Saturday, August 15, 2009


The last daylily of the summer is blooming today. Makes me feel a little bit wistful. Lots of days will pass before I see them again and who knows what changes will occur in my life during that time, but I don't want to get ahead of myself!

The glory bower continues to be glorious.

Peppers and pentas

New coleus - KONG!
Magnolia seed heads turning pink.
Love those volunteers!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Late Summer Garden

No more of the fresh green of the garden in early June, the relentless sun has faded everything in the late summer.

Only the chartreuse Margarita Ipomoea batatas is brightening dark corners on this hot August day.
As the summer wears on it just can't rain enough to battle the effects of the intense heat and wilting humidity so any bit of shade is not only sought out but battled over.
Witness any asphalt parking lot about two o'clock on a busy day. The heat lightning turns the evening air an unnatural rosy pink which becomes an even more unusual yellow green after the relief of a final downpour.

The wind and the angle of the sun are changing.
Soon it will be time for a Labor Day hurricane to come roaring into the Gulf. Until then there's time to wander around the garden to look for the last of the summer flowers.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Extraordinary Gifts

Once in a while someone crosses your path who makes you stop everything and pay attention to their incredible talent. Now, I had seen the name Christopher Grigas before because he's the friend of a friend on facebook, but today I saw one of his floral designs for the first time and it stopped me in my tracks. I had to see more! There is a gallery of photos on his website with his creations from weddings, flower shows, and his own collection that is so inventive and stunningly beautiful it made me tear up.

The autumn arrangements with their gorgeous jewel toned gerbera daisys, berries, and orchids, summer garden wedding bouquets of lush pink roses and green hydrangeas, and Easter baskets filled with periwinkle grape hyacinth, pink tulips, magenta roses, and green orchids, will send you running to the wholesale florist to load up on flowers to fill your home.

Visit Christopher's website and blog and soak up some of the inspired creativity.