October in the Vegetable Garden Where Has the Summer Gone?

One by one plants in the garden produce their last flower

Chili pepper ans flowerMiniture Bell pepper and flowerHarvest in upon us

The bounty of heirloom tomatoesThis years harvest of pumpkins and gourds Colors intensify

Cabbage white butterfly on ghost white eggplantGhost white eggplant in maturity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalapeno peppersSoon the earth will rest

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Take Time to Do More than Just Smell the Flowers Certified Habitat 139,583

Beyond our need to create beautiful spaces

Deciduous azalea and ajunca

Beyond our need to have color and scent in our lives

Roses and Clematis on a split rail fence

Flowers provide a vital link in our existence

Ant on pepper blossom

Look closer at the flowering plants in your yard

Bee Fly and portulaca flower

You will be amazed at the variety and number of species that frequent your plantings

Mining  bee on Daisy mum

But even more amazing is the knowledge that without these pollinators we would not have our orchards, gardens and meditative spaces.

Astilble at the entrance to the labyrinth

Sitting quietly beside a Daisy mum in my garden I watched and captured in photos many of the creatures who frequented the plant.

Green Fly on Daisy mum

Yellow jacket on Daisy mum

 

Beetle on Daisy mum

Jumping Spider on Daisy mum

Spotted Cucumber beetle on Daisy mum

Waso  on Daisy mum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a moment in time and sit outside in a green space or garden. Choose a plant to focus your attention and watch life unfolding around you.

The Case for Sunflowers, As If One Was Needed! Certified Habitat #139,583

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1998 – I measured, researched, weeded and planted.  Then I submitted a blueprint to have my original property certified as A Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  A storm moved through, all was washed away and we moved on.

September 18, 2004 flood

 2012 – I went online, clicked on the site, answered  questions and my new property was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The first certification was difficult but an amazing learning experience. The second much easier and allows for the inclusion of many more properties.  In both cases I needed to provide four basic elements for wildlife:  food, water, cover and places to raise young.

male and female American Gold finch bird on sunflower seed head

Warbler on sunflower seed head
White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.

butterfly on sunflower
Butterfly  on Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunset sunflower

Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.

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Bumblrbee on self-seeded sunflower

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The Certified Wildlife Habitat – Creatures Who Make the Gardens Their Home

At any given moment on any given day

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Creeping-Crawling-Running-Flying

Eastern  Garter Snake

Creatures of both the day and night

White Breasted Nut Hatch

Make these gardens their home

Chipmunk

It is an honor to provide an environment for all to live in harmony

Green frog Lithobates clamitans

In return they provide for us

American Goldfinch bird

A sense of peace

White marked Tussock moth caterpillar

A place for reflection

And connectivity with our Mother, Gaia

 

Black Swallowtail butterfly on Oriental lily
Chipmunk on log

Moon Glow – A Tale of the Harvest Moon

As I embraced the trunk I was warmed by her radiating heat

Oak tree at night

Was that her heat beating in anticipation of Luna’s rise?

Moon rise

Lifting my eyes skyward I saw Luna’s face marred by clouds just as smoke may hide the blue of the sky

Emerging moon

Without the rays of the sun delivering  the color spectrum objects are unable to break free from their silhouettes

Silhouetted trees

The vibrant colors of a sun-lite world now appeared as nothing more than drawings of ink

Moon glow

The moon through the leaves of a Black Walnut tree

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