Irises 2018 (4 photos)

Irises 2018 (4 photos)

Irises do well in the cottage garden.  This year, a Princess Leia (Louisiana Iris) bloomed along with the traditional purple Irises.  It is shown in the left corner photo. Also, it was the first year the yellow japanese iris bloomed (a gift from a dear friend). Advertisements

Diana Fritillaries (Speyeria diana) (8 photos)

Diana Fritillaries (Speyeria diana) (8 photos)

The Diana fritillary (Speyeria diana) is found primarily in the Arkansas River valley, several counties in South Carolina, and spots along the Appalachian mountain range. The South Cumberland Plateau is one of the spots (along with verified sightings in western North Carolina/east Tennessee as well). More about the species and its conservation needs:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/4230 For butterfly enthusiasts, its … Continue reading

More Swallowtails (6 photos)

More Swallowtails (6 photos)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio Glaucus).  The female can be yellow or the dark morph black form.  They love to nectar in the wild meadow on Goldenrod (yellow flowers) and Joe Pye Weed (pink flowers). Papilio Glaucus female (note blue on lower wings)   dark morph female   Dark morph female

Swallowtails (6 photos)

Swallowtails (6 photos)

Beautiful swallowtail butterflies visit the cottage garden and meadow. Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)   Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)   Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)   Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)   Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

Cottage blooms, spring 2016 (5 photos)

Cottage blooms, spring 2016 (5 photos)

Snow was forecast for today, but it didn’t happen.  Spring, however, is evident in the earliest blooms on the cottage grounds and in the cottage garden! Flowering Quince, an early bloomer.  An old cottage garden favorite.   Hummingbirds enjoy the Flowering Quince blossoms.  Nectar is scarce in early spring.  I haven’t seen a hummer yet, … Continue reading

Lavender Iris, 2015 (4 photos)

Lavender Iris, 2015 (4 photos)

I’m still moving Irises.  The bed where I planted the beautiful pink Iris (Light Iris, 2014) proved to be too wet, so they have been transplanted to higher ground (2016).  Finding just the right spot for just the right plant is vexing, as my experienced gardener friend Sue and I spent quite a few hours … Continue reading

The Cottage Backwoods (5 photos)

The Cottage Backwoods (5 photos)

About half (I think) of the cottage grounds are wild woods.  The further back into the property, the deeper the woods.  Pine, dogwood, beech, oak, cedar and other native trees are densely thriving. Late autumn Beech Late winter Beech Pine Cedar at Christmas The seasonal stream in the backwoods full and flowing as it drains … Continue reading

Big Water 2015 (4 photos)

Big Water 2015 (4 photos)

There was so much rain at autumn’s end 2015, that smaller waterfalls were running full and beautiful.  These falls are no more than a trickle much of the year.Laurel Falls – Stone Door Dappled sunlight through the Hemlock treesLaurel Falls – Stone Door trail Boardtree Falls cascades – Greeter Falls trail Boardtree Falls rim – … Continue reading