Friday’s Hunt v2.8

Friday’s Hunt v2.8

This week we are hunting for things that Start with H, Week’s Favorite, and Single.

Thursday didn’t seem as Hot as what has become the norm, so I took my iPhone 6 Plus to the backyard with me when I filled feeders and birdbaths. I checked the fennel, and found several Hungry Black Swallowtail caterpillars. This is the first time I’ve seen them this year. 

My Week’s Favorite shows the Black-eyed Susans moved in with the fennel. They were probably like the rest of us, looking for a wee bit of shade. 

Most of the Purple Coneflowers resemble burnt toast, but I found this single blossom. 

Linking to




Share Your World – 2016 Week 14

Share Your World

Cee reminds us: With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world and which may not always match our reality.

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?
Hands down – cleaning! 

What makes you laugh the most?
The things kids say. They have a special view of things.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Coco Wheats, my mom said she cooked them for me for breakfast for the 12 years I went to school.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.
Flowers are like birds to me, they are all my favorite! Rhododendron, Lantana, Aster, Black-eyed Susans, Mallow

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Thankful when hubby came home from work Saturday evening and said he wanted to run away from home, we were able to; I look forward to sharing this week the photos from our little getaway. 

Random 5 Friday 6/28/13

Random 5 Friday, wow, this week went fast. That seems to be the story of my life lately. 

1. It’s been almost two months since I’ve seen our new granddaughter (and her siblings). That needs to be remedied. Soon.

2.  Thankful for ceiling fans (all fans, really), libraries, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. We need to replace our heating and a/c system. I’ve considered joining the robin. backyard 2013 024

3. I mentioned a vitex tree in a previous post. Some weren’t familiar with it, so here is a picture of ours:


The low sucker branches need to be pruned once the threat of rain passes. Here is a picture of the Vitex at our local garden center that made us want one:

Vitex at garden center
Vitex at garden center

4. The petals on the Black-eyed susan are beginning to unfurl. backyard 2013 011

5. I saw the cutest planter of assorted succulents at the garden center. Realizing I already have the perfect planter, I’m going to buy some. 

That’s it for Random 5 Friday. If you’re in the U.S., have a safe and happy 4th of July (Independence Day celebration). See you next week! 




Random 5 Friday

Random 5 Friday

1. The vacuum cleaner weighs SO MUCH LESS with a new bag.

2. Every town needs a clock like this:



3. The yard bunny likes our little patio. As you can see, she keeps the grass neatly trimmed.backyard 2013 002
4. Look who is hiding its face with its fingers–a black-eyed susan
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5. The butterfly bush is just about ready for visitors.backyard 2013 019

Thanks for hosting Random 5 Friday, Nancy.
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I’m glad YOU took the time to stop by for a visit. Thanks!

Wild Wednesday

That would describe my hair mostly, outside doing some much-neglected yard work.

I took a “brief” respite from weeding when the temperatures rose above 95F (35C). However, I quickly found the weeds had not. 😦

The other night, hubby spotted a black swallowtail caterpillar on the black-eyed susan (rudbeckia). Silly me thought it was looking for variety in its diet. I should have known better! Today I was deadheading flowers and pruning dead stems. I cut and pulled one stem off the black-eyed susan, OOPS! There was a chrysalis attached to it. I now have it in a vase in the kitchen so we can observe it together. 🙂

The area around the birdbath resembles a jungle, so I pruned some branches so I could fill it, and the birds could find it. I wanted to scrub it, and started to prune some of the ivy where I needed to step closer, and found another caterpillar in the process of attaching itself to a stem. No pruning of the ivy or scrubbing the birdbath today. Sorry for the blur, one of us must have moved. 🙂

I also observed a large caterpillar crawling across the mulch, heading for the vinca and rhododendron. It disappeared quickly, so hopefully it has settled in a safe place where the birds won’t find it. I also found this nest, about the size of a quarter, on another plant. Anyone have an idea what lurks within? 

Mystery mud nest