Tag Archives: Gardening

Early Summer in Spy Garden

Yay summer!

Yay summer!

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

Butterfly enjoying a marigold among the garlic scapes

And some flower portraits…

Bachelor's Button

Bachelor’s Button

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

Calendula (I think?)

Calendula (I think?)

Raindrops on roses

Raindrops on roses

"Bowles Black" Pansy

“Bowles Black” Pansy

A perfect portait!

A perfect portait!

Into the flower press they go!

Into the flower press they go!

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

Love-in-a-mist; these are very easy to grow; they reseed every year and the patch keeps getting bigger

We have been enjoying many bouquets of cut flowers from the garden, and:

A huge display of garlic scapes

A huge display of garlic scapes

We have SOOOoooo many garlic scapes. They are good for eating (use anywhere you would garlic; they just have a milder flavor) and I love the whirly twirly spirals; perfect for a very cool arrangement!

Ready for a game

Ready for a game

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

The Spy has been sketching a lot of sports logos lately; this is the Duke University logo; drawn freehand!

Ssssss

Ssssss

I compared these pictures to last year's snakes and this one is somewhat smaller

I compared these pictures to last year’s snakes and this one is quite a bit smaller

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

The kids have named him (or her) Tonguey III

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Enjoying a dip in the creek after a run

Making a wake haha

Making a wake

Hiking

Hiking

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Very red mushrooms on the forest floor

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Not sure what type of mushrooms these are

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Part of a lunar moth wing (I think)

Hardy hibiscus

Hardy hibiscus

Some of the garlic (I didn't even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Some of the garlic (I didn’t even plant any last fall and there is SOOOooo much of it!) Garlic is so easy to grow.

Early June in the garden

Early June in the garden

Hope you all are having a nice start to your summer!

Late Summer/Early Fall

Bumblebee on Celosia

Bumblebee on Celosia

Amaranth stalk

Amaranth stalk

Overalls to match the plants haha

Overalls to match the plants haha

So vibrant!

So vibrant!

Celosia

Celosia

Cockscomb

Cockscomb

Neon!

Neon!

Hartman's Giant Amaranth

Hartman’s Giant Amaranth

Spiderweb

Spiderweb

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

“Aunt Molly’s” Ground Cherry

Separating the berries from the thin paper-like husks

Separating the berries from the thin paper-like husks

Ground cherry

Ground cherry

A very little white eggplant and an eggplant bloom

A very little white eggplant and an eggplant bloom

Buds on the Loofah gourd vines

Buds on the Loofah gourd vines

Spy Garden Bouquet

Spy Garden Bouquet

A few corn stalks

A few corn stalks

Missouri River sunrise

Missouri River sunrise

Watching ducks

Watching ducks

Herding ducks

Herding ducks at a park

Swimming ducks

Swimming ducks

Sycamore

Sycamore

Sycamore bark

Sycamore bark

In Squirrely Garden at her school

In Squirrely Garden at her school

Our street

Our street

Slow Please

Slow Please

Dexie cruisin'

Dexie cruisin’

Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods; also called Sulfur Shelf or Chicken Mushroom

Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods; also called Sulfur Shelf or Chicken Mushroom

Considered a choice edible. As chicken mushrooms age, they get tough—cut off the tender outer edges and leave the rest on the tree. Recipes abound for this and the closely related pale chicken of the woods (L. cincinnatus). They have the texture of chicken, and with a little imagination can taste like chicken. Although both species are safe and delicious mushrooms, some people get a bit of stomach upset or swollen lips after eating them. Try just a small amount the first time.
This fungus can be used as a chicken substitute in casseroles, enchiladas, and more. As with all wild mushrooms, be absolutely sure of your identification, cook it well, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it, since some people have bad reactions to otherwise edible mushrooms. (from the Missouri Department of Conservation website)
For now, just going to photograph it!

For now, just going to photograph it!

Missouri has dozens of edible wild mushrooms. Missouri also has dozens of poisonous mushrooms; some with names like Deadly Galerina and Destroying Angel. Thus, I am not too eager to start harvesting mushrooms and cooking them up! I would want to be much more of a mushroom-expert first. I couldn’t identify many of the varieties pictured below.

Tree pants

Tree pants haha: note all the little white mushrooms

ID?

ID?

Bigger than a dinner plate!

Bigger than a dinner plate!

Very celestial!

Very celestial!

Like a 3/4 moon

Like a 3/4 moon

Turtle

Turtle

Turkey Tails

Turkey Tails?

I'd never seen a turkey tail mushroom so green

I’d never seen a turkey tail mushroom so green

Little feather

Little feather

Red cap

Red cap

These look like an everything bagel (or bialy!)

These look like an everything bagel (or bialy!)

Dexie helping to hunt for mushrooms!

Dexie helping to hunt for mushrooms!

So many different types!

So many different types!

Gills

Gills

Leaves starting to change

Leaves starting to change

This one was beautiful; had a totally iridescent quality to it.

This one was beautiful; had a totally iridescent quality to it. Very striking in person.

I believe this variety of mushroom was the root of the entire style aesthetic of the 1970's haha

I believe this variety of mushroom is the original source of the entire style aesthetic of the 1970’s haha

Tall tree

Tall tree

Wow!

Wow!

Looks like someone dropped a cut watermelon in the woods!

Looks like someone dropped a cut watermelon in the woods!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Missouri Botanical Garden 7.27.15

Lanterns

Lanterns

The Lantern Festival is going on now (through August 23rd) at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The lanterns are best enjoyed at night when they are all lit up but it was cool to see them in daylight too!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

Many of the lantern displays are huge!

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The lanterns are made of silk, steel and porcelain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

The Spy liked this elephant fountain

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

Galloping horses in front of the Climatron

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

These lizard lanterns fit perfectly in front of the Linnean house (the oldest operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi)

At the children’s garden…

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

We cooled off in the fountains (I did too!)

The kids in the maze...

The kids in the maze…Hmmm where are they?

Hi!

Hi!

And there's the Spy!

And there’s the Spy!

These "pincushion" gardens were very cool.

These “pincushion” gardens were very cool.

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

Definitely something to consider if you have a lot of succulents/other little plants!

This nearly black elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

This dark elephant ear plant is like a sculpture

The children's garden is set up like an old west town. I saw so many beautiful hanging baskets!

The children’s garden is set up like an old western town. So many beautiful hanging baskets!

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

Through the foliage, looks like a forbidden city! (A large porcelain lantern)

That huge tree is an...

That huge tree is an…

Osage orange!

Osage orange!

Duck

Duck

Peacock

Peacock

Rope...

Rope…

walk

walk

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Staying soaked was the key today! It was hot!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Showing off a big tortoise shell!

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

The lanterns were very detailed; and amazing that all that silk and porcelain holds up in the elements!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Beautiful hand-painted silk! I bet this one looks really cool at night!

Lily pads

Lily pads

Detail

Detail

Haha

Haha

Reflection

Reflection

Fuzzy stalk

Fuzzy stalk

Huge koi

Huge koi

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

This one had some weird eyelash-like things

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

A tiny glimpse of fall! But DEFINITELY did not feel like fall today!

Of course, we had to get a few...

Of course, we had to get a few…

Souvenirs! The coolest one being...

Souvenirs! The coolest one being…

A Venus fly-trap!

A Venus fly-trap!

Watch out flies!

Watch out flies!

Happy Monday friends!