“Candy Apples”

by ESP on March 20, 2013

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Candy Apples, 2009 oil on canvas by Margaret Morrison.

Is there anything more Texan than the Rodeo?

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The lassos were spinning,

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as were some other people.

Some even braver souls had the nerve to be flung around and upside-down by this monster:

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But I was not one of them.  Oh no, in fact I got vertigo just observing this rotating monstrosity of a ride and judging from some rather unpleasant “unmentionables” deposited around a nearby seat that I was staggering toward, so had some of this rides earlier occupants.

Brrr, but enough of that.

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That’s more like it.

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I could use these.

I have not had a candy apple (or toffee apple if you are in the UK) for years and I thought it time that my kids try them…(not one of my better decisions).

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“Don’t get the truck sticky…Don’t put that wrapper on the seat…DON’T GET THE TRUCK STic…

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“Aw come on!”

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By the time we arrived home the seat belts were like fly-paper.

Back in the Patch:

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After the rodeo, Gypsy Rose had apparently got a new head for heights…

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“Get down from there and come smell the roses.”

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This one was given to me by Loree over there at:  http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/

I have no idea what variety it is…Loree? Anyone?

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 The petite Ipheion, ‘Rolf Fiedler’ is always a sure sign of spring.

Tristagma peregrinans

 

 

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It may be short but it sure packs a cool aesthetic with its overlapping perianth segments…snort, adjusts taped-up glasses.

A great companion for early yellow Daffodils, it has been a dependable bulb in my garden for years now…I need more, lots more.

Yeti and 4 nerve daisy

Remember the yeti paw?

Well surprisingly (and considering our recent 90 degree temperatures) it turned out not to be a yeti at all but

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an emerging four-nerve daisy, imagine that.

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The first poppies are blooming in my hell-strip.

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Bamboo Muhly grasses catching some afternoon sun. The background opuntia tree is also ready for some paddle-pruning to further promote vertical growth. It always wants to grow sideways and not up, but I don’t let it.

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These grasses were getting a little long in the tooth so I cut them back to the ground after taking this image.

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This Pyracantha ranks up there with mist flowers as an insect attractant when in bloom.

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These eight-spotted forester moths

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are particularly fond of this plant. I counted six milling moths on it the other day.

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Damianita have also been pulling in these colorful and aptly named Bordered Patch butterflies, sometimes called the Sunflower Patch.

Chlosyne lacinia

 

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Stay Tuned for:

“The Small Patch of Land that Time Forgot”

 

the land that time forgot

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