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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Flower for the Day Pink Dahlia 10-25-16

Surprises are the most fun part of gardening. Today we have second generation daisies and black eyed Susans
but the most fun are the pink dahlias that showed up this week. New this year they have shown fine green foliage and now delicate pink flowers.

It did not take long for the butterflies to find them.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Don's Blog On the Trail Again 10-23-16

After working on the house and getting the gardens ready for winter we are on the trail again today. The weather is perfect - sunny , 74 degrees, and a slight breeze which is causing cascades of yellow, orange, and tan leaves to fall. We are on the Chubb Trail in West Tyson County Park which is our favorite park and less than 20 minutes from home. The trail starts on bed rock, 

and winds through peaceful Missouri hardwood forest,

with many limestone features and outcroppings.

Unfortunately in the last few years it has been discovered by mountain bikers
most of whom are friendly and courteous. But the scenery is spectacular

And the nearby Mermen River is awesome in the fall afternoon light. The river flows by the western edge of Kirkwood on its way to the Mississippi.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Flower for the Day Dahlias 10-22-16

The leaves are falling off the trees but the dahlias are still bursting forth.


That cameo was my secret grief.  He will make you sing,  the hooded moon.    Not a sacred thing  Kissing the toes of a traveller  for fecundity.    In doorway it was between  us and them for bargaining  for Dahlias.    Lips unkissed will call for  honey from bees.  Eyes will search for a candle.     In alien land of flames  and tumultuous desires,  the golden breasts will take revenge.        Satish Verma  

Copyright © Satish Verma | Year Posted 2013 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flower for the Day Lookin' Up 10-20-16

As the growing season winds down it is fun to still have some flowers that are growing
so well that they are above my head. If am close to them I have to look up at them.
This white plate size dahlia needs a little help from a stake.

But this huge zinnia is way above my head without any stake.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Flower for the Day Butterfly Bush 10-15-16

This butterfly bush (Buddleia) is usually covered with butterflies and hummers.
It could not compete with the tall asters this year but is still striking. It is over 30 years old
and is very hardy.

I also have several purple butterfly bushes.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don's Blog Some follow-up 10-13-16

Thanks to my friend Barb for identifying this butterfly as a Buckeye (Junonia coenia).

Also as a follow-up: The Gherkinball Tournament raised more than $2100
for the future Warren County Animal shelter. Congratulations to Tracy Sater
and her team.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Flower for the Day More Asters 10-11-16

Along with the 8 foot tall pale lavender asters in the meadow we have two other forms of aster.
This deeper lavender aster is in several gardens. It grows to about 2 feet tall.

We  also have a similar aster in a a more magenta color. They return each year.

Bravely my sweet flower resists
Heat of August, autumn cold;
And though she has amethysts
For her dower, and some gold,
Never roadside beggar passed her
Without nod from purple aster.


Dear plebeian, but for thee
And thy lover, golden-rod,
Lonesomer the road would be
Which the country folk must plod;
And each little maid and master
Would regret thee, purple aster!


When November winds blow chill,
And the fields are brown and sear,
You will find her, cheerful still,
With her lover standing near,
While old Winter fast and faster
Comes to claim brave purple aster.