I took the following pictures a while ago but did not post them. Today I just saw the following post from Cathy and decided this would be a good time to do so: https://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/a-week-of-flowers-day-four-25th-november-2020/
In 2018, some of my photos did not appear on this blog, normally because I didn’t want to have too many in any post. Now at year end, looking at them, some actually deserve to be shown, and here they are.
It has been warm lately, even though it is now fall according to the calendar. Cosmos flowers are still doing very well, especially some white ones.
Even the Clematis plants were doing well with the help of abundant rain this past week.
I checked up on the Monarch butterfly chrysalis. It has turned to a darker green. In two or three more days a butterfly will emerge?
This year I tried to grow from seeds orange milkweed, also called butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberosa). So far only two plants grew and they are displaying bright orange flowers.
These plants are not as tall as the pink or swamp milkweed planted three years ago and, in the summer, visited daily by Monarch butterflies.
I also planted Cosmos flowers from seeds. They are starting to bloom and here are some pictures of them.
After several dry weeks, rain has been falling over the past few days in our area, reviving grass and pushing flowers for more blooms. The latter, despite the fact we are already in autumn, still managed to put on dazzling colors and forms.
This morning I went back to the organic farm near home to take more photos of Cosmos flowers. The weather is getting definitely cooler, and frost will soon kill every plant, so this may be the last Cosmos for this year. Dew was still hanging on to the flowers, but that only added to their beauty.
Meanwhile, back home our Cosmos flowers had a burst of blooming, sending up about a dozen flowers.
Near our house, there is an organic farm, Z Food Farm, that grows heirloom vegetables and flowers. I pass by it on my way to work every morning, but it was always too dark so I didn’t notice their flower beds until today. They had many flowers, and I may come back for more. Today, the heirloom Cosmos were stunning, and I took a lot of pictures of them.
Last week, in Prairie Sun Redux I posted a photo of three Rudbeckia Prairie Sun which had bloomed after their predecessors had been eaten by deer. Well, those deer also ate them and there is no bud left to bloom for the rest of the year. Sigh.
Only milkweed and Cosmos flowers remain. Here are a few shots of them at the height of the season.
It rained again last evening. Early today I went out and found our summer flowers in full bloom, still in the shade or gently caressed by rays from a sunrise that was not yet too hot. It was a feast for the eyes, and for my macro lens.
Like others on WordPress, I have been going through photos taken in 2016 to see whether some of them could be displayed here. Several are shown below, and others will probably follow in the last three days of this year. As you can tell, there is no rhyme or reason to the order of these images.
I took the following two photos last year, forgot about them, and only today got the time to review and process them.
First a Mourning Dove seemed interested in the flowers of a Desert Rose kept in a planter.
The same flowers after a rainy night.
This last shot of a Cosmos is from this morning, when temperatures were still below 90 F(32 C).
This year I planted milkweed (Asclepias) to try to help and attract butterflies, especially Monarchs, a species that is in decline in North America over the past several years. The milkweed flowers have started to bloom.
Let’s see whether the Monarchs will come! In the meantime, other summer flowers are very noticeable also, and butterflies, but not Monarchs, do fly around the yard.
This week has so far been very rainy, inflicting a heavy burden on the daisies and causing their stems to break, sending most of the flowers to the ground. Other flowers survived intact and even seemed to thrive on the rain.
Finally a picture of a butterfly. It is the Cabbage Butterfly, a very common one and the first to appear each year.