Friday, August 07, 2009

Bright Eyes

I went outside to gather seeds
from the Bright Eyes Cosmos.

It was a busy patch of flowers.

I watched the Tiger Swallowtails make their rounds.

Just as they left the Orange Sulphurs came .

I waited for them to finish.

When it was my turn the bees scooted this way and that!

Some of the bees went to the Hibiscus.

I gathered seeds.

I will continue to do so now until frost.

I will plant them next May.

The cycle continues.

Seed to seed.

Food for the bees and the butterflies.

Food for my soul.

A time to gather.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Brilliant colors! I love gathering seeds! I always gather marigold seeds each year!

Tammie Lee said...

This is a lovely post. Your series of photos are wonderful. You have captured the butterflies grace and I love the movement in the bees wings.
Your words are lovely and so inspiring that you gather your seeds, as it should be!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These gorgeous photos are food for my soul.

Jennifer AKA keewee said...

So much joy from season to season from your lovely flowers.

Flat Creek Farm said...

I could look at your photos all day long. Just wonderful! -Tammy

Randy Emmitt said...


These are beautiful! This orange cosmos reseeds and the seedlings bloom as it grows here. I found about an acre of more of this plant once that the highway dept planted, 100s of all kinds of butterflies on it, amazing plant.

Deb said...

A beautiful gathering day for you, the bees and butterflies ♥

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Very nice, uplifting post and great images!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I love the orange cosmos! I've started collecting seeds too. I'm still waiting for the butterflies, I've only seen a few so far. Usually by this time I have Painted Ladies all over the place, but so far I haven't seen them or the swallowtails.

Wendy said...

Your butterflies are so perfect! I love orange cosmos. And you can actually see the bees wings whirring so fast!
Nice clear shots. I have gathered some viola seeds. Never done that before. I usually forget where I've put them, but this year I will remember. I can't wait for the purple basil to flower. That's my favourite herb.
The cycle continues. Looks like you had a good day!

Cathy said...

Ah perfect pictures!

sweetbay said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love the ones of the bees in flight, they are so cute. I've started gathering seed too. It's so satisfying to grow your own from seed.

Dawn Fine said...

Great that you gather seeds and reuse!
Awesome pics as usual!

Anonymous said...

Love your pictures and post!!
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly.
"One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Have a nice weekend,

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Absolutely fabulous shots!

Rose said...

Lovely, Sherry! A few butterflies are beginning to appear here, but it is the bees who love the orange cosmos here. You have nourished my soul as well.

Cheryl said...

Dear is a good year for butterflies....such pretty pictures...they are delightful images. Poppi and Riley stayed overnight, we have been watching bees and butterflies....

Seed to seed is good....both my grandchildren know how to plant....they will remember forever....there little fingers will grow things well, I know this.

I have gathered meadow cranesbill seeds and black paeony poppy for you. Will send sometime in the autumn......

Juliet said...

I love the orange cosmos - I think I need to find some of those!

Thank you for the information about the chamomile - I will be trying to dry some herbs for this winter, I think!

Quiet Paths said...

I hopped over here from Lisa's AE's blog. You have some fabulous images here! I've really enjoyed browsing through them. Wonderful work.