One of the pleasures of September is that Ten-petal Mentzelia bloom. This post is also a celebration of the return of our blog after a month of confusion and frustration. It is also a test of how this version of WordPress works and how we should prepare our posts.
We are grateful to the Earthlink technician who was able to return our posts to the correct order – from newest to oldest. It took several blogware updates and his skill. Strange things sometimes happen when servers are updated and our blog order was one of those.
Ten-petal Mentzelia is a western prairie species that found its way to our area and lives in a small sandy patch quite happily. The plants are tall, thin and scraggly. They feel a bit thistley, but the blossoms are exquisite. The blossoms open late in the afternoon and close by morning. They may open and close for several days before dropping their stamens and petals. We brought this stem home to photograph in our tabletop set-up. Controlling light and wind is sometimes easier indoors.
We expect to get back to regular posting if this really works.