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Friday, October 29, 2010

Better Late Than Never

The second wildflower garden we planted last spring was very slow in starting. So slow that we planted red begonias from our friend, Possum, in the middle and added a birdbath.By September, this was what the wildflower garden looked like – there’s a birdbath barely visible somewhere in the middle. The packets of seeds we mixed together and scattered REALLY took off.
2nd wildflower gdn0902 (1)Since we left the F&P for several weeks on our Maine road trip. Grenville figured the garden might be done blooming and could be cut back and mulched by the time we returned – was that ever WRONG!

It’s even MORE colorful NOW. This is how it looked today with pink and white coreopsis joining the yellows and oranges.
wildflowergarden2 1028 (3) Also, lots of visitors still enjoying the blooms from butterflies to bees to other insects, like the wheel bug below..
buckeye1028 (2)  wheel bug1028 (4) DSCF8894
DSCF8905 Flowers were competing for the most colorful - pinks
pink collageLots of dark orange and yellow colors . . .
orange collageAnd, plenty of white . . .
 Some blooms though done were still beautiful . . .dry flowers collageyard flowers collagewhite collage There were various other colors in the yard . . .
Bees were very busily attracted to orange colors . . .
bees-coreopsis collagebee with pollenThe weather is still warm so they will stay around It’s great to be back outdoors at the F&P gardens!

9 comments:

Technogran said...

You take some wonderful flower shots! Love those with the bees busily gathering pollen.

Out on the prairie said...

I have had the best luck for insect attracter with the orange cosmos. The goldfinches eat a lot of seed, but they reseed nicely, I pulled up tons just to let the other plants have room.

Anvilcloud said...

Pfft! I'm sure if I hunted carefully, I could find at least one bloom up here.

Jim Bower said...

What a nice gift when you returned!

Montanagirl said...

Just beautiful! I love the oranges and reds. Nice Macro work.

grammie g said...

Hi Folk...what a good welcome home bouquet you have left...very nice pictures of the them..the colors are beautiful!! Coreopsis is one of my favorite flowers that give great enjoyment right into the late fall!!
Hae a good weekend!!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Welcome Techogran and thanks for the compliment. The close-up shots were taken with a Fuji S7000, my first serious digital camera. It's fairly old by today's standards but does such a good job at macros. Thanks for the kind words and come back anytime. We always enjoy "company."

Out on the Prarie. I wasn't sure if the orange, pink and white flowers were all coreopsis - are some cosmos? Haven't seen birds among them, just lots of bees and a few butterflies, and the one wheel bug too. I just refilled the bird feeders today so that may attract birds.

AC, when you find one, post it on your blog too - enjoy seeing your flowers too. Didn't you already have some frost?

Thanks Jim, glad you stopped by!

Mona, these macros were taken with a digital camera that doesn't have interchangeable lenses, but it sure produces great results. That's why I have never parted with it even though it's pretty outdated by current standards - still works and used rechargeable AA batteries too!

Grammie G, this was an unexpected surprise but the weather was very warm while we were away and has just cooled down this weekend. Hope these beauties stick around a few more weeks. Hope you are feeling better too.

Elaine said...

Wow! You came home to some lovely flowers. Don't you just love wildflower gardens? Just leave them alone and they do their own thing. You're right, the pink and white ones look like they are cosmos. Love all the critters on them too. When we got home we had yard cleanup to do too, but there had been a hard frost so everything was dead. Three were also some tomato vines with lots of tomatoes on. None were ripe, and the frost had turned them to mush. Fortunately we had a couple of nice sunny warm days to get the yard cleanup done before the temps dropped!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Yes, Elaine we DO love the wildflowers, but got a bit carried away when we sprinkled the seeds. We didn't even dig holes or space them, just tossed them and then in late summer they took off. Before that, we figured nothing was happening because the birdbath was looking very lonely by itself. We picked the remainder of our tomatoes and so far no cold freeze just some overnight lows in the 40s.

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