the gates of hell

the gates of hell
The Gates of Hell

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

La Anima Sola

Interesting sunlight effects in the devil garden--the sun ray appears to be piercing the 'Anima Sola' (Lonely Soul). Or possibly extracting from purgatory?
Close up of la Anima Sola--my avatar on the shed wall. (Note: The 'Anima Sola' image was taken from a Mexican holy card; artist unknown.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Green Wizard

This is the first bloom on Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard' in the devil garden (after several years). I suspect the delay is due to lack of sun. This year's bloom is encouraging--I'm hoping for more next year. And I will cut shading branches back further. The top photo is from a few weeks ago. The ring of yellow florets gradually moves upward as new ones open and the older ones are done, but the overall presentation remains primarily a purple-black cone on green sepals.
The wizard has a minion! I think it's Lygaeus kalmii ("Small Milkweed Bug")--in addition to donning fiery colors to complement the devil garden, it contains cardiac glycosides in its thorax that could cause arrhythmias or worse, if I felt like having a beetle snack (no worries there). It's a bit reminiscent of a Tiki mask.