Each fall most folks look forward to stunning, multi-colored foliage but this perennial vine is equally as delightful with its thousands of fragrant white blooms. Just as several plants are beginning to fade after the heat of summer, this climber adds a gorgeous vertical accent to any landscape as it meanders up and over a trellis and attaches to shutters and screens while en route to nearby shrubs and outdoor garden decor.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Throughout the summer this little creature spent a lot of time in and around some of our potted plants, usually hanging out in the damp, cool soil amid stems and under petals. When watering I frequently noticed our guest as the excess fluid seemed to force him to the edge of the container or out of the pot and under the leaves below. Due to the exceptionally dry summer, he probably didn't have an abundance of mosquitoes to eat but evidently he found this area comfortable as most days I spotted him somewhere in the flower pots on our patio or under the flowing lime green sweet potato vines that grew out of the arrangements.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
With the extremely dry summer, many folks watered their vegetable gardens, flower beds and potted plants...usually with the conventional watering can, garden hose and/or sprinkler. However, in order to accommodate the various plant heights and soak the entire area, my father constructed this apparatus, complete with a stepladder as the base, plastic ties to stabilize the yellow garden hose and a sprinkler perched atop to deliver the much needed moisture. Resourceful? Effective? Of course, but every time I look at his concoction, I laugh as he is an expert at assembling items from the garage and creating a functional product -- for free! And if you know him, you also know that the latter (FREE) matters most!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Although recently temperatures have been somewhat cool, the garden is still producing a wonderful bounty of peppers and tomatoes. And, since my husband is especially fond of stuffed peppers, I have been busy making those for him so they are in the freezer and ready to eat after long nights at the farm during harvest. Hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of your favorite garden produce and maybe even put some in the freezer for use during the winter.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
This photo was taken during a float on the Snake River near Jackson, Wyoming at the base of Grand Teton National Park. And, in case you forgot or never learned this limerick regarding a pelican, here it is:
"A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His mouth can hold more than his belly can,
He can hold in his beak,
Enough food for a week.
I'm damned if I know how the hell he can!"
--Dixon Lanier Merritt
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
These photos depict the simple beauty of the world around us with the many shades of green plus numerous textures and shapes. The photo above I happened to take just 'for practice' but really liked the finished product as, just from looking at the image, I can feel the needles on the trees and the wind blowing the branches above. The picture below is some type of variegated ornamental grass that is striking with its strips of white and long, wispy blades.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Today's post features another simple subject, a hay rake, that I photographed while taking pictures of some farm equipment. Although I don't spend a lot of time on the farm, I must admit some of my favorite shots have been of things related to agriculture. And, just like I mentioned a couple days ago, when I have a decent image often I enhance the original and create some variation that is equally as interesting.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Today several folks in the USA have a day off work due to the Labor Day holiday; however, for many this also marks the unofficial end of summer. Therefore, the sunsets featured in this post are intended to symbolize the changing seasons as well as highlight a gorgeous time of day on West Lake Okoboji. Although the calendar now says September, we continue to enjoy some beautiful late summer days and cherish the tranquil evening sky.