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6 Facts About the Texas Bluebonnet

Bluebonnet Carpet reminds us that every year there is a reminder of the coming warmer seasons. Around late March, North Texas and the Hill Country begin a gradual warm up into the welcome spring. Our attention turns from the dreaded ice storms to devastating hail and tornadoes.

Many people often ask how Texans cope with such a range of extreme weather. The answer lies, at least partly in the beauty found during the blooming of our state flower. April is the only time of year when entire pastures of grazing horses and lazy cows tromp and munch happily among the blue, pink, red, and white Bluebonnet Carpetflowers of the Texas bluebonnet.

Here are some basic facts for the bluebonnet.

  1. The amount of rain does will influence  how many flowers what you see every year. Depending on the amount of spring rains, Texans either enjoy a huge deluge of these gorgeous flowers or barely see one.
  2. Bluebonnets are not just blue. Most bluebonnet flowers are blue, however, both pink and white variations are found naturally.
  3. The pink bluebonnet was first discovered in a field south of San Antonio. Legends say that they were white bluebonnets that turned pink after the San Antonio River ran red with the blood of the Texas defenders at the battle of the Alamo.
  4. Bluebonnets are usually found with a red flower called Indian Paintbrush. The Indian Paintbrush is actually a parasitic plant that feeds off the root system of a bluebonnet.
  5. Bluebonnets only occur in 55-75 degree weather. In Texas, this usually means they bloom sometime around late March to mid April.
  6. While it’s not illegal to pick Bluebonnets, to some Texans it’s kind of like burning the National Flag. Everyone has the right to do it but it’s not necessarily seen as the friendliest thing to do.

I hope you’ll agree that bluebonnets are a most extraordinary flower. They always remind us of the beauty of nature and its ability to create lavish landscapes. Now, all you need to do to enjoy the bluebonnets is to place one on your wall.

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Mother’s Day Delights Show

Welcome to the  Mother’s Days Delights Show

The the Mother’s Days Delights Show has various photographic works of Andrew Chianese and his artistic tribute to Spring and motherhood.   The pictures in the show share a love of things floral and the season of spring.  Special works include brilliant flowers, sun-kissed gardens and the celebration of motherhood.

This show will be on display starting Monday, April 28, 2014 thru May 12, 2014

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Mother’s Days Delights Show is Almost Here!

The Mother’s Days Delights Show has various photographic works of Andrew Chianese and his artistic tribute to Spring and motherhood.  The pictures in the show share a love of things floral and the season of spring.  Special works include brilliant flowers, sun-kissed gardens and the celebration of motherhood.

This show will be on display starting Monday, April 28, 2014 thru May 12, 2014

Want a sneak peek?  I want to give a little something back to my patrons.. A chance to own a piece of the show early.  Hurry, prices are only until the show opens on Monday morning.

Hidden in Petals of Fringe Canvas Print.

Hidden in Petals of Fringe
Hidden in Petals of Fringe-The edges of the fringe are barely out of focus to bring you the protected underside in complete clarity. The hidden treasure that will have the butterflies standing in line to get at the sweet nectar inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Blessing Canvas Print.

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Mother's blessing
Mother’s Blessing – A white daisy with blue and purple hues.  Mother tested and mother approved.

Nature’s Puzzle Fun: Sunflowers and Shapes

This sunflower is an amazing example of living geometric engineering. I know of several middle school math teachers that would giggle with delight at this mouth-watering choice of shapes and forms.

 

As you view the sunflower carefully, the discovery of cones, triangles, circles and even pentagrams suddenly show themselves in a magical and alluring way.  Nature creates a puzzle of various designs and structures all the while implementing them in a living plant.

 

The amazing thing is the shapes found inside each shape.  Notice the focus on the band of black cones, each ending with 3 dimensional shapes in a star pattern on top.  All of those star patterns connect to a cone shape that sprouts majestically from a small pentagram.  Yet, all together, they form a sweeping black band in a semi-circular pattern that divides the work and flower into each part.

 

This band separates the ever-increasing density of the sloping conical-shaped face and the flat expanding petals of the flower.  Even the colors divide into separate areas due to that black and yellow band.  Nature even allows colors to join in this dance of geometry.  The sun-kissed greens of the undeveloped seeds slope towards the more traditional sunflower yellow of the petals.  Indeed, the sunlight striking the petals actually enhances our perception of the color changing from green to black towards yellow.

 

Only nature exists in such a perfect form.  All of these shapes and colors exist for attraction.  Sure, we has humans enjoy the fragrance, sight, and complexity of the flowers but it irresistible to the insects like butterflies and bees that the plant wished to attract.  Such beauty allows a perfect winning scenario. The sunflower becomes pollinated, the insects get a meal, and we get to decorate and have a snack of sunflower seeds.  Perfect wins all around!

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Magnolias in a Zen Garden?

The Magnolia grandiflora, otherwise known as a Magnolia tree is a fascinating, yet unusual, addition to a Zen Garden.

Magnolias are found in the southern United States.  Why would you put them in a Zen Garden?  Well, namely it is a gorgeous tree. They are very tall and reach amazing heights when grown properly.  They have luscious green foliage and beautiful white flowers.  They also provide shade and produce a wonderful fragrant aroma to the garden.  This is interesting because a Zen Garden is well-known for meditative sights, sounds, and physical textures, but rarely does a person think of the sense of smell and its crucial role.

 

Magnolias are what arborists and botanists call a flowering tree. Flowering trees are the oldest type of tree on the planet.  Scientists believe that the flowering trees developed soon after ferns and other early types of plants.  So, the ancestry of this type of tree dates back to before the dinosaurs.

 

This photograph of an early magnolia bud was a unique find for me.   Usually when I find a magnolia tree the blooms have already open and the white petals are starting to turn brown.  My timing of finding these great trees in a “photographic” state has never been exactly spot on.  But this bud caught my eye.

 

The brownish black looking curls wrapped around the wooly center bud reminded me of the woody texture of cloves.  But what captured my eye was the orange protruding stems on the underside of the bud.  It almost looks like the antennae of some strange alien bug.

 

It is hard to imagine that this unique bud turns into a large single white bloom with such a fragrance.

 

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