“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleanora Duse

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wow...I'm so overwhelmed by nature. Every day when I go outside I see new plants blooming, new moths flying, deer, rabbits, birds, insects, even a bobcat or bear on occasion...the list is endless. There is so much out there if you just take time to notice. Although I tend to focus on what I see in the natural environment, I want to give you a glimpse of the sometimes delicate and sometimes bold beauty of our planted garden.

Calendula blooming in our vegetable garden.

The first zucchini bloom of the year.

Plant growing through the drain hole of a fountain that long ago lost it's pump and base.

The first tomato of the season is a yellow one (Sun Gold); one of four snacking tomatoes we planted (the others are Green Envy, a Black Heirloom, and the red Ladybug).

This Nasturtium is quite prolific and brightens the vegetable garden. Here is a lovely soon-to-open bud.

This Fan Flower (Whirlwind Blue Scaevola hybrid) is quite unusual. The flower lays flat and the anther? stands alone on the other side of the flower and "clamps" down on top of the flower ensuring pollination. Absolutely stunning.

A delicate snow pea blossom.

The first of the snow peas ready for harvest.

Speedwell Royal Candles is always in the company of pollinators.

And finally, this little fella was on the leaves of a Tiger Lily.

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