Flower Friday – Scabiosa

I just uploaded these photographs to Flickr last night and decided that they would make an excellent Flower Friday post.  Scabiosa (aka pincushion flower) is one of my favorite plants — it’s a perennial (my plants made it through winter without completely dying this year), it’s drought tolerant, and pollinators love it.

IMGP8077Scabiosa & Reakirt’s Blue Butterfly

Scabiosa & Reakirt's Blue ButterflyScabiosa & Reakirt’s Blue Butterfly

Ready for a FightScabiosa & Angry Bug

Flower Friday – Texas A&M Gardens and Greenways Project

I’ve never shared a cell-phone photograph on my blog, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.  I took this photo on Instagram and then shared it on my Flickr site.  The next morning I woke up, and it had over 15,000 views (it currently has 17,337 views) — so crazy!  To this day I’m not sure what makes some photos do so well on Flickr, but something right must have happened with this one.

This photograph was taken on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas (whoop!!!!).  I wish that the Gardens and Greenways Project had been complete (or at least in the works) back when I was in college because the concept of having a 45-acre dream backyard on campus sounds really amazing.  This wildflower field is part of that project.

Texas A&M Wildflower FieldBluebonnets, Alamo Fire Bluebonnets, Drummond’s Phlox, and Indian Paintbrush

Flower Friday – Bluebonnets & An Indian Paintbrush

On April 13, 2014, I was given the opportunity to take the bluebonnet photograph of my dreams.  Seriously — I’d wanted to take a photograph of bluebonnets with a fence behind them for YEARS.  This shot could not have matched what I had envisioned in my head any better.

Quintessential Bluebonnet PhotoPerfect Fence & Bluebonnets & A Lone Indian Paintbrush
taken somewhere in Texas…

“28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” – Matthew 6:28-30

Flower Friday – Full House Amaryllis

All of this talk about Netflix’s Fuller House series reminded me of the full house amaryllis I bought from American Meadows during December 2010.  It bloomed (a total of eight flowers) during February — this photo was taken almost exactly five years ago (2/15/2011).  I thoroughly enjoyed having a bit of color (and something to photograph) inside during the gloomy winter months.  I need to remember to buy one to have inside next December!  If you want some tips for growing amaryllis indoors, this site has easy-to-follow instructions.

Full House Amaryllis