Saturday, August 1, 2015

A garden denizen...

Yesterday I discovered a garden denizen who was hanging out near my back steps.  Can you spot her?

It's been a few years since I've seen a Golden Garden Spider in my garden, but obviously they still live here!

I don't know where she's been up until this point, but she looks pretty healthy to me!  There are plenty of insects in my garden for her to eat.

Here's her belly.  I mentioned to my daughter that it was interesting that they hang they hang upside down.  She said, like Spider Man.  Hmmmm....

She was eating when I took the above picture.  I think she's pretty cool.  But she does make my skin crawl just a little!

If you get too close to a Golden Garden Spider and it feels threatened, it will start swinging its web to try to scare you away.  This one didn't seem to mind me taking pictures of her.  Maybe she knew that I like having her in my garden.

Have a beautiful day!

New Dawn...

One of my favorite places in my garden is my rose arbor.

New Dawn grows over the arbor, and in spring, it is absolutely breathtaking.

I'll just let you enjoy the roses.

(You can click on the pictures for a larger view.)

Have a beautiful day!

A day in spring...

Hi, there!  It's been awhile!

These pictures where from back in May.  I think.

I don't remember the name of the iris, but I think it is one of the most stunning ones I've ever seen.  The rose is Ballerina.

Look who's hanging out in a rose blossom!

Oh, so lovely!!!

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

So much Muscari...

There is one spot in my garden where my Muscaris have multiplied prolifically.  (I don't think that "Muscaris" is truly the plural, but I like the way it sounds!)

Each year they have reseeded and now have created such a lovely view, regardless of the thorny canes of a New Dawn rose.

I love the color combination of the little blue Muscari blooms with the green of the fuzzy Lamb's Ear.

Oh, so much Muscari!

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hanging fuchsia...

I bought a hanging fuchsia at Lowe's this week.

Fuchsias don't do well with the summer heat here, but each year, I think I want one.  So this year, I bought one and I'll give it a try.

I hung it on the shepherd's crook under my big tree near my table and chairs.  It will like the shade.  And the hummingbirds will love it.

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Johnnies in July...

I discovered something this week that I just have to share with you!  But first - when I went out this morning to photograph my find, I saw a black swallowtail butterfly!  He - or she - sure was hard to get a picture of, but I did manage to get this one of the butterfly on one of my Morning Glory blossoms.

Now, back to my wonderful discovery!

A Johnnie has reseeded itself in one of my pots and is blooming!  In July!

The pot that the charming little Johnnie is in holds a Bat-Faced Cuphea.

I love Bat-Faced Cupheas!

As you have probably noticed from photographs on my blog, I'm not really into red flowers.  But I started growing Bat-Faced Cupheas several years ago because the hummingbirds like them.

Now I seek them out because they are so unusual and I like them!  (Can you see the bat face?)

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Don't you just love Google?  I did a little research and found out what my amazing fungus is.  It is an Earthstar.  What a romantic name!  And very appropriate, I think!  If you want to see more pictures of Earthstars, you can follow this link: Earthstar.

Have a beautiful day!