Monday, November 15, 2010
El Paseo Restaurant Courtyard, Virtual Reality
This spot is a slecluded little courtyard
behind the El Paseo restaurant.
It's an amazing spot all around
but I really love the wonderful Mandeviiia vine.
It's got to be at least fourty years old.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Solar Pathway Lantern
One of the things we learned from the recent fire
is how truly dark it can be outside when the power goes
off. My dad who was far ahead of his time
taught me the virtues of solar energy when he
was able to power our whole house with solar panels twenty years ago.
Unfortunately there are less options for renters although we keep trying.
When we tried these small solar path lights a few years
ago they did not last very long. But these days they
have small LEDs in them so they last all night this time
of year. So we replaced all of our landscape lighting
with these and some nice spotlights on the plants.
Next time the power goes out we'll at least be able to
get around without falling over all our plants.
I'm sure it's wonderful for the environment too, but personally I'm not convinced that buying a bunch of stuff just to save energy is a terribly responsible thing to do unless the things you are replacing have outlived their usefulness and need to be replaced anyway. I'd rater telecommute and keep my old jeep that I drive about 10 miles a month, than buy an overpriced hybrid that had to be manufactured somewhere. Personally I think a large part of the current save-the-world movement is an excuse to make you feel good about buying things... eco-consumerism! Save the world with your credit card!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
This is one of the plants that recently scored a new pot and trellis. We originally got this vine and one other to feed the butterflies in the back yard. The butterflies (and resulting caterpillars) almost got the best of them. But they have come back strong. A couple of weekends ago I spent about two hours unraveling the two vines from each other and putting them on their new trellises. It was like an elaborate living puzzle.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Mandevilla in the Garden
This was another one of those "break from my computer" images. I had to go out back and wander around the flowers for a while.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The light was particularly nice in the backyard so I had to take a break from my computer and wander around with my camera.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
We've been setting up new misters in the yard for the plants and that made for some excellent photo opportunities.
Monday, June 19, 2006
It was hot here today. REALLY HOT! Fortunately we got this little mister thing from the hardware store. We hooked it up to our hose and made our little back yard a little cooler. After it was on for a while I noticed a nice effect on some of the plants near it.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
There's more rainy weather comin'! I like the rain. :-D
This was taken last week during a rainstorm. This is another vine we got to attract butterflies along with our Passion Flower. Incidentally, the tendrils in that passion flower photo are actually wrapped around this Mandevilla plant. My botanist (my lovely wife) tells me that some plants bloom like crazy when they feel threatened. Makes sense, the kids can carry on the species. And that explains all the beautiful blossoms on this plant!
The other interesting thing is this plant had solid pink flowers last year. I like the stripes!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
This is another flower from my backyard. We got this one and a Passion Flower vine to attract butterflies. I think they liked the Passion Flowers better. The caterpillars almost them out wiped out.