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Thursday, October 15, 2015


 Monarch butterfly!
Last year... no monarchs... Just viceroys...

 Got some new iris... and after the voles ate my previous ones... figured I'd try growing them in a pond... Lowes was running a close-out on this 45 ml "medium"... felt like a roll of inner tube...

Camphor weed (Heterotheca subaxillaris)
Was going to post on my golden asters, but Ellen Honneycutt beat me to it... (this year). 

Mums are blooming... I have some that threaded themselves through a tomato cage... and they're a spectacular 4 foot high! 

ageratina altissima 

Another golden aster (Chrysopsis mariana)
As many natural golden asters as I have out here.... I wild collected this one from a pasture in town...


Helianthus angustifolius

Aster (Symphyotrichum sp.) This baby is like 5 ft in height! Had to put a tomato cage around it so that I could walk past...


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bugs n stuff

Seems like everybody enjoys the agalinis...

Bumble bee

Sulphur yellow butterfly

Long tailed skipper

 Could be necessary to click the pic to see the buckeye caterpillar...

2 more buckeye caterpillars...

Gulf fritillary visiting golden aster

 Looks like an army worm...
 another armyworm eating the crotalaria

 Sulfur caterpillar

Caterpillar on conyza (horseweed)

Vitex caterpillar (Rustic Sphinx)

Blue curls

Ok, I had to include this picture of the bean vines that pulled the limbs off the tree... I visit a garden forum where there is a discussion going about growing beans up cornstalks... Kinda ridiculous... I've had beans kill decent sized oaks...

 The blue stems are blooming...


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