Recovered and Covered

This is the aftermath of an unexpected freeze last winter.  The split leaf philodendron looked very hopeless.  Its main function was to cover up utilities.

Happily, the plant was able to come back and serve its intended purpose.

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Eclipse Leaf Patterns

I heard on the Eclipse reports to watch the shade thrown by trees.  This is our peak at 66%.  Notice the sunlight is making crescents. The light outside was noticeably different, but not enough for the birds here to be silent.

As the moon is moving away from the face of the sun around 1:58, the crescents widened along with the sun.

By 2:09 the shapes are less distinct.

Near the end of the Eclipse, the sunlight through the trees was returning to normal.  We only had a partial Eclipse and it was really interesting to watch.  I will be looking forward to 2024 when the Total Eclipse will happen in Texas!

PS I did manage to make the Eclipse into a gardening subject…haha!

 


Ready and Waiting for the Eclipse

We are only getting about 66%, but I will take what I can.  I found a way to make a viewer online and luckily found the glasses a few weeks ago.  Can’t wait.


High and Out of Reach

One of my favorite plants is William Bartram’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera grandiflora).  I purchased the original seeds at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.  The instructions said they were difficult to germinate, so I was thrilled when I was able to grow them.

Unfortunately over the past few years, the rabbits have taken to eating them or just biting the stems in half.  This year, I was determined to grow some Primrose to replenish my seed supply. I managed to get six plants to grow in pots and elevated them in a tall planter.

It worked and the Evening Primroses bloomed.  Soon I will be able to collect seeds for next year.


Service with a Smile

I noticed some motion on the back porch and spotted the rabbit named Patch near the back door.  Apparently, it was rabbit snack time.  Patch waited for me outside the garage door for a afternoon snack of sunflower seeds.


Birds Hate It

I recently got a new birdbath.  It is clear, yellow, looks great in the garden and can be seen from my kitchen window.  It is a replacement for an old one,  that the birds loved.  As it turns out, the birds hate this one.  I thought it was because of being clear, so I added some stones.  Not one bird has stopped by.

The new birdbath is easy to keep clean and always has fresh water in it, but that does not seem to be enough to entice the birds. The very cute Carolina Wrens prefer a bath in this toad station that is always dirty.

Or sometimes they use the rim of  the upside down fire pit when it holds water.

The wrens, Frick and Frack will even take a soak in plant saucers, which are not clean at all. Even the Cardinals prefer the water from the dirty saucers.

I found evidence of the Wrens enjoying a couples’ spa day.  After a soak they finished with a mud bath in the planter (notice two dents).  Sometimes we can try to do what we think wildlife would like, but it doesn’t always work out that way.  I guess the new birdbath will just have to please me and not the birds.

PS  I am shopping for a new one that they will like and I have another one that the rabbits and squirrels enjoy along with the birds.


Design in Nature

Early one morning, this Texas Star Hibiscus caught my eye.  It was partially opened and the sun was shining through the green star making it look like stained glass.

Unfortunately, the view from human eye always looks better than a photo and the glow is not quite captured.

Before long, the flower opened separating the green star.  Nature has an endless variety of beautiful designs.