Category: Gardens

Gardens and Gardening

The (Marvelous) Botanical Gardens of Oahu

I love visiting Hawaii, not only for the sunshine and beaches but also for the marvelous flora and fauna. What can be better than palm trees swaying in the breeze and giant banyan trees in the parks? I’m glad you asked! Because the best… Continue Reading “The (Marvelous) Botanical Gardens of Oahu”

My Little Nuthatch

I love all the birds that call my garden home including this little charmer – the red breasted nuthatch. I often hear his energetic ‘ank-ank-ank,’ before I see him in the branches of the Douglas Fir tree above, looking for insects, or walking down… Continue Reading “My Little Nuthatch”

Garden Flowers Up Close and Personal with the Bees

As summer wanes the flowers in my garden are looking rather spent. Still, they are full of color and attracting bees. I sat and watched them recently as they diligently worked the remaining blossoms Sharing with Sunday Stills, Macro. ~ Susanne

September Kismet and School Daze

September is my favorite month, the blending of summer and fall, a time of beginnings and endings. It reminds me of those early days of grade school – seven years to be exact – spent at Frank B. Cooper School. The building is still… Continue Reading “September Kismet and School Daze”

Looking for Yellow on a Visit to Soos Creek Botanical Garden

It had been a while, so when I was finally feeling better this week, I celebrated with a visit to Soos Creek Botanical Garden. It’s one of my favorite local gardens, just a short drive down the road in Auburn. One of my goals… Continue Reading “Looking for Yellow on a Visit to Soos Creek Botanical Garden”

Moth or Butterfly?

I wondered as I watched them flit from flower to flower in my herb garden. I’d assumed they were moths, and I was wrong. “Butterfly or moth? There are ways to tell them apart. Butterflies generally have long, smooth antennae that are rounded on the… Continue Reading “Moth or Butterfly?”

Monday in the Garden with the Cats and the Birds

Heat wave’s over – hooray! I prefer my blue skies with a few clouds. After the longest string of high temperatures in Seattle history (mid-nineties 6 days in a row) our normal summer weather has returned. This morning I sat in the backyard with… Continue Reading “Monday in the Garden with the Cats and the Birds”

Busy Bees and Elusive Butterflies

We finally got the heat wave the rest of the country has been experiencing. Yesterday it was a blazing hot 97 degrees and we’re still expecting temperatures in the mid-nineties the rest of the week. It’s been too hot in my office to blog.… Continue Reading “Busy Bees and Elusive Butterflies”

Backyard Lavender Festival

I didn’t make it to the Lavender Festival this year, but I do have several varieties of lavender in my garden, so I decided to have my own. I picked a small bouquet but left most intact for the bees to enjoy. We were… Continue Reading “Backyard Lavender Festival”

Calendula Unfurling

I planted calendula in my garden for the first time in many years, but it won’t be the last. This is how it looked a few days ago, still tightly coiled. Then summer arrived bringing high temperatures and the buds began to open. Today… Continue Reading “Calendula Unfurling”

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