10.30.2014

Afternoon Happenings



At the afternoons my garden can be easily divided into the cool and warm side.


On the warm side there are the lively, energetic bright colors. 
You can find red roses, yellow dahlias and orange sassafras leaves all over the place.





 Now onto the cool side. This side feels calm and soothing
with greens, blue sage and a purple clematis vine climbing on the fence.
This side is like a woodland, I got mushrooms growing here and there.






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10.29.2014

Insinuating Fall Season

Purple leaves


Purple Asters


Picking apples


  Or is it apple picking?


Pumpkins

Big pumpkins

Little pumpkins

Acrobatic pumpkins

Toothless pumpkins

Just some hints to let you know that the fall is here.

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10.28.2014

Next Year's Butterflies

It's October 28th. The days are getting shorter and shorter and, colder and colder. 
So I never thought  that  I would have swallowtail caterpillars at my garden this late in season.

Three of them are busy eating all day long at one of my parsley plant, including a tiny one!

Papilio polyxenes on Petroselinum Crispum

  I also have two more at my Fennel plant.

Papilio polyxenes  on  Foeniculum Vulgare

I was a little disappointed after I bought  bronze fennel because I had  read somewhere that swallowtails prefer parsley or regular green fennel over the bronze fennel. But I have many more parsley plants throughout my garden, and a mom butterfly chose to lay eggs on bronze fennel. YAY!!

Papilio polyxenes  on  Foeniculum Vulgare
This is the first year I pay attention to butterflies, so I don't know if it is normal in butterfly world to be this late in caterpillar stage. I guess these caterpillars will go in chrysalis and hibernate until spring. It's just that I have never payed attention to what butterflies do at this time of the year until now. 

We never stop learning and learning is fun!!

You may ask, "Why do you get excited to have these bugs in your garden?" 
Because out of them come these beautiful butterflies.

Papilio polyxenes

Papilio polyxenes

Papilio polyxenes

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10.15.2014

Mid October at Leticia's Garden


Agastache 'Tutti Frutti'

Joining  May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. 

Well, fall and October are here! And my garden is full of flowers, very happy about this!
 Unlike the other years, that I end up having the usual mums,
this year I got plants blooming and I'm proud to say they are not only mums. 

Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'

Snapdragons


This cone flower is blooming at full speed!



These Dahlias, have been blooming all the way from spring non stop!
I love when the petals mix with the ground cover plumbago.




Fall phlox, Phlox Paniculata

White Wood Aster, Eurybia divaricata

Bleeding Heart, Dicentra 'King of Heats'

Bleeding heart is one of the plants that I'm very happy to have! 
They like shade, for so long I've looking for a plant for my full of shade corner.
 It blooms in the spring and then again at the fall.

Bleeding Heart, Dicentra 'King of Heats'

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Black eyed Susan

Small's Beardstongue, Penstemon smallii


Penstemon and salvia.



Lantana still full of flowers! A very good plant to have, it provides nectar for butterflies 
from spring 'till frost. I like to use it as a backdrop to showcase my yellow dahlia.

Mistflower, conoclinium coelestimun

Anemone 'Pretty Lady Emily'
I can't believe how pretty these anemones are! 
The one above grows up to 20", good for the front of the border. And the one below
 grows up to 2', for the back of the border. And they are great for the shaded areas.

Anemone 'September Charm'
And these are some of the flowers at my garden in October. Thank your for reading!

10.14.2014

Hi!!

Hi everyone! After this long time, I finally have some energy to come here and write something.  

As many of you know, and for those of you that don't know, 
I have some conditions that give me terrible fatigue that drains all the energy out of me! 
I have been dealing with it for many years. And I have learned that the best thing to do when
 I get tired, is to just do the basics: only take care of my kids 
and leave everything else for when I get my energy back.

I'm very thankful to God that I'm feeling much better lately! 
I really miss writing things and sharing my pictures on this blog. 

I also want to say that I'm so sorry that I haven't reply to your comments.

9.12.2014

Some Of It



I love lilies! These pink ones are my favorites.

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September 16th is one of the most important days to celebrate in Mexico, it is Mexican Independence Day!
On that day the Mexican president comes to The Zocalo, the main plaza, at Mexico City. There he rings the same bell that was rung the day Mexico became free, and gives El Grito, the cry for Independence. The ceremony reaches the high point when the crowd joins in by proudly shouting out the names of the heroes of Mexico's Independence, to end with the exciting VIVA MEXICO!! Here is a video of it.




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Some years ago the Nintendo DSi used to be the bomb.com for my kids and their friends.
I remember the struggle my friend and I had to make the kids put them down the day I took the picture below. Funny! Because now my kids DSi's are somewhere in the bottom of that odds and ends box!


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When I was searching for a recipe for lentil soup, I found one that called for potatoes. 
Potatoes?! I wondered, I told myself that potatoes in my lentil soup was not going to taste good at all, 
and cooked the soup without potatoes. At the end, I put too much salt in the soup! I quickly peeled some potatoes and added them to my soup. Lentil soup with potatoes tastes good!

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Mermaid at Norfolk Botanical Garden

Today mermaids can be found throughout Norfolk downtown and it's neighborhoods. 
They were introduced by attorney Peter Decker in November 1999. The idea came from his 
wife who was inspired from Chicago city's Cows on Parade. At that time sculptor 
Kevin Gallup mass-produced 130 mermaids and sold them for $2000.

But if you ask me, "Why are there mermaids all over Norfolk, Virginia?" My answer would be:
"To validate the made up stories of sea creatures that Navy sailors come back with".


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9.11.2014

Remembering


Remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.




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9.05.2014

Some Of It


Joslyn Art Museum - Jun Kaneko
When it comes to art I try to appreciate and understand what an artist is expressing on a piece,
but when I see this sculpture I can't stop wondering if this artist does hypnotism as a side job.

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This is my son's first year in High School! Among the cool things he likes to do he also loves music,
 and plays for the school's band. He is very excited to start playing with other musicians of his 
new school. But not without telling me how much he misses his friends in the above picture 
from the Junior High he used to go last year at Nebraska.

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Royal Walnut Moth, Citheronia regalis, AKA Hickory Horned Devil

You really have to love bugs to say the above caterpillar is cute, pretty, or anything like that.
 Okay, I think it's cute and unique :) but the kid that was besides me kept saying it 
looks like an ugly dragon, I just don't understand! :)

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On Labor Day,  a day to rest and sleep in, we had to get up early for my daughter's first soccer 
practice of the season. It's not normal for soccer shoes to be clean, her new soccer shoes were so 
squeaky clean, that the cat felt the need to start grooming himself to keep up with the cleanness!


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 I'm done having a crush on Thor, I'm into this guy now.



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