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Beauty and the Beast Poetry

Purply agapantha buds spill forth.

Purply agapanthus buds spill forth.

So lovely to behold!

A probable water moccasin is scary in a nearby lake.

A probable water moccasin looks scary in a nearby lake.

But this is not, the truth be told!!

Sidebar: Photos snapped with my Nikon S6200 point and shoot.

Surprises in Our Front Yard

Nothing much to see here.

With the ever-present heat and humidity that the Houston area is infamous for during the summer, our front yard looks as tired and lazy as I do.

A dried-out agapanthus

Check out these pitiful agapanthus! Remember how lush and purple they looked back in May and June? Now they seem almost lifeless without any blooms.

The last petunia blossom hangs in there.

The pretty petunias are following in the agas’ footsteps (so to speak). Now there’s only one lonely blossom left. Sure, the knockout roses still are a knockout. But there hasn’t been much else to look at.

Could it be a new agapanthus?

Then I glanced at the edge of our front landscaping near the driveway late last week. What should catch my eye but a bunch of buds shooting forth from a new agapanthus! Yay! Something new to watch grow!!

Today's agapanthus' growth

What’s especially exciting about the new aga is that it looks like it might be white instead of purple. That would be a refreshing change.

As grateful as I am for the new agapanthus, I must admit that something else has caught my eye, too.

A blue dragonfly visits our yard (Nikon 105mm lens).

A dragonfly!

An unusual-looking dragonfly also stops by.

And yet another dragonfly! Would’ve knocked my socks off if I wasn’t wearing sandals.

Another view of the blue dragonfly using my Nikon 70-200mm lens

You know how much I love dragonflies, right? They’re so beautiful to look at and so hard to capture photographically.

Thanks for posing!

The red-eyed dragonfly didn’t stay for long. I snapped as many pix as I could of it with my Nikon 105mm macro lens.

The blue dragonfly from the side using the 70-200mm

But the blue one seemed to enjoy having his/her photo taken and has come back every now and then.

The blue dragonfly from behind using the 70-200mm

This has allowed me to experiment and use my Nikon 70-200mm lens. Yes, I lose the macro (close-up) ability, but I’m able to zoom in closer.

It gives me a whole new perspective . . . both on my photography and my surprising front yard.

Buds to Bursts

Hi, Bud!

Meet Bud. He and his family have been sprouting in our front landscaping most of May. In fact, on May 4, one bursting bud was my photo of the day.

It’s crowded in there!

I’ve watched with photographic and gardening interest as the green buds opened up and started to literally spill their guts among our Knock Out roses.

Whatever it is, it’s purple!

Where were these blooms going to go once they left the friendly confines of their green shell? How large would they be and what would be their shape?

Room to grow!

More importantly, what the heck are they?

The plants on one side of the front grow wilder than on the other side.

I finally got my answers by 1) watching Bud change almost every day and 2) via text message from my neighbor Sylvia, who complimented me on our agapanthus. To which I replied, “Are those the big purple flowers?” Yes, they are!

Bud is all growed up!

Of course, I wiki-ed “agapanthus” to get more information. This so-called “lily of the Nile” is native to South Africa. Yet it’s growing well here in southeast Texas! Pretty cool.

Bursts of agapanthus populate our front landscaping.

What I’ve really enjoyed is seeing plant life in our front garden go from green buds to bluish-purple bursts in less than a month. Now I’m wondering how long they’re going to survive!