Monday, May 22, 2017

WALK YOUR GARDEN EVERY DAY

Let's look at the really rewarding part of gardening; the walking around and taking in what you have achieved and then those, somewhat rare for me, moments, just sitting and enjoying the sights smells and sheer loveliness of nature.

On Thursday, I went out, camera in hand, to see if there was anything new. Wow! The Echinopsis was blooming. Three gorgeous pink flowers on what I believe is Anastasia. Isn't she gorgeous? It is a fleeting flowering with the buds opening during the night and closing by lunchtime. Their job over.


I can't tell you the number of times I have missed that fleeting moment, but not this particular day. Thank goodness I walked around in the morning because I could so easily have missed the open flowers. You can see another bud between the two flowers and that one opened on Friday. One of the withered flowers is visible to the right.


I don't know if there are night-time visitors. Maybe they don't exist here because this is not the natural habitat for the Echinopsis which comes from South America. The only visitor I have ever seen is a tiny bee and he was there again today rolling in the pollen. In fact there were two of them.


That was not the only cactus to be blooming on Thursday. Along the outside edge of the walls I found another cactus in bloom. This one is the Nipple cactus, Coryphantha sulcata, a Texas native. The flowers last a little longer, usually a couple of days. I'm happy to say that the rains last summer have prompted number of babies to pop up around the base although it will be years before ti forms a good sized clump.


There was another surprise in the front Bluebonnet( currently bluebonnet less ) meadow.


A single stem of standing cypress, Ipomopsis rubra. Where did that come from? It was right next to the clump of lace cactus and I had never noticed its feathery foliage before. The one standing cypress I did have in this bed, and which I had been watching for weeks, had had its top nipped off. Deer!!! I must think about getting some seeds to plant in this area in the hope of more flowers.


I was surprised to see the first Mexican hats, Ratibida columnifera, blooming. I wonder how many different colors of flower will show up this year?


That prompted me to go up to the top meadow and see if there were any more colors. A little disappointing this year.



But I did observe all this activity on the milkweed pod.


I left them to it and walked down the culvert where I saw these tiny beauties.Mountain pink, Centaurium beyrichii, and the tiny yellow, ubiquitous daisy. I must try to collect seeds from the mountain pink because I think I have a place for it inside the garden.


And returning through the gate there was the anole waiting for a photograph.


Even if you don't take your camera with you take a walk around your garden every day. You may find some surprises.

12 comments:

  1. The Echinopsis are stunning. Beautiful photographs

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  2. You're right about the need to daily strolls, especially during this time of year. I missed the blooms on my own Echinopsis several weeks ago - or rather I caught sight of the tell-tale pink in the distance, told myself I needed to get back there with my camera for a closer look, and then forgot about it until it was too late. I love the photo of the anole - my western fence lizards aren't nearly as photogenic.

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  3. You are so right! At this season especially, it's easy to get caught up in garden chores and forget the pleasures.

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  4. I didn’t see that Echinopsis at your garden this weekend, but it is gorgeous. And, I love standing cypress — I need to make a place for it inside the fence - I’ve planted it outside and the deer make a nice snack out of it. I just don’t have many good places for red in the garden. Your garden looks amazing.

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    1. The flowers only last through the morning and they had opened Thursday and Friday. I was hoping they would have been open on the Saturday but of course plants have their own time table just like the weather. There are several more blooms which will likely open sometime in the next month.

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  5. Beautiful photos. Agree on the daily stroll. I came home, walked through the door and immediately went to the backyard totally forgetting about the groceries I left in the car.

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  6. Beautiful moments captured, and I agree, a daily walk through is most necessary.

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  7. Lovely! And such a good reminder to get out there and enjoy the garden... Not just weed it. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What gorgeous pink flowers! I don't think I've ever just sat in the garden, but I do love taking walks around and seeing what is in bloom. My husband will often join me for an evening stroll around the garden as well, which I love. Always new things going on in a garden! I love that last photo with the anole!

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    1. It really is hard to sit down because as soon as you do you see something that needs attending to. Walking around can be just as good.

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  9. A daily tour is a must, sometimes it is good (an echinopsis flower) and sometimes bad (gopher damage) but always an adventure! Thank you for the tour of yours.

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    1. You are welcome. And yes, sometimes there are things you see which you would rather not.

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