With water gardens, comes a host of beautiful creatures brought ever closer to our attention with our macro shots where we can see detail better than in person actually. Roger passed this capture on to me.
The male Blue Dasher, with his pruinose blue tail raised high either as a threat or to combat high temperature, has a black tipped tail. His large compound eyes are green and he has a white face that distinguishes him from similar looking dragonflies. His clear wings may have an amber cast close to his thorax The blue may develop over the top of his thorax, as well, but the sides appear vertically striped with black and yellow. The Blue Dasher may typically position his wings forward and down while resting. The one pictured looks like he's adjusting his wings upon landing. You may see one soon.
Learn about the very different female Blue Dasher here.
No trouble bulbs that have beautiful pink blossoms in the middle of summer. Plant them and forget them. Their noses should be planted just beneath the surface.
These bulbs can take a lot more cold that most people think. Since the foliage comes up with daffodil foliage, I have mine planted where they get winter sun and are well drained. Mulching would probably be a good idea in colder zones. Our coldest Zone 6 winter was last year and mine were not mulched and came up bigger and better than ever. We usually don't get much snow here so the foliage is never covered completely or for very long. After a few years, the foliage can become very lush, robust, and about two feet tall.
When they bloom they are in dappled shade.
Here is a picture of Christmas hiding in the Lycoris foliage earlier this year (April). Learn more about Lycoris from the Pacific Bulb Society. The foliage dies back in June about the time my daylilies begin to bloom.
Succession planting here is daffodils, daylilies, Oriental lilies, Southern Shield Fern, Naked Ladies.
I have noticed the terrestrial Eastern Box Turtle a couple of times lately. His red eye and concave underside denotes male.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. John Muir
One of my summer favorites is a steamed seafood feast of scallops, shrimp, king crab, onions, potatoes, and corn served with cucumber and onions, iced tea and a big napkin. :) It doesn't get any better than this thanks to Chef Roger. The next day we always have gumbo.
My portulaca hanging basket is looking pretty and can take the heat. I water it everyday, of course.
I like this double hibiscus. I managed to save it from being eaten alive by Japanese beetles. The main onslaught of those things is in June.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino