Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Late Summer Blooms, Bunnies and Bugs
It is definitely beginning to feel like autumn. The leaves are already beginning to turn on some of the maple trees.
It is so nice to have the windows open and the fresh air coming in. I love this time of year! The cosmos and zinnias are beautiful...
painted lady butterflies are all over the verbena.
Of course, not everything is wonderful; there are late summer pest too. Just like last year, the praying mantis are trying to catch the hummingbirds. I knocked this one off the feeder three times. Each time he climbed back into position, and would swipe at the hummingbirds while they drank. Thankfully they were quicker than the mantis.
I'm seeing a lot of grasshoppers too.
While watching the butterflies and hummingbirds, I saw this little rabbit next to the house in the butterfly garden. It was so small and so cute. I wish they weren't so destructive. I sure hope it doesn't take up residence here this winter and eat the rest of my burning bush. They feasted off them all winter and are still working on the smallest one. I definitely need to somehow cover them this winter.
I love zinnias...
especially close up! They are so interesting and beautiful!