I realize that I’m fudging a bit by trying to pass August 8th off as the ‘start’ of a new month, but it certainly does feel as if we’re not that far into it. Anyway, you’ve probably noticed that as of today, the site has a new, updated look that I hope everyone finds easier to read and to navigate. The change was one of those things that just popped into my head to do, this weekend, and I’m mystified that I didn’t think of it sooner. Better late than never, though!
One of the really neat things about this layout is that it gives me the option to have a custom header for each post, instead of having my ‘main’ Chatsworth header on every one. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I love that painting of Chatsworth House and its grounds – but it’s pretty cool to be able to ‘match’ the header to the content if I can or want to. You can see that I’ve changed the header for this post, to show the part of my Front Walkway Bed that contains the currently-flowering Phlox ‘David’ and Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. I began with six of those phlox, from Bluestone, last fall; lost one before the winter even set in; and just a few days ago, another plant suddenly turned 95% brown and simply died. So now I’m down to four. ‘Tis a mystery.
I’m also happy that I will now be able to post larger photos: up to almost 750 pixels wide in the standard (like this) column format! My default photo width before was only 525 p, so this will be a nice upgrade. Of course, the wider column width makes all my existing 525-p-wide images look terribly anemic, but at least all newly-taken or freshly-formatted images will be of a decent size. And if I want to include even wider (about 1000 pixels) images, I can eliminate the sidebar for that particular post in order to create extra room.
Here’s a 720p-wide photo, showing the first bloom on a new daylily named Entropic State. The plant will/should get much taller; this is a small fan, about 12″ high.
Because I had so much fun updating this site’s style, I tossed caution to the winds and completely revamped the look of my Cybis Archive site which, for those who never saw it, was essentially a twin to the way this site previously looked. But now it’s time to stop playing on the computer (for today!), get off my posterior (literally), and do boring things like laundry, cooking, and vacuuming because the state of my house can use a “fresher” look too! 😀