Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug!  Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.

All except one,
And that’s little Anne,
For she crept under
The frying pan.

This nursery rhyme always reminds me of my Mom. ♥  And my sister too.

I photographed these ladybug photos at the End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden.  They hang out in the Hop vine this time of year, munching on the aphids.

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Ladybug with eggs

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Ladybug larvae (babies)

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Ladybug

 

The first photo was taken with an LG G5 cell phone camera, and the last two with my new LG G7 cell phone camera.  

 

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The flowers of spring

As our seasons transition from spring to summer I wanted to share some of the beauty from the season.

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We had a really dreadful winter, with record rainfall, ice and storms.  When the calendar gave us spring, we had hope for warmer, drier weather. But alas, Mother Nature had a different idea.  We continued to have record wet weather through March and April. It wasn’t until early May that we finally saw a reprieve.

Of course, the plant world doesn’t mind a few wet, gray days.  And we were very ready to welcome any sign that spring and summer was really on the way.  From the early tulips, trillium, columbine, iris, flowering currant, lilacs and even iconic dandelions that we can always count on came the hope for better days ahead.  Rhododendron, snowball bush, viburnum, lupine and may-apple signal mid-spring is briefly upon us.  Some early summer flowers tease that summer will arrive soon –  poppies, clematis,  and old garden roses.

Enjoy the photos – to view the photos in a slideshow format simply click on the first photo and go from there.

 

*S.   If you need me, I will be in the garden

 

 

late Winter to Early Spring * in Sharon’s garden

It’s been a very long winter in my world. When the calendar turned to March, I started to see the signs I wait for from the time I put the garden to bed in November. The green shoots of my roses begin to swell, the Hosta leaves start to point up through the ground, my 3 year old Clematis is waking up and all the little plants I have in the yard seem to become much larger as I walk around to take a peek, and a photograph or two.

The following pics are a timeline of sorts, walking you through the last part of Winter as it turns gradually to spring. Without a doubt, something worth seeing with each passing year.

Enjoy the photos, and the wallpaper calendar at the end for you* Sharon

a ghost from lingers from last years garden

a ghost from lingers from last years garden

I noted this beautiful fungus growing on an older rose cane and couldn't resist sharing

I noted this beautiful fungus growing on an older rose cane and couldn’t resist sharing

the first blooms to arrive in my sleeping garden

the first blooms to arrive in my sleeping garden

a classic beauty graces my rose bed every spring

a classic beauty graces my rose bed every spring

the simplicity of the Trillium always reminds me of my mom

the simplicity of the Trillium always reminds me of my mom

this Ballerina beauty is fast becoming a new favorite of mine.

this Ballerina beauty is fast becoming a new favorite of mine.

there is never enough red in the winter garden

there is never enough red in the winter garden

the Cherry and Camellia grace my view from the dining room

the Cherry and Camellia grace my view from the dining room

there isn't a better plant for a winter garden than a Hellebore.

there isn’t a better plant for a winter garden than a Hellebore.

love the simple greens in this bloom

love the simple greens in this bloom

the burgundy colors of this winter rose remind me of my summer roses

the burgundy colors of this winter rose remind me of my summer roses

taken on March 7, my evergreen Clematis promises a cascade of blooms

taken on March 7, my evergreen Clematis promises a cascade of blooms

about a week later, the blooms begin to uncurl from the bud

about a week later, the blooms begin to uncurl from the bud

the stamens are still so fresh and untouched

the stamens are still so fresh and untouched

yet another week later, the vine is a riot of blooms

yet another week later, the vine is a riot of blooms

the stamens are all unfurled and waiting for the pollinators

the stamens are all unfurled and waiting for the pollinators

love the classic form of this blooming vine

love the classic form of this blooming vine

a mini rose begins to leaf out beneath my feet

a mini rose begins to leaf out beneath my feet

another classic spring gem, Muscari

another classic spring gem, Muscari

this should be my Birthday Bloom, she is right on time every year

this should be my Birthday Bloom, she is right on time every year

these blooms are so fragrant, and the blooms so cheerful in the grey spring days ( Oregon Grape)

these blooms are so fragrant, and the blooms so cheerful in the grey spring days ( Oregon Grape)

I love watching the hosta's uncurl their leaves each spring

I love watching the hosta’s uncurl their leaves each spring

delicate and classic, wish she would bloom all year!

delicate and classic, wish she would bloom all year!

a variegated Money Plant. I wish she weren't a biannual plant ( I only have one so far!)

a variegated Money Plant. I wish she weren’t a biannual plant ( I only have one so far!)

a peek at what's to come ... my roses are leafing out just right

a peek at what’s to come … my roses are leafing out just right

 I will leave you with the latest desktop wallpaper ... enjoy!

I will leave you with the latest desktop wallpaper … enjoy!

a March day * in the garden

Today was a wonderful day in my garden; still a bit chilly but I didn’t waste all that great March sunshine!  It felt good to get out in the fresh air, smell the soil as I turned it over pulling weeds.  It’s amazing how a simple chore can relax and focus the mind.  And now my mind feels all energized and full of new ideas to try, chores that need tending, plants that I would love to have for this garden season.

Of course, after a day in the cold, my poor bod doesn’t feel QUITE the same! But I will employ my heating pad tonight, and feel good as new tomorrow, ready to head out and start on the next list of chores!

I wanted to find some pix from last year’s garden, since I haven’t taken any yet this year.  In sorting thru my pix from last year, I am once again reminded that spring WILL return.  I never tire of the regeneration that my garden goes thru each year, nor do I tire of browsing those photos taken in the garden of yesterday.

Here are those pix from last March’s garden, and soon I hope to have some new ones from this year to share with you.

overhead shot

overhead shot

up close and personal with the plants

up close and personal with the plants

this is the shot used for the March wallpaper calendar

this is the shot used for the March wallpaper calendar

love the different details on this plant

love the different details on this plant

a fave of mine

a fave of mine

this is probably my favorite spring bulb

this is probably my favorite spring bulb

And please check out the link at the top of this page called *just photos.  I will be adding random photos there periodically, as a quick share.  Let me know what you think …..

* Sharon

if you need me, look in the garden…..

the summer of the sunflower *

Summer is winding down, the plants are in full harvest mode by now.  I was on the deck this morning enjoying a peaceful, perfect summer morning when the bird-planted sunflowers in my garden caught my eye.  As you know, I sometimes forego my Canon camera in favor of the camera on my smartphone.   What I give up in quality I benefit in flexibility and truthfully, the fun factor!  I happily whiled away about an hour or so snapping pics and editing using the Instagram app; so to usher out the incomparable month of August on the last of her 31 days, here are some of those snapshots I took this morning.

*You would think by the pics I have posted this summer I have done nothing but sit in my garden of sunflowers and roses.  The truth is, I have been so busy with volunteering, and joining Hubby on the road in his new adventures as a long haul trucker, I have had little time for any real blogging.  There are really hundreds on pictures that I have taken, with  no time for editing!  There will be plenty of time when the winter rains arrive to sort and share those memories, so stay tuned …  * Sharon

*yesterday’s garden

A photo captures a moment in time.  Yesterday working in the garden the grey skies began to lighten up and the sun was peeking through.  Time to put some of those moments in my camera!  Here are 16 of the photos I took yesterday, (mostly) unedited.  I wanted to practice capturing a photo that needs no edits.  The exception is ALWAYS the reds.  They bleed terribly in digital form.  The rest are as the lens, the light and I, saw them in the early afternoon.

Enjoy the photos without captions or interruptions . You can either scroll down the page with the thumbnails or click the first image for a photo carousel of larger images to click through. 

*Sharon ~ from my garden

 

 

this morning* in my garden

This morning I was sitting in the sun on the deck. It was a peaceful morning with just enough breeze to move the chimes to music.  A perfect August day.  Cool air touching my skin, the colors of summer surrounding me.  There is much to see in my garden in the summertime.  Every year is different, but there is always something that my eyes come to rest on over and over.  These are just a few of those things.

Enjoy the photos with captions. You can either scroll down the page with the thumbnails or click the first image for a photo carousel of larger images to click through. 

*Sharon ~ from my garden