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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Summer of...

Butterflies and Hummingbirds!

The good news is, Marion and I had our day(s) in court and we succeeded in keeping things as they are. In other words, we won our case. Unfortunately, the last couple of months have been excruciating especially for Marion. She has been in and out of the hospital for the past month or so. To be perfectly honest, I have lost all track of time but, she is now home and doing better than she has been. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers...

As for me, I am getting into the swing of things once again. As you can imagine, it has been utter chaos around here. I can't even begin to tell you what my "To-Do-List" looks like. Little by little I will be tackling it. Sadly, I don't see me coming back to blogging for a while. I am going on a much needed vacation in October courtesy of my wonderful children! I plan to take lots of pictures and share them with you some time in Novemember.

You all have been so wonderful through these most difficult times. I can't even begin to tell you how much we appreciate your kind words and thoughts. Thank you so much for not giving up on us. I think with time we should be back to our "old" selves:) Thank you soooooooooooooo much, Louise

I hope you all are doing well. I miss each and every one of you and look forward to the time we can all virtually be together again:) Louise

If it weren't for the many butterfly plants in the garden, I'm sure Marion and I would not have had some of the peaceful afternoons we were able to squeeze in throughout the Summer. One such plant is this stunning Blood Flower whose Latin name Asclepias comes from Greek meaning medicine and healing. Also called Sunset Flower, it is in the Milkweed family the same as the perennial Butterfly Weed which you can see above in the picture with the two Frillary butterflies. Contrary to the Butterfly Weed, the Sunset Flower or Mexican Butterfly Weed, yet another name for it, is an annual up here in Pennsylvania.

Milkweeds are not only beautiful and easy to care for, they are very important host plants for Monarch Butterflies. (they are also deer resistant:) I can tell you for sure, the hummingbirds don't mind having them around either! I find it quite interesting that the Sunset Flower blooms and seeds at the same time. The seeds are such fun to watch as they float by when the wind blows whisping them through the air. Of course, I am saving some for next year. I read some where that at one time, the silk from the seed pods was used for stuffing pillows. You can find more fascinating tidbits about the Sunset Flower here.

P.s. That really is a blue butterfly. I don't fool around with changing the color in pictures. I'm lucky I know how to snap and crop them no less deal with hues and saturations, lol...