On the last day of every month, I feature some artistic aspect of nature.
pineapple just starting to flower. The purple tips at the bottom of the photo are the flower buds just starting to push out.
Stop by again next month to see what else Mother Nature has been up to!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Russelia will grow in sun or part shade. It is a native of Mexico and is recommended for USDA Zones 9-12. It likes moist soil but is fairly drought-tolerant once established.
Russelia equisetiformis is also sometimes known as Coral Plant, Fountain Plant, or Firecracker Plant. There are cultivars with yellow, orange, or white flowers, but these are not as common. The red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Loropetalum, Bush Daisy
Aechmea apocalyptica, Ae. distichantha
Ae. weilbachii, Ae. winkleri
Billbergia manarae, Bill. saundersii
Bill. NOID, Bill. Manda's Othello x Samson
Click on any of the highlighted links to view a profile of that plant.
To see what's blooming in gardens everywhere today, visit May Dreams Gardens.
Monday, February 7, 2011
First Row: Marsh Grapefruit, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Navel Orange, Sweet Lemon, Meyer Lemon.
Second Row: Minneola Tangelo, Orlando Tangelo, Tangerine, Mandarin.
Third Row: Persian Lime, Key Lime, Lakeland Limequat, Kumquat, Calamondin, Starfruit, Glycosmis, Arrowroot, Pineapple.
I've been digging the Arrowroot throughout the winter as needed. The pineapple top is showing some frost damage but the fruit is still good.
To see what other gardeners are harvesting today, visit Daphne's Dandelions.
Friday, February 4, 2011
In the larval (caterpillar) stage, Monarchs only feed on milkweed. As adult butterflies they return to the milkweed for nectar and to lay eggs. Here's a sneak preview of what it will look like during the next stage of its life.
The First Friday Creature Feature happens right here on the first Friday of every month. Check back again next month to see what other creatures are lurking in the garden.