Pheathers – Backyard Hawk

It’s always a thrill to look out the window and see a hawk in one of our trees. The songbirds aren’t happy and scatter for hours when the hawk visits, but the beauty of the bird thrills me, especially when he poses for me so prettily. 

“A skilled hawk hides his talons.” 

                                                ~ Japanese Proverb

Phlowers – Dahlia Show

Longwood Gardens and The Greater Philadelphia Dahlia Society hosted The American Dahlia Society’s 2018 National Show this past weekend. I was able to attend and admire the many varieties. My husband and I are inspired to grow a few named varieties of dahlias in next year’s garden. We both had our favorites. I loved the large dinner plate dahlias. My favorite was the pink and yellow bloom.  These dahlias are part of Cee’s Flower of the Day. 

My husband likes the simpler daisy-like blossom. I’m sure there is room for both our favorites in our 2019 gardens. It will be fun to research and plan ahead throughout the winter months. 

I love this view of the display. The spectators blend right into the blooms and seem to be part of the beautiful indoor garden. 

Dahlia love: A garden of dahlias and admirers. 

Longwood Gardens has a very informative article on growing dahlias: Growing Dahlias at Home

There are several sources for dahlia tubers in the US, I’ve included a sampling:

Swan Islands Dahlias 

Corralito’s Gardens

Another good source for dahlia information can be found at the Dahlia Addict site.

Photo Challenge – Lime Green

Do you see her? She is lime green and blends in perfectly with the bush she rests upon. I found her by following the sound of winged distress. An urgent flapping outdoors alerted me that a bird of some type was in crisis. I peered into the bush where the noise emanated from and saw a gigantic praying mantis in the midst of devouring a cicada. Surprised, I jumped back and in doing so interrupted the feast. The cicada fell to the ground and the mantis moved to a new branch. She’s a beauty, lime green, very large, and burdened with a swollen abdomen that predicts she will soon produce an egg case.

I gently took her indoors to show my cat. He is a scaredy-cat so I knew the mantis was not in jeopardy.

Just as I thought, the encounter was a stand-off, but I did get to see a sight unique to me; the mantis unfurled her wings and put on a very good display of aggression. She took on the stance of a boxer, ready to bop the inquisitive nose of Hans.

I’m torn now over having these amazing creatures living in my gardens. In the past, I delighted in finding one or more egg cases in my yard, but Praying Mantis are voracious insects; I’ve even heard horrible rumors that they can capture hummingbirds. I let her go back into the gardens, far away from any nectar-producing plants the hummers visit.

The mantis is part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge/Lime or Light Green.

Photo Challenge – Weather Vane Wednesday/August 7th

A cute little squirrel and pine tree weather vane for this week’s challenge courtesy of a house in my hometown. I’m running out of weather vanes in my area. No problem! Sounds like the perfect reason for some interesting daytrips.  You wouldn’t know it from the photo, but we are in the midst of hot, hot, hot weather.

Thanks to these bloggers who took part in last week’s challenge. Please join our challenge, we’d love to see the weather vanes in your area. One tip: Not all weather vanes are on roofs!

Cee’s Photography – Weather Vane Wednesday – August 1, 2018
Wanderlust and Wonderment – New Photo Challenge Weather Vanes

The Photo Challenge: Each Wednesday, I post a photograph of a Weather Vane with a short description of where it can be found and any history connected to it. The main focus of the challenge is the photo of the Weather Vane and the location. The challenge can be Wordless if that is what you choose. If you would like others to see your post leave a link to your blog in the comment box. You can also tag the post #weathervaneweds. If you place a link to my post in your post you will create a pingback that will appear in the comment section. Thanks so much for taking part in my challenge.

Many thanks to Cee, of Cee’s Photography, for including this challenge in her listing of WordPress Challenges. If you love challenges take a look at this page and while you are there check out some of Cee’s terrific posts. Thanks Cee!

 

Quirkiness – Weather Vane Wednesday Challenge/Dragons

This beautiful dragon weather vane, almost hidden amongst the leaves that shade it, is within walking distance of my home.

“My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Last week, Priorhouse Blog posted a great photo of a weathervane on top of a street sign. Take a look:
Two for Tuesday (Virginia Beach, Virginia- PART 2) A big thank you to Priorhouse for taking part in the challenge.

Keep looking up and link back to this post, and future posts, with your weather vane photographs or add your link in the comment boxes. Tag your post with #weathervaneweds.

Many thanks to Cee, of Cee’s Photography, for including this challenge in her listing of WordPress Challenges. If you love challenges take a look at this page and while you are there check out some of Cee’s terrific posts. Cee’s Photography. Thanks Cee!

Quirkiness – Weather Vane Wednesday/My Neighborhood

I live in a home, built in the 1960’s, located near Rowan University. Our town, and the University, once known as Glassboro State College, has grown at an amazing rate during the last decade. Old houses have been torn down and large buildings, new roadways, and public parks have taken their place. The area is no longer known as downtown Glassboro but is called Rowan Boulevard. I’ve watched these modern structures being built for several years, and they are impressive.

My neighborhood is far enough away from the building to be unchanged, at least for now. This weathervane I’ve featured is on the cupola of one of the homes near mine. I think it is probably original to the house because other houses in the neighborhood have the same weathervane. Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find what you are seeking, as in the case of today’s post.

I miss the WordPress Photo Challenge and thought an interesting alternative would be to offer one of my own on Wednesdays. Weather Vane Wednesdays is just what the title implies, a photo of a weather vane.

Create a weather vane post, the name doesn’t have to be in the title. If you would like others to see your post leave a link to your blog in the comment box. You can also tag the post #wvwednesday. If you place a link to my post in your post you will create a pingback that will appear in the comment section. Thanks so much for taking part in my challenge

Planting – Tips on Tuesday/Coleus Samplers 2018 Part I

 

Coleus are one of my favorite plants, and also a plant that grows better by having the growing tips pinched out. I gave my coleus their final pinch during the week of July 4th. Chrysanthemums are another plant that will bloom better by pinching out through early July. I am letting my coleus flower because I collect and sell the seed throughout the year. If I didn’t want the plants to produce seed for harvesting I would continue to pinch the growing tips throughout the entire summer.

Most of my coleus plants are growing in pots of rich potting soil. They are doing well this year, and being heat-lovers are growing strong in the current summer condtions. I’m hoping for amazing cross-pollination for this year’s harvest of seeds.

Collage samplers created in Ribbet.com

 

Photo & Place – Weather Vane Wednesday/Ocean City, NJ, 12th and the Boardwalk

Monday evening, we drove to Ocean City, a good hour’s drive, just to have boardwalk pizza for dinner. Eating pizza at Manco and Manco, once known as Mac and Manco, is a tradition for many people in our area. The pizza was delicious and sitting on a counter stool with the ocean in view while we ate was sublime. Oh, and did I say, Manco and Manco makes the best pizza in the world? I also was lucky and found several weather vanes in the area. Here is one with a resting gull beside it. Happy Wednesday to you!

Skywatch

I miss the WordPress Photo Challenge and thought an interesting alternative would be to offer one of my own on Wednesdays. Weather Vane Wednesdays is just what the title implies, a photo of a weather vane.

Create a weather vane post, the name doesn’t have to be in the title. If you would like others to see your post leave a link to your blog in the comment box. You can also tag the post #weathervaneweds. If you place a link to my post in your post you will create a pingback that will appear in the comment section. Thanks so much for taking part in my challenge

Quote – Fortitude

I love this little Johnny Jump Up Viola. Every year a plant or two of this variety springs up within the confines of a crack in my front stoop. The foliage gets a little bruised and battered by foot traffic and concrete detritus, but the bloom is radiant and perfect. This type of garden quirkiness always becomes a favorite, compelling me to keep at all my dreams, “Onward!”

Photo – Weathervane Wednesday/Courthouse

These weather vane photos were taken from the car as we drove by the County Courthouse in Woodbury, New Jersey. My favorite is the first shot taken when we were stopped at the traffic light. This particular weather vane is about three times the size of most. The County Courthouse was built in 1787.

Please feel free to add links and pingbacks to this Weather Vane Wednesday.

Quirkiness – Weather Vane Wednesday/An Invitaton and Challenge

“As of the end of this month (and 2,000 Daily Prompts, 380 Photo Challenges, 260 Community Pools, and 100 First Fridays later), we will no longer publish new posts, prompts, or challenges on this site.” ~Daily Post

I’m disappointed that WordPress has stopped their daily/weekly challenges. I have met many of you, read your blogs, and followed you through these challenges, and I’m so grateful for that opportunity. I am hoping to find more challenges through your blogs and thought I would start one of my own that will keep all of us looking up. I’m challenging myself to post a weather vane photograph every Wednesday through June of 2019. I hope many of you will join me and leave a link or pingback in my post comments to your post and photo. Thanks!

History of Weather vanes

Glen Lake Boulevard, Pitman, NJ

Quirkiness – Can You See Me?

Can you see me? I’m a catbird nest, built low in a trumpet vine, directly beside the back porch, one of the busiest places in the yard, but does that deter the catbirds?

No! They keep redesigning and adding building materials.

Can you see me? I’m a baby mourning dove, still not comfortable with flight, hiding out under the shrub roses.

Can you see me? I blend in perfectly with the water lilies. Here’s a close-up view. My domed and arched eyes are perfect for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch Dome or Half Circle.

All these garden and pond photos were taken early this morning…Spring has finally arrived in New Jersey.

Teeny-tiny froglet on lily pads.