Summer Garden with Butterflies

One of the nicest parts about summer is seeing all the flowers in bloom.  Right now in my garden there are purple coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans, bee balm, phlox and many other colorful flowers, all competing for space.  Along with these plants are some interesting visitors such as butterflies, along with bumblebees and honey bees.  One of my favorite herbs is lavender, and since there was so much rain this spring followed by sunshine they have really grown.  Here is an assortment from my garden on a sunny day.  I would have taken more pictures but I was chased away by a bee that didn’t want any humans around!

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Autumn Here and There

I was in Colonial Williamsburg yesterday to see the autumn foliage.  I didn’t expect to see so much greenery, especially since it’s November!  It was a delightful day and many people were out walking in shorts and sandals.  I didn’t think it was that warm but I ended up carrying my jacket after walking for a couple of hours.  Here are some of the sights from yesterday.

With everything still so green I wondered if I’d see any fall foliage.  I did find this tree on one of the streets and the colors were lovely.

Autumn

A Garden Visitor

After visiting the Chelsea Flower Show in May I’ve been inspired to work on my own garden.  After all, who wouldn’t want a garden that looks like this?

So I’ve been tending my garden and the lavender, purple coneflowers, daisies, lemon balm, thyme and other herbs and flowers have really grown since I planted them last year.  There have been lots of bumblebees this summer but no butterflies until yesterday, when I saw a visitor among the flowers.

 

The butterfly didn’t seem to mind that I was standing very close to get these pictures. Since I’d selected flowers for this garden that would attract bees, butterflies and songbirds, I was delighted to see such a colorful visitor.  Later I did some research and discovered that it’s a Tiger Swallowtail, and I hope it comes back many, many times!

Almost Spring Again

Now that it’s March I know it will be spring soon.  I was out for a walk at a park and when I saw all these hopeful signs of spring I know it won’t be long now.

almost spring

Just a few more days and it will be spring!

Almost spring

Snow with a Chance of Flowers

 

As I look out my window I can see a snowstorm in progress.  Here is what it looks like from inside.

Snow

Although it looks attractive I can’t help but think about how nice it will be when it’s spring.  And spring means cheery, colorful flowers.  I am so fond of flowers that I thought I’d create a scene with lots of flowers and gardens to help get through the rest of the winter.  It reminds me that it won’t be long before there are blue skies, warm sunshine and the beginning of a new season.

I’m looking forward to spring – the sooner the better!

 

November Scenes

I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable.  When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs.  A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale.  Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge.  It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone.  Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.

Williamsburg in early November:

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A few weeks later:

autumn

 

Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Leaves

Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors.  I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.

Blue RIdge

Autumn colors are everywhere.

Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject.  The scenery is simply perfect.

Blue Ridge

 

At the Park

This past weekend I visited a park on a perfect spring day.  I followed some tree-lined paths where I saw flowering dogwoods as well as fresh new leaves on the trees.  There were lots of other people out walking as well as families enjoying picnics in shady areas.  I even discovered a waterfall along the way.  It was delightful to simply follow a trail and admire the sights.

At the park

It’s really spring!

Virginia

 

Searching for Spring Flowers

One of my favorite subjects for this blog has always been flowers.  When I look through all the pictures that I’ve taken while traveling there are flowers, whether I saw them on walks in the mountains or even decorating the outsides of buildings.  Spring flowers are charming because the bright colors are especially welcome after the winter.  Today I went in search of flowers and I was happy to find all of these.  I also like the colors of other spring accessories such as bird baths and planters.  It is starting to get warmer outside and the days are longer.  It really looks like spring!

Spring

 Here are more spring pictures.

A Snow Day

The snow began to fall during the night and by morning this was the scene in my yard. So just for today my only traveling consists of walking to the back door and seeing this.  I haven’t noticed any birds and the only sound is that of snow sliding off branches to the ground.  I’m not sure how much snow has fallen but I can see it stacked on the post and the bird feeder.  Later on I will probably look at my books about Italy and do some daydreaming, but for now it is enough to be indoors, look at the snowy scene and make plans to go outside this afternoon to shovel the driveway!

snow

Here is the same scene in color and then in black and white.

Next month should bring warmer weather…

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