Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rainbow Swiss Chard

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I had always wanted to try growing this, finally did this year, it is pretty, don't you think?  I did not eat any as I don't like swiss chard but have enjoyed seeing it in the garden and will grow it again.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Camera Critter Saturday

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I have had lots of Painted Lady butterflies, I am not sure what kind of butterfly the last photo is.  A Hackberry Butterfly, maybe?  It was sitting on my basil.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Twilight Zone

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Since Iowa had heat and humidity for two months, taking pictures was difficult, by the time my camera was at the outside temp and I could take photos without the lens steaming over I was so hot and cranky and out of the mood to take pics...........here are a few pictures I took while waiting for the camera to reach the outside temperature.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

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Another day of heat and humidity, they say this is the last day for a few days with lows tomorrow night in the 50s, sounds like heaven  to me.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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Cosmos, still one of the best flowers around.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


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With so many plants blooming outside I hesitated to post these photos but my Clivia is in bloom again, the plant is over 15 years old and now blooms several times a year. It has two flower stalks.   I was finally able to afford a yellow one this year but it is a young plant and probably will not bloom for at least a couple of years.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Todays Flowers Yellow Coneflower

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These were taken at Sweets Marsh in Iowa.  This is one Iowa's many beautiful prairie flowers, Yellow Coneflower-Ratibida Pinnata.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Camera Critter Saturday Rosie

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All three doggies got new toys recently, Quasi-Boy the boxer is not all that interested, so Rosie always manages to get more than her share, at one point she had all 3 of the new toys but ended up with 2 of them.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Red Hibiscus

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We had more rain again last night, another 1.5 inches, we are having flooding here in Iowa, hot and humid still, I do not remember another summer like this one. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Today's Flowers Hibiscus

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The pretty pink Hibiscus are in their full glory right now.  Guess what?  It is still hot and humid with a heat index of over 100...............I am so ready for fall.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Camera Critter Saturday - Dragon Fly

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 We had one brief day from the heat and humidity.

I took this photo of a dragon fly at Sweets Marsh in Iowa, it is a huge preserve but most of the roads into it were so muddy we did not want to chance getting stuck. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tiger Lilies

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We had another day in the tropics, oh, I mean Iowa...............wondering when I will see parrots flying around.