Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Morning Glories and Garden Blooms

Design - "September's Morning Glory"
Designer - Cottage Garden Samplings
Fabric - 32 count French Lace linen
Fibers - WDW, GAST, & DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 10 August 2014
Completed - 31 August 2014

Yea!  I managed to get this finished in August as part of my goal to turn UFO's into WIPs and then WIPs into finished stitches. 

Yet another really pretty design in this series.  I think the Morning Glories are stunning! So detailed.

Very life-like when compared to the real thing! 

It's Tuesday and time to join in the Garden Party!

I had to start off the Garden Party by featuring the amazing Wall of Flowers that faces the parking lot of Gray's Nursery.

The large black plastic planters are planted out in the spring with heat-loving annuals and by mid-July they've got a Wall of Color! 

I tried for a Wall of Color in a smaller way with this Thurnbergia vine.

I'm pretty pleased with my plants on the west-facing Back Patio.

I especially like the forms and textures of this staging area.

It's mostly sedums...

...with some echeverias..

...and a few funky tender succulents.

I've got still more in pots along the edge of the patio.

I'm flirting with Deer Danger as they can walk right up.

So I attempt to remember to spray 'liquid fence' (deer repellent) once a week.

And yes, still more sedums and succulents!

I bought a Bog Sage (Salvia uliginosa) a couple of months ago.  This moisture loving salvia is supposed to grow to heights of over five feet!

And here's a Mystery Plant that appeared out of no where!

It has large serrated leaves and big white blooms.
Anyone recognize it? 

In September I have to pay homage to my sister's Dahlia Garden. 

It is an explosion of color right now!

Do you have any large gardening projects in mind? I know a highly qualified supervisor!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Arrives

A new month and a new blog header!
This month we are All About Bugs.

Horizontal Rows as follows -
Row #1: Alessandra Adelaide, "Coccinella"; Hog River, "Duh Ladybug"

Row #2: Heart in Hand, "Ladybug, Ladybug"; Heart in Hand, "Curio - Ladybug"; Ewe & Eye & Friends, "Slow Poke"; Knotted Tree, "Little Bugs - Butterfly"; Knotted Tree, "Little Purple Beetle"

Row #3: Heart in Hand, "Monthly Mania - June"; Country Cottage Needleworks, "Dragonfly"; Knotted Tree, "Little Bugs - Lady Bug"; Knotted Tree, "Pink Butterfly".

Row #4: Country Cottage Needleworks, "Ladybug"Country Cottage Needleworks, "Bumblebee"; Birds of a Feather, "Cute as a Bug"; The Prairie Schooler, "Summer & Winter" - "August"; Knotted Tree, "Little Gold Bumble Bee"; Hog River, "Lady Bug Sampler".

Row #5: Just My Imagination, "Ladybug Picnic"; Ewe & Ewe & Friends, "Doodle Bugs".

Changes continue in the Bird World.  
The Black-headed Grosbeaks left sometime late last week.

Now I see more and more Mourning Doves.

And more Song Sparrows.

The Song Sparrows are living up to their name and singing once again.

I have more White-crowned Sparrows too.

This youngster is feasting on thistle seed.

I've seen a large flock (12-15 birds) of Cedar Waxwings flying overhead several times. 

Unfortunately they've not stopped close by. 

This may well be the last sighting of a Western Tanager for this year.

Most of my summer residents have left the area including the Warblers and the Flycatchers. 

These darling little Wilson's Warblers fly all the way to Belize to spend the winter! If you'd like to learn more about the Warbler you can listen to a two minute audio file here.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Everything in late August is Taupe and Brown

It's late August. Everything 'natural' is brown and crisp and dry.
The deer linger close to the house in search of a bit of green and moisture...

...and a morning nap.

Why not?

Have a rest!

I can't think of a caption for this!

This deer was bounding around - running and playing.

Even though I spray deer repellent, the deer are working over the flowerbeds pretty hard now.  

They'll eat most anything that's green this time of year.

And they aren't overly bother by me chastising them!

You talking to me lady?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hummingbird Saturday

The small Maple tree is a favorite perch for the Hummingbirds. 

I thought all the Rufuous Hummingbirds had left.

But in looking at these photos, I have to change that statement to most of the Rufous have left. 

There are still a couple around.

Enjoying my plants for a few more days...

...before they depart.

Take your time leaving!

The Anna's will stay here even in the depths of Winter.

Right now my Fuchsias are the preferred food source.

Somehow this whole hoovering business is just fascinating! 

Wings beating so fast they are a blur.

Precision flying

Precision perching (Rufous once again!)

This fat little one has to be a fledgling.