Thursday, March 25, 2010

Flowers That Brave the Texas Heat

Hidden Treasures Geraniums by Nancy Medina


Oil on Canvas

This little geranium painting is going to a new home Sunday, and since the winter is officially over in Texas, I thought it would be fun to re-visit this post from July 2009 - enjoy some summer flowers with me!

Geraniums are so tough, these survived the mild winter and returned
to bloom again on our deck this summer. They love the dry weather.

We have two crepe myrtles in our back yard. One is struggling,
but this one has a full head of purple blossoms. The more
sun the better for these guys. nodp

I think these are ragdoll sunflowers, do you know? I buy
packets of seeds and plant them every spring. Some years
they come up, sometimes our birds decide the seeds are a snack.


I confess these flowers are blooming at my mom's house
in East Texas. I wish I could grow them like she can. Her climate
is a bit more conducive to beautiful blossoms.

I transplanted these sunflowers from seedlings into a new
planter box by our back fence. I love how they look against
the worn wood slats of the fence, don't you?


Archie and Melissa said...

oh nancy!
they are all beautiful! i love your new painting!
it is better than real life!

Becky said...

I see where you get your inspiration from! Such vibrant colors!

Art with Liz said...

Your garden is absolutely lovely Nancy and the geranium painting is so vibrant and rich with colour.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Beautiful flowers and paintings.
Good thing about Texas climate is the flowers.
My daughter is a Texan.

Unknown said...

Thanks ladies - Peggy, you are right, there are some flowers that do so well in Texas. I wish we could get the tropicals though, I sure miss those from when we lived in California!

Melissa, thank you lady - hey your painting is dry and I'll be shipping it to you soon! hooray!

Becky, thank you so much. You are so right, the color in my yard inspires me and helps me with my painting so much.

Liz, thank you for the compliment, I love your new work, I wish I had your courage to tackle such tough subjects!

Laura said...

Are those petunias in your Mom's yard? They are the most gigantic petunias I've ever seen!

Unknown said...

Hi Laura - miracle gro will do that to you! they are pretty big, aren't they?

Manon said...

The painting is stunning Nancy!

I've never seen ragdoll sunflowers.... they're incredible!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

What a beautiful garden and great painting.
I love yoiur blog I am1st time visitor.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Sorry for the typo mistakes...

Fifi Flowers said...

Beautiful photos.. LOTS of inspiration here! said...

Nancy you are on a creative roll. Your work is beautiful, as usual. The gardens are a wonderful source of inspiration. Happy painting!


Kim VanDerHoek said...

Hi Nancy,

Geraniums are one of my favorite plants. It helps that they love the weather and do well here too. And when I trim them they smell so good.

Beautiful painting!

Donna said...

Beautiful flowers, and I love the painting!


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Nancy, everything is I see a couple more paintings lurking in these photos? The last one would be beautiful and those ragdoll sunflowers would make a gorgeous subject...Applause, Nancy...beautiful post (a beautiful painting as well!!!)

James Parker said...

Outstanding, Nancy. Beautiful flowers, for sure. I'm with you on the tropicals...I miss my heliconias, and gingers, and bromeliads and orchids from Costa Rica

Nancy Standlee said...

Nancy you have some lovely paintings and especially like the geraniums with the negative painting. Great flower garden also.

Melissa said...

I've seen those kinds of sunflowers called "Teddy Bear Sunflowers."