Monday, May 8, 2017

Clearing the Photo Backlog

I'm losing track of which photos I have and haven't posted here, so apologies if there are any duplicates.

In any case, here's the backlog of recent photos, to clear the path for the next batch!

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The new elephant ears are slowly but surely adding in new leaves-- especially 'Tea Cup'.  It's still pretty short, but it's also early in the season.

'Tea Cup' Elephant Ear
{Colocasia 'Tea Cup'}

There are quite a few blooms on the pineapple guava, offering hope for fruit later in the season.  Neither of us are particularly fond of the fruit, but it's a nice, evergreen shrub with interesting flowers-- and this year, my youngest sister has "spoken for" the pineapple guava fruits, so I hope they'll be put to good use.  (Last year, the only one eating them was the dogs!)

Pineapple Guava Bloom

Pineapple Guava Blooms

Pineapple Guava Bloom

Blanket flower and tropical milkweed:

Blanket Flower

Viburnum and 'Blue Bedder' sage:

Viburnum and Salvia

I'm putting in a new flowerbed on the southwestern corner of the garage.  So far, it's planted with a Black Diamond crepe myrtle ('Red Hot'), orange daylilies (single/double? not sure!), assorted green-leaf canna lilies, rose of Sharon (unknown color), tiger lilies, variegated monkey grass, iris (probably blue flag?), and 'Sunshine' ligustrum-- not all of which are included in the photo below.

In the background, you can see our raised beds, which are mostly populated with tomatoes, this year.


We've been having a red-bellied woodpecker visiting our hanging feeder every day for the past several days.  At first, I was just excited to see a new bird at the feeder, but when it became clear that he was coming back every day-- and wasn't at all shy-- I began to wonder if woodpeckers might be "bird-feeder bullies".  I think he may be intimidating the cardinals a little bit, but I've seen him and one male cardinal sharing the feeder, so maybe it won't be a problem.


West-facing flowerbeds.
The flowers in front are part of the Oval Bed.  In back, it's the wide border along the back of the house.

Taking photos from this perspective (from across the yard) flattens things and makes it look like the rose arbor is closer than it really is-- but it also crunches a bunch of different flowers into one shot, which I like. ;o)


I hope to post the first of two new "survey" posts in the near future!