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Monday, October 26, 2009

Saturday Scenes Around Our House...

While I was busy transplanting some seedlings, my wonderful husband was mowing the lawn... sigh....and he did grin as he drove by! While I was doing some cleanup....ahem, I found some broken limbs.......see the culprit?
These belong to the people who were using the football...
A few shots of my gardens where I went to exhale after seeing the above activity in our yard..


Yes, I do like to twist the soft trunks and limbs of some of my trees...I love the look when all of the leaves have fallen. Some of you may cringe....but, do tell why?
To my surprise...We have Monarch Caterpillars, again.
We also have Monarch Eggs...
Ah, there she is laying the eggs...see her bottom tucked under?
After the Caterpillars completely stripped the Milkweed of all of it's leaves, I cut it back to the ground.....it's now growing back and the Monarch Butterfly is laying eggs here too.
As the temperatures cooled in the afternoon, husband decided to burn some old trees that have been pushed down.
This is what I see from the burn pile...side of our house..

and some of our back woods...

I hope you had a great weekend...Don't forget to enter my Give-A-Way, it's in the post before this one!

28 comments:

Dani said...

Such a pretty house you have Darla! Love it!

fairegarden said...

Your post is just like being there with you, Darla, football, shoes and all! Glad you have a place to calm your thoughts after such damage. We had a similar event here yesterday too, newly sprigged lavender cuttings, stepped on! Ommmm.
Frances

Urban Green said...

Pretty pretty house!
Loved the picture with those two little frogs...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: What a fun look at the garden and the butterflies. You have quite the nursery at your house.

Susie said...

I have that same Chrysanthemum growing too! I have no idea what variety it is.

Neat picture of the monarch laying her eggs. I don't think I have ever seen that before.

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Valerie said...

Darla, Looks like you all had a working weekend. Sometimes those are great aren't they? We need to have a clean up around here. I just love seeing those catipillars & butterflies.

Prospero said...

Transplanting seedlings! Me too. I had a bunch of South African Ericas and Proteas that needed their freedom.

Roses and Lilacs said...

You have had wonderful success with you monarchs this year. They certainly seem to love the butterfly weed in my garden too.

You were all so busy last weekend.
Marnie

kclily said...

This is like a typical weekend at my house. I felt right at home. You are teaching me alot about butterflys. I hope to be more observant when I am outside. Thanks!

Meems said...

Hi Darla,
Some lovely views of your pretty garden. Can't count how many times we've had 'kid damage' in the garden ... but I remind myself it is there for enjoyment first and throwing balls around is always going to be part of the activity around here. Plants recover right?
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That is certainly prettier than the sight we are seeing right now. Butterflies, and branches......we are getting rain, and more rain.

Love your house, and the yard looks enormous. How do you manage to keep up?


Jen

Tootsie said...

I have scenes like your football one only mine are basketballs, baseballs, beach balls and hockey pucks!! I also have flower bed damage...not tree...lol
I am glad you sounded like you had a fairly good weekend...I got to see what your hubby looks like in that one shot!
your flowers are so pretty...I envy your growing season...and wish I could tour your yard in person!

George said...

Saturdays certainly look busy around your house, but I guess that is the price of having such beautiful gardens. It's neat that you still have Monarchs around laying eggs.

Lois said...

Your monarchs certainly are busy Darla! Sounds like you had a great weekend. The weather was so beautiful wasn't it? One of these days when I'm babysitting, the kids and I are gonna take a walk down your way.

Gail said...

I had a great weekend, Darla, thank you for asking! Monarchs again! Am I allowed to be a teensy bit envious! They have surely spread the word that Darla's garden is the IT place to be!
Have a great week! gail ps pppp is on its way, finally!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Looks like you had a nice sunny weekend with your family. I can't believe all the Monarch activity you've still got going on there. I haven't seen a butterfly in weeks.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Thanks for your comment and continued support. It is apprecaited. Glad you liked the titmouse.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla~~ It looks like your weather has turned very gardener-friendly, even Monarch-friendly. I love your landscape. It looks so peaceful and your house looks grand. And the pool... nice.
Ooh...those errant footballs! :) Happy anniversary. Please exempt me from the giveaway because you've given me a lot already! I love that you don't like popularity contests. Here, here!

I almost forgot, the pebbles were hard to walk on but now they've compacted pretty well and they're easier. I should have chosen smaller gravel but I was afraid it would scatter too easily. Chalk it up to experience. Hope you have a great day. Grace

tina said...

Those daisies are gorgeous! I have a so so attitude toward child damage in the garden. As long as it is not trees it is okay because the plants recover-I hope!

Racquel said...

Alas a gardener's job is never without some heartache when kids & pets are involved. ;) My dog Spaz did a number on one of my Coleus plants when she was chasing a squirrel.

Dawn said...

How lucky you are to have so many butterflies! Your beds are so full and lush, a special treat for just a few up here right now.
We burned last week fun, fun!

imac said...

Hi Darla,most interesting blog, and pics, your house and garden looks wonderful and looks the perfect place to be.

Congrats on your 3rd Anniversary for the 27th.

Thought I had better introduce my self, as you are joining the Header show on Wednesday, with Tom Wigley and Tom(fishing guy)and myself imac(Stewart M)

Tom said...

Hi Darla
Neat looking blog... I will call back later to check it out better when time allows.
Tom
Wiggers World

Susie said...

Hey Darla, thanks for the i.d. of the flowers. Actually mine are yellow. I didn't realize yours are pink.

Bye the way, I have some pink hibiscus seed with your name on it. If you email me your address I'll get it sent out to you. dsw3914@hotmail.com

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, I've enjoyed catching up on your blog. It's hard catching back up after being gone.

Looks like you had an entertaining weekend at your house--including the football!!!! ha

Loved your 'fertilizer' post --as usual. Can't believe that your Monarchs are doing it again!!!!!

Glad to be home --after 3 trips back to back!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Leedra said...

Glad your Monarchs are still around. They are so pretty. I didn't see any this year.

Twisted Fencepost said...

You still have daisies? And Monarch caterpillars?
I have never seen one of those in real life. Guess it's not warm enough up here for them. I don't believe I even seen a Monarch butterfly this past summer.