Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall in 2 Iowa gardens

Fall has arrived - if not by calendar, certainly by weather and garden conditions.

Recently I had the opportunity to spend time at the Discovery Garden, a Polk County Master Gardener project garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The Discovery Garden:

 A shade garden near the entrance of the Discovery Garden


 Gorgeous hydrangeas abound in the garden, including this one (probably 'Limelight')


 Got to plant this one in my garden - it's stunning!


 The berm bed's color theme is red and white, with red zinnias, off white marigolds, and white cleome.


 This bed was FULL of monarchs!






My favorite shot from the Discovery Garden - I adore monarchs!


And now, Sunsplash Gardens (mine!):

'Fireworks' is pretty in the autumn garden.



'Carefree Beauty' is blooming well in this cooler weather.


The elephant ears have gotten big.


Fairies in the garden, this one amongst obedient plant.




An unusual dragonfly


Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'


 The goldfinches love eating the echinacea seeds.


 As we prepare for the big transition of our border gardens, it's looking a bit desolate.




Alas, someone has been drawing! Whatever do you suppose this will be?

More later on the fall gardens, and the big transition. We are preparing for the landscapers - we expect them to start work in 2 or 3 weeks, weather permitting. In the meantime, still lots of gardening remains to be done.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We are a Monarch Waystation!


 A few weeks ago, there were six monarch caterpillars on milkweed in our gardens. Today 4 monarch butterflies were flying in the gardens. I suspect they just completed their metamorphosis from egg, to larva (caterpillar), to butterfly - somewhere in our garden. So glad to see them!


 They seem to love the Verbena bonariensis best!





 I also saw them on Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate (above), phlox and cleome (not pictured), and zinnias (below).





Interested in helping monarchs?  Interested in certifying your property? Click here for further information.

I'll be joining The Maple Hill Blog Hop and Fertilizer Friday.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Notecards for Mosaic Monday

I don't know about you, but I've missed the Notecard Party hosted by Vee! I understand that Vee is not planning to host the party this month, but I still wanted to share my summer-ish notecards.

I decided to share them with Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

All of these were taken in my gardens this year.








I had a lot of fun making these notecards (and, in fact, taking the photos)! Love the "critters" in my gardens.

And my mosaic (box cover):




Last but not least, recently several of my high school girlfriends and I met for lunch. Last year we had a class reunion celebrating the big 4-0; that's right, 40 years since we graduated!  Photo below:




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Animals for Mosaic Monday

 It's time for Mosaic Monday, a fun meme hosted by Judith at Lavender Cottage. Be sure to visit Judith and join in on the party!

My theme for MM today is "Animals."


Pelicans - just passing through on their journey south. What a treat to see them!


Mollie and Callie, no longer with me but I have always loved these images.


Swimming with the dolphins, Jamaica; petting Susie the koala in Australia, and a nest of robin's eggs (not nearly as exotic as the first two, but the photo of the alligator was too "green" and just didn't look good in my mosaic).


See what I mean? On a plantation in the Charleston, South Carolina area

Have a great Monday, and a great week!


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