Friday, August 31, 2007

brugmansia 'cypress gardens' has been blooming all summer.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

japanese anemone are blooming now...

Monday, August 27, 2007

shamu torpedoes out of the water onto a platform with his trainer barely holding on...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

k, we're on vacation and i've fallen in love with shamu!

Friday, August 17, 2007

we are on vacation in california, and the dogs are probably missing us while they are at pet camp. luna injured her thigh a few weeks before this picture was taken, but she's fine now.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

monarch feasting on buddeleia 'ellen's blue'

Sunday, August 12, 2007

a small diversion from my garden - my mother has asked me to stop complaining about our ravenous white tailed deer, as her friend's friend in Maine photographed a mother moose with her 12 hour old baby in a neighbor's front yard! i imagine the moose poops would be a bit larger than those left by our deer.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

gentle coloring appears on allium buds

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

the "big bees" are back! actually cicada killing wasps, these regal insects are about 2 inches long and are seen here only in august. the wasps dig long tunnels into a bank, and deposit their eggs and cicadas to feed their larvae. once temperatures drop below about 70 F, the wasps die. we have had to limit the population in our yard, as these wasps will dive bomb you, and in a group of about 30, it makes being outdoors hitchcockian. however, the wasps are really not agressive; none of us has been stung. i allow a population of 5-10 wasps each year. in this photo of 3 wasps, a queen and male are mating, and the male on top is trying to sting his competitor, or mate with the female, i'm not sure which.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

lily scheherezade is still going strong

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

day lily bermuda coral lit by the morning sun

Saturday, August 04, 2007

everyone is humming in "verbena bonariensis town!"
this butterfly is smaller than my thumbnail.

Friday, August 03, 2007

this is the batwing begonia in my office.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

the dwarf oakleaf hydrangea old flowers serve as a dramatic backdrop for the new flowers.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

crocosmia lucifer has been blooming for about a month