Thursday, October 28, 2010

Along Came a Spider Lily

I have always loved spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) but don't have much luck in growing them. They are everywhere in early autumn, growing along roadsides, next to ditches, in meadows.  But they are somewhat temperamental, from what I've read. They don't like to be disturbed, and make take more than one season to bloom once planted.

Anyway, they must grow quickly, because I discovered two in my back yard, only when they were about to bloom.  They are so fascinating and are a harbinger of cool weather.  I really love these plants.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Sunflowers on the Prairie

My neighbor across the street has a cluster of prairie sunflowers, sometimes called Maximilian sunflowers.  These are gorgeous, growing upwards of seven feet in height and needing absolutely no staking at all. Each year at this time I get such enjoyment in seeing them every day.

My Favorite Time of the Year!!!

Where has the time gone? Autumn just simply passes too quickly. Maybe I love autumn because my birthday is on September 23, but there is just something about this time of the year.  The skies seem bluer, the air has just a little crispness to it, football is everywhere, and it's almost time for me to start planting pansies!

Here are a few shots of why I like autumn so much!