Sep 4, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Wild clover on a sidewalk in Toyohashi, Japan. Caught two weeks ago on our morning walk to the coffee shop. It stayed on the flower long enough for me to take this picture.
The butterfly is a Pale Grass Blue, native to Asia. I was delighted to see it feeds on clover blossoms.
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Aug 30, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Someone saw birds selecting seeds from a row of purple cone flowers last year and thought it would be great to plant them in the garden. Why attract only butterflies and bees with flowers. Why not plant to draw birds as well?
I got a shot of this flower bed in front of a public building, with its combination of cone flowers, daylilies, and yellow daisies.
Aug 26, 2013
This is the hardy groundcover, Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge), which I planted several years ago in the back yard, to cover a dip in the ground left after a cottonwood tree was removed by the former house owner. Now this creeping vine has spread in a thick cover where chipmunks hide.
Unfortunately, now it harbors mice or small rats which I saw darting out to feed on the birdseed that have fallen to the ground. This weekend we'll mow half of the pachysandra down and confine it to the dip in the ground. It had moved over into the grass, and though it looks lovely, it's gone wild, in more sense than one!
I may even stop feeding the birds for a while to make sure the rodents clear out. Where is that roving black neighborhood cat, the one that used to patrol the backyard in the mornings, now that I need it?