Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Blue Daze

Evolvulus glomeratus 'Blue Daze' is native to Brazil and Paraguay. It tends to cascade rather than climb which is unusual among members of the morning glory family.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mother Nature's Popcorn

Butterfly Magnet

Buddleia or "Butterfly Bush" is a butterfly magnet. It is named for a 17th century amatuer English botanist, Rev. Adam Buddle. The Buddleia has Chinese ancestry.

Red-Spotted Purple and two Viceroys (2003)

Painted Lady and a Monarch (2006)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Buckeye Butterfly

The Buckeye butterfly has distinctive eyespots which are thought to be used to scare away predators. This is my first photograph of a Buckeye at the butterfly bush.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Morning Dew

A slug appears on the daisy leaves in the early morning.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

After the Bloom

After the magnolia petals drop off, there is still a certain stark beauty in the seed pod that remains.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


A bee on a Scabiosa bloom.
Enlarge photo to see bits of pollen on wings and body.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


The bright sun allows you to see through the magnolia petals and see the stamens collected by the petals

Empty Nest ......... not quite

The two mockingbird fledglings ( see May 12 post) have left the nest. Unfortunately it appears that one of the eggs did not hatch. The parents are now off to make a new nest and lay more eggs.

Walking around the yard I found one of the fledglings sitting in an azalea. It looks like he is contemplating his strange new world.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Monarch and Viceroy Butterflies

The Monarch and Viceroy butterflies are very similar and can be difficult to distinguish. The dark line that runs across both the hind wings of the Viceroy is the easiest way to differentiate it from the Monarch.



Sunday, May 21, 2006

Strange visitor

A green anole visits the hummingbird feeder.

Monarch butterfly

The butterfly bush is appropriatly named. Butterflies appear soon after the first blooms appear.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Early Morning

I love walking out on the patio in the early morning and listening to a symphony of birds.
(click on the play button to listen)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Friday, May 12, 2006


Mockingbirds built a nest in our loropetalum and now we have two babies.

Virginia Sweetspire

The Virgina Sweetspire is beautiful now with it's pendulous clusters of flowers, but is also beautiful in the fall when it's leaves turn to burgandy.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera daisies in full bloom. (click on image to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Rabbit in the garden

A little bunny in our backyard chomping away on the Black-eyed Susans.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Daylilies are blooming

The "Stella d'Oro" daylilly will bloom from May to October.