Thursday, December 31, 2009

Walking on Water

It seemed only right that we should end the year by
walking on water. Here we are standing on Bear Lake.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Estes Park

After the hollidays we went to Solitude Cabin in Estes Park.
It has a great view of Longs Peak. 11-28-09

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tower of Treats

Before leaving for Colorado to spend the hollidays
with the kids and grandkids this 63# tower of fruit
and chocolates arrived at home. It took both of us to
lift it up to the table. 12-18-09

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jan's Monarch

This is really an image of a Monarch Butterfly from our fledgling butterfly garden on
some tall asters. It almost looks like a water color painting.

We have had our first frost and this will be the final Flower for the Day for the grand and glorious year -
2009. 11-29-09

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Flower Guys Birthday

The Flower Guy had his 74th birthday today. Jan came up
with a very nice cake with beautiful and tasty flowers on it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Granite Countertop

Today we finally chose our new kitchen granite countertop which
is called Crema Bordeaux and is from Brazil. 11-20-09

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Suit

On the way to my brother Bob's Memorial
service I remembered I had forgotten to pack
my suit. Here I am in my new suit which was
purchased off the \rack the day before the service.

Bob's Memorial

On Saturday November 19 we all met in Marietta Georgia
for Bob's Memorial Service.I celebrated the occasion by forgetting
my suit. I now have a new suit. I spoke as did my cousin Lee and
the 4 orphans. It was an inspiring funeral fiesta. Here are some images
of the home my dad grew up in with his father Moultrie McKinney Sessions
and his mother Jane Drake Sessions.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gnome Tipping

Last night the raccoons played the gnome tipping game with
Happy. Once tipped, gnomes are unable to right themselves.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Celosia Bush

This bush, a variant of the usual Coxcomb single stem
plant has come up each year for some time. It seems to
re-seed itself as it arises within a 4-5 foot area near the
previous one.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Four Leaf Clover

"I'm looking over a four leaf clover
that I overlooked before ...." Typically a lucky find, this
one was even more so. My wife Jan was following a
spray painted line on the ground at Laumeier Sculpture
Park when she saw this apparently red four leaf clover.
It was really a red spray painted clover in a field of green
which she photographed.

Irish legend says that each leaflet has special meaning:
1- Fame 2- Wealth 3- Love & 4- Health.
We have high hopes that these qualities will inundate us
with success in all these domains.

Dr. Robert Thomas Sessions

My big bro' Bob died today in Marietta Georgia after
an extended illness. He was a beacon for my life. His
was a life of integrity. His word was impeccable. He led
by example. I would follow him anywhere and did. The
top photo shows Bob in RMNP with the Lawn Lake flood
washout and the other photo shows Bob with the Mummy
Range in the background (November 2006).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Morning Glory

Jan's dead Morning Glory Vine started blooming again
about 10 feet off the ground.
Happy VD (Veteran's Day) from a Happy Veteran.

November Hike

Jan and I took a hike on a warm and sunny November day. We went to West Tyson
which is our favorite St. Louis county park and is west of us. There are beautiful
hilly trails in a hardwood forest. All the creek beds are dry. 11-11-09

Monday, November 9, 2009

Knockout Rose

This is the most amazing rose ever. I previously
sent a picture of a rose from this bush in early May of this year.
It has been blooming steadily ever since. An unbelievable bang
for the buck. These pictures were taken this week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The flower for the day is not a flower but rather
an interesting phenomenon that I photographed
several days ago. As I was coming downstairs from the
computer room I noticed the image of these 2 ghost bunnies
sitting in the front yard as seen through the dining room
window. At this time of year the sun is very low in the horizon
and as it shines through the glass sliding door in the family
room it can go directly through the breakfast room to the
dining room window where it has bounced off the dining room
window reflecting back to the family room at a strange angle
and the reflected light hits a classic white iron rabbit of my
fathers and this is shown as a double reflection in the dining
room window. I was able to take two images and the sun
then moved disappearing the ghosts. I'll let you work out the

Monday, November 2, 2009


Sedum erythrosticium variegatum. In the stonecrop genus
of the Crassulaceae Family. This succulent has water storing
This plant was a gift to Jan from an elderly lady gardener
in the 1970's. It has been slow to grow but is very hardy.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Zinnias at Halloween

These zinnias are over 6 feet high and are quite
intent on getting into the witches brew.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Salvia officianalis. In the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Also Common Sage. From the Latin salvere, to save which
refers to its "healing" properties.
I found this one on the berm hidden among the celosia and

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hardy Mums

In all of the gardens only one small patch
of hardy mums has surfaced and only now so late in the
year. Usually they green up in June and need to be pinched
back in July.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leatherleaf Viburnam

Viburnam rhytidophyllum. This deciduous
flowering evergreen now over 15 feet high has inexplicably begun
to bloom outside my bedroom window. It normally blooms in May
and forms next years buds in the fall.

The background is filled with ripe persimmon berries (Diospyros).
Persimmons are the fruit of a tree in the ebony wood family.
It was known to the greeks as "fruit of the gods". The word persimmon
is from the Powhatan language for "dry fruit". The Powhatan were
a Virginia Indian tribe related to the Algonquin nation.

The fruit is astringent due to acids and tannins and is not edible until
it has over-ripened by a process called bletting. Bletting occurs after
ripening when the fruit starts to decay abd ferment. This results in a
chemical increase in sugars and a decrease in acids and tannins. If
eaten too early the fruit can actually adhere to the stomache lining
forming a bezoar. I decided many years ago that persimmons were
probably beter observed than eaten. 10-27-09

Friday, October 23, 2009


Amaranth family. Celosia exhibits fasciation
or cresting which is a condition of growth where the tip
of the stem elongates perpendicular to the vertical
direction of growth. This produces a flattened and
elaborately contorted flower head with undulating folds.
In celosia with its brilliant red color this resembles a cockscomb.

With 2 weeks of cool nights and rain the celosia is drooping.
I'll cut the heads off, let them dry, and collect the small black
seeds for next year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Mushrooms

The recent heavy rains have resulted in some
nice new mushrooms in the garden.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Blackberry Lily Seed Clusters

Blackberry lilies are really iris
(Belamcanda chinensis). The small orange flowers are followed
by pear shaped seed capsules which open to reveal seed clusters
which resemble blackberries. These remain on the stem for several months.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Perennial Sunflowers

These grow in the circle with
the gigantic Maximillian Sunflowers and have been
coming back strong for years. They used to reach 6
feet in height but lately have run out of energy when
they reach 3 feet.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Solidago In the Aster Family.
Growing among the asters in the wildflower
garden is this stately goldenrod. The pollen
from this Fall blooming flower is unfairly thought
to be the major cause of hay fever. The more
probable culprit is the windblown pollen of ragweed
since goldenrod pollen is heavy and sticky and not
wind pollinated.
Goldenrod naturally contains rubber and Thomas
Edison produced a cultivar which contained as
much as 12% rubber. The tires on the Model T given to him by
his friend Henry Ford were made from goldenrod rubber.

Monday, October 12, 2009


This late blossom showed up last week from
a group of tubers that were planted in April.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Maximillian Sunflower

Helianthus maximilliani This
giant sunflower with smaller flowers is over nine feet tall.
It is three years old and despite its stout stem must be staked
because of its height. It took 2 years to establish. It is a Fall
bloomer as are so many in the Aster Family. There are many
blooms on each branch.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bumble Bee on Celosia Bloom

Celosia - Amaranth Family. Also Cockscomb and Wooly
Flower. These red flowers have been blooming since August
and are just beginng to wind down. They are popular with
butterflies and bees which are currently swarming around them.

Bumble bees - Family Apodea, Genus Bomba These bumble
bees collect pollen in baskets of stiff hairs on their hind feet.
Their lip forms a long tube for sucking nectar from flowers
which is converted to honey in the bee's digestive tract.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tomato from the Vegetable Garden

Solanum lycopersicum This herbaceous
plant which comes from a small yellow blossom is what
the deer were eating yesterday. I had been spraying
successfully with a commercial concoction containing
coyote urine but recent rains had diluted the concentration
making our last few tomatoes palatable to the deer.

Lycopersicum means wolf-peach. It is thought to originate
in the Peruvian highlands. It is in the nightshade family
which also includes potatoes, eggplant and belladona.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Flower Eaters for the Day 10-5-09

We find out "who's been eating my porridge",
or is it my flowers and tomatoes. This thundering
herd of white tail deer showed up this morning
after eating from the gardens with gusto. Then
they move on to check out the Frank Lloyd Wright
House (our neighbors).

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mushrooms in the Wildflower Garden

This time of year there are many types of
colorful mushrooms. These mushrooms
arose near different decayed tree stumps.