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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday...

It's Bloomin' Tuesday over at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/ . It rained most of yesterday 8/10, which we needed. Here is my offering this week.

Brazillion Plume Flower--Jacobina

Starting to purchase my fall/winter color for the garden.. Viola

Anna over at http://flowergardengirl.wordpress.com features plants from the Proven Winners Collection and is always testing something new in the garden. It was Anna that got me interested in the Proven Winners Plants. At the beginning of Spring I just had to have a Raspberry Blast Petunia, Proven Winners. Love this plant. During the heat of the Summer we cut our petunias back by 1/2 to 3/4 for a second show come fall. I had two hanging containers of the Raspberry Blast that I cut back.. This is how one is coming back....(similar to how it looked when purchased)

This is how the other one is coming back. There is even one in the container that is a lighter shade of pink than this one. Hmmmm....
I purchased my first Cleome at the end of last winter...It has been long gone. It was kind enough to reseed and now I have about 5 new ones to enjoy until a hard frost.
Peppermint Verbena is always a joy to my eyes.
Still have some stray blooms on the Purple Coneflowers after cutting them back as well.
We released the 5 Monarchs that hatched yesterday..you can see one of the 5 chrysalis' still in the cage to the right of the photo.
It's so much fun to actually hold a Monarch!
More fun when it's holding you!!


Have a Terrific Tuesday!!

46 comments:

Dani said...

Love the butterfly on your daughters nose! So darn cute!

Urban Green said...

Ah! Beautiful pictures..!

Gail said...

Wonderful Monarch shots Darla! How much fun your family has had and what great nature lessons! A bumble took a ride on my sweater while I walked from one end of the garden to the other. Bumbles are gentle giants and he was content to hop on the next flower! gail

Susie said...

Those butterflies are so sweet. They are so light on their toes they tickle. Cute pics Darla. And yes, you need some asters.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I love cleome too and can always depend on it to self sow every year. Mine sometimes travels quite a way from the parent plants.

Fun shots of your butterflies.
Marnie

tina said...

Those monarchs are so awesome. And you have lots of flowers for them too so I know they are most happy.

Dorothy said...

Pretty flowers! Love those Monarchs, especially the one on the nose!

Shelley said...

Those monarch butterfly photos are adorable - especially the one on your daughter's nose!

Twisted Fencepost said...

We've had a slow steady rain for two days now. That's the best kind. It really soaks everything.
Your flowers are beautiful as usual.
And I love those monarchs1

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: What a wondrous happening with the Monarcks.

Lois said...

What cute pictures of the butterflies holding onto your kid's nose! The flowers are all gorgeous too.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Darla what fantastic pictures of the butterflies and the kiddo's. Those are keepers.

Love the Petunia. How wonderful that you have so many blooms continuing in your gardens.

Becca's Dirt said...

Love the monarch photos. Looks like you and the kids had lots of fun watching them become a butterfly. Beautiful photos of your blooms

bennie and patsy said...

Love your blooms and butterflies.
Patsy

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What great shots of the flowers, and of course the butterflies with your kids.


Every time you mention frost I am taken aback. Don't you live in Florida, or am I mixed up?

Jen

Deb said...

your butterflies are beautiful!!!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your flowers are still looking very happy. I'm having fun picking out Pansies now, glad the planting season isn't over yet.
Cute Monarch pictures!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh--how I love that last picture... I can tell how much your girls love those butterflies. What a neat experience for them...

We almost bought our Fall Pansies to plant this weekend but the supply at Lowe's wasn't very good yet. We like lots of colors and there weren't many colors yet. We'll try again.

Your flowers are gorgeous--as usual.
Hugs,
Betsy

Suzanne said...

Those Monarchs were so beautiful. I grew up in California and there was a field across the street where Monarchs would "hatch." So beautiful. Those pictures took me back...

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

How are those butterflies! I love these pictures! -Jackie

Chrissy said...

Those last few shots are amazing!!!! Thank you sooooo much for the note you left me,just made my day!!! Talk soon,Chrissy

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

How cool to be able to handle butterflies like that!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my post today. My dear friend needs all the help she can get. I love your pictures and I think that is wonderful you are hatching the butterflies. I have a lot of bf but only because of the blooming bushes. Sounds like you are a serious flower cultivator.
QMM

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Beautiful pictures!

George said...

What great pictures of your daughter with the Monarchs. I really like your fall garden. It's just beautiful.

Jean said...

It's nice to still be planting! The monarchs are so amazing! Wonderful experience. Jean

flowergardengirl said...

That's no surprise that they came back as something similar or totally different. Looks like you can tell what PW cultivar was crossed with what other PW cultivar. The new creations in your containers are very pretty too.

Maybe you should send pics to PW and see if you created an entirely different cultivar. Ha! You'd make a lot of money.

This whole Monarch journey has been fun to watch---great shots of your kiddos and especially of the Monarch holding your daughter.

Tootsie said...

it is all so wonderful. Thanks for keeping me in a flower filled world! A few years ago we had a huge amount of monarchs come through this area...it was just strange to see clouds of them flying around in my garden...almost like flocks of birds!

Dirt Princess said...

How long does it take the monarchs to hatch...or whatever they do? My mom has them everywhere at her house...and we were wondering how long it took

Valerie said...

I just love seeing those butterflies. So beautiful.

marmee said...

love the fact you and the kids can get so close to the butterflies.
i had cleome for the first time this year and really loved it.
happy autumn.

Darla said...

DP- it takes 9 - 14 days from the time the chrysalis forms to when the monarchs emerge. The chrysalis will turn dark green, then black and you will be able to see the wings inside the chrysalis. Usually the morning after they turn black they will turn transparent crack on the sides opposite the necklace and emerge in less than a minute...

Sandra said...

Omgosh, I will have to show your photos to one of my twin boys! He is always trying to catch a butterfly! Beautiful pictures!
Sandra

Craver Vii said...

The monarchs are amazing creatures. I thought I'd pop over from Fishing Guy's place.

The "blog with integrity" thing looks intriguing. I think I'll check into it.

Congrats on the win at FG's.

Grace Peterson said...

Wow, Darla~~ I love your Monarchs. It must be a bit melancholy to say goodbye. Your flowers are looking fab!

Grace Peterson said...

I almost forgot, Darla. I'll be on the lookout for Coleus 'Oxblood.' The nursery that I frequent has tons of varieties for cheap so there is little guilt in experimenting.

Tootsie said...

it snowed on me today!!!! yea...I said the "S" word...

Dave@The Home Garden said...

Raising those monarchs is very cool! It must be satisfying when you get to set them free.

Carol said...

I love Monarchs! Great picture of the one perched on the nose!

Carla said...

WOW!! As usual, your blooms are marvelous, and those butterfly moments are inspiring:)

Jake said...

The Butterfly's just hanging around like that is amazing. Is it because you all have been so close with them since they were Caterpilliars?

Jake

Blue Creek Home said...

I am impressed with your butterfly act!!! They are so pretty! The flowers are too.
Rhonda

Tootsie said...

where are you? I am getting worried!! nothing new since Tuesday...
I am jealous...you have such a warm climate...it is blizzarding here right now...
stop laughing at me...
lol
I am going to sneak out to the greenhouse and clean up my huge mess while the rest of the gang watches the hockey game tonight!

Twice Remembered said...

Oh, beautiful flowers! And the monarch photos are just too cute,especially the "more fun when it's holding you" photo!

{Someday maybe I'll have a green thumb!}

tori said...

thanks for stoppin by! love the butterfly on your daughters nose pic. you should enter that in a contest somewhere. Love the blog...I'll be following!

Sue said...

Awesome photos of wonderful memories your family will have! I forgot to mention on my other comments that I like your new header photo and how you added to your blog title.