Coneflower

Mid-September, and we're getting pretty close to the end of late summer blooms, but these Coneflowers still look pretty good. Taken at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE.   Thought for the Day:  I hate flowers -- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and don't move.                   … Continue reading Coneflower

Palm Frond

An unusual (Wow!  Three "u"s in a 7-letter word!) palm tree thrives in the conservatory at Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens.   Its fronds (leaves) are a dirty gray color, like unpolished silverware covered with dust.  There is no sheen whatsoever on the fronds, on either side. From underneath, the shaded areas are almost black, which provides a … Continue reading Palm Frond

Two Ladies and a Rose

I like flowers.  I like all plants, especially those you can eat, and not-so-much those that make you itch or sneeze.  Like this yellow rose, e.g; beautiful, gorgeous, a sight to behold. But there is a limit to how long I can stare at one plant.  Not so with the "plant ladies", who stood in one … Continue reading Two Ladies and a Rose

Greenhouse Gases

I was at Lauritzen Gardens the other day, checking out the new Conservatory when I felt a cold mist on the back of my neck.  The misters in the Four Seasons area of the Conservatory had just started, trying to simulate winter in the southeast part of the country.  Think Augusta, Georgia with azaleas, magnolias pansies and … Continue reading Greenhouse Gases