Lots of people have asked how my new habitat is coming along. (For those of you who missed it, I planted an acre of native habitat on unwanted lawn.) Of over a hundred trees, only two didn’t make it. We also planted hundreds of berry bushes for the birds, plus groundcover plants and wildflower seeds that will come up next spring.
Here’s the comparison, with the top photo from July when the planting was finished, and the bottom photo from early October. As you can see, the trees are thriving and the plants are filling in:
Some of the plants, such as this Black-Eyed Susan, were tiny when we planted them. I can’t believe that in just a few short months they have turned into giant mounds of exuberant blooms!
The ironweed has also gown like crazy. It attracts bees and butterflies, and is home to the American Painted Lady caterpillar.
The Echinacea plants are happily blooming. Looking closely, I’m in awe of the center structure. Nature is marvelous, isn’t it?
As I was leaving my little habitat, I spied this LGB (Little Grey Bird). I hope someone will tell me what sort of bird this is! He reminds me of why I find my forest such a place of joy. It’s gratifying to see the birds flock to their new plants. I love it.
It’s early Fall, with hints of changes to come.
These little white wildflowers are in all stages at once – opening, in bloom, and fading away:
I was mesmerized by the peaceful Chagrin River:
A closer look reveals changing colors:
A harbinger of changing weather is apple-picking time. Here in Northeast Ohio there are lots of wonderful orchards such as Eddy Fruit Farm in Chesterland. I love all the corn stalk and pumpkin decorations.
Picking apples right from the tree is heavenly!
As we picked different kinds of apples the sun set, making it a memorable evening.
Time for everyone to get out their favorite apple crisp recipes!
For the past few weeks I’ve felt like a little kid happily anticipating Christmas. All spring I look for my peonies to start blooming. I’m crazy for them!
This is the first plant to bloom. I should have some other colors come along before too long.
I like the paper-y petals. There are so many subtle color contained in them!
I didn’t realize how complicated the structure within is.
These sweet daisies are everywhere. They’re the best reason ever for not manicuring my lawn. I love them!
These are one of those plants that make me marvel at nature’s strange adaptations. The flowers are contained under the hood. I can’t imagine how or why the plant evolved as it did!
I’ve been busy designing new patterns, but they’re not yet ready for prime time. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy some wildflower photos. I’ll post one or two every few days.
Here’s a field of purple pretties. I don’t know what they’re called. If you know these, please leave a comment!
Here are a few more photos from my time at Camp Stitches at the Tamaya Resort north of Albuquerque. What a gorgeous place!
The sunset one night in Paso Robles was mesmerizing! I loved how the colors shifted as time went on.
California is a special place. Over the next few months I will interrupt the knitting photos to post random scenics. I hope you enjoy them!
It’s unusual for us to get big fluffy clouds in our neck of the woods.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my blogiversary posts. It was fun celebrating with my blog readers. I appreciate you all!
You know how much I love nature. Here are some shots from a hike on the east side of the San Simeon State Park in the Central Coast area of California.
While the beach is nice, I enjoy the peaceful riparian habitat as well.
For the past several weeks, I’ve watched a mama chipmunk dash in and out of her underground nest with goodies to feed to her young. The babies finally emerged to explore their world.
Is it safe to come out now?
The children stay close to Mom while they check out their new surroundings.
Mama dashes back into the den