An interesting gardening accident…

So about a month ago, I got two morning glories (‘Grandpa Ott) from the Natural Gardener.  At least that’s what the pots said.  While the leaves looked exactly like morning glories, the flowers definitely were not.  Brian says they’re ‘moonflowers.’  I’d never seen these before.  They’re very interesting.  Luckily, my morning glories from last year actually re-seeded, so I have them, too.

moonflower - May 2015

Moonflower – May 2015

Greetings from Houston, Texas!

Last weekend was our annual ‘double performance’ weekend at Houston Grand Opera.  Friday night was ‘Sweeney Todd‘ (they’ve started including one musical in the season) and Saturday was ‘Die Walküre‘  I have a thing about knives and straight razors, so I was nauseous after Sweeney.   This was the second time I’d seen, Walküre.  I’d forgotten what an ordeal sitting through more than five hours of opera can be.  It might not have been so bad if it had been a ‘traditional’ production with Viking helmets and breast plates, but this was decided a ‘modern production’ where you sit through the thing and thing “Well, that’s certainly odd…” 

Die Walkure

Die Walküre – Houston Grand Opera – April 2015

Anyroad, I had an hour or so free on Saturday afternoon before the marathon, so I wandered around Hermann Park, which was near our hotel, the ZaZa.   It was a pretty day, but at 1,000 percent humidity, it was yet another reminder about why I would never live in Houston, ever.

Hotel ZaZa - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Hotel ZaZa – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Hotel ZaZa Limo - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Hotel ZaZa Limo – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Mecom Fountain Near Rice University - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Mecom Fountain Near Rice University – Houston, Texas – April 2015

Cattle Topiary - Houston, Texas - April 2015

Cattle Topiary – Houston, Texas – April 2015

HMFA - April 2015

‘Sculpture’ – Houston Museum of Fine Arts – April 2015

Bridge - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Bridge – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

Bird - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Bird – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

 

 

Iris - Japanese Garden - Houston - April 2015

Iris – Japanese Garden – Houston – April 2015

Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Stone Lantern – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015

Japanese Maple - Japanese Gardens - Houston - April 2015

Japanese Maple – Japanese Gardens – Houston – April 2015