Monday, September 30, 2013

End of the Month View, September 30, 2013

Sulphur Butterfly
Most of the tree leaves are still green, but a few are beginning to turn red or yellow.
I almost missed seeing this Sulphur butterfly on the Chinese Parasol Tree.

Chestnut Tree
Soon the Chestnut Tree's burrs will open. Even the dog likes to eat chestnuts!

Most of our pears are medium sized, but we get a few extra-large jumbos.

My Cow Horn Okra plants must think that they are trees this year.
I have six plants and they are twice as tall as my other okras (Clemson Spineless - 10 plants).
We have had a really good crop of okra this year, and as you can see, they are still blooming.

Jalapeno and Cayenne Peppers
The tomatoes are finished, but we are still getting a few peppers.

The Marigolds have bloomed steadily all year since I set the plants out in the Spring.

Spider Lilies
Recent rains have brought the Spider Lilies up!

Chrysanthemums are a sure sign that Autumn is here.

I hope you have enjoyed the End of the Month View of my garden.

Have a Wonderful Week!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hibiscus, September 29-30, 2013

Hibiscus, September 26, 2013, Jackson, Tennessee, USA

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Salad Days and Sky Watch Friday, September 27, 2013

The fourth Friday of each month is Salad Day at Veg Plotting
and every Friday is Sky Watch Friday.

Sweet Cayenne and mild Jalapeno peppers, and Sweet 100 (red) and Sun Sugar (yellow) tomatoes
Only a few tomatoes and peppers are left for salad ingredients in the Summer garden.

'Little Marvel' peas
I started the Autumn garden at the beginning of this month.
By the end of October, we hope to be adding little green peas to our salads.

Lettuce 'Grand Rapids'
My leaf lettuce 'Grand Rapids' is coming along nicely, but I had to re-sow the head lettuce 'Bibb'

Sky Watch Friday
This is just one of the many unusual pieces of garden art at the Research Center
Yesterday we went to the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in
Jackson, Tennessee for Pumpkin Field Day. The morning began very foggy, but it cleared off
mid-morning to reveal beautiful blue skies.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins!
If you are in the area, you should go see their pumpkin harvest exhibits.
They will be on display until December 1.

Have a beautiful week-end!

Of course, seeing all those wonderful pumpkins,
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kestrels and Wildflowers, September 25, 2013

This post is for ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wildflower Wednesday

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
K is for Kestrel
American Kestrel
Birds of prey may be keep in captivity only if they are unable to survive on their own in the wild. This one, being cared for by Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, has an injured foot.

September 6, 2013
Though sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk, the American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, is a Falcon, not a Hawk. It is the smallest falcon and the only Kestrel in the Americas. Their diet consists mostly of small mammals, lizards, and insects. Kestrels who breed in colder climates are migratory; those who breed in more moderate climates keep the same territory all year.

Wildflower Wednesday:

Wildflowers, Lee county, Mississippi, USA
When I saw these tall yellow wildflowers by the side of the road,
I thought they were probably Goldenrod.

Looking at stem and leaf characteristics helps with identification
I'm glad I stopped the car and walked over for a closer look.

Sunflower Tickseed, Bidens aristosa
Sunflower Tickseed grows wild in the eastern half of North America from the
Gulf of Mexico all the way north into Canada.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autumn Butterflies September 22-23, 2013

Viceroy Butterfly, Limenitis archippus
This Viceroy Butterfly was visiting my garden on September 12, 2013

The above photo is Straight Out Of the Camera

We saw these butterflies on a Natchez Trace Parkway hiking trail
Sunday, September 15, 2013

I think they are Hackberry Emperor Butterflies (Asterocampa celtis)
Instead of visiting flowers, they drink sap from the Hackberry Tree.
I guess they like salty sweat, too!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time, September 19-20, 2013

Sunset, Monday, September 16, 2013, Itawamba county, Mississippi, USA
Now that sunset comes earlier, I am sometimes on my way home at that time of the day. This power line is about 10 minutes from my house. But all too soon, I'll be driving home in the dark, especially on Mondays when I am out later than on other days.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Guntersville Lake, September 17-18, 2013

Guntersville Lake in Guntersville, Alabama, USA, Friday, September 13, 2013
Have a beautiful day!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day September 2013

Fritillary on Butterfly Bush, Buddleia
September 12, 2013

If you have space for one more plant, I highly recommend Buddleia (Buddleja).
There are dwarf varieties if you have only a small space.
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hot and Hazy for Sky Watch Friday September 12-13, 2013

Sunset, Saturday, September 7, 2013, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA
Hot summer weather continues into September.
Last Saturday's high temperature was 94F (34C).
Tuesday's high was 97F (36C). Most unusual for this time of the year.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Morning, Noon, and Night September 6, 2013

Pretty clouds at daybreak, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Zooming in on the sunrise about 10 minutes later
Directly overhead at noon

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bales of Hay September 3-4, 2013

ABC Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday
H is for Hay
Hay Field, September 3, 2013, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA

This a very common sight at this time of year in northeast Mississippi.
In our state last year
750,000 acres of hay were harvested for a crop value of over 145 million dollars.

Have a beautiful day!

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