I always enjoy my zinnias out by the chicken house, (which now is just a house as there are no chickens currently living in it. I do miss them at times, but will not miss the COLD winter days of having to go out and tend to chickens.) Zinnias, one of my favorite flowers, they are so easy to start from seed and SO many colors from one packet!!
After the first frost they aren’t so colorful. A post by shoreacres, on her blog The Task at Hand made me feel so much better about my dried up zinnias and the upcoming winter months ahead of us. Please visit her blog and I hope it can lift you up as much as it did for me. (There is a link to her blog at the end of this post. )
From Turning Toward the Morning, by shoreacres, The Task at Hand
by Gordon Bok
a portion from his song: Turning Towards the Morning
It’s a pity we don’t know
what the little flowers know
they can’t face the cold November,
they can’t take the wind and snow.
They put their glories all behind them,
bow their heads and let it go,
but you know they’ll be there shining in the morning.
Please visit shoreacres post Turning Toward the Morning
to see the post and be sure look around her blog!!
The native wild sunflower is the official state flower of Kansas.
A field of sunflowers that were planted in June will be harvested when they turn brown and dry out.
I like the tall one. It’s watching over everyone.
Heads are bowed. Starting to dry out.
Native sunflowers can be seen in field and in roadside ditches.
These aren’t sunflowers, but they are yellow and SO pretty.
After the flooding in early May be had some days that were so wonderful.
Always enjoy walking on one of our favorite backroads.
Beautiful Mother’s Day flowers from my son and his family. Thank you!! I love you all so much.
With rain in the forecast I cut some of my peonies. Oh no rain!
They aren’t quite butterflies yet, but I was so excited when I found the monarch caterpillars!! I planted the butterfly garden a few years ago and this year we have SO many butterflies. I also found 10 caterpillars on my parsley.
We haven’t had the monarch butterflies yet, but we have hundreds (and hundreds) of Painted Lady butterflies. They are enjoying the Rough Blaze Star, one of the native plants that I bought at the Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS at their spring sale. Their fall sale is this weekend. You can bet I will be there!!
What a beautiful morning. We are having a break from our days record highs of 110 and 111. The cooler temperatures are certainly making it so enjoyable to be outside.
According to folklore, for every fog in August, there will be snowfall. We are starting August 1 with fog. Old wives tales tell of moisture 90 days after the first fog, which would make for a wet All Hallows’ Eve this year. Hopefully I can remember all of this in 90 days to see if it holds true.
So many different colors of Echinacea, coneflowers
Wylie waiting patiently for his “reptile”, a little salamander that lives in the butterfly garden.
It’s nice to spend time outside on these cooler almost fall days. Some plants are finished blooming for the year, others are reblooming and some are just starting. I love this time of year!
A thunderstorm just passed. This has been the most unusual summer with August being so rainy.
I found the perfect chandelier for my butterfly garden.
Even the hummingbird likes the Shabby Chic Chandelier
This piece of yard art is made of vintage dishes! Love it♥
Butterfly milkweed – the monarchs will be migrating soon!!
Woodbine, KS a small town in Dickinson County, KS Population 170 The town was founded in 1871 originally named Lyons, after a nearby creek. In 1887 renamed Woodbine, after a town in Illinois. The railroad also came thru in 1887, ceasing operation in 1980.
Beautiful zinnia garden
School was built 1909 – last graduating class 1962
It’s been a rainy Monday in Kansas, with more rain in the forecast. I liked how the raindrops were clinging to flowers.
Hard Red Winter Wheat
Monarchs stopped by today on their way to over-winter in Mexico. Each spring and summer there are 3 – 5 generations born. Most of them live 5 weeks, with the exception of the last generation born at the end of summer. They make the journey back to Mexico. They will then return the following spring. Over-wintering monarchs can live to be 8 months old.
The monarchs were feeding on the butterfly milkweed and vitex (Chaste tree). We are also in the process of adding a larger area of plants focusing on plants that attract butterflies.