Here in the tropics, and in many other places, prescribed fire means life. I'm not talking about the horrible conflagrations that come from anthropogenic climate change, just the usual fires that clear the way for the new:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
High temp records have been tumbling all over the globe this summer and last night I think there were a record number of tropical cyclones and invests on the planet at the same time (8!). Is that a record?? Yowza. Walking outside in full sun may not be the best idea for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere right now, but I had to take a few pictures of a neighbor's gorgeous Plumeria, which grow quite well on our sand dune:
Plumeria, also known as Frangipani, are native to this part of the world, and grow wild and in cultivation all over the Caribbean, Central, and South America. They are actually a genus of the Dogbane family, woof!, and are cousins to the poisonous Oleander. Just like with Oleanders, the sap can be irritating to eyes and skin, though some people have no trouble with it at all. The flowers have no nectar, but are most lusciously fragrant at night. They mostly attract moths. Growing them from cuttings is very easy, but you have to let the cut stump dry before planting it, or it could rot. They are somewhat slow growing but very tough and hardy.
|Vertical Plumeria, MRobb, August 2015|
|Pink Plumeria, MRobb, August 15|
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I have been gearing up for the start of the new school year, which is coming very early in 2015. Not much going on in the gardening world, though the orchids continue to bloom- the top one is a Guartonia, so I am told (and, OK, I did show this on July 10, but it's still blooming, really!):
And I'm trying to do a simple painting each day; I've been managing a couple a week....
And I'm finally finishing up some photos from 2009! These are of Lago di Garda in Italy:
A little creativity can really help one get through the more stressful times of year!
|MRobb, Plate and Bowl, 2015|
|MRobb, Plate, 2015|
|"Hills with Green Sky", MRobb, 2015|
|"Lago di Garda, Italy, Autumn 2009"- MRobb|