Monday, October 29, 2018

Fibre Fair


I always thought an alpaca was a kind of sheep.  
An icelandic sheep on the left and a sheep being shorn on the right!




Friday, October 12, 2018

Callas Redux


In a warmer light the callas have a maple leaf red glow.  A new bloom is just unfurling.  In Western Australia calla lilies have been classified as noxious invasive weeds.  They are, on the other hand, the national flower of the island nation of St. Helena, where the native people are informally called Saints.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Calla Lilies


These blooms and leaves seem to collect moisture from the very humid air and drip the water down so that they are self-watering.  Can this be correct?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Begonia Rex Escargot- Something to Cheer You Up in Dark Times


There’s a distinct lack of scale in this drawing. This begonia is well-loved for its spiraling multi-colored leaves.  One garden center website even urged people to pinch off and discard the “insignificant” flowers so that all the plant’s energy could go into making leaves.  

I got an inch away from the little bloom so that I could research its intricacy and mysterious architecture.  I will report back when the remaining buds open.  The first to open, shown here, is a female flower.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Exotic Grape-KoolAid-Smelling Flowers


Walking along the urban trail near downtown Asheville the other day  I was awed by the amount of kudzu blanketing everything.  How we love to despise this invasive plant.  But I kept smelling a lovely grapey scent that drew me in close to the dark green overlapping leaves.  A small purple and yellow bloom hidden inside of dense foliage.

Saturday, September 22, 2018