Thursday, August 31, 2006
The Hummingbirds delighted me very much. I will put the feeders out in March for when they return. I read they migrate by hormones not by food source. It is a good idea to keep feeders up until frost. I am thinking of doing a Hummingbird- feeder tree next year.
August was fun. Learning the names of the different butterflies was nice. I will plant lots more zinnias. The butterflies seemed to go for them. More host plants too. Lots of parsley and I would like some thistle. The butterfly bush could draw some Hummingbird Moths! On my wish list.
Our son has moved to a different city. Our daughter has also moved to a new city. They are having their adventures. They are finding their happy way.
I will finish the August scrapbook and I am ready for September.
I tell my story with pictures of the flowers and bugs that visit my gardens. The zinnias are full of Skippers today. They are in full bloom. Lots of pollen. Early Autumn this year.
The Rosemary is blooming for the second time. The recent rains have been a blessing to all of the plants. The Buckeye shares with the other pollen eating bugs. There is plenty.
Certain flowers are memory flowers. They came to me from my Father or my Grandparents. Certain trees were gifts. I connect with those that have gone before me.
I mark my life by events in the garden. I will tell the story of the ice storm. Floods, drought, wind storms, lightening hits, the heat waves and cold snaps all effect me. The early snow storm of October 22, 1993, is part of my story.
When I am sad or happy I go to the gardens. When I am tired or full of energy I go to the gardens. It is outside with the flowers and vegetables and herbs, the bugs and birds I find peace. It is outside with the clouds and the stars I know
we are one. It is when I plant my seed I have hope. It is when I gather my seed I trust another Spring will dawn.
I am a gardener.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This yellow-orange one is also beautiful.
I bought this yellow daisy mum for my potting up table.
I will be going a-mumming lots now. Will try to stop at every nursery in town.
The grocery store has mums as does the hardware store. My in the ground mums are budding. I should have a nice mum show soon.
I need a mum for the kitchen table and a few for the hearth and one for the counter would be ever so nice. The front porch should have a mum and the deck could use a couple. A wee mum for my desk would be nice.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
August decoration are packed up. I have begun decorating for September. At first I struggled. I just could not get that "Wow" I always work for. I ended up letting go of items I just did not love. I have two boxes for donation. I am creating now. The strawflowers and dried Aspen leaves are this year's potpourri. I will add Crab Tree berries on Thursday. I used Peppercorn oil for scent. Our daughter and our son-not-in law are moving today from Colorado to Oregon. I will find out what their new state tree is. I will dry some leaves. It can go in the new potpourri.
Lots of the dried wheat went into the vases. I still have plenty to do a wheat weaving later in the month. It is time for squashes and apples and pears.
Small black boards are bases in honor of back to school. One of my seed boxes took center stage. My daughter gave it to me. It is special.
September is coming along. I have scheduled a week to get it beautiful! I am having fun creating the table top and counter top scapes. I am remembering those who have gone before me. I am remembering their kindnesses.
Monday, August 28, 2006
From Friday night to Sunday might we received 6 inches of rain.
We were able to enjoy the outdoors in- between showers during the day.
At night we slept to the sounds of rain.
Today I am packing up the August decorations. My husband brought up the bins. I will clean and begin decorating for September. I am thinking about August. It has been a month of gifts. Each day a delight. Sunflowers and hummingbirds, butterflies and tomatoes have entertained me, feed my body and my soul.
Our children are happy. They also have new adventures. Summer is coming to an end. Autumn just around the corner.
It is Apple time. It is time for the circus to come to town.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
She is much smaller than her mother.
No feeder necessary as long as the Kumquat is in bloom. Such sweetness and joy.
Lots of paved sidewalks and resting benches and water features, with all sorts of trees and flowers. The entrance has a post rock fence. I was pleased. Post Rock says, "Kansas" to me, as does wheat and sunflowers.
I have many butterflies in my backyard but I do not have thistle.
The Gardens still have some areas that are not paved and cultivated. We were able to walk in the woods. The sounds of birds and bugs and the whispering of trees was still here. Natural running water sounds different than water that has been pumped to man-made waterfalls.
The White Cabbage butterfly is pretty. Having one stop long enough for a picture was nice.
At our house we had 2.2 inches of rain Friday night.
This morning I check for Saturday's overnight rain total and we had received another 3 inches of rain. I think that is plenty for awhile. Should catch us up for August.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
I am sure this winter I will be ever so delighted I took the time to enjoy them.
" Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til December. For butterflies migrate as I so remember. So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep I am watching the butterflies and butterflies don't keep."
The light was extra-ordinary. The birds were feeding and singing. The thunder rolled. The Doves stayed at the feeding station. I knew it would be awhile before rain came.
The female Cardinal and an offspring were chirping and eating Dogwood berries. Hummingbird and her daughter stopped for breakfast in the zinnias. I watched as they flew to the east side to try those flowers.
The birds leave me gifts. I stayed outside for over an hour. I sat quietly. I closed my eyes and listened.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I wanted to see sunlight through the sunflowers and I saw this incredible blue wing creature. My husband thought it could be a black wasp.
My Buckeye fix for today. All I really want to do is take pretty pictures.
A new Swallowtail came in as I was coming inside.
I want to paint for awhile. I will show my sunflower next time. She is coming right along.