The End of the Rainbow

IMG_3232Literally.  This was taken with a cell phone, through a windshield while traveling at a high speed.  I cropped the photo, but did not enhance it.

And yes, there was a Leprechaun with a pot of gold sitting under the tree.  We waved as we flew by.


*I usually don’t post outside of the garden, but this rainbow was so fabulous that I wanted to share it.

Flashback Friday


One of the joys of gardening is to see plants begin to renew for next spring.  In this subtropical climate, many perennials are dropping seeds and leaves and at the same time sprouting new stems and leaves for spring.

This week’s Flashback is to “Isn’t Nature Grand” which takes a look at the changing seasons.

Pine Needles and Other Lethal Dangers


It is amazing that a very light pine needle can pierce leaves.


These Loblolly Pine needles can enter at any angle.


And go through any thickness of leaf like little darts coming from above.  Too many needles might be lethal to a small plant or creature, but would just be annoying to anything large.


Also, as it turns out, some larger things can fall from trees.  I walked by this “young” tree a couple of times thinking I didn’t quite remember it being there.  Finally, after looking closer, I realized it was a tree limb that had been driven into the ground hard enough to stand on its own.  This projectile from above could definitely be lethal. (Currently calculating the odds)



Flashback Friday

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just days away.  I am flashing back to a gluten free recipe for Pumpkin Flan.  It is really, really creamy and delicious. The Flan can be easily transported in the baking pan and turned out onto a plate at your destination.  Needless to say, I take my own dessert with me to Thanksgiving dinner.

A Thanksgiving Dessert

Yup, I Like Lizzards


A Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) has been hanging out in the moss rocks.  It knew I was watching him and stood still for some photos.


The Brown Anole has an interesting pattern on its back.

IMG_2553Later, after maybe too many photos, it decided to show some displeasure and puffed up its dewlap.

Flashback Friday

Today I am flashing back to some beautiful Butterfly Weed seed pods.  All the conditions were right for this dramatic opening of the pods and the wind was not blowing.

Back to the Beginning

One Small Seed

DSC_0581It is always amazing how one small seed can grow into a large plant.  This is the seed for the Pink Flamingo Feather Celosia.

DSC_0149The seed somehow traveled from another location in the back of the house and planted itself in a corner of a front bed.


From that accidental (or was it?) planting, it grew to be a multi-stemed, six foot tall plant with thick stems to support it.


The flowers are a pretty color and keep bees busy.


And there is always good news and bad news.  The good news is that the Flamingo Feather is a healthy and beautiful plant.  The bad news is that I will be transplanting and pulling up an awful lot of Celosia next spring.


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