September Blooms & Butterflies

Although it is the middle of September, I am thankful to still have butterflies in my yard. The Black Swallowtails are visiting the remaining zinnias.



I'm featuring the orange zinnias since it is just about Autumn and the orange flowers are popping in my gardens.



Sometimes the butterflies pause a little longer on the flowers as they gather the nectar. Standing very still is a requirement for me to snap pictures. 




I'm glad I snappy these pics of my dahlias last week because yesterday the whole plants had fallen over. Not sure if the wind got it or just the end of the season.





Growing more dahlia is at the top of my list for next year.


The Cardinal Vine has more red blooms opening each day. I will gather seeds in October or November to plant next year.



Variegated liriope is planted as a border plant around my shade garden.  Love its colorful purple blooms.







Other plants in my shade garden providing some color are coleus.







The purple blooms of my supertunias are still providing some color.




Yellow and white Lantana with orange Merigolds blooming in the background.






A sure sign of fall in my yard are the orange berries on the Pyracantha shrub. I only have one of this thorny evergreen shrub. 


It had white flowers in early to mid-summer; then followed by the masses of brilliant orange berries.






Hope you enjoyed my September blooms. Can't wait to hear what is blooming in your area - Judy.


Linking to:


Garden Blogger's Bloom Day on the 15th of the month
Share the Wealth Linky @ My Big Fat Menopausal Life on the 1st & 15th


MET Monday @ BNOTP

OMHG Wonderful Wednesday on Monday

You're the Star @ God's Growing Garden on Monday

Image-in-ing on Monday

Through My Lens on Monday

All About Home @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home and Common Ground on Monday at 6 pm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Beautifully Made Link Party @ Across the Blvd. on Tuesday 7am

Tuesdays With A Twist @ Stone Cottage Adventures on Tuesday

Tuesday Turn About @ My Wee Abode at 5 pm

Wonderful Wednesday @ Penny's PassionDucks in a RowMy Abundant Life, on Tuesday evening

Karins Kottage Linky Party @ Karins Kottage on Wednesday am

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday


Fabulous Link Party @ South House Designs, Living Large in a Small House, & Vintage Home Designs on Friday

Friendship Friday Blog Hop @ Create With Joy on Thursday

Floral Bliss on Friday

Fabulous Friday Link Party @ South House Designs

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Dare to Share @ Pam's Party

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Sunday Sunshine Blog @ Ridge Haven Homestead on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm







Antiquing and Lunch @ Miss Lucille's

Come join me as three friends and I go antiquing in Clarksville, TN at Miss Lucille's Marketplace.




Miss Lucille's has over 200 vendors and 5,200 sq. feet and we didn't miss a single booth. Most pics were taken by me, but I borrowed a few from Miss Lucille.

Eating at the Cafe

We had planned to eat at Miss Lucille's Cafe and were all starving after our drive and couldn't wait to see the menu. 




We ordered at the counter.





The cafe was decorated in a rustic style with a wall full of antique shutters.



The menu did not disappoint, our group ordered Fannie's Chicken Salad Sandwich, Saddie Mae's Grilled Cheese, the Yummy Yummy Bowl and the Chopped Salad. The food was great!



Time to antique and shop the booths


One of the first booth's was Miss Lucille's mouthwatering kettle corn. We all went home with a bag of kettle corn! (I was hoping my husband would be happy I brought him something to eat and would not ask how my checkbook was looking. He didn't even ask!)


The kettle corn came in several different flavors.




Over 200 booths

There was something for everyone: antiques, new clothing, new decor pieces, furniture, jewelry, and metal work.





My Fabulous Finds




I was antiquing with a purpose. Blue and white pieces were on my list for this antiquing trip. My group knew what I was looking for and they were happy to help. Pictures of my finds were taken at home after the trip.

My first fabulous find was a piece of Polish Pottery. The 5.5 inch blue and white flower dot teapot was stamped on the bottom with Boleslawiec, hand made in Poland. 



A Majolica teapot in a Partridge in a Pear Tree was another good find. This teapot was made in 1994 by Henriksen. I love the cobalt blue in this piece.



Another vintage piece that made it to my cart was a blue and white Hengstenberg German Milk Glass mustard jar. 




The mustard jar is about 5 inches jar and perfect to go in my hutch with other blue and white dishes.



Those pieces have all been placed in my kitchen hutch. 






The other pieces of blue and white that came home with me were not antiques but caught my eye because I just liked that cobalt blue color. A platter and two dinner plates. I found the platter at one booth and the two plates at another booth. Lucky me! I'll use them in the kitchen but not in the kitchen hutch.




A 13-inch shallow bowl came home with me too. 




The last three finds include a black finial and two blue and white chinoiserie orbs. 




The 13-in shallow bowl and the black finial are now on the fireplace mantel. Note: The fireplace and hearth are getting ready for another update. Third time should be a charm! Hint: I'm tired of the grout lines.



Hope you enjoyed the trip to Miss Lucille's. I am not affiliated with Miss Lucille but sure enjoyed the visit. 



How do you like to antique? Do you shop with a purpose or just go for the adventure? Let me know!


Linking to:


MET Monday @ BNOTP

OMHG Wonderful Wednesday on Monday

You're the Star @ God's Growing Garden on Monday

Image-in-ing on Monday

Through My Lens on Monday

All About Home @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home and Common Ground on Monday at 6 pm


Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Beautifully Made Link Party @ Across the Blvd. on Tuesday 7am

Tuesdays With A Twist @ Stone Cottage Adventures on Tuesday

Tuesday Turn About @ My Wee Abode at 5 pm

Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row on Tuesday evening

Karins Kottage Linky Party @ Karins Kottage on Wednesday am

Where the Wild Things Were @ Pandora and Max on Wednesday

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6 pm

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday

FLORAL FRIDAY FOTOS on Thursday 

Funtastic Link Party @ Two Chicks and A Mom on Thursday 9pm 

Fabulous Link Party @ Peacock Ridge Farm, Living Large in a Small House, South House Designs, & Vintage Home Designs on Friday

Friendship Friday Blog Hop @ Create With Joy

Floral Bliss on Friday

Friday Features Link Party @ Penny's Passion

Fabulous Friday Link Party @ South House Designs

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Friday With Friends @ My Hubbard Home

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Dare to Share @ Pam's Party

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Home Matters Linky Party @ Decor Craft Design on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm




Butterflies and Blooms

It is the 15th of the month so it is time for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. You are going to see lots of blooms as well as some butterflies.




Butterflies and Lantana

I enjoy taking pics of butterflies as they visit the blooms in my gardens. Lantana blooms non-stop through the growing season and butterflies are attracted to these pink and light orange puffs of the Luscious Royale Cosmo Lantana. Lantana does come in several other colors.















Butterflies and Zinnias

Zinnias are an annual that are so easy to grow and the more you cut their flowers, the more they bloom. My zinnias are still going strong even though the heat has been pretty awful.




Butterflies are attracted to Zinnias. These pics were taken early morning while the light was still soft of them drinking nectar.








The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly busy getting nectar from the bloom of a zinnia and a dahlia bloom in the background.














Butterflies and Supertunias


Many of my supertunias are fading and blooming less, this butterfly is drinking a little nectar.





Let's move on to other blooms in my gardens and no butterflies.

Hosta Blooms

I took these Hosta blooms on August 6. Just a few of them were still blooming.



Diamond Snow Euphorbia Blooms

The dainty white blooms of the Diamond Snow Euphorbia are heat and drought tolerant.



Cardinal Flower Blooms

This is the only cardinal flower in my gardens, and it has been producing intense red flowers. It is a great flower for late summer gardens and is a self-seeder. I sure hope I have more of this flower next year!




Coleus Blooms


Although most people pinch off the flowers of the Coleus plant, it does produce spikes of purple or white flower.




Beautiful Foliage

Although my Caladiums have never bloomed, they do have such eye-catching foliage.



My favorite blooms for August


Crepe Myrtles

The gorgeous blooms of the Crepe Myrtles are just stunning in August. While other blooms are fading, the crepes are still opening and blooming. 




They always put on a stunning show.



Rows of Crepe Myrtles line our front and back yards and a few in a large bed near the road.




Their beautiful flower clusters range from purple to red, pink, and white.




Thanks for stopping by to see my August Butterflies and Blooms. What are your favorite August blooms? 


Linking to: 

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day on the 15th of the month
Share the Wealth Linky @ My Big Fat Menopausal Life on the 1st & 15th


MET Monday @ BNOTP

OMHG Wonderful Wednesday on Monday

You're the Star @ God's Growing Garden on Monday

Image-in-ing on Monday

Through My Lens on Monday

All About Home @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home and Common Ground on Monday at 6 pm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Beautifully Made Link Party @ Across the Blvd. on Tuesday 7am

Tuesdays With A Twist @ Stone Cottage Adventures on Tuesday

Tuesday Turn About @ My Wee Abode at 5 pm

Wonderful Wednesday @ Penny's PassionDucks in a Row, My Abundant Life, on Tuesday evening

Karins Kottage Linky Party @ Karins Kottage on Wednesday am

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday


Fabulous Link Party @ Peacock Ridge Farm, Living Large in a Small House, South House Designs, & Vintage Home Designs on Friday

Friendship Friday Blog Hop @ Create With Joy on Thursday

Floral Bliss on Friday

Fabulous Friday Link Party @ South House Designs

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Dare to Share @ Pam's Party

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Sunday Sunshine Blog @ Ridge Haven Homestead on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm