Saturday, November 11, 2017

Out and About: The Party's Over!

I had a great run with my pepper and tomato plants up until a couple of days ago when they finally got zapped by frost and a twenty-six degree morning. On November ninth the whole village was covered in frost and the lake was totally fogged over. I had picked peppers and green tomatoes the night before and didn't bother to cover the beds with sheets this time. I brought pots of herbs into the kitchen and discovered my dog likes parsley as I found him nibbling on it. Flowers in neighbors' gardens were doing well too but the party is over for us gardeners. Time to think of what pies we'll have at Thanksgiving and when the first snow will fall.
November Peppers and New Flowers

Even Turning Red and It's November

Found This Zuke Hiding Under Leaf Litter

Cullinan's Roses Going Strong

Dee's Morning Glories

Beautiful Colors

A Pink Boar Tomato in November Sunshine

Grass Tassles

Norma's Rose

Foggy Morning at Round Lake

Shrouded

Frosted Montauk Daisy on November Ninth

Even Spider Webs Got Frosted

Friday, October 13, 2017

Out and About: Frost Free So Far

We had a frost warning for our area this morning but luckily, dodged it. I still have tomatoes and peppers on the vine ripening and basil to pick. I covered the beds with sheets and was happy to see that nothing was zapped. Late season flowers have been magnets for bees and butterflies. The last sighting of a hummingbird was on October fifth. We may see eighty degrees on Sunday. I'll take it and hope my tomatoes and peppers keep cranking!
Pink Boar Heirloom Tomato Has a Nose!

Colorful Zinnias on Peck Avenue

Dried Mullein: Was used as torches by Native Americans

Mullein: Fuzzy leaves and yellow flowers

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly on Goldenrod

Monarch and Bee on Asters

Still Producing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out and About: Summer is Back for September

The past week has just been lovely weather. Female hummingbirds are still here and zipping through the garden. Monarch butterflies are floating around looking for nectar sources. Vegetable gardens continue to crank out tomatoes and fall flowers like asters, goldenrod, and sedums are now blooming. Enjoy!
Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars

Golden Garden Spider: Amazing Web Design

Ladybug

Joe-Pye Weed

Rudbeckia Herbstonne

Heads Up!!!

HUGE

Changing

Goldenrod

Mum's the Word

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Out and About in my Garden: Visitors and Inhabitants

Monarch Butterfly on Common Milkweed

Toad Living Under a Raised Bed

Bee on Wild Bergamot

Clear-wing Hummingbird Moth at Phlox

Blue-winged Wasp on Mountain Mint- it parasitizes Japanese Beetle Larvae, which is a good thing

Painted Lady Butterfly Visiting Zinnias

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Carolina Wren just finished its " Tea Kettle" Song

Male Cardinal is Either Molting, has Head Mites, or its a Bad Feather Day!

Black-capped Chickadee finds an Insect to eat in the Apple Tree

Caught a Red-bellied Woodpecker Eating an Apple

Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Love those Little Feet!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Out and About: Kayaking with A Bald Eagle

I have gotten out to kayak several times this summer on Round Lake and each time, have had a Bald Eagle flying over my head! It has been ten years since I first saw eagles on the lake.It is still a thrill for me to watch them soaring, perched in a tree or sitting on the ice in winter. I have also seen a couple of Great Blue Herons on my paddles, heard the rattle call of a kingfisher, and watched dragonflies land on my boat. It is always a quiet, relaxing time especially on the outlet.
Dragonfly at Little Round Lake

Great Blue Heron Strikes a Pose on South Shore

Female Wood Duck

Bald Eagle Right Above Me

Eagle Nest

Water Lily

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Out and About: Take a Closer Look at the South Lawn Puddle Ponds

We have had a lot of rain this summer! Many days there is a forecast of scattered thunderstorms, or watches and warnings. The South Lawn puddle ponds have benefited from the downpours. They are teeming with tadpoles, frogs, dragon and damselflies, and all kinds of water bugs. Take a closer look.
Puddle Pond South Lawn

Tadpoles!!!

Not Sure About This ???

Tadpoles and Red Eggs!?!?

Dragonfly

Black and White Dragonfly