Of Rainbows And Wildflowers

August 28, 2009

It was relatively cool early one morning this week, so I took a walk down in the bottom pasture to see what kind of wildflowers were blooming.

The field is full of Meadow Rue and Joe Pye Weed.  It makes a striking contrast of whites and rosy-pink, with a little green mixed in from the underlying leaves and stems.

Field with Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) and Meadow Rue (Thalictrum . .)

There are also yellow flowers blooming.  I’m not sure what they are, but they sure do shine in the shadows.

Yellow Flower

There are other splashes of yellow  mixed in with the taller plants, with tall goldenrods here and there.

Goldenrod bloom closeup.

A lot of the bottom pasture is a little boggy, as spring water oozes out of the hillside.  This makes a perfect environment for Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis).

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

I love these plants, and so do the hummingbirds.  It’s kind of hard to get a good picture though, as the camera doesn’t want to lock in on the red and the edges can be kind of blurred.

Around the outer edges of the pasture, there are patches of Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis). 

Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)

The juice from this plant is supposed to be a good rememdy for poison ivy, but I’ve never tried it.

A whole bunch of these yellow flowers grow on a bank near our pond.

Yellow Flowers

In fact, I used them as a background for a picture of Ellie in her 2007 calendar.

Ellie in her Secret Garden.

There are also morning glories growing on a hillside near the pond.

White Morning Glory and Yellow Flower

Near the mailbox, there are some wild blue morning glories.

Blue Morning Glory

Of course the butterflies enjoy morning glories, and I usually see a few near them, like this Pearl Crescent Butterfly.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Then yesterday evening when The Farmer came home, he told me to come outside, because he saw a rainbow as he was driving home.

Rainbow

While I was outside with my camera, I took another picture of all the Meadow Rue and Joe Pye Weed in the bottom pasture, because the evening light gave it a different coloration.

Field of Meadow Rue (Thalictrum . .), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), and Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

I thought the colors were more vibrant and the white showed up better.  You can also see some purple Ironweed (Vernonia altissima) in the lower lefthand corner.

It’s a lot of fun looking around the farm for wildflowers!

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!

We Made It To Manitoba!

July 18, 2009

We did indeed make it to Denver, then on to Manitoba.  We weren’t impressed with the service of United however.  I tried many different ways to get seat assignments ahead of time, but it just didn’t work.  Not at the United desk in the main terminal, not at the desk at the gate our plane left from.

In fact, the guy manning the desk at the gate didn’t show up until maybe half an hour before the plane was due to leave, and there were at least a couple dozen people that needed help with their ticketing.  It was a mess.

At least the planes left on time, and arrived on time, so although we got to Manitoba later than originally planned, we did get there!

 The temperature is about 30 degrees cooler here!  We’ve been enjoying the milder weather here, and longer days.  And of course, visiting!

Yesterday we just hung out around the house.  There is a big field planted with soybeans behind the house.

Field of soybeans in Manitoba, Canada.

On behind the field are more fields that were used for hay.

Rolls of hay in field in Manitoba, Canada.

Today there was a family wedding here, so our 4-year-old granddaughter, Ellie, had her hair done for the first time.  We went to a park to get some pictures of her.  They had some beautiful beds of flowers.

Flowers in park at Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada.

I realize I’m biased, but I think our our little princess outshone the flowers.

Ellie in front of flowerbed.

Ellie and The Farmer/Grandpa took a break and sat on a bench for a while.

The Farmer and Ellie.

And lastly, with a good lesson for us all. . .

Ellie sniffing a Black-Eyed Susan flower.

. . . Always take time to stop and smell the flowers!

In The Flower Patch

May 19, 2009

This time of year there are lots of things in bloom.  There are some pretty Bearded Iris plants in a flowerbed in the front yard.  They were planted before we ever moved here.

Yellow Bearded Iris
Blue Bearded Iris

In one of the flower beds in front of the house, there are still azaleas blooming.  In the same flowerbed, I have some Cranesbill.  I  have a couple of different varieites.  One is a pale pink with darker pink stamens.

Geranium 'Biokovo' (Cranesbill)

Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

The flowers are so delicate, it kind of gets lost as a single specimen. I think it would be much prettier if there were masses of the same plant with flowers blooming all at once.

I like purple flowers and I think pink and purple look good together. so nearby is some Blue Sage that is dark purple.

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (Blue Sage)

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

There are also several Coral Bell plants to provide more pink color.

Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)

Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)

There are even some daylilies starting to bloom now.

Daylily 'Stella d'Oro'

Daylily ‘Stella d’Oro’

I like the combination of roses with clematis growing through them. I took this picture one evening.

White Iceburg Rose with Clematis

White Iceberg Rose with Clematis

We’ve got patches of flowers all over the place these days!

The Hummers Are Here

April 23, 2009

I love to watch hummingbirds.  It’s always a thrill when I see the first one in the spring.  I can’t remember when I first saw one this year and got the feeder hung up, but they’ve been here at least a couple of weeks. 

I just happened to be fairly closeby with a camera when I saw one visiting the honeysuckle nectar bar.

Hummingbird sipping from Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle blossoms.

And here’s a little closer shot…

Hummingbird enjoying nectar from Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle.

It’s one of my ambitions to someday get a really nice, sharp clear picture of a hummingbird.

But for now it’s just nice to see them flitting about.