Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Friday, October 28, 2011

A New Look

Continuity gives us roots; 
change gives us branches, 
letting us stretch 
and grow 
and reach new heights.  
~Pauline R. Kezer

And so it is time for a change. Time to change things up a little at Southern Meadows. As I look out my window and see the leaves transforming their summer foliage to their fall color I feel the need to make over my blog.

I have changed the layout in the hopes to simplify the information presented and make it more pleasurable to read each post without so many side bar distractions. 

I have added tabs to the top of the page. The "About" tab offers information about Southern Meadows. The "Behind the Lens" tab gives a little background on my approach to my photography. Separate tabs on Butterflies, Moths and Wildlife found in my garden provide photographs and some general information such as host plants and nectar sources for butterflies. Like the garden, this is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. 

I hope you like the new look and it makes your visit to Southern Meadows more pleasurable.

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Mystic Illusion

Count the garden by the flowers and never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Walk through the Garden

It has been a typical October in Georgia. Cool to chilly mornings warming up to gorgeous sunny days in the 70's and 80's. Several days of rain and even a few mornings with frost advisories. Brrrr! What I didn't count on was that October would be such a busy month for me. All my gardening plans were put on hold while I attended to other projects. Now, in the final week of the month I find myself longing for time in the garden. Carolyn at This Grandmother's Garden has challenged fellow garden bloggers to take an Autumn walk through their garden. This is the perfect excuse (not that I really need one) to take a break and take a walk through my garden and see what I have been missing.

The cosmos are still displaying their brilliant white and the pollinators are very appreciative. These beauties have been excellent performers this fall.

The morning sun glows on the swamp sunflowers. They are a perfect addition to my fall garden.

I let the Cilantro go to bloom in the herb garden. I do like the dainty, white blooms.

The Milkweed is to go to seed. They sparkle in the sunshine as the wind carries them off to find a new place to put down their roots.

The chrysanthemum with their daisy like flowers are blooming non-stop.

And, the Asters are the stars of the fall garden. Several are new additions this season.

I am looking forward to life slowing down a little so I can take many more walks through my garden and enjoy the autumn splendor before it fades away to winter.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bad Hair Day?

Occasionally we all have a bad hair day. But can you imagine going through life with crazy hair every day? Look at this guy.

He can't decided if he wants a Mohawk or a Fauxhawk or something in between. 

My son thinks he looks like the brushes in the drive through car wash or maybe a toothbrush.

Nevertheless, you have to admit that he is a captivating looking caterpillar with his bright red head and mid-dorsal tufts and black and yellow stripes. He is the white-marked tussock moth caterpillar.

These caterpillars can be found feeding on a wide variety of deciduous and conifer trees. My husband found this one while clearing an area at the corner end of our property on a woody plant. They are common in late summer when other caterpillar activity is otherwise ebbing.

This is a common caterpillar in wooded areas of the Eastern United States and southern Canada over to Texas. If you see one be warned that its hair can cause an allergic reaction and skin irritation so be mindful if you handle one. Otherwise enjoy its bad hair day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Word for Wednesday: Repose

How beautiful it is to do nothing, 
and then to rest afterward. 
~Spanish Proverb

Often in our busy lives we need to slow down and take cues from nature and rest. Fall is the season where things are slowing down in the garden and the plants take a rest. 

All things need to rest. 

Even the busy butterfly,

the gentle turtle,

 the harried damselfly,

the industrious squirrels,

and my garden helpers.

My idea of resting and tranquility is surrounding myself with nature. Listening to a babbling brook has a soothing and calming effect on my soul.

In my garden my place for reflection and rejuvenation is in the woodland garden. Here the plants are cooler and quieter than the bold, warm colors of those in the sun.

Their foliage is softer and restful to the eye

The various shades of green are harmonious

and the textures soothing.

It provides time for reflection and renewal.

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.  ~Etty Hillesum 

What is your state of repose? Click on over to Garden Walk Garden Talk and see others' interpretation of repose.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blooms Exposed

The nights have been cool and the afternoons glorious with sunshine and blue skies. Perfect fall weather! I took a break from our busy weekend activities to photograph a few of the blooms in our garden.

Japanese Anemone 'Pamina'

Toad Lily

Aster 'Blue Henry'

Hardy Aster 'Drago'


Hydrangea 'Silver dollar'

All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself.
All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within and you will surely find it.
~Eileen Caddy

Always a great way to start the week...joining Lisa for Macro Monday today.