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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. There isn’t much nature to show in our yard right now but we found a few things.

I found lots of sticks to chew on.

There is only one thing in bloom around here right now and that is the witch hazel shrubs.

Red Witch Hazel

Yellow Witch Hazel

The red witch hazel has lots of blooms.

There are some flowers that aren’t blooming but still putting on a show.

Dried Hydrangea Flower

So many sticks, so little time.

We had some high winds today so there are lots more sticks on the ground to chew. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the nature we have around our yard. We are starting to see some leaves popping out of the ground but it will be weeks before we see any more flowers.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Thursday we enjoyed our first snow of the season. That is a few weeks later than our average but we aren’t complaining.

We enjoy watching all the critters in our yard.

To warm things up we wanted to show you some of the last bees that were hanging out in our yard a few weeks ago.

Honey bees on the hydrangea

There were just a few hydrangea that the honey bees could enjoy so they were working hard for what might have been their last supper of the season.

The perennial geranium was also still blooming.

The honey bees were also enjoying the geranium that was still in bloom.

We’ve learned to stay away from all those stinging insects.

The bumble bees were lapping up all the nectar they could find from the eupatorium.

Bumble Bees were all over the eupatorium

This is bumble bee heaven.

Here is a little video of the bumble bees in action on the eupatorium.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to see it.

I’m dreaming of the last of the warm fall days.

By now the perennials have all been cut down and the bees are all hibernating (or whatever bees do during the cold weather). We’re watching the snow falling outside and hoping that it accumulates enough to enjoy our first snow zoomies of the year.

We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the bees enjoying the last flowers in our yard.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Let’s check out the flowers and fall colors

As you can see I’m doing quite well and I have all of my Blogville friends to thank for helping me recover so quickly. We don’t have any test results back yet but I feel good as new and I’m told my breath is super fresh now. Enough of that, let’s get to the flowers in our yard.

Hydrangea showing its fall colors

Another pink hydrangea

Some of our Stella D’Oro have started blooming again

The Turtlehead flower is one of the latest bloomers we have in our yard

The insects appreciate having a late flowering perennial in the garden

A tiny spider is enjoying this Eupatorium
(click on the image to make it big if you can’t see the spider)

Lastly let’s see how some of the shrubs have changed so far.

The spirea leaves are starting to turn red

The Callicarpa berries are really starting to turn their beautiful purple color

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the flowers and fall colors we have in our yard.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Late last week we were lucky to have some Painted Lady butterflies migrating through our yard. They enjoyed a stop over for some refueling. We first found them enjoying the sedum.

The underside of a Painted Lady Butterfly is not as colorful as the upperside.

The upperside of the Painted Lady Butterfly.

They really loved the sedum…

… and often had to share them with other insects like this honey bee

Here is a little video of the action on the sedum.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

The next day when we came outside there were many more Painted Ladies and this time most of them were on the Blue Fortune Agastache.

Painted Lady butterflies on Blue Fortune Agastache

At one point we counted about a dozen butterflies on the agastache

Painted Lady Butterfly

The butterflies worked every angle of the flowers

This would make a good Tongue Out Tuesday picture
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The upperside is so beautiful

Here a video of the action on the agastache.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We also found the Painted Ladies on our hydrangea.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Painted Lady invasion we had in our yard recently.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. We are finally getting a break in our hot, dry weather and have enjoyed some time playing outside.

Today we want to show you what is blooming in our yard. Let’s start with our hydrangea. There are lots of varieties and we have quite a few different ones.

Smooth Hydrangea

Here is a close up view of a couple of the flower heads.

Next up is a mophead serrata hydrangea. This one turns a beautiful pale purple color.

We have a few Hydrangea Paniculata varieties too. These are favorites of all sorts of flying insects.


Our deciduous azalea just finished up blooming. It’s always nice to see these yellow azalea blooming in the summer.

We have one more shrub to show you. This callicarpa (also know as beautyberry) has these tiny flowers that are opening up along most of the stalks. We are waiting for fall when these little flowers hopefully will turn into bright purple fruit.

Let’s move on to the perennials in the yard now.

A view of our perennial garden from our patio

Another bright yellow flower we enjoy is coreopsis.

The hosta are almost finished blooming but here’s one to show you.

We have a couple varieties of agastache. They are a lovely purple color and are favorites of the hummingbirds and butterflies.

Blue Fortune Agastache

Last but not least is our pink loosestrife.

We hope you enjoyed checking out our what is blooming in our yard right now.

We are joining Arty, Jakey and Rosy for this weeks Flower Friday. Stop by their blog to see what other blogs are doing. They probably have flowers of their own to show.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. As our title indicates we have been having a heat wave this summer. The weather peeps tell us that we have had more 90+ degree (32 C) days than the past 3 years combined! In addition to that we are experiencing a drought. Our daddy has been working hard to keep all our plants happily hydrated. We haven’t been spending much time in the yard because of the heat but lets take a look and see what is blooming.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 4

First up are our hosta. You can’t see much blooming in this picture but we also like our hosta just for its colorful foliage.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 2

Hosta - variegated - back mound

When they do bloom they have these nice bell shaped flowers that the hummingbirds just love.

Hosta - Perennial garden - Flowering - Linden Tree debris

Next up we will show you some of our hydrangea. We have this great climbing hydrangea and smooth hydrangea on the side of our garage.

Hydrangea - Climbing - Smooth White - Garage

The climbing hydrangea flowers aren’t much to look at but the plant itself is a great place to raise a family. We have had robins nesting in it almost every year. Here is a closer look at the smooth hydrangea and its big white mophead flowers

Hydrangea - Smooth White - Garage

Also next to the garage is one of our oak leaf hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Oak learf - Garage

Many of our hydrangea have only white flowers but a few also bring a bit of color to the yard. Here are some pictures of another type of mophead hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner

They start out a pale greenish white color and change color over the course of the summer. You can just see a hint of pinkish purple in them now.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner 2

Last but not least is our mom’s favorite hydrangea the lacecap variety.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - pink - back gate

These are a beautiful pink color. Let’s take a closer look so you can see how they get their name.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - single flower - pink - back gate

They sure are a beautifully delicate flower.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Here are a couple of close up shots taken of some hydrangea. Don’t forget you can always click on the image to see a larger version.

hydrangea highlights - lr

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Monarch Butterfly on Hydrangea

Monarch Butterfly on Hydrangea

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