Last night, the low here in southeastern Michigan plunged into the mid-20’s. Knowing temps like that would kill off all my remaining flowers, I went out into the yard in the afternoon to save whatever was still blooming. There was enough for a small but colorful arrangement. I’ve had a vase full of fresh flowers from the garden in my house since the daffodils and grape hyacinths popped out of the ground in the spring. I sure am going to miss being able to pick pretty flowers as we go through our long Michigan winter! But I’ll look forward to the first flowers of spring, hepatica and bloodroot, that emerge in my woodland garden in April. Spring is my favorite season of the year and it can never come soon enough for me!!!
One doesn’t usually think of purple when they think of fall colors so at first I figured that this would be one “Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge” week that I would skip. The challenge colors for the four weeks of October were green, yellow, orange and red, all colors that we think of when we think of beautiful fall foliage. But purple?!!! Then it hit me: ASTERS!!! Asters bloom in the fall and asters are various shades of PURPLE!!! As an added bonus, asters attract bees and butterflies! So here are some photos featuring the color purple, mostly asters, and all with a special visitor. The first is of a beautiful giant swallowtail in a pretty clump of asters. The giant swallowtail lives up to its’ name: it’s the largest swallowtail in the Midwest with a wingspan between 5 & 6 inches!
I stumbled across a fun photo challenge going on right now called “Shades of Autumn”. Each week a different color is featured and this week’s color is yellow. Yellow, sunshiny and happy, has always been at the top of my list of favorite colors. As a teenager, I chose a yellow bedroom set to surround myself in mellow yellow. Today, my gardens are filled with loads of bright yellow flowers. Here are some of my favorite photos that feature this cheerful color:
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