Sunday, August 18, 2013

After all that Moonflower last night, I needed a Daylily!  Actually, after I left Descanso on Friday after seeing the lovely pink Naked Ladies, I got inspired.  I do have many Calla Lilies in my garden, but no Daylily.  So I found this Hemerocallis "Amazing Grace Yellow" although it is more of an orange.  It is a lovely addition to the garden.



Also, this afternoon I was visited by this little guy.  I am not sure what kind of butterfly this is, but he looked very pretty sitting atop the Dusty Miller flowers and stayed for a long time.





Saturday, the Moonflower vine that I have in a pot along the side of the house had a bud that looked ready to bloom.  Around 8:00 pm I went outside with the camera and waited patiently.  The second photo shows the flower open as much as it did.  I have watched videos on the internet and have seen Moonflowers open up in under a minute's time.  I was hoping this would be the case with mine and I could catch it on video, but that didn't happen.  I'm not sure why this bud didn't fully open.  

My wonderful boyfriend patiently held a flash light for me as we sat in the yard waiting to see the bloom open.  It was approaching midnight and the flower hadn't changed in over an hour.  I decided to call it a night and retire for the evening.  Each time I woke up in the night I would shine the flashlight out the window to see if maybe the flower had opened, but it did not.  At about 5 am I woke up one more time and wet outside.  It looked the same.  

Although the flower didn't open all the way up as I had hoped, I was graced with a spectacular view of a sky full of stars just before the dawn.  Orion was there in all his glory making it known that the change of seasons are near, while the Dog Star shined brighter then anything else in the sky.  I was spellbound as I always am when I look up at the stars.  

Here are some images I shot of the Moonflower - before, after and some black and whites in between:








Friday afternoon I went to visit one my my favorite places, Descanso Gardens.  Something magical always seems to happen there.  Today, the Sunflowers (some of which towered above my head) were glowing.




Then I came upon these beautiful Lilies, which I understand are called Naked Ladies.  They looked so beautiful basking in the dappled sun.  The smell brought back a thousand memories of my Grandmother's house.  I spent a lot of time photographing and admiring these flowers.







On my way to visit my favorite Camilla tree, I came upon this butterfly.  He seemed to sit there and pose for me, perfectly still other then to show off his wings up or down.  As I worked my way towards the Camilla tree, he followed me up the path.



Every time I visit Descanso Gardens, I stop by this tree, say hello and take a photo.  
It's so full of energy.


I love photographing into the sun and the reflection it has on the flowers.  It was a wonderful afternoon.




I saw this guy on top of the Gaillardia.  I wasn't sure what he was but he was quite interesting so I took some photos.  A friend saw the images and told me he is an Assassin bug.  Very happy to have him because he is a beneficial insect!  

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It was a busy weekend of weeding and general plant maintenance.  Here's what's going on in the garden this week:

This is what my Moonflower bud looked like earlier this morning.

And here it is in full bloom in the early evening.  It is my very first Moonflower since growing the vine from seed.  It was a very exciting day!


The Fragrant Plum Roses are blooming again.


Asters, asters, asters!  Can't get enough.



Echinacea. 


More Pincushion flowers are blooming,


The Lavender has been blooming all Summer long.


Anise Hyssop.


Orange Mint.


Sheila's Perfume blooms.


Sugar Moons smell so amazing!  This is my favorite scent so far.


Ketchup and Mustard is blooming again but this round the flowers are much smaller.  They do so great all Spring so I can't expect anything more.


Iceberg.


Passionate Kisses.



Loving these Cosmos.  Great nonstop blooming flowers.


Cape Leadwort Plumbago Auriculata and Yarrow.


More Cosmos in the morning sunlight.


Added some Lovage to the Herb bed.


Lots and lots of herbs.  I'm so attracted to them.  I just can't help myself.


Beautiful Oleander.


Butterfly Milkweed.


A happy little skipper enjoying the Milkweed.