Today is a typical November day for the Northeast. It is cold, raining and raw. I can feel the winter just around the corner.
I keep thinking back to warmer days.......
Here is a picture of my warmer days. I'd love to see yours.....
Thinking Back to Warmer Days
I wish I had one to post but for now I will enjoy yours!!! I miss gardening outdoors already!!
I miss it already too. This morning I woke up to 3-4" of snow and shoveled my front walk. How depressing.
Dawn - I am posting a picture for you. This is the same butterfly that would come around. I don't know what happened to his lower wing, but because of the problem with his lower wing, I could tell it was him.
That is amazing Carolyn - that butterfly either really loves your flowers or he just wants to put on a nice show for you. Either way he looks happy and that photo is just great! Thanks for sharing!
Carolyn -- Now you have a butterfly that I NEVER saw this year. :^(
A Tiger Swallowtail. They are SO great.
While I think your first BF with the broken wing is a Red Admiral.
They are very fast flyers.
You're welcome to view several of my flower/bug pics if you'd like.
Have a nice day.
Paul, do you have any idea whay type of caterpillar feeds on a lilac shrub? There were a lot of them on my french lilac that grows up by the mailbox, and yesterday I noticed several cocoons inside the back of the mailbox. Im leaving them alone just to see what happens. but was just curious.
Kelboindy -- I am not an expert, but I spent some time searching that and only came up with two choices. But again, there could be more, and your caterpillar could be practically anything.....
Just keep an eye on them, They'll surely come out in the Spring, when it warms back up.
yes, I am going to watch them to see what emerges.
or the mail lady will get a suprise one morning when she opens the box.LOL
Here's a shot just a few min. ago.
I took all the seeds that I wanted, and I left the rest for the birds.
I'm a newbie with the coneflowers.
I was harvesting the seeds about a month ago, and the seeds weren't coming out that easily at all. The seeds fall out very easily from the old dry seed heads.
I will be much more patient next year. :^)
I have a large patch of coneflowers out in the field. They are so gorgeous when they are in bloom, and the butterflies seem to be drawn to them. but that patch is not attractive at all when they have died. The birds do seem to be eating the seeds though so Im not going to cut them down. They come back every year regardless.
BF1 - You were supposed to be here 10 minutes ago.
BF2 - Sorry, I got held up in traffic. What's for lunch?
BF1 - I dunno, what do you want?
BF2 - I dunno, what sounds good to you?
BF1 - I dunno, but I'm tired of eating the same thing over and over again.
BF2 - Lets' just go out and pick up a hamburger.
The gorgeous pictures are what I had hoped for and the butterflies are such an added bonus. I love looking at all of them.
Keep them coming! When I get home from work, I will see what pictures I can post!
Carolyn, I suppose you're off work now. :^)
( I can't help but constantly peeking at DG while I'm at work too )
Your picture is really nice.
Lots of nice contrast and nice colors.
I'm like you, I've about used up all my coneflower pics too.
I'll have to dig around and see what else I can find.
Thanks so much for the nice thread.
Such lovely photos!! Snow on the ground.......freezing rain now. Thank goodness for Dave's Garden and all our gardening friends!
The goldfinches are thick on the coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and feeders. It's nice to know if the feeders run out while I'm at work, the birds still have their natural supply waiting!
you all have such nice flowers I hope I can find at least some of them this summer I have the "regular " ones but I love the different ones
your right LOL I'm looking for some for the back yard for this next summer I'm redoing the whole thing
plexippus -- Wow! great photos from Volo. I also love those Blazingstar and ironweed. I received those seeds by trade this year, and plan on starting them real soon. I understand that the Blazingstar might not flower the first few years, so I also had some bulbs/corms started last year, so I'm hoping for great things this coming Spring/Summer. Thanks for posting those lovely pics.
Carolyn & Granny -- also lovely pics. Love the Butterflies.
Everyone keep 'em coming.