Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Unexpected


The redness of this rose I planted a few months ago -- as well as its constellation of buds . . .

Crimson or scarlet? I think scarlet -- with crimson buds . . .

An ARTICHOKE!  I planted several in 2010 and all but one died that winter. 
This one has persevered.
  
 We won't be eating the lone artichoke though -- I want to see it bloom.

I think this beauty is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) but if I'm wrong, please tell me.

There were sweet-smelling pinks and other flowers nearby
 but the creature was fascinated with John's boot . . .
 
 This protective mama spent the night in the refrigerator in a bag of greens I'd harvested.
Luckily I noticed her before plopping the collards into the stir fry. 
I relocated her and her egg sac to the clematis vine on the front porch.

I love these little surprises!
 
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17 comments:

R. Burnett Baker said...

I believe you're correct about the Red Admiral. A month ago we had gillions of them around here! Apparently the mild winter and early spring sent them a fluttering in mass!!

Ms. A said...

That rose is blindingly red on my computer screen! I LOVE IT! Will admit the spider and potential spiders gave me a chill, though.

Martin said...

A narrow escape for the spider!

Kath said...

THe rose is gorgeous. The first butterfly photo tells such a story. But the spider is my favorite. I'm a sucker for relocating spiders to outdoors. even put up a warning sign to keep people from walking int a web when one spun a fabulous creation across the front deck.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...wonderful little surprises...the crimson flowe4rs are beautiful...i am glad you got the butterfly on the shoe to give us some perspective on how small it is...

Mamabug said...

I love unexpected finds! So glad you relocated mama spider and her eggs.

dannie said...

Stunning pictures of the rose.

Vicki Lane said...

Poor Ms. Spider had a chill. Ms. A. But she was none the worse for her night in the refrigerator.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Are we to understand that John's boot smells sweeter than all the flowers around? ;>)

Jean Baardsen said...

Artichokes bloom? I will look forward to seeing that. I've only ever seen artichokes in the grocery store, and I would have guessed that that was the end of the story for them.

Mel said...

Lovely surprises. That you would relocate a spider speaks to your kindheartedness. I haven't been able to kill a spider in years.

The red admirals are having a big year here in Illinois, I've never seen so many. They are particularly enamored with light colored cloth here, and frequently light on our umbrella, unafraid of the humans. I wonder what it is that attracts them - maybe a perfect backdrop for their stunning colors?

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful surprises.

Darla said...

Thank you for allowing me to see your world through your eyes and heart ... there is so much allowing and opening in this collection of photos and comments. Really beautiful.

NCmountainwoman said...

An artichoke? Wow!

I would not like a spider surprise in my collards. Of course I would not like the collards either.

Gorgeous photographs again!

Star said...

Lovely pictures Vicki. It's so nice to see the butterflies in the summer isn't it!
I'm glad you saved the spider. Not my favourite animal but it deserves a life like everything else.
My reds don't come out so well from the camera. I know we can tweek the computer and I've done that in the past but in my case, it's the camera when red looks orange.
The petals on that rose look so velvety, don't they.

Beth said...

Such lovely pictures, Vicki! We've had quite a few Red Admirals here this year---in the past, it's been mostly various swallowtails. I must say, the spider gave me a shudder, but I admire your kindness and mercy in releasing the Mama and her future babies.

Terri Buster said...

Ah- lucky spider- he could have been a goner in the wash!

Frances said...

Vicki, I am very much enjoying your very close up views of late springtime in Carolina.

Let me tell you again how glad I am to ventured over here via Merisi's Vienna. This amuses me, as a Virginia native.

xo