What’s Blooming – the fauna edition!

Friday blooms!  Plus the new driveway.  Heehee!  It showcases my shade garden very well.


All those tall lilies are pretty much gone.

Sometimes I feel very “adult” when I love home things like the new driveway or our new windows.  Yeah, I know I am 44 and technically an adult, but it’s all in how you feel, you know?

We have had rain the last couple of days.  The ground just soaked it up like a sponge! The crabgrass has greened up. Now maybe the rest of the lawn will as well  😳

That’s the home for our car for a couple days more until we can drive down the rest of the driveway.  View from the garage.

It’s going to make snow removal so much better this winter.  Not that snow removal ever is really all that great, but it will be easier than a driveway with pits, holes and grooves in it.

Anyway, I digress from the garden.

Loving my coneflowers.

The milkshake coneflower is now completely white.  Pretty cool!  They need to create one called peanut butter or something like that.

Another shot of the globe thistle.  These blooms don’t last long.

I had lots of garden visitors this week.  The monarchs have been all over my garden this week.  This guy flutters around all day.

He visits a lot of the flowers, but the butterfly bush is the favorite.

Then there was the return of the sphinx moth!  This is the moth that looks and acts like a hummingbird with antennae.

This is a cool shot. You can see the nectar ‘string’ as he backed out of this flower.

The butterfly bush certainly is the star of the garden right now as far as the insects go.  Living up to its name!  This is a black swallowtail.

He was hard to get a shot of because he kept fluttering his wings.  Thank you sports setting!

Lily The cat with no name is enjoying the path.

She actually wants no part of me.  See how she is poised to run if I get any closer?  If I crouch down and move slow, I can get closer to her, but no petting.

Lovely smelling Scentimental rose.  Ali – this is for you!

It mixes well with the smell of fresh asphalt.

Had to sneak in another shot of my favorite combo.

I am already planning which plants I am going to move around in the fall.  Obsessed much?  I am also sort of thinking of expanding the front of this bed outwards.

I think I might bring a curve out from the center.  There is a rose bush I really want to get, but I just cannot find space for it, even if I move plants around.  So, guess I will take up more lawn!

Hoping to ride this weekend. Think Saturday is shot with rain, but Sunday looks good.

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10 thoughts on “What’s Blooming – the fauna edition!

  1. debby

    I am laughing at your driveway joy. It is fun to get grown up things, isn’t it?

    Wow, your close ups of the butterflies and all are amazing.

    Happy biking this weekend!
    debby´s last blog post ..Stirring Things Up

  2. Jody - Fit at 54

    YOUR PICS ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lori – just loved the butterfly pics & the ones of the moth – WOW!!! You are such a great photographer!

    I am afraid you are wanting to take in that new kitty… do you know if it has an owner??? Maybe it likes Pixie! 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jody – Fit at 54´s last blog post ..Mango Orange Chia Pops

    1. Lori Post author

      Thanks Jody! I really wish I had a better camera. Maybe some day.

      I don’t know if this kitty has a home. I am not really going out of my way to befriend her or anything, but she does hang out in my garden a lot, so I talk to her when I see her.

  3. Shelley B

    The butterfly shots are incredible. If this is what you’re getting with your little camera, you’d have National Geographic-quality if you ever got a bigger camera! 🙂

    Glad that you are carving out more of the lawn for your plants – they are way more interesting than just some grass!

    Our cat Kip hangs around our next-door neighbor’s house – front and back yards – all the time. I’ll be driving away and sometimes see him laying in their garage! Some cats just like to visit, I guess…Lily seems to have found “her” favorite spot in your garden, which is cute!
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Friday Mishmash

  4. Lynne

    Love your garden and your driveway! Home improvements are fun and uplifting – if only they didn’t cost so much 🙂 I think I saw one of those sphynx moths flying around my bushes but I didn’t know what it was – thanks for the education!

  5. Kimberley

    Your driveway looks so sleek!

    The pics are fabulous. Love the butterflies and the cool moth. I have never seen one in real life, but the pic is great.

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