Saturday, July 30, 2005

Field Trip

My garden madness may be partly hereditary; I went to visit my sister, Dorothy, who lives about 80 miles north of us; this shows the front of her house. She has built a house on our old family homestead of 5 acres of wooded land, with a small creek running through it. The property is now smack dab in the middle of town, so is quite the oasis, and she has filled her yard with flowers, ablaze with color even in late summer; some more pictures of her garden follow. Posted by Picasa

Wildflower bed. Posted by Picasa

Double rudbeckias. Posted by Picasa

Joe Pye weed; being in the milkweed family, it's a magnet for butterflies and bees. Posted by Picasa

Coleus. Posted by Picasa

Angel and petunias. Posted by Picasa

Cherub and petunias. Posted by Picasa

Dorothy is an avid Iowa Hawkeye football fan(Go Hawks)! Posted by Picasa

Garden circle with boy on bike. Posted by Picasa

Garden fairy. Posted by Picasa

My sister has a great friend, Bill, who has gotten into making garden ornaments and gates, out of copper tubing. This is the gate to her vegetable garden. Posted by Picasa

This is the top of a trellis they made, complete with dragonfly on top. Posted by Picasa

Dianthus and stuff. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Walk In The Garden Today

Lily Majoense, a very tall lily with down-facing flowers.Posted by Picasa

Calla lily. Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 25, 2005

A Walk In The Garden Today

Pulmonaria leaf. Posted by Picasa

Lily 'Arabesque'. Posted by Picasa

Hibiscus 'Kopper King'Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Hostas and stuff. Posted by Picasa

Daylily Posted by Picasa

Daylily Posted by Picasa

Daylily Posted by Picasa

Hosta 'Golden Prayers'. Posted by Picasa

Gentiana ascleplidae Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 23, 2005

New Boid

Every year I add a few new birds to my sighting list, here in our garden, and I also add a couple of "call sightings", from birds off in the woods and ravines. Today it was the call of Bell's vireo, a very distinctive call if ever I've heard one. My bird book mnemonic is Cheedle cheedle chee? Cheedle cheedle chew! (I kind of like tippie tippie toes). They write of the bird sounding like it's singing through a clenched beak... to me it sounds like the bird gargled with razor blades... anyway, kind of a neat thing to hear.

A Walk On The Wild Side

There is a 12 foot retaining wall along a ravine that runs right by our house, leaving a nice, flat area at the top, and I've planted it all in wildflowers; this time of year it's mostly rudbeckias. I'd never realized what a sweet perfume they have until I massed them in this big bed. It's a haven for butterflies and bees, and later in the fall, goldfinches and other small birds in profusion, feed off the seedheads. Posted by Picasa

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