Monday, May 10, 2010

Signs of things to come

Hopefully my flower gardens will be as full of butterflies this year as in the last several years.
I just love ladybugs. This is a partial view of one of my daylily flowerbeds. As you can see I am going to have a real hard time getting in there for photographs. My husband likes to plant them close to begin with, and then when they grow there is NO room to get around them. He did weed and mulch this spring before the daylilies started showing themself, so with the mulch and the closeness of the daylilies, not much room for weeds. Thank goodness, since we couldn't get to them if they were there. I do think he is seeing the error of his ways right now.
In the back there is a hint of purple from the iris bed, and you can see the road. The daylilies are right up to the edge of the bank down to the road. I used to be able to walk around that edge, but this year the daylilies have grown so much I won't be able to. This one bed is 10 rows, of about 20 plants in each row. Then I had Jimmy leave me a path before the next section. Hah! The path is almost closed up. I may end out getting him to dig a row up every so often just so I can have a path. Won't be this year. He barely gets home before he has to go back to work.
We did have a wonderful day Saturday....no work for either of us. I had to work Sunday, so he left his yard work for Sunday. Those of you that are against that, just keep the comments to yourself. We do what we have to do. I ended out only having to work 6 hours, so Jimmy met me in Knoxville and took me to The Chop House. He went onto Rockwood and I returned home to continue with my current needle felting project.
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19 comments:

Mildred said...

Can't wait to see your butterflies and daylilies! Once the clumps get so big, it is quite a heavy chore to dig and lift them. It is a bonus though to be able to divide and start new areas. Hope you enjoyed your dinner. We have had much cooler temps the last 3 days - great for working outdoors. I'll look forward to your next felting project.

Susie said...

I like the ladybug pic Leedra. We've been seeing lots of them lately.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

George said...

I don't think there is anything prettier than masses of daylilies, but I also know you need to get into the plants at times. I really like your picture of the ladybug.

Jen said...

Great pics of the bugs! Looking forward to some butterfly pics from you. and hope you can find some time to sit and enjoy it all.

lisaschaos said...

Ok, after seeing the bed I can see why you shared so many lilies last year. Wow! You have a huge bed! And I can see why so many butterflies are attracted to your yard! Can't wait to see what happens this year!

JKoenig said...

With all your beautiful flowers, the buttflies must love you! I have seen more different ones around here this spring than I have in sometime. Last year there didn't seem to be very many of them--at least in our woods.

Glad you didn't have to work all day, and had some time to relax.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Leedra, Can't wait to see your daylilies once they bloom. Ours are expanding rapidly also.. AND our lilies are going to be glorious this year... They are popping up everywhere!!!!

We got home to find the rhody in full bloom.. We also still have lots of Irises blooming --although we did miss some while we were at the beach.

Hope you have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dorothy said...

Superb photography, Leedra! Can't wait to see all those Daylilies in bloom!

Bird Girl said...

Oh what gorgeous macro you have in those two pictures!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I'm looking forward to all the flower pictures you will be posting later on.As I remember,last years' were gorgeous.
Blessings,Ruth

troutbirder said...

I do like ladybugs myself although unfortunately have swatted a few carelessly mistaking them for those awful Asian beetles. Oh well. You certainly have a bountious collection of daylilies!

Elaine said...

Supurb shots of the caterpillar and ladybuy. Your daylily bed is going to be spectacular. I wish my hubby would get a bit more involved in the garden....

tina said...

I think the daylilies packed close are a smart idea. Now walking in them though you might picture 'tiptoeing thru the tulips' as you try:) Butterflies are in abundance here. So many already but I haven't seen any caterpillars yet, probably soon.

Dawn said...

Isn't it wonderful....we have been 40's the last two nights so things are just starting, it is so lovely I hardly notice the cold.
PS; I'd expect the yardwork to wait for another day!

Shelley said...

THe photos of that lady bug and caterpillar were fantastic macros!

Mary said...

Love the caterpillar! Can't wait to see your flowers blooming. YOu always have such pretty iris and lilies. I wish I had someone to weed and organize my flower beds. They are so overgrown, weedy and a general mess. It is a wonder that I have any flowers at all!

Carletta said...

I've already seen one butterfly. I hope I have many as well.
Great macros!
Love the 'pink snow' shots below.

Connie said...

Nice photography Leedra. Love the caterpillar.

dAwN said...

Great shots! Your garden may be chock full but I bet it will look wonderful when everything is blooming..

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