Archive for the ‘plants’ Tag

Petal Power: Sweet Scent   13 comments


The smell of spring wafts in the wind.    Smell that Smell: Sweet

 

Here are a few of the aromatic blossoms in our gardens.    Popping Azaleas 

 

Gentle beauty

 

Red tulips

 

 

 

 

Yellow center Tulip in Red

 

 

 

Lingering tulip blossom

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers On A Sunny Day   14 comments


After all the much-needed rain, we have a sunny day! Brightly colored flowers are finally in bloom in our gardens.

Yellow Soft Petals   Purple Bearded Iris

 

 

 

Delicate Iris

 

 

Spy the spider?  Barely visible is a tiny spider hiding from my camera.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Time To Bug Out Photograghy: February   20 comments


Details matter. Nature’s attention to the insect world never ceases to delight.

Round Headed Boroers Larva

While chopping firewood, the strange-looking larvae start to drop from holes in the center of the hickory tree. The birds seem to relish in the special winter delicacy as if someone lifted the top off an aromatic pot of soup.

Winter housing busted for round headed borers larva

The hidden larva is from the Cerambycidae family. The Round Headed Borers larva is a new species for me to observe.

Hickory tree feeders:The Round Headed Borers larva

The orange spots add great color.

All sized Round Headed Borers larva   The various sizes do not matter to the birds. A tiny wren took flight and dropped the fatted larva food about five times before settling in to eat.

Looking through the larva tunnal

Enjoy your day!

Bright Green Cocoon: Crab Spider   8 comments


It seems cocoons are in season.    Bright green cocoon formed by a crab spider

 

I notice a bright green cocoon on the back of a dead plumeria leaf.   Crab Spider cocoon on plumeria leaf

 

 

Crab Spider in web  In October I took the only picture I have of a crab spider. I wish the details of the spider herself were more visible.

 

Crab spider cocoon in color

 

Enjoy your day!

Japanese Persimmons: A Magical Fruit   43 comments


Yesterday I tasted my very first Japanese persimmon. ripe Japanese persimmon

This colorful fruit rules! I have never seen such large persimmons. You have to taste one of nature’s best desserts.

 

Flesh of the Japanese persimmon

 

The tree bows to the ripened persimmons.   Japanese persimmon tree laden with fruit

Plump ripe Japanese persimmon

 

The ants can have this persimmon for themselves.

 

Low hanging fruit: the Japanese persimmon

 

Thanks to our vet for sharing his bounty of yummy fruit! Dr. John you rock!  Persimmons ready to eat

 

Dr. John and his staff have a neat office pet that allows me a photo or two.

 

Our vet's office lizard pet

Lucky little lizard!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

Ladybug & Butterfly   4 comments


Nature is all around us.

 

The morning rain waters our young poplar tree and the lady bug.

 

 

The white butterfly is beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Pom Pom Cypress: Loves ice water   Leave a comment


A friend gave me a bedraggled pom-pom cypress in January 2012. After pruning off the dead parts the tree looked sad.

 

I decided to experiment. I started chilling water in the fridge and adding ice cubes to the top of the soil. My thinking is the roots will stay cool and happy.

 

 

The growth is slow. I see light blue tips beginning to peep out from the tree.

 

 

 

 

I am icing the pom-pom cypress early in the morning and watering with ice-cold water in the evening. I am completely going on instinct with this tree. Wish the pom-pom luck!

 

 

 

 

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