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!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Good Hair Days!

Yep, you guessed it!  Some daylilies have good and bad hair days.  The endearing 'Sebastian the Crab' who is still settling in here at The Daylily Soup Garden, is almost unrecognizable on bad hair days. On those days, I stare in disbelief and wonder how Sebastian ever ended up here.  He looks like he's been living the fast life for sure!  Then there are good hair days like today when I am entranced once again. :-)

'Sebastian the Crab'

Until next time, keep on shining! :-)

P.S. This is another one of my phone posts, so please excuse any "unusual" formatting.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Day in the Garden!

Hey Friends,

Just wanted to chitchat a bit about the lovely gardening day I had.  Being a morning person, I woke up bright and early.  This habit annoys the "night owls" in the house. :-)  During daylily season, I always take a quick look at the main daylily garden right away.  Surprises await me!  We've had very cool nights lately.  Just for the record, Southern daylilies do not like cool nights.  There they stood this morning!  The daylilies were huddled together in the main bed with petals folded tightly.  I hoped they wouldn't pout the day away!  While I was waiting on the lilies to quit huddling, I cooked a batch of hummingbird nectar, and "escorted" the crazy neighborhood cat out of the garden three times (he hasn't figured out this garden is for the birds).  I guess you're wondering what I mean by "escort."  Well, with this stubborn feline, it means chase to the back of the garden and through the thicket, and/or sprinkle/blast with the hose (yes, I said it).  He can't be reasoned with any other way.  Anyway, back to the daylilies, the sun did shine upon them, and the main daylily bed was one big, beautiful blast of color by 10:00 a.m. with daylilies dancing and waving in the breeze.  Here are a few photos from my day in the garden if you have a moment:

'Spacecoast Ojo Rojo'
'Octopus Hugs'
'Springfield Clan'
'Spacecoast Mulberry Motif''
Inherited ... I call it 'Lemon Spider'
Inherited ...
Inherited ...
Pineapple Sage
I pruned the pineapple sage that's planted in the herb garden, 
and was wearing a fab pineapple perfume with mid notes of sage after that. :-)

This is along the path to the back deck.  
I've had lots of fun with this little gardening space.  
That's lavender in the big pot (one of my impulse buys at Publix). 
 I'm delighted it's doing so well because I don't have a good history with lavender.

Me ... gardening like a rock star!  lol

Until next time, let's keep on shining! :-)