Saturday, April 7, 2012

Texas Wine Cup

The amazing Texas wildflower display continues to unfold week by week. The rains came at just the right time it seems, because the Blue Bonnet carpet along the roadsides is fuller than ever, and there are new flowers adding to the display.

 This is a Texas Wine Cup (Callirhoe involucrata) a hardy native perennial.  The blooms close up at night and then reopen during the day until they are polinated, after which they stay closed.  Wine Cups disappear in the high heat of summer, but return to bloom in February through July.

I love these gorgeous spikes of deep red topped with hot pink!  This is Red Clover (Trifolium incarnatum), an annual European native that has naturalized in the States.

I've had difficulty identifying this pretty yellow flower - my best guess is some type of Hawks Beard?  Does anybody recognise it?  I think I need some more books...

Lake House Construction

 Progress continues out at the lake. Tubs have appeared in the guest house.  There is more wiring all over the place, and the insulation foam is making a very puffy appearance.

Here is the studio with its new inner coating.  It looks like they'll have to shave it down in order to get the drywall in place... 

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