Sunflowers of a different color

I bought a packet of sunflower seeds this year that showed a mix of red, yellow and brown flowers.  I thought they would look nice against the  trellis that was supposed to be covered in passion vines with purple flowers.  The sunflowers thrived, the passion vine, not so much.  The contrary passion vines did send runners into other parts of the garden where they were NOT supposed to grow. 😉

Autumn colors sunflower

close up

Photo-bombing bee

Bee close up

I also have a dark red one.  The insects got to it before it opened which gave it the raggedy edge.

Dark red sunflower.

Dragon Thursday

I recently listened to an audiobook  written and narrated by Neil Gaiman  called
 Norse Mythology.   
I have always been intrigued by Norse Mythology and enjoy reading about it and seeing how it is woven into modern culture.  My first Neil Gaiman book was American Gods.

When I went searching for something for dragon Thursday, I stumbled upon Wear The Rare, an Etsy shop featuring Norse, Scandinavian and Viking style jewelry.   Click on the photos below to go to the Wear The Rare Etsy shop.

First is this dragon pendant.  It is handmade in sterling silver.

Viking Norse Charm The Ringerike Dragon Scandinavian Necklace Norse Jewelry Wear The Rare etsy hand


Viking Norse Charm The Ringerike Dragon Scandinavian Necklace Norse Jewelry Wear The Rare Wtsy 1


and Dragon ring.

Norse Ringerike Dragon Viking Ring Scandinavian Norse Jewelry


To explore more of this beautiful jewelry click the banner below:

Wear the rare banner




Angel Wing Begonia

I can’t leave a cutting behind.  My sister in law moved her plants to their new house and threw some pieces that broke off away.  When I saw them in the trash, I couldn’t just leave them there.  They could be rooted.  I was sure of it.  It turns out that I was right.  I put the pieces in water and in about a week or so they had small roots.  I let these develop into something a bit more substantial then moved them to a pot with soil.

I have had these about six months and they are doing well.  I do not have much bright indirect light inside for plants, and they need to be sheltered from the wind.  I had them in the garden shed which has good light, but I can’t enjoy them.  I keep them in my potting area outside and try to protect them there.  Some of the leaves in these photos are a bit wind worn.

From Wikipedia:

The Angel Wing Begonia resides within the Cane Group of Begonias, along with the Dragon Wing type which generally lacks variation on its leaves. Both Angel and Dragon are named for the shape of their leaves. Angel Wings generally contain spots or a frosted pattern. The underside is often a deep red.

Angel Wing Begonia in pot with other rooted cuttings. The plant to the left is a Kalanchoe.  It was also rescued from the thrown away pieces.

Close up of flower cluster

Close up of leaves and flowers (the current background on my computer.)


Here is a link about growing Angel Wing Begonias at

Also a link about growing Kalanchoes at

Dragon Thursday

I recently visited Blanco to have lunch with my best friend.  We always visit Brieger Pottery and Blanco Gardens after lunch.   This week I found a wonderful surprise by one of my favorite artists,  Fraser Harris out of Buda Texas.

This is the first dragon I have seen in his work.  Even though it is Dragon Thursday I have to add one more tile to the post.


Love it.  If you get a chance, stop by Brieger pottery and check out all the wonderful pottery and gifts.



Follow up on the mighty mystery vine.

The mighty mystery vine that came up in the compost pile earlier this spring has turned out to be a pumpkin.  It is growing over, under, around and through the fences and there are fruits of various shapes and sizes scattered over the vines.  It is in a bit of a decline now, but I still hope to have the most sincere pumpkin patch come Halloween.  🙂

Here is the vine in its prime.

The leaves are huge.  (I do not have small hands.)

The leaves are huge.  I do not have small hands.

One of many small pumpkins on the vines.

One of many small pumpkins on the vines.

This pumpkin was hidden amongst the leaves until recently.
It is about 9 inches long and the largest so far.

Some of the pumpkins are starting to change color.

Once the fruit started appearing, the vines began dying back. I think the squash bugs invaded when it started blooming. I have seen a few and have been picking them off and killing them. I am trying to garden without pesticides.

I will post again once the pumpkins are ready for harvest.  I also have pumpkin vines on the other side of the garden that I planted.  I will add these to the next update.


Coffee Monday

Good morning!

The weather has been feeling like summer and I find myself drinking more iced coffee than hot.  I typically do not drink coffee with sweeteners but I saw this recipe on several places on the Internet and it sounded good.  It is also based off a drink from one of my favorite book series and movies, Harry Potter.

Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram posts.

This is the recipe for ordering the drink from Starbucks.


If you prefer hot, I found this  in several places too:

Whole milk steamer

Add caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)

Add toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)

Add cinnamon dolce syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)   Not all of the recipes I saw add the cinnamon dolce syrup.

Whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top or caramel syrup



Dragon Thursday

Good morning!

I am running late this week.  I found this beautiful little dragon on Pinterest and followed the links to the artists DeviantArt page.  The artist is Alvia Alcedo.

They also have an Esty shop (which is currently sold out), but you can see some of the beautiful jewelry they have made.

Click the links below to find out more about this wonderful artist:

Alvia Alcedo