Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Mrs. Burkhart now lives in an assisted living facility in another town, but her cactus garden resurrects each year with wonderful yellow blooms.
I have seen cactus like this grown at a western theme part of an amusement park. It was being grown with yucca plants with western wagon wheels around them.
My memories of this plant is that it grows wild along the highways in Nebraska starting just a few miles into the state from Iowa. I guess it likes sandhills and a more sandy soil.
Monday, June 27, 2011
My wife and I visited the fair grounds in Des Moines Sunday and along the way we saw the cow and calf of Anderson Erickson Dairy. They have problems with vandals and thieves borrowing the calf but eventually the police find it and bring it back. After all, how do you hide a calf that size in your yard? Have a good Monday.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
A balloon hovers in the air before taking off at this downtown Des Moines area. There is no time to possibly get a good shot, just take the picture. We are at the annual arts festival downtown and the Principal building is in the background. It is our tallest building and can be seen from anywhere around the city from miles away.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I looked up at the wall of the garage down south and there hung this old saw. Maybe I can donate to a museum as I won't donate it to the landfill.
I believe the mechanism at the top probably has been added to replace and older means of tightening the blade.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
or full of feet? These are a pair of boots that a teacher's son once wore when he was young. They are much smaller than they appear. They were a young boys passage into the next phase of his life.
The teacher has them at school to remind her of him and of his interests in life. The boy who is fifteen years old now, probably wears flip flops during the summer.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
I got this start of hydrangea from an older property from up the street. The new owners of the house decided to tear all of this plant out and put in hostas. I am glad I have it as it does so well on the north side of the house. It has grown into a very large shrub now after three years of growth.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
It is an abstract day as you can view my koi, splashing for joy as he gets released into the tank outside. They love it out there and get to eat all the mosquito larvae that they want.
A bonus freedom shot of my pet snake. No, not really a pet but I have many of them. I will tell you more about them later on my Larry's Creative Zone blog. For today, I want you to see the snake is free to warm himself on my brush pile.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It is photo time at the Seibert reunion. Each family, representing the children or grandchildren of the Anna and John Seibert family, has to stand against a brick wall and be snapped by all the other members. It really is a Norman Rockwell moment when you watch them. Myself and my wife and her brother are standing against the wall and everyone has snapped the shot they want. Now look what happens. I took a shot of it from the wall. Everyone has to discuss and investigate each other's shot. Digital technology has changed the entire world.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The rain is very light today and the lighting is low. The clematis bloom is too high to photograph so I stood on a flagstone and held the camera up to do blind shots until I could capture something that worked as a true photo. The trellis is going to look great as this plant fills in and blooms many more blooms.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
My purple clematis has regrouped and is going to bloom this year again. It had a disease or a shock to my neighbors weed spray and didn't make a show last year. This year it was green and growing early in the spring and now it is just popping purple.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Because of the heat, I went out and cut samples of all of the plants for an indoor viewing. The heat has just shriveled up everything. As a result of the arrangement I found some cool abstract compositions.
I have turned into a flower blog but just you wait, I will show you other things that have nothing to do with blooms.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
It is not a very strong plant and it still puts out these wonderful blooms one bloom at a time. It doesn't seem to want to put out more than two stems a year. I have fertilized it and mulched it but it just doesn't get any better than two stems a year. They flower reminds me of a lotus flower.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Putting it's best face forward, my blue iris is showing great color. I moved some of my plants out into the sunshine and I received blooms. The clump under the tree will not bloom again this year. It will be completely moved shortly to another part of the garden.