Wednesday, April 28, 2010
no bluebonnets today. I'm actually getting tired of them, believe it or not... today there was a roadside full of indian paintbrush though...
they photograph a little redder than they actually are... there's actuall a bit of an orange tone to them. The old fashioned name for this color was 'flame' but nowdays we tend to call in Day-glo
Thursday, April 22, 2010
So you're going to have to settle for Siberian Iris from my yard...
The origional plant came from an abandoned farm site. They were fixing to start plowing it up to build a strip mall, so I ran myself down to rescue these, and some crinum lillies.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I had to pick up something... (It's a high security delivery so I'm not allowed to say what or which company... but I must say that it's probably not as important as everybody is making it out to be... it's not uranium or anything, and I seriously doubt that Osama Bin Ladin is gunning for me... ) before 4 pm on Tuesday and deliver it to Oklahoma before 7:30 AM on Wednesday. I don't really mind this... these overnight deliveries pay extremely well, but it does make planning your life a little difficult...
So I picked up the box, kept it locked up until 2 am, woke up then took off for Oklahoma.
Now, when planning my route I ran into a glitch. I usually avoid toll roads. The ones in Dallas only save me about 3 minutes on a trip, and aren't worth the money. But if you're going to Oklahoma from Texas, you can take the $1:50 toll road and get where I was going in 3 hours or take another route, across what my GPS insisted were unpaved roads, and get there in 5 1/2 hours, not to mention the waste of gasoline... Very clever of those Oklahomans... got them quite a little money-maker there.
Now, Oklahoma is a beautiful state, full of rural pastures and scenery.
Not so much at 4 AM though... Nice skies full of stars... which my camera won't capture, but not really much else.
and I developed a tire issue... a slow leak.
Stopped a couple of times to fill the air up.
Got to Lawton, made my delivery, then waited around for a used tire store to open up. While I'm waiting for the tire store, I get a call from the person I just made the delivery too... seems that it wasn't supposed to get there until after 10, and he's quite irate as he just got woke up at home when I made the delivery. I explain that the order came through to be delivered before 7:30. Finally, we determine that someone in the main office is a total jack-ass... and we're all good. Then I got my new tire, and back on the road... this time going to Wichita Falls, TX... so back on the toll road I go.
Picked up, and finally, on the way back, I saw something worth taking a pic of... well it's worth photographing if you really stretch your imagination... Opuntia leptocaulis...
They're commonly called "christmas cactus" or 'Christmas cholla" by the more polite locals... and those little red berries are why. They show up bright red during the holidays... of course it's well into spring now, and the local mockingbirds have pretty much cleaned them off...
Monday, April 12, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
This cactus section is one of my biggest pet peaves actually, and not only in this particular nursery. It seems that all the local nurseries sell cactus, but none of them have labels... You actually have a better chance of getting a cactus with an accurate label at Wal-mart or Home Depot... and even if it's not accurate, you at least have the right genus. Usually...
Anyway, this particular nursery has something that's really amazing... Succulents and Cacti that are actually dying from lack of water. Someone once told these people that cactus don't need much water and they decided that meant that they need absolutely none... I usually wouldn't lower myself to enter the door of this place. But I was bored. And, as usual, I saw a bunch of seriously deflated, under cared for cactus and succulents that were less than an inch from death. Even grafted cactus whose Hylocerius grafting stock had dried up and died already.
On a table full of Golden Barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) right at that stage where they're losing their juvenile bumpy look and developing real ribs, I found this guy. I don't know if it's some sort of mutant, or if the stress it's been under has somehow damaged it... but for some reason, at the precise moment it started to put out adult ribs... it's growing point has split into 4 different heads.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Now, some of you may remember this plant from the absolute worst packing job ever...
This is one of five that I got in the mail... this one was outside to test hardiness, while the other 5 stayed inside for the winter. I really really thought I lost this one... after the last snow, I checked him, and the center growing tip was dark, almost black. I figured rot had set in. Turns out, not so much. He's just fine.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Quite frankly, it's an empty day. Many places are closed, and nothing much is required, or if it is required, it was delivered earlier in the week. I only had 2 deliveries all day. Not really that big a deal, I suppose.
My first pic is this... my Episcia has decided to celebrate the season by producing its first bloom ever. Not the best pic, it was almost impossible to get it to focus on the flower istead of the leaves, but I thought I'd post it anyway...
Next, the Texas bluebonnets are beginning to bloom. They're not in their full glory yet... the fields are only occasionally dotted with blue, but they're nice, cheerful flowers...
And finally, some of the naturalized Grape Hyacynth that I talked about in a previous post.