My Echeveria ‘Lola’ is Blooming


My Echeveria ‘Lola’ is blooming. I wrote about it in January see here. I’m happy to say it survived the rains, even though I was concerned because it sat in water, which isn’t good for succulents.  Above is a closeup of the flower. Below you can see how the blossom appears at the end of a long stem. Continue reading

A Remarkable Lantana

This poor Lantana suffered when I missed watering it during a hot spell this fall and never seemed to recover. It looked dead for weeks and I planned to throw it out and use the pot for another plant. I’d stopped watering it and aside from our recent rain it stayed dry.  Yesterday was gorgeous and I spent several hours in the back yard working with my plants.When I got to this one I was very surprised to see new growth.This plant is part of my butterfly garden, which you can read about here. I ‘m not sure of its color, because Lantana comes in a variety of colors. It will be fun to find out. Below you can see the beautiful new green growth. It could easily be replaced, but as I’ve said in the past, my plants are part of the family and I do all I can to keep them healthy and happy.

I am hoping that in a few weeks, I will be posting a photo of a healthy flowering Lantana. Look for it in a future post.

 

Surfing in Austin, Texas

Our son Surfing in Austin
Surfing in Austin Texas? Our son was raised in Southern California and grew up surfing. He also authored the book, Surf Stories by Ryen Phillips. A fun read, especially if you enjoy surfing tales. For those of you that enjoy outdoor cooking, he has also written Let’s Talk Outdoor Cooking. It has some great recipes and I especially like his stews. It is available for Kindle at Amazon.
He and his wife moved to Austin, Texas several years ago. They wanted to stay near the water, so they bought a sailboat and began  sailing on beautiful Lake Travis. The photo below was taken from their boat. Continue reading