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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Overflow


We have a house on Lake Aspen, one of over 100 lakes  in Innsbrook Resort, in the Village of Innsbrook, Missouri outside of St Louis. (www.innsbrook-resort.com) It is a man made lake and the dam is around the corner to the right. Each spring there are rains that overwhelm the spillway both with water and a winters worth of debris. The previous owners did not warn us about this natural phenomenon but our new next door neighbors  said, "Oh, that's just The Overflow." The water rises so quickly that the lake flows over the tie wall around the lake.  You can see trees and logs and trash that have been carried over the wall and 20 feet up the hill. The deluge has inundated our little sand beach and surrounded my new picnic table. 

But there is always the possibility of surprise in the detritus. One man's trash is surely another man's treasure. Above is a priceless 'found' object.  It is a woodpecker's nest in a hollow 
branch with three magnificent openings. It now hangs on the front porch.


Flower for the Day More Hyacinths 4-14-14

Last week they showed up.

  



This week they bloomed.

 



And nearby was a new color for me to enjoy.

 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flower for the Day Hyacinth 4-9-14

Hyacinths grow from bulbs which produce 4-6 linear leaves and1-3 spikes (racemes)
of flowers.The name is derived from a plant, Hyakanthos, named by Homer for flower 
that supposedly grew up from the blood of a youth who was killed accidentally by an 
errant discus thrown by the god Apollo.  



 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flower for the Day 4-3-14 Amaryllis Quandary Solved

In early February I had a bulb that showed no activity, despite the fact that its two
family members had bloomed successfully.  After more than six weeks of water 
and sun light it finally bloomed this week. Patience was required. It looks
like you only bloom when you are ready.

 




 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bonus: Mystery Butterfly named

Last August I posted this image of a mystery butterfly on a Tilley
hat on a hike near Peaceful Valley in Colorado. Today one of 
our Flower Listers wrote that her husband had found
the butterfly in an old Boys Life magazine he was reading.

This is a Weidermeyers admiral (Limenitis weidermeyeri, 1861)
and was discovered in the Adirondack Mountains  by your favorite
19th century entomologist John Henry Weidermeyer.