A friend of mine forwarded some photographs her son had taken in Texas, where he lives, and I got permission to share this one with you.  Apparently, it is very common to see old cars sitting out in the Texas fields. This one just happens to be surrounded by blooms of Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush.

Photo by Mark Cook
Photo by Mark Cook of Texas


“Pollen After the Rain”
It collected in a low spot, dried, cracked and is about 1/4 inch thick


Look what the Grande Poobah sent me for Christmas!

quilt for me-5960

When I opened the box, there were a number of individually wrapped presents. This was the second gift I opened because it was squishy. I wondered if I had been gifted with the ubiquitous old lady sweater OR — ohmygosh, could it be possible — one of her handcrafted quilts.

You should have heard the squeal when a quilt popped out of the wrapping. It measures 56″ x 57″ with a double edged border of the flower print and the solid red. Every other square has a “yo yo” with a red button in the middle. There are several different styles of red buttons. Here’s a close-up of the button inside the yo yo:

quilt for me close up-5961

The reverse side is a charcoal color with very small white polka dots. The freehand machine stitch you see above is repeated on the charcoal side. Just lovely.

A few of the Grande Poobah’s quilts were previously posted here in February 2013.

Also among the box of goodies was a pair of garden gloves. Do you think they are long enough for the job?

gloves long-5968


I went into Halls Ace Hardware in search of their red trash can. Our trash can with red paint on one side was beyond repair. A while back, the City requested that at least one of our trash cans have red on it to help the sanitation engineers see down our dead-street to determine whether or not we had landscape debris for pick up. I’m happy to oblige because I want the stuff to disappear.

Of course, now that I wanted a red trash can, Ace no longer carried it. Isn’t this the way it goes? I could have gotten out of there with no damage to my wallet, but of course, Ace booby-trapped the front door with a display of plants. And, of course, one of them stopped me in my tracks.

You know the drill. I went in for a trash can and came out with a plant. But for the serpent in the garden, we would have no temptation…

Dwarf Mussaenda (Mussaenda glabra)

  • Perennial
  • Native to Tropical Africa, Asia and Malaysia
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Zones 9-11
  • Height of 2 to 3 feet
  • Blooms all year — yellow star-shaped flowers with pale creamy yellow or off-white enlarged sepals (bracts) that resemble white wings or flags.
  • Requires full light but shade from hot sun. It wilts horribly in full sun. I will be digging it up and replanting it on Monday, July 28, in an area that receives morning sun only.
  • In temperate regions it blooms well in warm months but may need winter protection

I found it difficult to photograph the entire bush.  It didn’t seem to matter whether I photographed it in the morning, evening, with flash, or without flash. The result was always the same — the white sepals “blew out” and lost all detail.

Mussaenda dwarf bush-2502

Mussaenda dwarf close up-2493


Found this on the way to the butcher’s shop yesterday and went back today with my camera. Hindsight being what it is, I should have taken the shot from the other side of that Chevy truck.

Santa’s sleigh is E-M-P-T-Y and what kind of reindeer is pulling the sleigh? Flamingeer? A Florida thing, I guess, but, for sure, it caught my eye.

Today is Southern Rural Route’s second blogaversary. It’s a toddler!