Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Poor Mother Nature

December 22, 2022
What can I say? We've had a lot of weird weather these past couple of years. James took both these photos from our kitchen window. Three days before CHRISTMAS DAY, we have blooms and butterflies. A few nights of deep freezes, and then they were gone. Mother Nature has to be so confused. But as always, she'll rally and survive. After all, she IS amazing, right?

December 26, 2022

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Mid-December blooms…crazy

Turk’s cap

Today is December 14. Look is what blooming in our yard! We don’t remember flowers ever blooming this late in the year before. Meanwhile, my niece up in Anchorage is covered up with snow, lots of snow. Yes, I know Alaska is supposed to get snow. Lots of snow. But this year seems to be different, too. “I’ve never seen it snow like this before,” Michele messaged me awhile ago. “We are supposed to get another 7 to 14 inches tonight!”

What in the world does the year 2023 have in store for us weather-wise? As always, stay tuned…..
Purple heart

Trailing lantana

Queen on Gregg’s mistflower

Gregg’s mistflower

Crab spider on zinnia

Salvia ‘Yellow’

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Leaves falling or butterflies flying?

These days, I have to take a second look – is that a leaf falling or a butterfly going by? Sometimes it’s both! Leaves on our Mexico buckeye (above) and rusty blackhaw virburnum (below) along with a few other trees are dropping right now. At the same time, many plants are blooming and attracting butterflies. It’s nearly mid December, folks! Poor nature is so mixed up. These are definitely crazy times. 
‘Indigo Spires’

Fragrant mistflower

Cherry barbados


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Is it spring or fall?

Reakirt’s blue

Two days ago, November 29, the temperatures reached 80 degrees! Thanks to recent rains, the blue mistflowers and salvias have been blooming up a storm. Which attracted LOTS of butterflies, especially sulphurs! But at THIS time of year? What a miracle! Here are the species that dropped by to nectar. In the meantime, temperatures dipped down to low 30s last night and low 50s today with gray skies. Where have the butterflies gone? Do they sleep somewhere?….. 

Painted lady

Dainty sulphur

Common checkered-skipper

Another queen

Sleepy orange

Funereal duskywing

Little yellow

Southern dogface

Another sleepy orange

Monarch, queen in the background