Thursday, July 23, 2020

Coneflowers, A Bee and A Butterfly

The coneflowers have taken over two of my garden flower beds this summer but I am thankful that I can enjoy the beauty of these purple coneflowers.


Not just for their beauty, but for the pollen and nectar these flowers provide for the honey bees. If you look closely, you can see a bee on the coneflower. 


The worker bees gather enough nectar to feed their entire colonies. 

Another visitor to the coneflowers is a beautiful swallowtail butterfly.


The coneflowers provide nectar for the butterflies too. 


They help spread pollen.



Bees, flowers and butterflies just go together and are an important part to our survival. 


Thanks for stopping by to see my coneflowers, bees and butterflies - Judy.

Linking to:

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Funtastic Link Party @ Two Chicks and A Mom on Thursday

Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Friday Favorites Link Party @ Penny's Passion on Thursday

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays 

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday pm

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Prothonotary Warbler

I added a new bird siting (new to me) this past weekend. We were at Irvin Cobb Marina on Kentucky Lake in Western Kentucky where we were going to boat with family. While sitting on the dock, this golden bird caught my eye as he flew to a bird house hanging from a pole.


At first his bright yellow color made me think he was a goldfinch. As I edged closer trying to get a few snaps of him (on my iPhone), I could see his beak better and knew it wasn't a goldfinch. The finch has a conical shaped bill to crack open seeds; but not this bird. His beak was the slender beak of a warbler. 


I knew he was a warbler but no clue which one. I did note his beady black eye, blue-gray wings, and the white coloring under his tail.


Thankfully, one of the other boaters on the dock knew exactly what kind of warbler he was. 


Siting this Prothonotary Warbler just made my day. I love boating on the lake, but bird watching always comes into the picture for me.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the Prothonotary Warbler - Judy.

Linking to:


Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays 

Camera Critters on Saturday


Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy



MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention




Friday, July 10, 2020

Blooms in the Gardens

Today, I am thankful for the flowers blooming in my gardens. They make my heart just sing when I see them blooming. 




I'm thrilled these orange daylilies bloomed. Last year I ordered several orange daylilies to plant and this year they are just beautiful. 




I little pink zinnia. 


Do you see the swallowtail butterfly on the purple coneflowers?


The next four pics are a different variety of zinnia. They may be Giant Cactus Zinnias. I ordered the seeds but can't remember for sure what they were called. 






I had some issues with Japanese Beetles eating on the centers. Look closely and you can see the legs of the beetle just left of the center on a petal. 






 Thanks for stopping to see my blooms. Have a great day - Judy.


 Linking to:

Make-It-Pretty Monday’s @ The Dedicated House

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf

Celebrate Your Story @ Zucchini Sisters on Monday

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Monday 

Wonderful Wednesday @ Oh My Heartsie Girl on Monday pm

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party @ Lou Lou Girls at 8 pm on Monday


All About Home Link Party @ Common Ground on Monday pm

MMM Block Party @Keeping It Simple



Image-in-ing @Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday 


Classy Flamingo Blog Party @ Poinsettia Drive on Tuesday pm

Tuesday Turn About @ My Wee Abode

Charming Homes & Gardens @ Dabbling & Decorating on Wednesdays

To Grandma's House We Go DIY Link Party @ Grandma's House DIY on Wednesday

Share Your Style Link Party @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6pm

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life


Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home


Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

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

Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Friday Favorites Link Party @ Penny's Passion on Thursday

Farmhouse Friday @ The Painted Hinge

Home Matters Link Party @ Modern on Monticello on Friday

You're the Star - Home Feature @ Kippi at Home  

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Saturday Sparks Link Party @ Pieced Pastimes on Saturday



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Celebrating With A Liberty Blue Tablescape

What a way to celebrate our liberty! This gorgeous Liberty Blue dinnerware makes a huge statement for my patriotic table.



The dinner plate has a beautiful scene of Independence Hall. 




We are making our plans to celebrate our independence on the 4th of July. 




Patriotic colors are showing on my table with lots of red, white, and blue.




Our freedom is very fragile right now. I want to celebrate our independence with my family and friends. 







The silverplate flatware on my table is the OLD COLONY pattern by 1847 Rogers Bros. part of the International Silver Co. 



Celebrate your freedom!








Thanks for stopping by to see my Liberty Blue tablescape - Judy.

Linking to:

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf

Celebrate Your Story @ Zucchini Sisters on Monday

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Monday 

Wonderful Wednesday @ Oh My Heartsie Girl on Monday pm

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party @ Lou Lou Girls at 8 pm on Monday


All About Home Link Party @ Common Ground on Tuesday

MMM Block Party @Keeping It Simple

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party @ Lou Lou Girls at 8 pm on Monday


Image-in-ing @Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday 


Classy Flamingo Blog Party @ Poinsettia Drive on Tuesday pm

Tuesday Turn About @ My Wee Abode

Charming Homes & Gardens @ Dabbling & Decorating on Wednesdays

To Grandma's House We Go DIY Link Party @ Grandma's House DIY on Wednesday

Share Your Style Link Party @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6pm

Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner on Thursday at 9 am

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life


Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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

Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Friday Favorites Link Party @ Penny's Passion on Thursday

Farmhouse Friday @ The Painted Hinge

Home Matters Link Party @ Modern on Monticello on Friday

You're the Star - Home Feature @ Kippi at Home  

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Saturday Sparks Link Party @ Pieced Pastimes on Saturday

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday


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

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