy bringing up the rear. This is not the buck who hung out here all summer. Tripod was here a few days ago but this fellow bounced across the road Monday morning and took up where Tripod left off. Why oh why don't they decide to eat all that Chasmanthe?
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Things are not always what they seem

Lovely pomegranate isn't it? fresh off the tree, grown without benefit of any chemicals whatsoever......right outside my front door..sort of. 50' away. Close enough.

But when you turn it around to admire the backside it becomes obvious that some other creature also found it yummy looking.... Now I don't mind sharing fruits and veggies with birds but rats? UN-UH!

Awww..... behold the peaceful pussycat. He's all curled up on, WAIT! That's the clean laundry!! No wonder everything I wear is "fuzzy".

Then, as I am dashing out the door on my way to work, I steal a quick glance at the Guppy Boys and ...what is that?
What IS that?
OMG. The cat has decided to offer up his morning kibbles to Buddha and the guppies. Buddha does not look especially honored by the offering. Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Must still be fall

These Fuyu persimmon leaves in the sunshine practically blinded me at my nephew's today.
The Scarlet Oak in the Not-So-Secret Garden aka my front yard.
A raggedy, rangy Liquid Amber who's ONLY claim for redemption is the red of its fall leaves and the production of copious amounts natural food for the goldfinches and other little feathered friends. If not for those things I think it would make a lovely fireplace scene. Oh yeah, I don't have a fireplace.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

in the few seconds of computer workage

The Stapelia still hasn't opened.
But the Ligularia has started to bloom!

My computer is bedeviled by grinches or something. It keeps losing its internet connection...sometimes its my ISP but mostly I think its the Vista Vermin. Well, that and the fact that I am totally incompetant.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

great new-for-me reading matter!

And if you haven't discovered this blog for yourselves, now is the time! I spent about 3 hours last night reading all of this fellow's wonderful entries and looking at his great pictures.
I hope this works for you. He just started it in April. In Austin. I was so inspired that I had to fight the urge to go out and rake new pathways in the dark.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

November blooms

I don't know which aster this is other than its huge and only mildly interesting to the deer's gastronomic preferences. The Lion's tail is almost smothered.

This lovely Nerine was a surprise. I'd totally forgotten that Angela had shared her bulbs with me..goodness knows when!

This bud was a fabulouos surprise a couple days ago. This Stapelia was given to me as chunks and pieces from my daughter a few years ago. This is the first time it has bloomed. (at least, I hope it will actually bloom..that some dang squirrel doesn't leap up and break off the bud!) I may be moving it away from the house when the bud does open because I'm pretty sure it isn't one of the nice smelling ones~
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Saturday, November 01, 2008

fall color and shroomies

The color show that the Virginia Creeper puts on in the fall makes all its other naughtiness bearable. This was my greeting upon arriving home after work yesterday.
And this morning's greeting was Gnorris-the-Gnome standing waist-deep in a brand new crop of shroomies. Or toadies? I'm too lazy to look these things up right now. Maybe my daughter will happen to look at this blog and leave her educated guess. She's "into" fungi.

He needs a little OBAMA sign that won't run in the rain. ;>)
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