Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Another beautiful weed in bloom during August and September. This plant is showing off purplish blue flower heads but can sometimes be seen with white flowers. It is a member of the aster family and can do well in perennial flower beds, just remember that it is spread by seed and underground creeping.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Goldenrod is a very showy plant that blooms late summer and can be seen in bloom past frost. It grows three to four feet tall. For many years people believed that it was a cause of allergies, but it has been given a reprieve on that sentence. The very name of this plant describes it, golden flowers atop a rod of green. There are roughly one hundred species of goldenrod and thirty of them are known to grow in Kentucky, it is also the state flower for Kentucky. Placing it in a wild garden with wild blue asters would present a beautiful display. Look for them growing along the roadsides.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

iPhone Art

A few months ago I took the plunge and bought an iphone. I have had a great time learning to use it and so much more awaits me. I have been playing Scrabble, Sudoku and 'Angry Birds' for a few weeks. I added a flashlight and am impressed with the amount of light it gives. I purchased Star Walk, a program that shows and tells me everything about the night sky in infrared, just amazing! This morning I down loaded an app that is going to change a lot of my photos. I have only done a couple but can't wait to get to more. I've also been back in the Apple Store for a few more photo programs. It's great to be having so much fun. The dust can wait and wait and wait.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tachina Fly

A fly not to swat is this member of the tachinid family.You might even want to plant dill, parsley, clover or other herbs to have it nearby. It is beneficial in the  control of squash bugs, stick bugs, and other plant bugs. The larvae of the tachinid family are internal parasites of other insects and moth caterpillars. This is not a fly that transmits disease or contaminates food. The fly members of this family can be quite large, reaching up to 3/4 inch in size and some sport hairy bodies. I think this one is rather pretty.