Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall 2010

September Charm Anemone ( my favorite fall flower!)


September Charm Anemone ~ again :)

Golden Rod (with a Summer Azure)

Iron weed

Peaches sneaking a sip of water from the birdbath!



Autumn Joy Sedum
(this bee isn't very friendly ~ caught him trying to sting my butterflies)
It was a long, hot, and dry summer.  I spent alot of the summer evenings, watering my gardens just to keep my plants alive.  Some things had a shorter bloom season than they normally have ~ my Black-eyed Susans, Shasta daisies, and even my Purple coneflower wilted quickly.  My fall flowers have all started shining though.  Right now, I have September Charm Anemone, Golden Rod, Asters and Mums are blooming like crazy.  Even my Shasta daisies made a come-back!  I spent alot of the summer trying out my new camera also.  I bought a Nikon D3000 in August and haven't put it down since!  I'm still learning how to use it but like anything else, it just takes practice! I started a second blog called "Wings in my garden".  Check it out at: wingsinmygarden.blogspot.com .  I have taken a special interest in Monarchs ~ to the point that I started a Monarch habitat in two of my gardens.  I mentioned in a previous post that I planted 20 milkweed plants and I planted 4 Butterfly weed plants back in the summer.  Those butterfly weed plants are what really got me hooked on the Monarchs.  I found 7 Monarch caterpillars chowing down on my plants, although only 4 of them grew big enough to turn into butterflies.  I think the other 3 became lunch for a mole that was making a home out of an old stump near the plants.  Any caterpillars I find in the future will be reared indoors, just to protect them from preditors.  I also want to plant more host plants for some of the other butterflies in my garden. I guess I better start looking up what they are because there is only a small window of time left to get things in the ground before the frost comes.  Enjoy all the beauty that autumn brings~

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Butterfly gardens plans !

This is the inspiration for my butterfly garden plans!  I just ordered 20 starter milkweed plants for only
 $1 each!  Now ~ where to plant them all?  Need a sunny location, sandy soil (that may be a challenge with my clay/rocky soil) .  I also want to find some more Iron weed, butterfly weed and thistle.  Anything to attract more monarchs. 

Monday, September 6, 2010


Found this guy sippin' nectar from my impatiens. It is a White-lined Sphinx hummingbird moth. It's wings flutter as quickly as a humming bird. I was lucky enough to capture a shot that showed how beautiful it's wings are!

A female ruby-throated hummingbird taking a rest! I have had 6 regulars lately putting on their airshows for me. I sure am going to miss them when they fly south for the winter.
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