Wednesday, July 4, 2012

'Fireworks' on the 4th

How about some fireworks on the 4th of July!

Here's a variegated purple fountaingrass I tried this year in a container.  

Its official name is Pennisetum setaceum rubrum (wait for it) 'Fireworks'

I love the brightly colored variegated foliage.

And the soft fuzzy purple plumes.

I put it in a container by itself this year, but I think it would look great paired with sweet potato vine, purple heart, periwinkles, or pentas.

This is definitely a thriller that will add sparkle to any summer container garden.

'Fireworks' is an annul in my zone 7/8 garden, but it is no dud!  It takes the Texas summer heat with ease and makes me go ooh and aah as the plumes shoot up above the colorful foliage.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!  
I hope you get to see some great fireworks :-)

Toni :-)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Today's Forecast

As I was driving down the road the other day, I saw this wonderful quote on the marquee sign of a church...

Today's Forecast:   
God reigns and the Son shines

We got a different glimpse of that today.

The dark clouds rolled in

And the raindrops fell

Yet rays of sun broke through the clouds

And through the raindrops...  

...the sun shone brightly.

Check out SkyWatch Friday to see other beauty from above

Toni :-)