Friday, July 26, 2013

A Beautiful July Morning at the Farm


It was hot that day while we harvested lavender, but we loved every minute of it.  We were surrounded by colorful flowers and active winged friends, the lavender fragrance was fresh and soothing, and the Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan), Echinacea (Coneflower), Coreopsis (tickseed), Achillea millefolium (yarrow), Helianthus (sunflower), Leucanthemum (shasta daisy), Buddleia (butterfly bush), Dahlia hortensis (dahlia), Gaillardia aristata (blanket flowers), and Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) were blooming cheerfully in the bright sunlight.  And floating and fluttering above everything, the butterflies were feasting happily in the wildflower garden!


Wildflower Garden
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Harmony Garden
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Harmony Garden
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Dahlias
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Dahlias
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Yarrow
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Tickseed and Queen Anne' s Lace
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Queen Anne's Lace
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Coneflower
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Nest Resting Among Cattails (Typha latifolia)
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Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
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Black Swallowtail Butterfly
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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly
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Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
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Ah! 
What a day!  
What a treat!
Loved every minute!
                                                                                           
                                                                      Christa



8 comments:

  1. Hello Christa

    Your garden is colourful and tranquil. I love how you have given the Latin names for the flowers too.
    Wishing you a week of joy. Thanks for visiting

    Helen xx

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    1. Hi Hellen,
      I asked a friend a few days ago to teach me how to paint. I can't wait to go over to her studio.
      Christa

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  2. Hello Christa

    I see and hear joy on this page. So sorry I did not get to catch up with you while I was in town. We found that four weeks is only a large amount of time when it's on paper. The zebra swallowtail looks like a prop and I could just about smell the lavender you harvested. I think I may bypass our exit next visit and head straight to the farm to catch you there. Heavenly.

    Abra├žos,
    -Lee

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    1. Hi Lee,
      It's so good to connect with you. Yes, it's heavenly at the farm. We would love to have you visit us during your next trip back to the US, so do bypass your exit and head straight to the farm.
      Christa

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  3. Christa... What absolutely beautiful photos! I can only imagine how lovely your farm really is! Dahlias and coneflowers are on my list for next spring's planting. Am keeping my eye out for Queen Anne's Lace growing along the roadside. Planning to harvest a few seeds! ;-) The butterflies are gorgeous...Enjoy! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Both Dahlias and Coneflowers are very easy to grow and they bloom for a long time. I think you will enjoy growing them.
      Christa

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  4. Goodness, so much beauty. I'm especially drawn to your Red Spotted Purple Butterfly.

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    1. Hi Denise,
      That was the first time I saw the Red Spotted Purple Butterfly at our farm. There was something in the stones that the butterfly really loved because it didn't care that I was practically on top of it.

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