An array of waterlilies

lily threesome

As most of you know, Houston, has had devastating floods this year. Cypress Creek is really a river but with our mix of drought and flood it can go from a trickle to a torrent. It runs from Waller County in north west of the Houston area, through the Mercer Arboretum and then into Lake Houston. The Arboretum had only just repaired acres of woods that had been destroyed in our 10 year drought when the creek completely burst it’s banks flooding most of the new work. The volunteers must have been devastated. As soon as it opened again, we went to see what was left and we were surprised that some areas were still beautifully planted even though half of the park was closed.

In the next few posts, I will show their new color palette. This is a link to my previous post magenta and yellow palette.
lilac lily

Lily pond in Mercer Arboretum

Lily pond in Mercer Arboretum

“Sixteen turtles sitting on a log”

16 turtles

This is my final post from Mercer Arboretum in Houston. They have a beautiful pond, full of turtles and fish, within the grounds. This is the most turtles I have seen sitting on the log in a decade so I guess they had fun making baby turtles? Spring Creek is a short distance away with some alligators. I have often wondered what happens at night and do the alligators wander up for a turtle crunchie (they eat them like Doritos) but I think they have enough food to eat down in the creek.

These are red-eared slider turtles and unbelievably they can live for 50 to 70 years! The females don’t mature until they are 5-7 years old. I had great fun watching a baby with her mama, following her around incessantly. I imagined she was saying, “snack, Momma”, but maybe that’s just normal. They were very cute. Happy Easter

Momma and baby turtle

Magenta and Yellow color palette

yellow and magenta

This is a continuation of my last post about Mercer Arboretum in Houston. Each season they choose a color palette and Spring 2016 is yellow and magenta, as you can see above. It never ceases to amaze me that they can imagine this color combination in so many varieties of plant. Truly a work of art in a garden.

pink magnolia

I was particularly struck by the beauty of this deep pink magnolia blossom. Disappointingly, it didn’t have as strong a scent as the natural cream ones but aesthetically pleasing, nonetheless.

magenta and yellow 2

A beautiful border with shades of yellow, magenta and purple. If you knew the colors in advance you could wear the perfect outfit but perhaps a neutral tone would work best with these vivid colors.