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.

Patiently Waiting Under the Snow

The Vernal Equinox is only 20 days away and still snow and ice cover the gardens.  A storm is looming promising more snow and single digit numbers are not uncommon.

Middle Garden in Winter
Middle Garden in Winter

As I look out the window into the gardens I wonder what is patiently waiting under the snow ready to germinate when the warmth of the sun’s rays kiss the bare earth.

Every year it’s a surprise.  The majority of my garden flowers are the children of what came before.  Self-seeders dominate, I wonder who will persevere this year?

Daisy chrysanthemums flower

As can be seen by the date stamp,this photo was taken in 2010.  These Daisy mums are the children of a plant given to me by a coworker and subsequently transplanted from our first home.  The year was 2005.  In 2008 I did not have time to cut back the spent flowers and the following spring I found numerous seedlings.  I left them grow in their original space and that following Autumn was blessed with a variety of colors. They now grace the expanded gardens.

Pink Daisy mums flower
Original Plant

Chrysanthemum flower

Daisy chrysanthemums

Daisy mums Chrysanthemum

Self-seeded Daisy mum

Orange Daisy Mum flower

Last of the Autumn Flowers

On a cool afternoon in November the last of the Daisy mums hosted a myriad of insects.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Trying to glean one last taste of the their sweet nectar bees, flies and this Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Hung on as a wild north-westerly wind tossed around the flower stalks.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)