Today seems like a good day to post some random garden pictures and things that made me smile recently.
The claret cup cactus I received at the swap two weeks ago opened two blooms at once. Like a cute little frog looking at you. Claret cup blooms last about two days.
The small barrel cactus I featured on Monday's Bloomday post bloomed again yesterday, this time with a double bloom.
These are gorgeous coral blooms that only last a day.
We had a nice rain again Thursday morning which is very beneficial to the garden this time of year. The coral hesperaloe blooms are looking especially nice since we started using deer repellent on them. The deer usually get to them first.
A request from Texas garden writer Cherie Foster Colburn to use one of my blog photos in a presentation made me smile too. Her request elicited an even bigger smile when she identified the photo as this one of bluebonnets having gone to seed.
Of course, it's one of the ugliest I've ever posted! Cherie is speaking to a group of Master Gardeners this week on the subject of wildflowers and plans to show that they have seasons. Sometimes those seasons aren't pretty. I'd call that the "if you want a wildflower meadow in your lawn be prepared for this" approach. The "Growing Texas Bluebonnets from Seed" post has turned out to be one of my most popular. Here's a similar view from March.
And bluebonnets always get a smile from me.