Saturday, December 14, 2013

Orchid Fever

 While there are always orchids in the 
there is an abundance of them beginning in October 
for the 'October Owls and Orchids' special event.   

Here are some images of those orchids and the owl butterflies.

Witch Doctor,
perhaps my favorite orchid

Here is an Owl Butterfly on my sleeve;
the picture is blurry because I had to hold my phone at arm's length
in order to get the giant butterfly in view.

Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly on path

There were various types of orchids for sale at the gift shop. 
How could I resist trying something a little different?

This (Paph. Supersuk 'Eureka' AM/AOS x Paph Raisin Pie 'Hsinying') x Sib
(registered name is 'Hsinying Alien') bloomed for almost 2 months for me.
One of my friends dubbed it the 'Giraffe' Orchid. 
What do you think: Alien or Giraffe?

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Friday, November 15, 2013

PNW Late Autumn Visit

After spending some time in the Pacific Northwest this month, I returned to St Louis
where I was greeted by annual plants that had turned to mush.
It was quite a different story in the PNW and I have the images to prove it.

The flowers that weren't eaten by deer modeled ballet poses
in front of the Azara microphylla.
This Azara is on the list of Great Plant Picks, and definitely worth seeking out.

Here is a wider view of the Azara. 
The structure of the plant is open, airy, and delicate, 
yet it has been a sturdy plant in my garden.

The Callicarpa americana is a stunner from autumn until spring,
with its bold purple shimmering berries. 
The blueberry shrubs are showing off their fall colors in the background.

This chocolate cosmos stubbornly refused to be ignored as I walked by.

The Eryngium and California poppy brightened up the scenery on a cloudy day.

As did these red currant berries and foliage.

I spied a sweet little dragonfly resting on the spent iris foliage.

A last walk along the lake to take time to reflect upon my visit.

And then, once again, it was time to fly.

Wishing you a fantastic fall or super spring, in whichever hemisphere you live.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Summer Sunflowers and Pollintors

During every phase of their lifespan,
they served a purpose.

The bud of a beauty. The promise of much to come.

Summer sunflowers attracted plenty of pollinators.

Sunny, bright, nourishing flowers.

They are bursts of brightness in the landscape.

They began as volunteers beneath the bird feeders.
As they grew, the stalks were roosts for the birds
as they waited for a turn at the feeders.
Even the squirrels climbed the sturdy stalks,
jumping from them in attempts to land on the feeders.
The flowers attracted pollinators, many at one time.
Then the flowers morphed into seed heads.
The goldfinches and other birds found nourishment in the seed. 
And now the compost bin will benefit from their decomposition.
Life cycles in nature couldn't be simpler, or more complex.
Thank you sunflowers.
Thank you Nature.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Lipstick Palm

aka Lipstick Palm

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One Day In May

Since moving to the St Louis area last year,
it has been a real joy to explore much of what there is to do here. 
I've learned that this is called a '20-minute city' 
because you can get to almost any attraction in about 20 minutes.  

Heron on rock, Japanese Garden
One of my favorite places to visit is the Missouri Botanical Garden.

One cool, overcast day in May, the sights were as beautiful as ever.

The azaleas were ablaze with color.

There were places to sit, relax 
and enjoy the richness of the day.

Other views of the Garden that day included...


Waterfall of textures

The beautiful bark of the

The Missouri Botanical Gardens and their family of attractions, 
are amazing places to visit any time of year,
and at least one of them is sure to be a short 20 minutes away.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Sunflowers & Pollinators

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Henry Shaw's Birthday

July 24, 1800 - August 25, 1889

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bald Eagles Put on Show

I went back to the Seattle area for a couple weeks, spending the July 4 holiday there. 
I have lots of photos to go through. Oh, so many. And not just from that trip.
Images for future posts will include those from the...
 Chase Garden near Graham, WA,
Old Goat Farm in Orting, WA,
Butterfly House, Chesterfield, MO,
and more...

But the first ones I want to share with you are of the bald eagles. 
They put on a show for all of us who had their eyes on the sky
on July 4. 

Bald eagle with Mt Rainier

A recent news report included an amazing video of 
two adult bald eagles fighting near Seward Park in Seattle.
One eagle was injured but both survived.
See the video here.

A new day dawned, 
and July 5 brought both peace and quiet,
both overhead, and on the lake.

Until next time....


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Snapshot View of the MOBOT Japanese Garden

Yesterday was an overcast, drizzly, chill-to-the-bone kind of day.
Perfect for a trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens!
Here is a shot I took using my phone in the Japanese Gardens.

Hope your views have also been beautiful.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Spring at Shaw Nature Reserve

The daffodils were smiling all over the hillside this weekend at 
Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, Missouri.
Yes, Spring has arrived!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Spring!

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Happy Spring!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - This Morning

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Butterflies and Flowers

Photos taken at the Sophia M Sachs Butterfly House,
Chesterfield, Missouri, USA

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