Wednesday, September 17, 2014

American Bison Sisters Zora and Wilma for Wild Wednesday

American bison sisters: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! I was blessed with the opportunity to see Wilma and Zora, two American bison sisters, on the second day they were on public exhibit at the National Zoo. I read somewhere that they are rare "pure" bison whose ancestors haven't been bred with cattle and are important to the survival of their species.
American bison grazing: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
These majestic creatures didn't seem fazed by the crowd of people watching them. They just enjoyed grazing on the fresh grass in their habitat.
American bison view: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Their habitat is on what I think of as the main trail of the zoo; straight down the road and to the right from the main entrance for pedestrians (after the restrooms but before the turn off to Asia trail). 
American bison sisters grazing: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
They were very calm and alternated hanging out with a bit of distance between them...
American bison sisters together: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And being close enough to snuggle together. I hope you enjoyed my bison photos! Next week, God willing, I plan to post some photos of a funny orangutan who's ready for Halloween.

May God bless the bisons, their keepers and may He bless you too!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunny's Super Fair Crafts

Blue ribbon dried winter holiday wreath by Sunny Bolander: Photo copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
My friend Sunny, owner of Chesapeake Bay Creations by Sunny, kindly gave me permission to share some of her county fair ribbon winning craft entries with you. As you can see in the photo above, she earned a blue ribbon for her Christmas Corner dried winter holiday wreath.
Blue ribbon painted Santa pin by Sunny Bolander: Photo copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
She also earned a blue ribbon for this darling painted Santa pin.
Dried floral wreath with flowers grown by Sunny Bolander: Photo copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This wreath with bright orange Chinese lanterns was hung improperly so I think judged incorrectly as it didn't receive a ribbon. But It's adorable and I love that she grew all the flowers herself.
Angel shell craft by Sunny Bolander: Photo copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Here is Sunny's cute angel shell craft. She had many other crafts, including an amazing hand knit and beaded shawl that I would also have loved to share but it was displayed behind a semi opaque thick plastic and didn't photograph well. Even though I knit, that shawl is far above my skill level and I thought it was divine.

If you're interested in patronizing her Chesapeake Bay Creations by Sunny business, she's old school, running it by phone and not on the web. You can call her at (410) 761-1824 to order custom scarves, hats, shawls, headbands and crab shell crafts. You can also find her at craft fairs throughout Maryland from October to mid-December. Just give her a call to find out where she'll be. She's very friendly.

Thank you to Sunny for sharing her crafts! May God bless Sunny and may He bless you too!

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Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I wrote this post of my own volition. I was not asked or paid to write it. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blue Ribbon Winning Flowers: This Week in My Maryland Garden

Blue ribbon small red dahlia Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy Floral Friday! I'm blessed by my county fair awarding at least 12 of my flowers blue ribbons this year! The red dahlia above is one of my actual flowers entered in the fair, photographed two days after the judging occurred. In the interest of sharing good photos of pretty flowers the rest of the photos below are representative of what I entered but not the actual blooms entered.
Mixed dahlia bouquet: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
If you've been following my blog you know I love dahlias. The dahlias received the most blue ribbons (they have different categories for different size and color dahlias). I have only been growing them for a few years but I get a lot of joy from their vigorous flower output and variety of blooms.
Bee on tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 The tithonia I grew from seed also won a blue ribbon. The bees, butterflies and moths love them.
Mr. Lincoln rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This is actually a Mr. Lincoln rose, which I didn't enter as it wasn't opened yet at fair entry time but the pink hybrid tea rose I did enter won a blue ribbon. You can see a similar rose at the bottom of this post (it's the last photo).
White cosmos flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The white cosmos I entered looked better than this one currently blooming in my garden but this is currently the only bloom on the plant.

What a fun blessing to have my Maryland garden recognized in such a way. If you're local the fair runs through Sunday and in addition to the flowers there are a lot of neat exhibits (bee keeping displays, chain saw carving, photography, 4H, animals, crafts, herbs, an 88 pound watermelon and more). May God bless all the fair volunteers and may He bless you too!

What is your favorite part of a county or state fair? Do you have a favorite fair memory to share? I'd love to hear it!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Flowers, Freeloaders and Funkiness for Floral Friday

Insect on orange tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" I thought "freeloaders" made better title material than "insects" and I love alliteration so hope you got a lift from the title. It's starting to look more autumnal than summery in our garden but we still have some flowers blooming.
Insect on hot pink rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The strawberries and cream rose bush has been overrun by morning glories, obedient plants, evening primrose and now a grasshopper. But we keep pulling the overzealous plants away for this year. I think we'll move it to the main rose garden next spring to give it a better chance.
Funky bicolor dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This lemon and cream (not the actual name, just what I call it) dahlia is now blessing our living room in a vase with a bunch of similar flowers.
Orange African daisy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 The African daisies that I managed to keep deadheaded are still blooming. 
Funky dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Our uniform looking dahlias seem to be taking a little break but the funky looking ones are going strong. I like their curly petals and varied colors.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

How is your garden doing now that September is here?  Do you have any late summer/early fall gardening tips to share? I'd love to hear them!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hummingbird Nest Photos by Anna Horner for Wild Wednesday

Hummingbird in nest: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
Last week I featured Anna's amazing hummingbirds in flight photos and this week she has kindly consented to share her sweet hummingbird nest photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Hummingbird nest eggs: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
 I've never seen into a hummingbird's nest before so this aerial shot of the two eggs was a treat.
Hummingbird hatchlings: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
And, while not very cute yet, I was amazed to see the freshly hatched baby hummingbirds.

Heartfelt thanks to my dear cousin Anna for sharing her photos. May God bless her and may He bless you too!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dew Drops, Bees and Pretty Flowers

Dewdrop covered hot pink rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" Today's post includes flower photos from two different sessions. One in the cool of the morning while the flowers were still drenched in dew and one in the heat of the afternoon with bright sun and buzzing bees.
Dewdrop covered evening primrose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
It amazes me that the evening primroses do so well because my husband's always pulling them out but I'm glad they are tough because I enjoy their delicate pink and white flowers.
Bee on red coreopsis: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I loved how the bee tipped up the petal of this red coreopsis flower so we can see the pretty underside, which is more of a creamy yellow with red striping.
Bee on purple coneflower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 And this bee enjoyed buzzing from coneflower to coneflower.
Artistic rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I thought this was my most artistic flower photo of the week but I'm not sure whether I like this super close up rose photo or the dewdrop rose photo better. Which do you prefer?

Praise the Lord for creating such beautiful flowers and creatures! May He bless and keep you!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hummingbird Photos By Anna Horner for Wild Wednesday

Hummingbird macro: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
My dear cousin and friend Anna Horner kindly let me share her amazing hummingbird close up photos with you all. I find hummingbirds to be cute, adorable and encouraging. Thank you, Anna! 
Hummingbird feeding: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
I love the little tiny hummingbird feet and the wing detail in this photo.
Hummingbird spread: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
 This artistic shot gives a unique view of the hummingbird's fighting posture.
Hummingbird battle: Copyright © Anna Horner, 2014, used with permission
Here to hummingbirds prepare for battle. Anna's feeders are very popular. I hope you enjoyed Anna's beautiful photos. She's doing this out of the kindness of her heart so if you did like her photos please comment with an encouraging word and I'll be sure to pass it on to her.

Anna also gave me permission to share a little series on the hummingbird's nest with eggs and freshly hatched hummingbirds so be sure to check in for future wild Wednesday posts if you'd like to see them. Hearty thanks to Anna for sharing her photos and praise to the Lord for creating such beautiful little creatures! May God bless Anna, her family, and may He bless you too!

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