Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Chapter - Postage Stamp Garden

Resident Bluebirds
We're now in our new home in the Atlanta area.  Luckily, we found a charming rental townhouse with a great area for a postage stamp garden complete with a mature passionflower vine and resident bluebirds.  To top it off, I've been given full gardening freedom by the landlord.  Just wanted to share some shots of my canvas in waiting.  I am STILL unpacking (had no idea we were borderline hoarders until now ... LOL).  I'm off to continue unpacking.  There will be a postage stamp garden progress report on my next post.  Until next time, let's keep on shining! :-)

Traveling Orchids

Traveling Staghorn Fern

Passion Flower - New Garden

Postage Stamp Garden in the Works

A New Favorite Tree

Brought This One With Me - Lemon Spider

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Garden of Friends

Wow!  I know it's been a long time since my last post, but A LOT has been going on since then, friends.  I'll be packing up and leaving the Daylily Soup garden in three short weeks.  We'll be moving to a townhouse in the Atlanta area, and I will then be a girl without a garden.  There!  I've said it!  Tears have been shed but but I am now in "prepare to bloom where you're planted" mode.  It seems my stars have lined up as far as the daylilies go.  Friends have offered out of the blue to take divisions, and "babysit" (their word) the daylilies until such time as I get my gardening hands on a garden again.  It really is true, "A garden of friends is always in bloom."  Daylily Soup will take on a different light for the time being, and will probably be a blog of my life and times as a gardener/photographer with posts about the gardens and blooms of others as well as my Atlanta adventures.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the fabulous Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Don't worry, I'll take you all along too.  Hopefully, I'll be able to post some 2014 daylily blooms before I land elsewhere, but I'm not sure if I'll see their smiling faces this year as we've had a very cold spring.  At least they'll have good babysitters. :-)  Well, I better run.  I'll see you on the other side.  Until then, I'll leave you with my cool weather friends, the Dutch Irises.  Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Dutch Irises - Cool Weather Friends

Saturday, December 28, 2013

'Tis the Season for Orchids!

Just a note to wish you all a very happy new year!  May 2014 be our best new year yet!  There will be lots of big changes in our lives here at the Daylily Soup garden in 2014, so I hope you'll stop by often to see what's going on.  I've certainly enjoyed your visits, comments and friendship in 2013.

For now, I'd like to leave you with these beautiful buds and blossoms from two of the resident orchids.  'Tis the season for orchid blooms around our home!  By the way, I found a great tried and true mail order source should you need a fix. ;-) You may have to wait a bit for a shipment now as it's too cold to ship currently.  Here's the link:

Until next time, let's keep on shining!  
See you in 2014. :-)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron by LaLens
Great Blue Heron, a photo by LaLens on Flickr.

Hey Friends, I've been out ruffling feathers today, and I wanted to share my lucky shot with you! There was one big, blue, "angry bird" flying around our lovely lake this afternoon. Great Blue Herons will actually growl at the paparazzi. Until next time, let's keep on shining. :-)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Water Witches, Devil's Needles and Hobgoblin Flies, Oh My!

 Since we've either walked willingly, tumbled or been shoved through the doors of October with Halloween now upon us, I was inspired to write a post about some of my favorite garden visitors.  Known in different parts of the world as "Water Witches," "Devil's Needles" and "Hobgoblin Flies," dragonflies never cease to amaze with their stellar aviation skills, tissue paper wings and jeweled, colorful bodies.  Although some see them as a bit spooky, they are considered holy creatures in many parts of the world as well. 

Lately, I was lucky enough to get a striking green "Water Witch," and a lovely azure "Hobgoblin Fly" to pose for a photo shoot.  Here are the local spooks:

Water Witch
Hobgoblin Fly

I do hope all of the "Water Witches," "Hobgoblin Flies" and "Devil's Needles" will stay around to decorate my garden for Halloween!  Should  they cause any mischief, I still have my blue glass bottles out in the garden turned upside down on garden stakes to catch any misbehaving spirits (according to old garden lore). 

"We're all only fragile threads, but what a tapestry we make."
-Jerry Ellis

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Daylily Soup Goes on Safari!

Hey Friends,

Just wanted to share a little Alabama safari I went on today with you. 

I donned my leopard Crocs!  
What?  A girl has to be stylish!  
Have you had time to compose yourself (I just know you were amused by my fashion statement)?  Okay, here we go ...

I had already spotted my "object of interest," so I flew like the wind (as leopards do) along a path on this lovely bank.

Aha!  There he is!

He (I just think it is) tried to hide from me, but he underestimated the zoom on my lens!  He looks like a "Brutus."

Brutus was hovering to the left of this area.  I was out on a little peninsula.

Peaceful "looking" water.  Probably something much bigger than Brutus lurks beneath!

These ridges are wild pig paths.  There were no sightings on this safari, which is all for the best since they are aggressive!

On the way home, I was hoping to get a good shot of my favorite heron.  There he is up on top of the covered dock (he does not appreciate my visits).  This was a little too far away for me to get a good shot (a very clever fish sighting spot though).

Until next time, all the best!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lake Tahoe Cottage

IMG_0946 by LaLens
IMG_0946, a photo by LaLens on Flickr.

Hey Friends,

I recently took a trip to the Lake Tahoe area where I snapped this photo of an enchanting cottage and garden (this was in South Lake Tahoe just across the California border from Nevada). This fabulous garden seemed well established with many glorious perennials in purples and reds. I've decided garden fairies are certainly living here. Do you see them? I think mine have migrated for the summer to get away from the heat, and this is probably where they can be found. :-)

Until next time, let's keep on shining!