Lantana Camara is one of the varieties in the Lantana family, a flowering plant that attracts both butterflies and pollinators.
Here it’s blooming amid the lavender hosta blooms. My favorite time to capture blooms is right after a morning rain shower and before I melt with the high heat and humidity!
Posted in Botanicals, Butterfly Garden, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, lifestyle photography, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Pollinators, SOOC, Spring Blooms, Sunlight
Tagged butterfly garden, FujixT2, God's Creation, Hosta blooms, Lantana, Life, Nectar Plants
Our butterfly garden has been abuzz lately with the hot temperatures and high humidity this Spring. These Black Swallowtails spent some time nectaring on the Butterfly Weed before they flew to their next snack stop. These are common in the Midwest and the Swallowtail caterpillars are usually found on plants in the parsley family (fennel and parsley are favorite host plants). The butterflies look for nectar-providing flowers.
Posted in Animals & Insects, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Perennials, SOOC, Spring, Spring Blooms, Sunlight
Tagged Black Swallowtail Butterfly, Butterflies, butterfly garden, Butterfly Weed, Flowers, Gardening, God's Creation, Life, nature, Swallowtail Butterflies
“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new…and so in you the child, your mother lives on, and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”
“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”
“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” – Maureen Hawkins
“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”
I’m grateful to have captured these fun and precious moments in the park for this family who will soon meet their child #3!
Posted in A Child's Play, At the Park, babies, Children, Couples, Families, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, maternity, Memories, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Parents, Pregnancy, Spring, Sunlight, Toddlers, Twos
Tagged Children, expectant parents, Family, Life, maternity, nature, Neighborhood Park, Parents, Relationships, Toddlers
Roxie and I are excited to begin our 2018 butterfly gardens!
Our new book “The Monarch” by Kylee Baumle is just packed with information about the Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis stage, and the eclosing of the beautiful Monarch! (This book is available on Amazon.com I’m recommending the book as a personal user and do not receive any compensation for my recommendation.)
Help save the pollinators and butterflies! Create your own special garden either in containers or in the ground by using a variety of milkweed plants and native host and nectar plants in your growing area!
Find more information at http://www.monarchwatch.org
Visit your nearest botanical garden(s) for information on butterfly and pollinator gardening.
Posted in Animals & Insects, Backyard Play, Bees, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Education, Favorite Books, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Monarchs, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Peace-filled Retirement, Pets, Pollinators, SOOC, Spring, Sunlight
Tagged butterfly garden, Dogs, Gardening, Life, nature, Pollinators
Posted in Botanicals, Education, Events, Fauna, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, lifestyle photography, Missouri Botanical Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Orchids, SOOC, Spring, Spring Blooms
Tagged Botanical Event, Floral, Flowers, Gardening, Henry Shaw's Garden, Life, Missouri Botanical Garden, natural light, nature, Orchids, SOOC
Paper Whites (narcissus) are such a fresh, pure, surprise in the winter when the bulbs sprout their greenery and then their buds burst into these delicate blooms! Seeing them reminds me of the HOPE of Spring.
February 19, 2018 in Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, My Gardens, Nature's Beauty, Winter
Tagged Bulb gardening, Forced bulbs, Gardening, Narcissus, Paperwhites, White flowers, Winter flowers
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The Candy Floss amaryllis bloomed its heart out with multiple flowers on two different stems, and amazingly these lasted for our enjoyment for 10 days! They were spectacular!