Late afternoon iPhone photo
This is one of my favorite February bloomers in my neighborhood. This photo is from a few weeks ago. I’ve been getting into Instagram lately. It’s a completely addictive iPhone photo app that allows you to experiment with lots of different filters and lighting options.
Here’s the same iPhone pic punched up a bit with the #lux filter in Instagram. Once you select the look and feel of your iPhone pic, you can tag share, send, and/or post. It’s been so interesting to see cherry, plum, magnolia, and tulip tree blooms from other Instagrammers all over the world. My iPhone has become my camera of choice now that I’ve seen how much fun it is to fix up iphone pics with Instagram. Check it out if you haven’t yet!
We went up to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley the other day to activate our family membership. (Half off! Thanks, Groupon!) It is such a beautiful and relaxing place up high in the Berkeley hills. Very quiet and peaceful. I spent most of my time contemplating the enormous aloes in the Southern Africa section. Here are a few of my favorites.
I was surprised to see the bloom spike coming out of this aloe a few weeks ago. I’ve had this aloe in the same blue pot for a couple of years. (See here for an earlier pic.) It had been in full sun and was starting to stress out. Personally, I don’t like the stressed look on my aloes and succulents, so I moved it into a shadier spot. She rewarded me with this awesome bloom! (And brighter green stripes.) I took this pic with my iphone and filtered it through Instagram. What fun!
- Neighborhood fountain of flowers
I passed by this fountain of flowers on my way to the BART station one morning and had to snap a couple of pics. I didn’t know what it was, but I wanted to add it to my imaginary front yard garden one day.
- Flower identified at Annie’s!
A few days later, I went to Annie’s Annuals & Perennials to check out their Art in the Garden event. As my girl sat down to remove the lava rock from her princess sandals, I spotted the very same fountain of flowers. Of course I would find it at Annie’s! I asked them what it is and found out that it’s a Dierama (aka Fairy’s Wand aka Angel’s Fishing Rod). They only had a couple small plants left for sale, and only in white, so I picked up my very own Dierama Guinevere.
- Dierama Guinevere
And as per my habit, I will put it in a pot in the back yard for a while until it grows up a bit. By then I’m sure our front bedding areas will be ready for planting. I’m serious.
A patriotic passel of pots pose proudly on my patio.