This plant has such interesting texture when you get really close.
It is a Haworthia which is a succulent plant from South Africa.
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We are also taken with their fragrance. They are pretty to look at and nice to have around. But if we look closer, they are more than just a pretty face.
We would like to think that they are here purely for our enjoyment but the truth is they are brightly colored and fragrant to attract bees and birds to pollinate them, not just to make us happy. That is a just a fringe benefit.
Simplisticly, the reproductive cycle takes place here in the stamen and the pistil. In these photos you are able to clearly see the stamen (male part) which consist of the filaments, or the thread-like stems that hold the anthers where the pollen is.
Birds, bees and wind carry the pollen to the pistil (female part) which is the longer stem, made up of the style, a tube that holds the sticky end which is called the stamen. It catches the pollen which is then carried down the style to the ovary and ovules that will produce the seed.
Not all plants reproduce this way, but a good majority of them do. This happens right before our very eyes and most people don’t even know it’s happening.
Those busy bees aren’t just making honey, they are also helping the plant to make seeds. It is just nature’s way of reproducing those pretty flowers we so enjoy.
~By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
The first (real) snow inspired a walk where I found these berries looking all festive. I am not sure what kind of bush this is because it was covered in snow and belonged to a neighbor. I had never noticed it before but it jumped out at me with those pretty red berries covered in fluffy white snow. I hope your monday is going well!
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. ~Henry David Thoreau
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The rose bush surprised me with a couple of new buds, even though I thought I had seen the last flower last week.
And the morning glories seem to go on endlessly in the cooler temperatures.
I am happy that the colder weather hasn’t taken them all away
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While looking over my yard yesterday, I discovered that my arborvitae are looking a bit ragged. They are tuning brown on the inside, all of them. I was worried since there is a row of 12 of them in front of our side yard fence.They are such pretty trees with their soft shape that looks good year round. I especially like them at Christmas when I cover the 3 nearest to the house with lights of red and green. They seem to sparkle when the wind sways them. I referred back to photos from only a month ago and they were lush and green so I was so bummed. I thought that maybe the neighbor’s trees being cut down had made it too sunny for them this summer. Or the huge amounts of rain and cool temperatures stressed them too much. After researching it a bit on the web, I found out it is perfectly normal this time of year for the insides to turn brown and shed while the outsides stay green. Whew! So if you have an arborvitae that is looking a bit worse for the wear with lush green on the outside and turning brown on the inside, don’t worry, it is most likely just what it should be doing this time of year.
We can learn a lot from trees: they’re always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward. ~Everett Mámor
Last Wednesday was a day like any other day. About 4:30 my friend, Linda and my dog, Thunder and I went for a walk. It is our effort~ so as to be able to eat what we want~ to take a walk every day. It is also a way to purge about what ever is bothering us, talk about our families, gardening, and more gardening. Well, another thing we love about our walks is that on Wednesday evening it is trash night. You know where I am going with this.
There were so many treasures just waiting to be had by unsuspecting treasure pickers. That’s us. First off we saw a mission rocker in need of some love. Hey what are husbands for? That’s right, fixing curbside antiques that need an arm repaired.
There was also a cupboard on the same pile. Very old, in need of some TLC but hey, why not? Another keeper.
So I called my son who was so happy to leave his friends and come to haul these finds back to our house in my jeep. I mean, we were walking, you couldn’t expect us to carry all that stuff!
Moving on we encountered another great find. This one is for the garden. I have wanted a pair of these but never seemed to find the right ones when I had some money to use on frivolous things. But there they were, just happily waiting along the side of the road for me to spy them. Yes, a pair of adironcdack chairs in not so bad condition.
Okay one is missing an arm but otherwise they look sturdy enough, well, after some glue and some scraping and painting…remember what I said about husbands? He was thrilled to drive over and cart these back home. In fact, I am sure that he and my son literally argued over who would come and pick up the stuff this time. He said he didn’t even mind getting his car dirty… I am sure he can’t wait to get started working on them.
Our walk continued pretty much uneventfully after that until we were just around the corner from my house, at the end of the walk, lo and behold, more great stuff! We found two old wooden crates and a tin ceiling square that had been left outside long enough to get the perfect patina. The paint is peeling and chipped which of course makes me even happier to have it.
It will look great leaned up against the fence with flowers blooming in front of it. How Linda saw that amongst the stuff on top of it, I am not sure ~ the girl is a professional.
All in all a pretty bountiful walk. Trudging up the hill to my house with the large tin square, two crates, an old canister and my dog was not easy but trudge we did. Notice that I thoughtfully didn’t call for a pick up this time.
Let’s face it, we are just conscientious recyclers and gardening season is winding down, these are just the kind of projects I love. Besides, my husband just cleaned out the garage. Now~HE is a keeper!
So now, a week later, these are the end results, so far. The rocker is a looker now that I repaired the arm, refinished it and, recovered the springs with new foam and fabric. Notice I said I. I really do this stuff myself. Although I often need a bit of help.
Same with the cupboard. I repaired the door and the back wall, painted, distressed and now it’s a beauty.
The adirondack chairs are still in progress. I had to prime because the paint wouldn’t go on well to the places that I scraped off the old paint. I repaired the back and arm of one and have it half painted.
The other will definitely need a bit more love. I think I know just the guy for the job!
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