Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This Year's Flower Garden

I'm finally seeing some progress in my flower garden this year! We haven't had much hot weather at all, so the growing has been S-L-O-W.

Below we have morning glories (Grandpa Ott variety - purple heirloom) climbing up one of the trellises that Dad made . In front of them is a row of zinnias, and in front of them a row of larkspur and rudbekia (which is a yellow flower related to black-eyed-susans).


On the other side we have some wind-blown sweet peas climbing up another trellis. In front of them is a row of a different kind of zinnia and in front of them is another row of larkspur. In the big gray pot next to the sweet peas is a climbing pink jasmine plant that we've had for a few years.


Close-up of the zinnias:








And my first sunflower that bloomed!


We have more flowers than this, but that's all the pics I have for now!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Signs of Spring

The infrared mix sunflowers I planted last week started to come up yesterday (on Mother's Day)!

The delphiniums that took soooooo long to grow last year have exploded recently. They're going to produce a TON of flowers this spring.

Friday, November 2, 2007

At Last...

Way back in June this year I planted all the flower seeds in our backyard. After 5 long months of growing, the delphiniums have finally bloomed! I don't know why they took soooo long; maybe because they needed richer soil. In any case, we are enjoying them now. Hopefully the frost won't kill them right away. :-)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Skippers From All Angles

Last week I managed to get some better pictures of the fiery skippers in our backyard. Here are the results...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Morning Walk

Yesterday I took my camera along on our morning walk and managed to capture some photos of the pelicans that have been eating their breakfast in our lake. There have been probably 8 or 10 of them each morning for the past few days. The fish supply must be dwindling fast. I wonder how much longer these majestic birds will grace us with their presence.

American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

No, this next one is not a two-headed pelican! It’s two birds swimming side by side. Pelicans work together to surround and corner fish. Then they dunk their heads in the water and scoop up the food with their bills.

When my dad and I left our house that morning, the sky was relatively clear, but by the time we arrived about three-fourths of the way around the lake, it started sprinkling on us. This gave us a pretty rainbow stretching all the way across the sky.

Genesis 9:11-17 (Authorized KJV)

“And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Final Garden Tour

Our garden this year is just about done. Last month I dug up all the carrots, and we washed, cut, and froze them.

Then a couple weeks ago I dug up all the potatoes, and we've been eating them. :-)

The strawberries are still going strong and spreading out. In fact, I ate two of them with my lunch yesterday.

Dad picked all the onions and now they're drying out on top of our out-of-use-at-the-moment rabbit cage.

Next it will be time to get the garden area all cleaned out and weeded. We may plant some things for a winter garden if we can figure out what we should grow and what could grow during the dull gray months until next summer. :-)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Creature Identification - Fiery Skipper

Here are a couple photos of a fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) that has been hanging around our flower garden with some of its friends. They especially love the zinnias and bachelor buttons.

Skippers are of the family Hesperioidea. They resemble moths and are closely related to butterflies.