Archive for August, 2010



We stopped at the garden shop for a few supplies today. While there, as usual, I took pictures of some of the pretty flowers on display. I took this picture of a sunlit cluster of plumerias. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Lantana Camara

lantana.jpgI originally had this lantana shrub in the plastic pot it was in when I bought it at the garden shop. Over last winter, I thought it died, but I planted it in a partial sun spot in the back flowerbed. To my surprise, it came back in the springtime and is almost two feet tall and wide today.

According to Floridata, lantana is a native to tropical regions and exists as dozens of strains and varieties. A lantana may look orange from a distance but when the flower head is examined at close range it consists of individual yellow and red flowers that blend when viewed from afar. You can see that detail in this photograph.

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

As usual, “The One” misses the target and Ramirez does not. With the GDP in the cellar, the chief executive of the country goes bike riding and golfing. Like the sports panelists say on ESPN Football pre-game show, C’mon, man!


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Bromeliad Flower

This is one of two bromeliad flowers that we’re getting out on the front porch this summer. Click on the image to enlarge.


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A Giant Hole in the Sun

Speaking of solar activity, a giant coronal hole opened up in the Sun’s northern hemisphere earlier this week, triggering auroras at high latitudes. Image made by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), via APOD. Click image to enlarge.


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Vendela Roses and Stargazer Lily

We used a coupon to get a discount on a dozen Vendela roses today. I arranged them in the vase where I already had some Asian ‘Stargazer’ Lilies. Click on the image to enlarge.


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The Dow Jones Index closed below 10,000 today. The Administration and Congress not only wreck the economy but they spook business as well. C’mon November . . .



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