Saturday, August 31, 2013
One lone coneflower ventured out with a new bloom the past week. It was very hot and it still bloomed. The rest of the coneflowers look like the one on the left. The old concrete swan needs to be patched but not this year. It looks like a thing of antiquity. I will never know where the bird originated as my mom inherited it from some neighbor I am assuming and my mom is gone. I couldn't throw the guy in the landfill when I was clearing things from the house. I can still use him as a part of my statuary display in my yard.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The sun shines light through the petals of the hollyhock in the late afternoon. It is very hot and the plant still puts out a few blooms. I shared another shot of this on my Larry's Creative Zone today. As I said in that blog I am desperate to find anything out there that is blooming or putting out fruit. We are in a ten day cycle of heat on top of the drought that we have been in for the past two months. Blooms come and go quickly, if they ever bloom, and so I miss shots of some things in a passing of a day.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
These are larger than life flowers that I caught the other day. The few set of dianthus plants that I did purchase I placed in with the hardy geranium planters. So they have done pretty well as they get watered along with the rest of the plants in the pot.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
It is so hot and dry. I don't know where the cardinals have been all summer but I had one visiting the honeysuckle bushes a couple of days ago. I guess the berries are ripe now and there is moisture in them too. The berries on the viburnum are all dried up and the other bushes may never form berries.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The aronia berry bush puts out great fall leaf color and this is the first one on the bush. I was out picking the fruit for the neighbor lady and I had to return to take a picture of this colorful leaf. Research on the net tells me that the aronia berry is actually of the choke cherry family. My neighbor is part Lakota Indian so she likes to follow that tradition of her tribe. She made syrup from her harvest along with my harvest of the berries.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The tornado that hit the town also did damage to this small windmill. It never was the same and parts of it continue to fall off of it. The large flat piece of metal that made the whole thing turn into the wind has now fallen off of it. It sits there still as a statue with a reminder of the history of windmills in this country.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
This deep red color is one of my favorite hardy geraniums. All of the geraniums are doing well as our hot temperatures don't hurt them when we get such cool nights. We are in a heat wave right now as this it the first three days of school starting today.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
The surprise lilies are at their end of their summer blooming season. They did well for it being as dry as it is. I keep watering the dinner plate hibiscus but there are not any buds. I picked up fallen apples for my friends horses last night and the apples are very small.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
This is the field of corn that was planted early in the spring. It is one of the tallest fields of corn I see around here. Most of the other corn has started to tassel but it is all short. It is a strange sight to see it that short these days but that is weather caused. Also we don't grow many beans in our area but this year it was too late for corn to be planted so many fields are planted in soybeans.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
While trying to take this photo a viceroy butterfly landed on the leaf for about one second and left. It was a beautiful yellow and black butterfly and flew up the the street not planning apparently to return. If I had planted zinnias this year the butterfly would have landed and stayed there for awhile. I have not seen any other large butterflies this year. Maybe the monarch will fly through in September. It has been a bad year for plants and butterflies.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
While I was walking down my alley I noticed this one lone walnut. The stray walnut tree that came up volunteer in the neighbor's yard now is dropping it's walnuts everywhere. I am sure that the squirrels are all glad that the neighbor didn't stop it from growing when they planted it there.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The hosta in the past few year grew so large that I had to move its neighbor. The neighbor was the hosta pictured in the bottom of the photo. I moved it over and divided it into three so it was worth the moving of it. I can see the drought has slowed this plant but it is being tough to hang on during this dry season.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
I planted the poinsettia in the plastic swan container a couple of years ago. I had brought it home from my parents home. Being too busy to take it out of the plastic pot, it sits among some ditch lily growth. As you can see the poinsettia is doing well and I can just bring it back inside again this fall. It is a strange looking planting but it almost reminds me of a deliberate statement of bad art.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
A summer flower that reminds me of the wild sunflowers that grow out in the natural. Our roadside wild flowers have taken a hit again this year as there are very few blooms of any kind. No coneflowers for two years in a row. The Queen Anne's Lace is the only tough wild bloom that I do see along our highways near here.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
I ventured out to see if there was anything new to take photos of in the backyard. This one coneflower stood out as a lone single bloom that was huge. Most of my flowers of this kind are weathered from the heat and are small. This bloom is above average in size.