Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gold Medal Monday

I'm playing catch-up a little this evening, as these are all Sunday images, starting with these noon-time portulacas. I hadn't share any in a while, and this was a nice trio.

I'm glad I held on to a few pictures from Sunday, too, since today was a pretty rainy and gray day and I didn't actually take any. Rain was really heavy as it moved through in waves this afternoon, and we saw a kicking thunderstorm roll through earlier this evening. I did let the camera roll there, but haven't yet checked to see if I got anything worthwhile.

With all the events at work this weekend, I missed the start of the Olympics and hadn't really gotten into the routine of enjoying the coverage until this evening. I still haven't had a chance to track down the video of the opening ceremonies, which I've been hearing were quite impressive. Tonight I have been watching, so I was able to watch Michael Phelps get his ninth gold medal this evening, and I'm enjoying the men's gymnastic coverage as I write. Woo hoo!! Go USA!! I'm by no means an athlete, but every time the Olympics roll around, I can't help but be inspired and thrilled by these kids and their ability.

Last night, however, I was watching Moby Dick on PBS, with Gregory Peck as Ahab. I was watching the scene where the whalers harpoon the great white whale and then get taken for a wild ride...and it occurred to me that sometimes walking Emily is a bit like a Nantucket Sleighride.

Both of these hydrangea pictures were taken on one of those walks, so that they are in focus at all is a testament to her patience with me.

First up are these pristine white blossoms of Peegee hydrangea. There's a whole hedge of this stuff down the street, probably about eight to ten feet high. It's interesting to note that these plants, in a semi-shaded location, are so much further ahead of the same plant in full sun outside the restaurant. That one's flowers actually turn pale shades of green and red come September.

Across the street from those peegees, are a few absolutely beautiful purple and blue flowered hydrangeas. How could I resist sharing one of those with all you purple-lovers?!

Knowing that there was so much rain in the forecast for this week, I had been thinking that last night might be my best chance for a look at the Perseid Meteor showers...but sadly, the clouds moved in across the sky even before it was fully dark, obscuring the half-moon and the rest of the sky.

This evening, in the cool night (current temperature of 63F) following the earlier rain, the crickets are singing all up and down the street.

Skies remain dark and cloudy and our forecast advises us that thunderstorms remain possible well into morning. I might even be hearing just a little distant thunder now. Actually, the Olympics have just been interrupted for an EAS warning about a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. So, I think I'll be posting this and shutting down the computer.

However, there's some sunshine in the forecast for mid-week, so I'm hoping I'll get to see a few meteors then. Have a good night everyone.


Mommie dearest said...

I am so glad you included portulaca - it is one I neglected to add to my garden for the first time in many years!
Memories of perseids and a man named Tennessee and too much smoke just came rolling in - perhaps by the 15th those meteors will be visible and you will also envision the sound of someone falling over a log in the dark - hee hee

Anonymous said...

Looks like I'm just missing you! As usual, the garden is looking awesome! :) Caught some of those blah downpours on the way to Hyannis today....at least no hail like I encountered on Friday! :) Looked good on my way home....looking forward to some time together when I get back.....Serena was wondering when we were all getting together....told her early September, no if ands or butssssss! Oh, and it's Vic by the way....can't remember my ID thingy, lol...what a surprise! :)

somewhere joe said...

The white hydrangea are fabulous. I've heard that the only difference between the blue and pink ones is the ph balance of the soil. True?

Jenn Thorson said...

Here's hoping you got through your events with flying colors.

LOVE the hydrangeas. I have a bunch in my backyard and find myself giving them an affectionate pat on their big round heads, they're so fluffy and cute.

The Hunky Gardener said...

In my experience hydrangeas always seem to do better in morning sun and moist soil. I love the colored hydrangeas. We are starting to see some colored ones now that are hardy to our zone. Of course we have to iron chelate to get them to change color as our soil is not naturally acidic.

About the chainsaw incident. Yes, it was indoors! But she removed the blade. Still, she scared the whole dorm floor! That girl had 3 chainsaws in her room so she was sort of like my bodyguard protecting me from all the redneck cowboys at our agriculturally dominated college!

Pics are stunning once again:0

Greg said...

MD, aren't the portulaca just the best? Nothing better for a sunny hot spot!

Thanks for bringing to mind those fond meteor memories of years past--remember the year they coincided with the aurora--now THAT was a show!!

Hiya Vic! Thanks for dropping by. Looking forward to that evening of fun we talked about with Ree-nee...now that I'm not smoking, karaoke might be even more fun!

BTW, I couldn't help noticing you might have an issue with emoticon-oholism. I'm sure my friend Jenn would be glad to direct you toward a support group! What do you think, Jenn?

Joe, I've read its actually the aluminum content in the soil, though I've long suspected a broader category of mineral supplementation will do the trick.

You'll notice Hunky Gardener mentions using iron chelate as an additive when necessary. I've simply sunk old iron railroad spikes into the ground near the roots and had some fabulous results. (This is also good if your plantings are near a concrete foundation, which will suck minerals out of adjacent soil over time!)

As you might guess, I like to find the balance between pink and blue that gives us the Fabulous Purple. ; )

HunkyG, I've also had some fantastic hydrangea shows in drier shady locations, tho of course they were well-established plants.

Your pal, Chain-saw Sara, sounds like she made college as exciting as it oughtta be. I just knew she'd done that indoors--ah, the delightful shock impact. Folks must've been terrified...heh heh.

Anonymous said...

I love the shots of the Hydrangeas. That is my favorite plant of the moment. :) That purplish blue mophead is gorgeous!

Java said...

Hydrangea are my favorite flowering bush!!! Well, my favorite right now. I've long admired the hydrangea. I tried to grow one a couple of years ago, but it didn't go well. These are lovely. :)

lostlandscape said...

People in these parts try to grow hydrangeas, and they bloom scrappily, but nothing like where they genuinely like it. The ones in your picture are gorgeous! That's a rare color out this way where the alkaline water from the Southern Colorado River makes it hard for the colored ones to be anything other than pink, even with iron supplements.

Curt Rogers said...

The purple hydrangea is simply beautiful. It looks like a puzzle, with each of its petals fitting so perfectly together. Knowing nothing of flowers, I don't know if they're fragrant or not, but just looking at this photographs makes me imagine the sweetest, most delectable scent on earth.