Sunday, August 24, 2008

Back with a Safari



Hi everyone...no, we did not get eaten by bears or have any mishaps on our trip. Our trip was fine and was only a few days long, I might make some posts later (or might not). But being gone did offer an "easy" disconnect from the blog world.

Anyways a lot has happened in the garden front...I even missed a Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day...but it is easier for me to start with a good ol' Safari.

This is my purple aster plant...it's a bit early for blooms, but there are bugs there!


Good thing there are plenty of these around.


Speaking of these...the bees seem to be quite happy, or is it anxious the summer is closing? I have see a lot of bumble bees in the garden...they seem to like the basil. Here's one bee I spotted.


Another bee hanging upside down in the flower.


Look who visited on their way through!


I have been happy to catch a Monarch in the garden almost every year. Usually just one or two, but they always pay me a visit. It makes my garden feel like...a garden.


That's it...I will try to get be into the swing of things. Besides this is supposed to be my record keeping too.

9 comments:

Cheryl said...

Welcome back Chris...hope you had a fun time....

Is that a leaf cutter bee?? I have never seen one here.....

Beautiful monarch....they certainly make a garden more beautiful....so colourful.....

The ladybirds will soon take care of the aphids..........

Perennial Garden Lover said...

Welcome back Chris! We missed you, hope you had a nice vacation. Great pictures of the Monarch. They are so colorful that they almost don't look real. Don't you think? Great Insect Safari post!

Beth said...

I have those littly bitty bugs on my goldenrod too - what are they?

ChrisND said...

Hi Cheryl, Thanks. I'm not sure what that bee is...it wasn't cutting a leaf, although it looks like it in the photo...but you never know. I like all butterflies that come to the garden, but since I don't have variety I have to go with color (making the monarch fav.).

ChrisND said...

Thanks, Perennial Garden Lover. Vacation was pretty good, although short to begin with a shorter because of a family reunion -- but it was nice seeing the relatives.

ChrisND said...

Hey Beth...I am calling those bugs yellow aphids. They don't seem to be causing a problem with my plants yet and I have plenty of lady beetles to keep them in check.

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Welcome home! Glad you are back safe and sound. I too love to travel but seem to love coming home even more!
Nice Safari...
I love the Monarchs.
I do think you are seeing a Black Swallowtail caterpillar. They are so pretty.
Your bees seem to be very happy and unaware that the season is coming to a close.
Have a relaxing holiday weekend.
Sherry

ChrisND said...

Thanks so much Q...yes, being home is good -- sometimes getting back to work is not (so much to catch up).

The bees are really out in force. I can sit in a chair and observe them dancing on the Echinacea 6 inches away. I think that they know the weather is changing and are trying to get the last food and last eggs out.

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Just wanted you to know I come back and read your responces! It is kind of you. I love being in conversation and relationship!
Nameste,
Sherry