It was a foggy morning. The misty moistiness made a magical matting behind the patch of zinnias, verbena bonariensis and bronze fennel that is backed by the dark green frame of the arborvitae hedge.Sown from a package of mixed seeds, the zinnias send out a siren song to passing butterflies. But wait! What is that little crusty bit at the bottom edge of the large blossom in the middle?Another egg case made by a hard working mother spider. Those are very lovely leggings you have there Ms. Spider. Your egg case is, um, well, very attractive as well. (Little white lies are acceptable when speaking of a mother’s young to be.)Ho there, gorgeous gulf fritillary feasting on the scrumptious zinnia. You need to be warned of a predator in the midst of this flowery feast.For lurking just off to your right is our hungry mother.
We can only say that there were no butterflies hurt during the snapping of this segment. What happens after the camera laden lady leaves is best left only to fertile fall imaginations.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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