Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest: June 2011

Subject: Show the Motion
Judge: Joshua McCullough of PhytoPhoto

Entry: "The wormhole in the backyard"

The wormhole in the backyard

This photo was featured in an early post waay back in April of 2009; post number eleven, to be exact. The post, with its accompanying photos, is one of my personal favorites. Click on this link to take a trip back in time for a bit of Alice-in-Wonderland style fun. I had to reprocess the photo as the entry rules insist on a minimum of 800 pixels on the long side. Yeah, so I boosted the contrast a bit more as well. Yeah, that's a poppy seed head in the middle. Trippy, huh?


Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brr, grab the sweaters

Looks like a cold front's coming in on Sunday.
Central Texas cold front

(Yes, I'm getting a bit loopy from the heat, and it isn't even officially summer yet!)

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2011

We're having a heat wave. But not a tropical heat wave, no no NO. Tropical heat waves are characterized by brief afternoon showers and warm sea breezes. In Central Texas, we're having a dry, blistering, parched heat wave, with eleven days so far this year over 100° F.

Here's a few plants that can take what the sun dishes out. Not a one of these bloomers is in the front garden, which looks nearly as sad right now as it did six months ago.

Many of my bloomers are edibles. Here's a tiny bright yellow blossom from an "Armenian cucumber" which is actually a melon: Cucumis melo var. flexuosus.
Armenian cucumber blossom

And here's a big bright orange blossom from a 'Costata Romanesco' heirloom Italian zucchini. Looks like the ants are taking over pollination duties this year.
'Costata Romanesco' squash blossom

I love how the pale purple blossoms of 'Ichibon' japanese eggplant cast their faces shyly downward.
Eggplant flowers

Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora) continues its bloom cycle, although many of the blossoms are browning on the stem.
Mexican oregano

Now for the non-edible bloomers. Well, people don't eat Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii)-- at least, I don't think so!--but hummingbirds sure do. I've spotted several females drinking from its twisty nectar-filled blossoms. Of course, the birds flit off as soon as I even think about grabbing my camera.
Turk's cap

Normally, this 'Old Blush' rose would be blooming up a storm, but between the heat and the drought, it's only managed to put out a few small, pale flowers.
A wan Old Blush blossom

Even this old-fashioned Lantana camara is languishing in the heat. When it's too hot for lantana to bear, you know it's too darn hot!
'Ham & eggs' lantana

The flame acanthus is just starting to bloom, much to the delight of the hummingbirds and bees.
Flame acanthus blossom

Stay cool, little bee!
Bee visits flame acanthus

Fly on over to May Dreams Gardens and see what blooms the world's garden bloggers are buzzing about this GBBD. Tell Carol I sent ya!

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.