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New house surprises

Part of the fun of a new home is to see what comes up and blooms as the seasons change. This butterfly bush just grew and grew until it was above the window..now it pushing at the roof overhang. It is very popular with the bees, butterflies and even a few hummingbirds. Nature keeps me amused.

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Spring, at long last, has arrived

Rainbow Warrier Tulip  This beautiful Tulip is called Rainbow Warrior. After days, nay weeks of grey cold days this sight yelled “spring is really here”.
Redbud   Redbud close   How Pink is Redbud pink? Very pink! I feel a rush of happy whenever I see one.
The landscape does look like a fairyland with the redbud, dogwood and cherry trees dressed in flowers. The azaleas, Virginia Bluebells and Phlox (Locals here call it Thrift.) are doing their part to brighten the scene.

azaleas blooming  Virginia Bluebells  phlox thrift  tulip Polar  ferns unfolding
 I am grateful for the color, for the beauty and the surprise of finding stray flowers on the grass.

Orchids at the annual show NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is always a treasure here in  Asheville– this weekend it hosts my favorite event The Annual Orchid show. Yesterday’s Daily post was local color and this must surely count. I love the variety, the grace and the outrageous, excessive beauty. There were hundreds of people patiently making their way around the show floor. I enjoy the conversations I have with strangers- sometimes I can;t help but exclaim aloud and someone always answers. The same is true in the sales room next door- so many plants, so many people, so many oohs and aahs. Unfortunately I was unable to see most of their name signs. Beauty is it,s own reward.

My Mystery Butterfly Tree

There are these splendid trees that grow wild around here that bring me much joy each year. I have been encouraging them to grow in my yard. I raised and transplanted two seedlings this year and they are doing well so far. The beetles also like them. The baby is at the bottom.

  

Around the end of July they start budding out with the sweetest white flowers. I really do mean sweet, they purfume the air especially at in the evening. Or is it just that I notice it most then, when I am out with Bella that last time before bed. One clue is that they blossom at the same time as wild honeysuckle and the fragrance is similiar. After the flowers open, the tree is covered with all manner of butterflies. The woman that helps with my lawn care loves to drive the lawnmower past the tree and watch cloud of butterflies take to the air.

      After the flowers fade then the seed starts to form- first green then a purple-blue color that looks like blueberries. Then pop they are done- till next year. This is one of two seedlings I am encouraging. I am sure to tell you how they did through the winter.

   l If you know this tree, please tell me.

Feathered Friends – Goldfinch

Goldfinch on my Cone Flowers

Echinacea, Cone flowers should be left standing after their blooms fade because birds will eat the seeds. Guess what- it’s true! These were taken from a distance so please excuse the blur but I sure was excited to see this colorful visitor. These Morning Glories are on my neighbor’s fence and I love them. I did plant them on a trellis so their grew around my front door years ago. They were lovely but the bees were fond of them also- walking through buzzing bees to get in my front door was not as fun. Fall is upon us – seed gathering time. Writing this blog really helps me to focus on the beauty around me.
   

Plants in my life

       

The Joe Pye weed is growing tall- over my head at the park. It seems to hang-out by the stream. The garden Phlox has been blooming beautifully. This year I even got to plant some of my own. The rose of sharon bush, age 2 is putting on quite a show even though it has been battered by hail. I have so enjoyed the flowers around me I hate to trim them but fall is on its way.

In the Community Garden now has fed the people and had the community working together. Bella and I still go there almost everyday. The compost bins are full, getting soil ready for next year.  This last plant, we called Dutchman’s Britches with a friend.

       

Surprise at Aarons Welding Shop in Black Mountain NC

When Bella and I go to the park we see many flowers but two of them are very different. They even bloom all year.  I have admired these 6 foot tall flowers often. One day I decided to go in and see how much they cost just for fun.  They were a couple hundred which didn’t really surprise me. What did surprise me was the art. I also had a real affection for the bell you rang for service- a car horn which I had to ring or honk actually. The back room looked like I would expect a welding shop to look with pieces of steel and things in a state of half repaired.  The front room had a couch and chairs and art. Fun and beauty are around every corner.