This moth was on my tomato cage this morning. I grabbed my snap shot camera and caught a couple of shots on the rhododendron before it flew away. Is this a good moth, or a bad moth? Is it even a moth? (It’s body is thick and fuzzy.) Maybe it is a butterfly. (It’s colorful, I’m seeing it during the day, and it surely looks like there are clubs on the end of the antennae.)
Update! It’s a butterfly–a skipper butterfly. Thanks Denise Foley and Bill Johnson!
Greetings from Rochester, NY. I’m here, in between rain showers, to photograph the lilacs for a 2012 piece. Here’s a view of the lilac’s growing out of the hillside from Highland Avenue. They really do grow down the slope like this.
Most of the lilacs are labeled. Some of them were sort of hidden, and in peeking between branches I found quite a few nests. I think this is a robin, but I have to learn a lot more about bird identification to be sure.
Here’s the lilac ‘Leon Gambetta’.
When you are out shooting garden photos, always take a photo of the plant label. Or write the name of the plant on a note pad and take a picture of that. Bonus points if you can get a bit of the plant into the frame with the note.
When you finish taking photos of that specific plant, take ANOTHER photo of the label. This will form end caps or a little bracket for your series of photos. This way, a year from now when you are ordering prints or shopping for your garden, you will know your variety name.
See, now I know this lilac is ‘Ludwig Spaeth’.
Highland Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. There are over 1200 lilac shrubs there (and about 500 cultivars!) I’ve been getting to the park early, before the lilac festival begins. It’s nice to see so many friendly people out enjoying the lilacs, but it’s easier to get people-free photos if you get to the park when it opens at 7am. It smells heavenly. So, with a head full of pollen, I’m heading out to take more photos.
I really thought about not having a garden at home this year. Fed up with rabbits, baby groundhogs, and spinach leaf miners, I harvested the last of the onions, and went back inside for the winter. At the most, I was going to plant one envelope of wildflower seed someone sent me with a book promotion.
I never even cut back the dried out stems of the lilies. Doug Hall suggested I tell people I did this on purpose, for Winter Interest.
When our landlord came to mow the lawn, I felt a sense of guilt. At the very least, I could go into the yard and remove the dandelion crops from my garden beds. And take down my failed baby crib/chicken wire lettuce jail. And pull out the giant stalks of dead zinnias.
Once we started digging in the dirt, I was hooked. Since I never bothered with seed starting, we got some basil plants from a local plant sale. We got them in the ground and I longed for straw mulch. And compost. That is how I found myself driving out to the Rodale Institute this morning, on a quest for more plants. I love the drive out to Kutztown. When I see this field, I know to make the turn off 222. It’s the second time I’ve been to the farm this week. We were shooting stuff for the Aug/Sep issue there on Wednesday. Not a bad work week!
There were already a lot of shoppers when I got there. I said hello to Maya, Eileen and Coach and started to browse. They had all sorts of peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and herbs for sale.
The herb selection was amazing. I think I got dill, rosemary, thyme, cilantro and summer savory. I’m not sure. Every plant was greener and smelled yummier than the next. I kept sticking things into my flats.
Suddenly I had a full flat of seedlings. I had to ask where a plant pig such as myself could leave the first flat while I started the second flat.
Tomatillos! Peppers! Red pear tomatoes! Chard! The lettuce seedlings I vowed never to grow again looked crispy and cool. I intend to grow these red and green leaf lettuces in a vertical planter, far far away from the neighborhood rabbits and groundhogs. So now I’m back in the growing-my-own-food game. I can’t wait to go home and start digging.
The sale is done for today, but go out to the Rodale Institute tomorrow between 10 and 4 and see what they have.
Don’t miss this event: 10:00 – 11:00 Q&A with the editors of Organic Gardening Magazine
I kept straying from the tour because I was distracted by the plants. Wishing I had my big camera with me, I walked around the garden a few times. We’ve had so much rain this spring, and it’s been so gray. It was nice to saunter around a garden in the late afternoon sun. I took over 100 snapshots, trying to inhale all of spring in one day. Why can’t you photograph smell? I kept looping back to the woodsy areas to smell the earth and look at the fiddle heads. These shots don’t do the garden justice, but maybe they will entice you to visit the gardens yourself. You’ll want to buy Rob’s book of quality photos as a reminder of your visit.