Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lovely Lantana. Posted by Picasa

Dahlias Posted by Picasa

A double and a single on the same stem. Is that normal, or do I have a Walmart mutant on my hands? Posted by Picasa

Rose of Sharon Posted by Picasa

Good Morning Sunshine:) Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 28, 2006

Life is Like A Butterfly

I saw a butterfly in flight
And how it enlightened my life
for one bright , fleeting instant, I forgot about my problems and strife.


It hovered over the succulent vegetation
until it's wings began to spread,
and then it glided toward the bed of flowers
of orange,pink and red.


I thought how fragile this butterfly-
The same is true of life
which comes and goes so quickly
when we become entangled in worldly strife.


Take the time to enjoy the offerings of nature,
make the best of each emerging day.
For life lingers like the delicate butterfly,
It sort of silently flutters away.


by Joseph T. Renaldi Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

I visited the Arboretum Sunday morning before we left Kansas. The weather was perfect not too hot or humid. I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful everything was. The first garden we came to was the Monet Garden. It was dedicated in 2003 and was designed to capture the blending of soft colors and shapes found in the original Monet gardens.

At the end of the path of the Monet Garden, there was a nice place to rest and look at the water pond. It was very peaceful and the butterflies were in abundance.

The Erickson Water Garden has been here since 1996, it's a popular spot for weddings in the summer. This garden includes bird and butterfly plants. (including a Buddelia collection).

They also have a sculpture exhibition, they are for sale but the cheapest one is $500. The one I liked the best was Summer at the Pond by Robin Richerson. But even if I had a pond to put it by, $3750 is just too much for me to spend on yard art.

These sculptures are made of clay and they want $ 2600 for each one. I took the picture because of the Lisianthus. I'm thinking of trying to grow some white ones next year. They have been selling them as cut flowers at the farmers market and my curiosity has been piqued.

It was very peaceful walking through the woodland gardens. There was a stream of water that ran beside the path as you walked down a gracefully curving hill. At the bottom was a path that led to an open area that had a little shed with windows surrounded by bird feeders. They wouldn't pose for me and the batteries started going dead on the camera so this is the best I could get.

Next and last stop was The Children's Discovery Garden. This picture was taken from the top of a man made hill. At the top of this hill is a tepee frame with a bench to sit upon. It gives you a nice 360 view of the Gardens. The Children's garden has a frog pond,a story tree,a shrinking tunnel,a grass maze and a council ring. The only thing it was missing while we were there was children;)

We didn't go on all the trails (nearly 5 miles of them) and we missed a couple of gardens (due to lack of time). But it was a nice 2 hour walk and I had a good time with my new friend Mrs. King:)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Rose Garden at Greenwood Park

Happy Anniversary HB

Today is our 2 year anniversary. I was going to blog about it last year, but with my grandma dying and Michael being born, it was kind of put on the back burner. One of the things I'm grateful for is that my grandma was there to see me marry my wonderful husband. She even danced with us at the reception in her wheelchair:)

We got married at the Rose garden in Greenwood Park. It was a beautiful summer morning and I still smile whenever I think about it. JL was the Best man, and my oldest son JD walked me down the isle. When we got married our children stood up there with us because I felt we were joining a family not just a couple.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Rose garden and took some pictures for this post. I made a slideshow of some of the flowers and a few of the features of the garden. It is a truly magical place to get married. I go there often just to sit and relax and smell the roses. I hope you enjoy the show.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Today I'm Humming

I had a tiny visitor this morning. I was sitting on the back deck at 6:30 and a little hummingbird came over. First it stopped at the Hibiscus and sampled a couple of flowers. Then it checked out the Nasturtiums and flitted among the Verbena. Next stop the Petunias, had a few sips of petunia nectar and then it flew right towards me. It came so close I thought I was going to have to dodge it, but then it went past me and hovered over the Begonias. When I turned my head it flew away:(

Of course I didn't have my camera handy for that brief 30 seconds of delight. Next spring I'm putting up a couple of feeders. I've done it before but the only thing interested was ants. I decided then I would wait till I had enough flowers to keep them happy. Well I think that time has finally come:)

Since I couldn't get a picture I found a few sites you could go to that does have pictures. One my mom sent me in an e-mail it is a series of pictures of a hummingbird nest. The other is the Hummingbird Society they try to save endangered hummingbirds.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Not So Hot

While we had that hot spell I stayed inside.I only went out when it was time to water and take pictures. Now that it is cooler I need to go pull weeds and dead head a lot of stuff. I also need to rearrange some plants. Dig out some beds, give them new dirt, and replant the Iris.

Next weekend I'm going to Kansas for an Army thing. I get to stay in a fancy hotel and go shopping while HB does his duty for our Country. Then I get to dress up and go to a formal dress party and smile and be sociable. On Sunday I'm going to go visit Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

The other day I went to Holub Greenhouse because they are closing forever:( Now I have to find a new greenhouse to go to. They had annuals for 25 cents, I couldn't stop myself I might get almost 3 more months out of them. That's worth 25 cents to me. Now I just have to figure out where they are going to go.

I did find a spot right away for this Dianthas, Babys Breath and Geranium. The moon garden is doing fine. I have to move a Daisy and pull some strange weeds that I think came with the mulch or something. The petunias need some help after all that heat. And my nasturtium finally got it's first bloom. It was supposed to be pale yellow, but someone goofed because it looks orange to me.