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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The End of July

Everybody likes this salvia coccinea...


The hummingbirds are busy at first light when I step outdoors with my first cup of coffee... the butterflies wait until it warms up a little.

The centrosema is putting on a nice show again...

 Glass gem corn


Variegated corn... succession... planted the corn... as soon as the first planting matured...
Am trying to decide where to replant the glass gem... next.

showy crotalaria in bloom... seems early...

Commelina erecta... a native dayflower... very unlike that asiatic invasive

Couple more butterflies...

I dug this guy up while turning soil in the new vegetable section. He looks angry....

This one isn't so pissed... 

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flowers, pollinators, and fruit

Swallowtail visits mtn mint

Buckeye also has a fondness for mint...

Other pollinators...

While we're on the subject of pollinators, this cut-leaf coneflower is also drawing a big crowd...

 The clasping heliotrope is always a big crowd pleaser...


Crinums!

 phlox and swallowtail
 joe pye and swallowtail
Lantana and tiger swallowtail

 Sassafras drupes... just before the mocking birds and brown thrashers ate them... took very little time to completely strip the tree... They made quite a racket... swooping in and grabbing fruit seemingly in mid-flight!
bird in sassafras tree....

Flat woods plum (Prunus umbellata)
These plums look mouth-watering... But... they aren't good until the tree drops them... If you're into brushing the sand off them... they aren't bad.

White rose of sharon...

Finally... a new section of the veg garden... caged tomatoes, watermelons, and glass gem corn showing.

 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

summer critters and unusual wildflowers

 hummingbird visiting rose of sharon

 Dragon fly on corn tassel

 Dragon fly on poppy pod

 American lady butterfly on butterfly weed

 Leaf-foot bugs eating corn

Ompalocera munroei ... Leaf-roller cat from pawpaw... I planted those for the zebras... not these guys...

Whorled leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis major) Wild collected in town....

another whorled coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata) seems to be on the Georgia DNR's watch list... to determine conservation status.... One of the naturals out here in the sand-hill garden.


Bee visits St. John's wort (Hypericum prolificum)

Bug...

 Matelea decipiens 
Seed pod

Another matelea... Gonolobus suberosus... Matelea gonocarpos

Flowers on the Delphinium carolinianum... 
Last year... the rodents ate this rare beauty, hence the wire cage this year.

Hairy Dawnflower... Stylisma villosa

 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Colours

Blooms on the clitoria

 Butterfly visiting the butterflyweed.

Daylilies r blooming

Hollyhocks!

Black ones.

Nan Ondra's variegated corn, and some summer squash.....

Oak leaf hydrangea

monarda

Rudbeckia hirta

 

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