Friday, September 30, 2011

Polar Bear

My son Lee is visiting the gardens today.
He experienced high adventure on his 
Lorillard River canoe expedition this summer.
 I think it  can be said that it gets exciting when
a polar bear visits your camp. Lee can give us
the details sometime.



 A few of the hostas are still blooming.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle  Haliaeetus leucocephalus This eagle sat in a tree
off our deck in Estes Park. Looking north you can see Lake Estes
and the town in the background. 

Our eagle with Lumpy Ridge in the background. I couldn't get a closer image 
as I don't have a long lens.

Knockout Roses

Knockout Roses are still going strong in the circle in front of the house and 
are now over my head.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Box Turtle

Because the summer was so hot and dry we had many visitors from the woods.
I caught this turtle chewing on one of my Big Daddy Hostas.



This is the season for celosia which is in the
Amaranth Family. Celosia is from the Greek for "burned"
referring to the flame-like flower heads. Often the flowers
are created by fasciation resulting in the name cockscomb
or rooster comb.


Bumble bee caught in a moment of nectar love.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Seed Pods Plus Bonus

These are the opened seed pods of the blackberry lily. You can understand the
derivation of the name. 

This is a walking stick on one of our Buddhist prayer flags.
Walking sticks (Phasmatodea or Phasmida) are common in
our woods. Their interesting behaviors include entering a 
motionless state that can be maintained for long periods.
They can perform a side to side swaying motion reflecting 
leaves and twigs in the breeze. Their mating behavior is
extraordinary because of the long duration of their coupling.
An Indian species had the world's outdoor coupling record 
of 79 days.



Monday, September 26, 2011

Globe Amaranth Plus a Bonus

 Gomphrena globosa  These little purple balls are my second
favorite flower. They bloom for more than a month and the dried flower heads
will re-seed next year. My last flowers lasted almost 10 years but this is a new 
source group for the garden edge or a container.



Bonus: The praying mantis (Mantodea) is on one of my azalea bushes. It utilizes
camouflage for safety and for hunting. This flying insect is an ambush predator
which grasps its prey with spiked forelegs. It has been noted to have a natural 
rocking motion swaying from side to side which is of unknown significance.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Morning Glories and a Bonus

 Convolvulaceae  The flowers unfurl to bloom in the morning
and begin to fade as the edges begin to fold in. We did not 
have a good year for morning glories as they needed more water than we 
were able to provide.  

The edges are folding in.

Bonus: Jan found this magnificent butterfly just outside the window.
It looks like a Gray Pansy butterfly (Junonia atlites) but apparently they occur in southeast Asia. Any ideas?


Friday, September 23, 2011

Brown Eyed Susans

I had a whole garden of these large brown eyed Susans. You can see the crepe
myrtle in the background. Its about 10 fee tall.



Thursday, September 22, 2011


This is the milkweed that I knew a a child - the one that forms pods filled with
downy seeds. It is the favorite of monarch butterflies. I have seen very few monarchs
this summer and only one chrysalis.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


 Because of all the early spring rain we had really great blooming
hostas this year.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rose of Sharon

 This flowery tree has been blooming
in the front yard since July. It has three different color
flowers which was made possible by mixing three
different seedlings.


Monday, September 19, 2011


 This is what the zinnias looked like before they got fried. As you 
can see I like them in all the same color. They are all grown from seed. 


Sunday, September 18, 2011


The zinnias are winding down even though many have grown to above my
head. Despite the recent rains my fried flowers are more scrambled than
sunny side up.


Saturday, September 17, 2011


 This pot bound plant is over 35 years old. It had never bloomed until
I took it outside. Now it blooms most of the time except the winter. The
umbels are exotic up close.


Friday, September 16, 2011

More new Dahlias

The new dahlias by the front porch are spectacular.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


 Also spiderflower and beeplant. Order Brassicales and Family Cleomaceae.
It re-seeds itself annually on the front yard berm. It is hot botanically because studies
can show a developmental progression from C3 to C4 photosynthesis with the possibility
of finding how this evolutionary change takes place.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Raspberry Crepe Myrtle

  Lagerstroemia  I have multiple raspberry crepe
myrtle bushes which are doing what would be described as "fair". I got them
so I wouldn't have to water them much but mine are always thirsty. 


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blazing Star

  Liatris  This striking flower blooms in the wildflower garden