Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sunday Safari

We went to Powell Gardens
for our Sunday safari.
It is about 50 miles east of our house.

Their Flax is in full bloom.

The Sour Grass is blooming.
For the Eastern Tailed-Blue it is a treat.

A young girl found a snail.
She promised to put it back.
The edible landscape is good for the bees, butterflies and people.
 Red Kale is beautiful in bloom and is called a "super food".
 We enjoy the leaves in our stir fry.

Wild Strawberries are pretty when the Pearl Crescents
are nectaring.

The borders planted with chives were just gorgeous.

 Painted Ladies, Orange Sulphurs,

Skippers and bees love the blooms.

I will be planting lots of chives.
Nice for my salads and for the butterflies.

The Variegated Fritillary
enjoyed the pots planted with lettuces and pansies.

We watched Muskrats

and Black Swallowtails in the wild areas.

Happy Sunday safari.


Barb said...

What a wonderful tour of blooms and critters and insects!

Randy Emmitt said...

That Black Swallowtail on Indian Paintbrush is really a great image! Enjoyed the rest too, but that one is very special.

Cheryl said...

My dear Sherry.....this is how I dream my garden will be one day....well I can dream can't I?

So many butterflies....just like a beautiful painting. So much colour and movement.

I plan to plant more chives this year......alongside them will be your marigolds. They are around four inches high now and looking very healthy. At the moment they are in the greenhouse, too cold outside.

The colour of the flax is wonderful. Sadly the farmers here have grown rape this year. Whilst the bright yellow blooms colour the countryside, the pollen plays havoc with my eyes and throat.
Wonderful safari,,,,,,magical.

Rose said...

What a fantastic array of butterflies! I've seen only a few Painted Ladies and Red Admirals flying about occasionally here so far this spring. I didn't realize they liked chives; mine are already blooming, so perhaps I'll have a few visitors soon. And thanks for the reminder about the kale--I need to get mine planted!

I don't care much for snails, but your photo makes him look almost cute:)

Cathy said...

Wonderful pictures. At least you had a beautiful day.

Naturegirl said...

Sherry it is always good for my soul stopping by and seeing all these glorious bugs and blooms and
butterflies!I have some chives planted but I think I will plant more!Wishing you a wonderful May!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sherry, that was a fantastic safari - thanks for taking us with you! Those blooms and critters are awesome!

Juliet said...

That looks a lovely place for your Sunday safari - what a lot of beautiful butterflies you managed to see, and to photograph.

The muskrat is rather cute - I've never seen one before - I had to google it to find out more.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Sherry that last photo is tremendous. You had a lively Sunday Safari.

sweetbay said...

Great photos! I love the one with the swallowtail flying above the Indian Paintbrush. Gorgeous shot of the Blue Flax too.