HDR Sunset

January 12, 2011 - A few nights ago, the sunset in our neighborhood was just gorgeous.  I stopped and took a few bracketed shots for HDR practice. The sky was so clear, and the clouds very fluffy.  I liked the patterns that they made, and how they varied from gray to pink in the setting sun. Of course I […]

Paper Whites

December 2, 2010 - Mum-mum gave me three Paper White bulbs as a birthday present. I planted them a few weeks ago and they are already blooming! I couldn’t resist pulling out the extension tubes and taking some close-up pictures of the first flowers. Someone was asking me the other day about why you should pay attention to the […]


November 11, 2010 - Squirt hasn’t quite forgiven me…I planted a bunch of pansies outside instead of giving them to him! I sure have a lot of nerve. Lowes has some fun multi-colored pansies, where each plant produces varying flower colors. I seem to remember mono-color plants in previous seasons. Too bad, Squirt!

White Coneflower

August 16, 2010 - For three subsequent trips to Lowes, this white coneflower plant called my name.  After seeing it still alive after almost a month of neglect at Lowes, I figured that maybe it had a chance of surviving in my yard!  So I planted it next to the purple coneflower that is blooming so well.  Hopefully they […]

Purple Coneflowers

July 28, 2010 - I haven’t managed to kill this year’s purple coneflower yet!  (knock on wood…) Last year I tried to plant several, and they all turned black and died on me.  This year I got a bigger one, hopefully better established, and gave it plenty of water for the first couple of weeks.  It’s rewarding me with […]

Rain Lilies

June 3, 2010 - With all the rain we’ve been getting lately (and the hail today), the rain lilies have all started to bloom. Several bulbs tagged along with the crape myrtle that Mum-mum and Dyeyo gave us, and the pale flowers underneath the purple bush that is also starting to bloom is really pretty. I also have a […]

Hydrangeas in bloom

June 2, 2010 - My hydrangeas are covered in blooms and they are just gorgeous. The mix of pinks, purples, and blues is fun. It’s a shame that hydrangeas only bloom for a couple of weeks out of the year. They are so pretty. Each year I go crazy taking close-up pictures of the blooms. Here is today’s favorite:

Daylilies in bloom

May 30, 2010 - It’s fun to be surprised each morning by the smell of the gardenias and the sight of daylilies. My ‘Butterscotch Ruffles’ daylily usually has three or four blooms, as does ‘Yangtze.’ ‘Rambo’ and ‘Swirling Spider’ are much bigger flowers, and usually just have one a day. Today’s picture is a dew-covered ‘Rambo’.

First Hydrangea Bloom

May 24, 2010 - Happy Birthday, Dyeyo D! This time of the year is so exciting in the backyard because of all the spring blooms on the flowers.  Today I noticed that my hydrangeas are starting to bloom and they are blue again this year!  Actually I have a pretty mix of blues, purples, and pinks.  I need to […]

New fountain

May 10, 2010 - I promised Mum-mum that I would put up a picture of my new fountain.  I’m hoping the birds enjoy the extra source of water.  The neighborhood squirrel already does!  Rich got a great picture of him the other day drinking out of the fountain. The fountain is on the side of the house, surrounded by […]

Spring is coming…

March 3, 2010 - Squirt got his last pansies of the year (don’t tell him, but we can’t find them at Lowes anymore. Now he has to wait until next November for more.) We saw about 8 robins digging for worms under a tree at work this morning. They surprised us, since Rich’s parents said the robins are already […]

Flower close-up

December 25, 2009 - Close-up of Dyeyo’s flowers taken with my new lens! Thanks, Santa Rich! We gave Dyeyo his new camera, too, and spent a fun half hour taking pictures of the Double-Crested Cormorants flying over Lake Florence. Take a peek at Missy’s Diner.

Pete’s poor banana tree

September 27, 2009 - Peter and Carla went chopping-crazy this weekend! First they pulled down the oleander bushes in between our yards, then they took the chainsaw to their banana tree as well. Some advice to their new podocarpus plants: if you want to live long in the Smith yard, keep your leaves to yourself and don’t drip sap […]

Summer zinnias

July 17, 2009 - Zinnias are some of my favorite summer flowers. I think the butterflies agree. We’ve seen monarchs, swallowtails, zebra longwings, and skippers around the yard in the past few weeks. There’s a new batch of monarch caterpillars feasting away on my milkweed, too. Hopefully I’ll be able to find the chrysalides again.

Cacti blooms

June 22, 2009 - Peter’s cacti are covered in blooms. It’s too bad they only bloom at night, so we can only enjoy them first thing in the morning. Click on the picture to see a close-up of a bloom. Who would have thought when Peter pulled some little pieces of cactus out of the dumpster that they would […]