Tuesday, July 27, 2010


While doing a little harvesting and weeding this past weekend, I decided to take a few pics out in the gardens. This little guy, a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar, prompted my photo shoot.

Actually, it was his sibling - or so I assume - that caught my attention, but I couldn't catch him in a pic. He was being carried away in the jaws of a Praying Mantis. The Mantis drug him too far into the Butterfly Flower plant and I couldn't snap the pic.

But I did notice junior, there, munching away on a bud from the plant. Guess this plant's flowers did it's job by attracting a Monarch Butterfly to lay her eggs.

While I was out in the perennial garden snapping pics, I could hear a Robin in a nearby tree just squawking away. That's a pretty good indication that I'm too close to her nest.

Sure enough, I found her nest right in the Cornus Kousa (Japanese Flowering Dogwood) that's planted as the centerpiece of the perennial garden.

Cournus Kousa
Picture from the web.
Mine is not blooming yet, and is no where near this mature.
Below are the flowers and subsequent fruits produced by this gorgeous tree. It blooms mid to late summer unlike it's cousin, American Dogwood or Cournus Florida (The Virginia State Flower), that blooms very early spring.

Blooming quite prolifically in the garden right now are the Blackeyed Susans (The Maryland State Flower), Blanketflower (Gaillardia) and Verbena.

Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)



Also just slightly passed it's peak of blooms here is my Crape Myrtle. I just love this shrub/tree. I intend to plant several more on the property. It's a wonderful mid to late summer flowering shrub. The flower bracts are amazing and slightly fragrant.

Below, a "Wild Sunflower" plant I purchased years ago at a native plant sale at a nature center is showing it's blooms.

Bright and cheerful orange Zinnias. Unfortunately, the bunnies gobbled up my budding Envy Zinnia seedlings I had planted, but didn't go for any other flower seedlings. Funny how picky their palates are!

Picture found on web.

The dainty flowers of the Threadleaf Coreopsis (also known as Tickseed).

Asiatic Lilies

My favorite Geranium this year. Don't know the variety, but I love the dark green leaves and deep red flowers.

As a vege gardener, a tomato blossom is beautiful thing.

A rogue cucumber is thriving in the empty cold frame.

Hopefully by next week some of the flowers planted in the vege/cutting garden will be blooming so I can bring fresh cut flowers in house.

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Darlene said...

Morning Carla,

You have so many BEAUTIFUL flowers! I always love seeing a glimpse into your gardens!

Darla said...

My oh my all is gorgeous in your gardens. If you deadhead your crape it should bloom again. You know they root fairly easily and normally have volunteers around the bottom....too much advice, sorry. I get carried away sometimes.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am more and more impressed with your gardens and gardening abilities! Great photographer too!

Anonymous said...

Wow your garden is full of interesting wildlife and beautiful blooms this week. :)

Jean said...

You have so many beautiful colors in your garden. It must be wonderful to see them all together. I love the shots of the caterpillar and the nest! Hsppy Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

Suzanne said...

Oh my goodness, your garden is gorgeous! So many shapes, sizes and beautiful vivid colors. I love the shade of turquoise of those robin's eggs. Amazing.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Wow, these images are FANTASTIC! :-)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Paula said...

Your flowers are lovely! I love the green zinnia and your asiatic lilies! They all look great! Paula in Idaho

Julie said...

I love the dogwood--especially the surprise inside.

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