Thursday, July 12, 2018

Not So Lush, the Difficult Part


The swelling ovaries of the amarylis, each lush in its own way.  I pollinated several of the blooms to see what would happen—

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Downtown Asheville, Early Sunday


My friend K and I are sitting on a bench on Eagle Street.  It is cool, slightly breezy, quiet.  The sun shines lightly on us as we draw a church down the block.
After an hour or so we amble around and find ourselves at the end of Chicken Alley.  Tucked into a tiny collection of potted plants against an old wall, these astonishing pitcher plant blooms stir gently in the breeze.  The air is quietly seething.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Bloom to Seeds, Step 1


The final bloom with the swelling ovary/fruit of one of the spent blooms. 

I hand-pollinated the blooms, and this one is swelling. Stay tuned for seeds!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Late Bloomer




A week after four blooms had opened on the giant amaryllis, this small tubular bud-like thing appeared.  Two days later it had grown taller and fatter.
Yesterday in the sunrise rays its petals began to loosen;

and this morning petals relaxed to form a cup.
After today’s heat and humidity a fifth flower is in full bloom, almost as fully open as the older blooms.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Amaryllis Redux




This 27” tall amaryllis sprung from a pot of old bulbs that we had put out on the back porch last March after they had bloomed.  Nature does not need humans.  It only needs humans to stay out of its way.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sunflower Profiles


These are starting to gear up for seed production, withdrawing water from the no-longer needed petals.