Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Little One



Okay, by popular demand this post includes a picture of our new addition.

These two get along pretty well - like sisters.


They love sitting in the yard and finding new things...here is a Monarch that decided to hold on here.


The aster is starting to bloom...once it's a mass of purple it looks great.


A late planting of seeds has filled in.


The adventurous dogs wanted to come with on a second visit to the grasslands...


Some great views again...


Also a bit of the insect life...this moth really caught my eye. I almost ran over this spider walking - having haven't seen ones like this in the yard.

15 comments:

Jules and Ken said...

Cute puppy! I want a beautiful mass of asters, so jealous. First visit to your blog and I read back a little bit. I have never seen lady bug eggs, larve etc. and fact we don't seem to see many ladybugs anymore. Thanks for the photos, I've been learning so much from blogs this summer.
Jules

ChrisND said...

Welcome Jules and Ken! That aster is in its 3rd year - last October it really shined as one of our last blooms. Glad you could find something to enjoy here...blogs are a great way to learn from others' experiences.

perennialgardener said...

Your new little one is a cutie! Looks like her & big sister enjoy romping in the grass together, lol. Those spiders are all over my yard right now, someone called them writers because of the designs they do in their webs. Like Charlotte from the kid's book. :) You still have some great blooms going on in the garden. That Aster is fantastic in full bloom.

Northern Shade said...

I imagine the newest hiker has to move its legs pretty fast to keep up. Everything is a forest when you are that tall, so a boost is appreciated.
The moth and spider both have beautiful patterns. You can see good detail on the moth antenna.
Your asters are so thick. It's great to have a mass of blooms so late in the season.

Cheryl said...

I have just fallen in love....he is so beautiful.......

The asters are lovely, well worth planting I think......they increase as the years go by making a beautiful piece of floral artwork......

The moth is lovely....such an incredible colour....I am a great fan of moths, they often have such interesting markings.....

A lovely post......give your dogs a pat from me.......

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Wonderful variety in your post!
Puppy is sweet. I would want to hold the little one all day and never get anything done!
Nice sweeping landscape picture.
As soon as I learn macro I would love to learn wide angle. I think each type of photography requires months, sometimes years, to learn. I am slow!
The moth is interesting. I do like them. The spider is like the one's in my gardens, an Orb Weaver called a "common garden spider". We call ours, "Gloria".
Sherry

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those are great photos.

Your late seeds are doing very well, lush and healthy. When did you plant. I'll have to try that too.
Marnie

ChrisND said...

Hi PG, those dogs sure love to get out in the yard...the little one will need a sweater and booties in the winter though.

I will have to look close next time I see one of those spider webs and see if there's a message :-)

ChrisND said...

Northern Shade, I'm sure she would love to ride along - they even have backpacks with built in child seats. Those asters are my favorite because they do last so late - it's funny I usually start the season with a purple crocus and the chives and then end with the purple aster.

ChrisND said...

Hi Cheryl...I like the feathery antennae of the moths - so interesting. The dogs will take all the attention...and virtual attention they can get - thanks.

ChrisND said...

Hello Sherry! She is the type of dog that has a need to be held...and the more she is held - the more she wants...nice a cuddly most of the time.

Yes, great photography does seem to take a lot of experience and practice - I am pretty much at the point-and-shoot stage (well I do change "modes" from landscape to macro)...sometimes time and volume make up for lack of experience :-)

ChrisND said...

Roses and Lilacs...I checked and those plants were sown late July - so I'm not sure if you call that "late" or not. I needed another bed so that I don't feel bad/protective when the dogs cut paths through the other one I have.

Beth said...

Awwwwwwwww..... I love your puppy!!! What kind is it?

Sarah said...

Aww, both dogs are adorable.

You'll have to let me know how she does with a sweater and booties - our two pull the sweaters off of each other as soon as they get outside, so we finally stopped putting them on at all.

Of course we don't let them stay outside too long either.

ChrisND said...

Hi Sarah...what a pair, a 50# husky and a 5# miniature dachshund. We tried putting a sweater on and she was okay with it, but didn't look thrilled. She might appreciate it more in the winter...just have to get her to stay out long enough to do her business!