Friday’s Farm Flowers

August 7, 2009

Here we are at the end of another week, and I decided it’s been a while since I put up some pictures of the flowers blooming around here.  So here we go:

First a couple of Daylilies. . .

Daylily - peach colored
Daylily - Red

At the bottom of the steps there’s some Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Aglaia’ – otherwise known as Fringed Shasta Daisies.

Fringed Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum 'Aglaia')

At the corner of the porch, I have a Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ planted.  It’s supposed to get up to 70 inches wide and 32 inches tall, but it hasn’t quite made it there yet.

Hosta Blue Angel

Considering it was just a tiny thing when I planted it, however, it’s done pretty well.  Right now it’s about 60 inches wide, and 24 inches tall.  The leaves have a bluish cast to them, and get really big.

Here’s a closeup picture of the blooms:

Hosta Blue Angel blooms

All kinds of little bees and bugs and even hummingbirds like these flowers.

The butterfly bushes also get a lot of traffic from bugs and butterflies and hummingbirds.  This bug has orange eyes to match it’s orange and black body.

Royal Red Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red')

While it’s an interesting looking bug, butterfly bushes are supposed to have, well. . . butterflies!

Buddleiadavidii 'Empire Blue' and butterfly

In the summer, all kinds of things are blooming, but that’s enough pictures for one post!

Hummingbirds And Butterflies

June 18, 2009

Hummingbirds and butterflies are two of my favorite summer visitors.  That makes it double the pleasure, double the fun, when I see both at the same time.

Hey Butterfly! What are you doing at my feeder?
Hummingbird looking at butterfly on feeder.
Okay, I guess we can share.
Hummingbird and butterfly sharing a meal at the feeder.
Guess you’re full up, huh? See ya!
Hummingbird watching butterfly leave.

Friday’s Farm Fotos

September 12, 2008

Here we are, another week come and gone.  And since, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said,  “Art is long, and time is fleeting,” I guess it’s time to display some pictures (as close as I can come to art) from this past week of time down on the farm! 

Actually, it’s rather fowl around here these days.  There are two groups of guineas running around with keets.  The older group that started out with a couple dozen are now down to 9 half-grown keets.

The second group fared even worse.  They started out with 18 keets and now have 4.  Of course, the first group has 7 adults watching over their 9 keets, whereas the second group only has 2 adults looking after their 4 little ones.

Our Mama Peahen seems to be doing okay with her little peachicks.  Although I believe they think their mission in life is to give their mother a nervous breakdown.  (Hmmmm, sounds a lot like human kids, huh?)  They’re small enough to get through the fencing at the bottom of the aviary, and run around outside in the grass while the mother paces back and forth inside calling to them.  They ignore her until they’re good and ready to hop back over the bottom board and follow Mom around.  Like I said. reminds me of human kids!

Notice the cardinal in there with them?  I throw sunflower seeds on the ground for the peafowl, and the cardinals often come and help themselves.  We do seem to have a tendency to feed the wildlife around here, intentional or not!

We have the 4 surviving peachicks from the 10 that hatched in the incubators outside in their own pen for now.  I think one of them is going to be a peacock, which is good.  I only have one male peafowl right now, and he’s getting old.

This youngster fans those feathers and displays every time I give them fresh food and water.  He also has a propensity for pecking at me.  I hope that goes away!

Not all the hummingbirds have departed for points further south yet.  There’s at least 3 of them out there still fussing at each other.  They’re so territorial!

I like this picture because you can see her little tongue sticking out!  Ummm, that was good stuff!

The butterflies are enjoying the last days of summer also.  We still have several flitting around the butterfly bushes, enjoying the nectar.

It’s hard to get pictures of them sometimes, because like the hummingbirds, they don’t stay still very long!

Before you know it, they’re in flight again, and it’s hard to focus in and get a good shot!

Close by one of the butterfly bushes there’s another garden spider on the hunt.  This one has had HUGE success, having caught a cicada in her web.

Wow!  If you take into account her long legs, her prey is actually bigger than she is!  That ought to keep her pantry full for some time!

Thanks for visiting, and hope you enjoyed this weeks photos!

Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider

September 5, 2008

The butterflies aren’t the only creatures that like hanging out in the bottom pasture.  The tall weeds make for some excellent anchors for spider webs.

There’s one humongous garden spider on the hunt there.  I believe this species is an Argiope aurantia, commonly known as the Black and Yellow Garden Spider or Writing Spider.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

She’s a top notch predator.  I say she, because the female spiders are much larger than males, growing almost an inch and a half long.  Big Mamas!  Males only grow about 3/4 inch long. This is definitely an Amazon, a female warrior of the species!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Look at her carrying this big bug around!  Must be some muscle power in those long legs.

Bug Toting Spider.

Bug Toting Spider.

She obviously has no trouble getting that bug anywhere she wants it.

But what next?  Oh wow, she’s got a dilemma!  There are TWO bugs caught in her web.  Which should she eat first???

Spider With Two Bugs

Spider With Two Bugs

Eeny meeny miney moe, wonder which way to go!

Thankfully, big as this spider is, she can’t catch every bug and butterfly in the meadow!

Butterfly on bramble leaf.

Butterfly on bramble leaf.

This Caped Crusader can still fly safe, knowing it’s too big for Miss Spidey’s web!