The long drought has ended. Rain, day of rain have soaked the soil leaving us with a shortage of around nine inches more to make up for Gaia’s stinginess. What can one expect when there are hordes of misfits torturing the Earth with crazy pseudo science plans that carry dire threats 50 to 100 years into the future. No one will remember or be alive at that point.
Anyway, a short trip up the mountain shifted the soggy precip over to the white chilly stuff which in South Carolina has the life expectancy of a mosquito in a nudist camp.
The leaves came off the trees not in a glorious display of color but trough the onset of early dormancy. It doesn’t make much difference how they come off the trees; we still have to rake them.
Snow dusting, Pen, brush and ink, 12/303/2016, Foothills, Transylvania County, North Carolina
One of the flowers that attract both humming birds and butterflies is Buddleia, the butterfly bush. I planted fifty feet of them along the fence and they with a small place need pruning every year. there are many varieties, some more hardy than others.
The bright flowers grow in spikes and bloom for most of the late spring through summer into early autumn. I have a constant cloud of Monarchs, Viceroys and Fritillaries. Intermixed are humming birds, a couple of pairs that nest near by. I searched for the nest to make photos; so far no luck. These nests are on a tree limb and are tiny.
The butterfly flower is pretty and the design makes it attractive to both bird and butterfly.
My garden, Inman, South Carolina 08/28/2016
The days are still hot with nights around 70° or a bit higher and the humidly chasing that up the scale. One never knows which will win that race; one only hopes it’s the AC that comes in first place. But in the garden the plants love that humidity since we’ve not had much rain.
Which constantly surprises me that the Hostos does so well. This plant likes very moist soil, almost boggy conditions and I can assure you, my borders are more akin to the Savannah. Quite a bit more toward the xeric side. They are shaded and well mulched; from what I can see makes them happy. I have heard them called all sorts of names; the one that always stood out was Funkyia. Where that comes from take a WAG. These have been in bloom for about three weeks and have about a month to go. Which is why they make nice border plants, long blooming.
My garden, Inman, South Carolina 08/28/2016
… through the leaves, causes the birds to chirp, the bees to hum, flowers to open and the dew to start to evaporate. However you have to be up, have your camera in hand and the omnipresent cup of coffee as one waits for the Merry old Sol to make its quotidian appearance. The gloaming is full of secrets and surprises. Sneak out ans find them.
Inman, South Carolina, 06/11/2016
Do you remember those days as a kid...
The day finally arrives when your vacation starts. Into the car, getting on the road and someone, don’t know who, told the Transportation Department that you were
- Leaving today
- taking this road
- about what time you would get here
and with out fail they decided that the guardrails needed to be replaced or five miles of paving would start.
Then the chorus starts, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” That’s when the car overheats.
Rte 7 near Vergennes, Vermont 05/05/2008
…is better than any day at work.
These people are doing just that on Lake Champlain at Chimney Point. whether they caught any fish or not is of no importance. That only adds to the day’s relaxation. The real reason for getting out on the water is to store up a new supply of wild tales of the one that got away.West Addison @ Chimney Point, Lake Champlain, Vermont 06/15/2008
Photo was taken on Rte 22A just south of Vergennes in June 2007.
Some of you may be old enough to remember as kids, buying a roll or two of red, white and blue crepe paper with which we decorated our bikes and rode along side the marchers in the Memorial Day Parade. At that time the Day was called Decoration Day because that was the day when the graves of the Veterans were were decorated with flowers. Congress declared Memorial Day a National holiday in 1971 although in the South it is still called Decoration Day and has different dates. It is also the unofficial start to summer.Childhood symbol of unaffected youth, Webster Road, Ferrisburgh Vermont 08/01/2008
Never miss a chance to brighten p an area that needs some color. It makes a difference when sitting in the afternoon, enjoying a beverage of choice, or the sunrise caffeine jolt some favor. I just purchased a set of wind chimes, actually quite large, that require a nice breeze to work. They have a deep ring, a wonderful oriental tone. Very soothing. Next is a small recirculating waterfall. My outdoor studio will be complete.
Petunias, Inman, south Carolina 05/15/2016
As the days go by these blooms will fade and the new ones now tightly furled and small will open up to take their place. I noticed out in the front of the house, the lavender is making its presence known. this requires some attention over the next couple of days. Right after the rainy days allow some time for inspection.A basket of color Inman South Carolina 05/15/2016