Captured moments – Fragrant Sensitive briar

Good morning

Still one of my favorite flowers of summer, the Sensitive briar (Mimosa microphylla Dryand), has a small bright pink flower with a delightful fragrance.  The vine is prickly, but it is worth a few finger sticks to get close enough to enjoy the fragrance and appreciate the delicate beauty of the flowers.

To read more about this plant click here: Lady Bird Johnson wildflower Center

Captured moments – Cheerful zinnias

Good morning!

I bought a pack of zinnia plants from one of my favorite nurseries, Blanco Gardens in  Blanco, Texas  this summer.  They had yellow, orange, light pink and dark pink flowers in the mix.  These zinnias grow in a mounded form and are excellent bloomers, especially is you deadhead frequently.    The butterflies seem to like the cheerful orange ones the most.  Our fall weather has been mild with temperatures in the 90F during the day dropping into the low 70F at night and these flowers are not showing any signs of slowing down.

zinnias

Hardy pink waterlily.

Good morning,

Photo of a waterlily in a small pond in my yard.  No editing. I have had this waterlily for about four years.  It is in a six foot long oval stock tank that is two feet deep.  It is very hardy.  I set the pot on the bottom of the tank to keep it over winter.

 

The photo below has been edited with Topaz Studio and Topaz Labs plug in, Simplify, using the finger painting effect.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice to all my northern hemisphere friends.  I love sitting on the porch in the morning, drinking coffee, listening to the birds and enjoying this peaceful corner of my life.  I have developed a love for succulents.  Easy to grow and so pretty.  There are also a couple of scented geraniums, one lime and the other is has lemon rose scent.  A perfect way to enjoy this beautiful summer day.