Friday, October 24, 2014

Echinacea, Pansies, Rose Petals and a Dahlia

Purple coneflower (echinacea): Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden." The cooler autumn weather has killed a few of our plants but there are still spots of floral color to be found. The echinacea (purple coneflower) above is a volunteer from one of our original plants. It seems that the oldest plants bloom earliest but we're still getting new flowers from the youngest plants.
Blue and white pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Thankfully, the pansies my husband bought earlier in the season survived the various heat waves we've had since planting. I love this blue one with white, violet and yellow accents.
Strawberries and cream rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised to find this strawberries and cream rose. I thought the weeds and morning glory vines had killed the bush. I love the white edging on the petals.
Burgundy and yellow pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The pansies not only survived but they're putting out fresh buds. Hopefully they'll continue blooming through next spring.
Yellow and white dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The dahlias are still blooming, although their flower production has slowed a bit.

I hope my flower photos made you smile. May God bless you!

Related posts:
Wheelbarrow pansies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-wheelbarrow-full-of-pansies-for.html
Pansy patch: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/sparkling-chrysanthemums-dahlias-zinnia.html
Spring pansies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/daffodil-pansy-and-cyclamen-flower.html
Spring poem and pansy photo: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-spring-poem-crocus-and-pansy.html

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monarch Butterfly on Pretty Chrysanthemum Flowers

Monarch on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! I love butterflies and the monarchs have always been special to me. It was fun watching this one on a patch of chrysanthemums in the National Arboretum's Asian gardens. 
Monarch wingspan: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The butterfly only opened its wings fully a few times so I was thrilled to get this image.
Monarch on chrysanthemums 2: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
It flew from flower to flower.
Monarch and moth on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And even shared space with a colorful moth (near the far right side of the photo).
Monarch on chrysanthemums 3: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
But didn't seem disturbed by the company of the moth or many bees also enjoying the chrysanthemums and sunshine.

I hope my photos made you smile. Happy autumn! May God bless you and the world's butterflies!

Related posts:
Monarch butterflies on tithonia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/monarch-butterflies-on-tithonia.html
Butterflies and dragonfly: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/dragonfly-and-butterflies-on-flowers-at.html
Butterfly garden: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wildlife-at-glendening-preserves.html
Butterfly art: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/butterfly-art-by-denise-arvaneh.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

Raindrop Drenched Dahlia, Chrysanthemum and Rose Photos

Raindrops on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" Our daisy-like chrysanthemums started blooming this week. 
Raindrops on hot pink rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I believe this is one of our "senior prom" roses and one of the first ones we planted in Maryland.
Raindrops on dinner plate dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The dahlias are the real powerhouse of our flower garden right now, still putting out daily flowers.
Raindrops and bee on red dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Even the little dahlias are still producing beautiful flowers and the bees are enjoying them.
Raindrops and bee on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014An
Here's another look at the chrysanthemums featured in the first photo of this post. I love how raindrops are caught between the petals of the just-opening chrysanthemum bud.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you this autumn and always!

Related posts:
Late spring raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/05/raindrop-drenched-rose-cosmos.html
Early spring raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/raindrops-on-roses-azalea-camellia.html
Late summer raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/sparkling-chrysanthemums-dahlias-zinnia.html
Raindrop foliage: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-earth-day-leaf-and-randrop-photos.html

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dogs and Bees at the U.S. National Arboretum

Frontal bee detail: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! Earlier this month I enjoyed a walk in the U.S. National Arboretum and saw these cute bees and dogs. I hope the photos make you smile.
Cute little fluffy dog: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I wanted to pet this cute little dog and ask its human what breed he was but they walked in the other direction before I got the chance (I used my zoom to get the photo). 
Bee on bicolor marigolds: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This bee was parked on top of two pretty, mostly red, bicolor marigolds. 
Faithful guard dog: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And this adorable dog was keeping watch while her humans slept. I love how she's got one ear up.
Bee on yellow wildflower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
These bees were really fun to photograph so I had to include one more image.

That's all for this week's wild Wednesday feature. Which was your favorite photo from today's post? Do you have a favorite dog or bee memory to share? I'd love to hear it! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Cute skirted dog: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/cherry-blossom-dog.html
Cute bunnies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/09/cute-yard-bunny-photos-for-wild.html
Bentley the dog: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/pictures-of-bentley-my-new-dog-friend.html

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Petunias Plus a Bee and a Cat

Big Dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!"  I love this white, bronze and yellow dahlia and hope we can harvest a few more flowers before our first hard frost sets in.
Bee on purple dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 The purple dahlias are still going strong, to the bee's delight and mine.
Bicolor chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The yellow-bronze chrysanthemums are nearing the end of their bloom time but hopefully we'll have some peach daisy-like chrysanthemum blooms soon.
Moose the cat under rosebushes: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Moose the cat escaped (we'd prefer that she were solely and indoor cat but she wants the best of both worlds) and took refuge under the rose bushes. Never fear, she's safely back inside now. How does this photo relate to floral Friday? You can see some lantana blooms in the far background.
Pretty petunias: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The red petunias are particularly striking now that fall's here. I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of our Maryland garden! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Funny cat Halloween photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/10/happy-halloween-funny-cat-pictures.html
Flowers & bees: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/chrysanthemum-obedient-plant-tithonia.html
Dahlias and bees: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/neat-flowers-bees-and-sun-effects.html

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Three Steps to a Simple, Joyful Christian Life


I jotted down these three steps after reading Dr. Charles Stanley's September 8, 2014 Peace With Ourselves daily devotion from In Touch magazine. Here's my favorite quote from the devotion: God's"delight or displeasure with your conduct in no way alters either His love for you or your identity as His. The Lord always sees you as His own and as a person of infinite worth...never forget that you are not what you do. You are what you are: a child of God." 

Other than the fact that in September I was focusing on simple living, I'm not sure how I got these three steps from that particular devotion but hope they  inspire some of you.

  1. Love God (Matthew 22: 36-40)

  2. Trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6)

  3. Obey God (1 Samuel 15:22)

Of course, if we truly love God, steps two and three will flow naturally so all we really need is step one.  Love really is the most important thing in this life!

May God bless you and mayHis great love, joy and peace fill your heart so fully that you share it with all those He places in your path!

Related posts:                                                                                                                                                                                 Loving home: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/01/creating-loving-atmosphere.html                                                                                   Loving relationships: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/authentic-relationships-book-review-and.html                                        Living Love: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/08/refocus-living-life-that-reflects-gods.html

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monarch Butterflies on Tithonia

Monarch on fading tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! It's autumn and the tithonias (also known as Mexican sunflowers) are starting to fade but the butterflies don't seem to mind.
Monarch on tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I am so happy this pair of monarchs is visiting our tithonias. We grow them especially for the butterflies although the bees and hummingbirds like them too. This year we seem to have fewer butterflies than usual so their sightings are extra special.
Two monarch butterflies: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Here you can see both monarch butterflies enjoying the tithonias.
Monarch in motion: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I know it's blurry but I like how you can see the overall shape of the monarch butterfly's open wings.
Monarch and bee with tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This one's a bit blurry too but I liked the butterfly's curly proboscis and the bee photo bomb made me smile. Usually when I come out with my camera these two monarch butterflies fly away so perhaps they're starting to get used to me and I can get some better photos next time. For now, I hope you enjoyed these butterfly images. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Bees and flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/busy-bees-on-beautiful-blooms-zinnia.html
Hummingbird photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/hummingbird-photos-by-anna-horner-for.html
Hummingbird nest: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/hummingbird-nest-photos-by-anna-horner.html