Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Intelligence of Butterflies and Plants

Recently we took a trip to North Bay to visit family and one night we went to the local golf club for dinner.
It's not often that liver, bacon and onions is on a menu but it was the special that night and so delicious! 
While our daughter went for a run, her youngest daughter and I walked along the waterfront. A heritage garden club was tidying up beds and a patch of milkweed was attracting many monarchs. It just goes to show, put in the right plants and the butterflies will come.
A couple of the butterfly nectar gardens that were full and lush thanks to a sprinkler system.
Our dog Topaz had a perch on the end of the sofa to see the activities out the front window.
At home, some daylilies in bloom. Many have not put out many flowers, a few - none at all. Plants are smarter than we think, they know to conserve energy when there's not much rain and it's hot out.
A reminder that the lovely Maggie at Normandy Life who graciously agreed to take over Mosaic Monday will begin the party on August 1.
This is the new Mosaic Monday button 
which you can download at Normandy Life.
Linking to Amy's last Five on Friday (until September) and Maggie's first Mosaic Monday Thank you ladies for hosting!
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.

38 comments:

  1. It sounds like a great day. Great photos too.

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  2. We must be getting just enough rain (usually through the night) because the daylilies seem content in my garden. This despite the woeful lack of attention they are getting this year. Topaz has just the spot for watching...a pretty dog if ever there was one.

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  3. My husband would have loved the dish. His favorite meal is liver and onions with mushrooms on top. I adore butterflies and have added them to our living room which I will share soon. Not real ones. HA! HA!

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  4. I love planting things that attract butterflies and bees!

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  5. Oh my, your Topaz is adorable! What a sweet and precious dog :) Your day sounded simply wonderful, my friend.

    Hugs to you!

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  6. You definitely can't eat liver and bacon without onions ... a lovely meal.

    Your butterfly and plant mosaics are just lovely.

    Enjoy the week

    All the best Jan

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  7. That's a beautiful spot, especially with the butterflies around. I haven't seen many around here this year.

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  8. Beautiful gardens and butterflies, I love visiting the seaside too but Topaz is stealing the show this time! She is a little sweetie.

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  9. Sounds like a nice trip! I loved seeing the monarchs. We haven't seen as many this year as last although we do have several milkweed plants. Sorry you are experiencing drought. The daylilies you showed did bloom beautifully, Judith. It is still hot here but we have been getting rain. I'm grateful for that. Ron and I have been dividing daylilies and moving some around. Also picking cucumbers and green beans every other day. The tomatoes are just beginning to ripen and there will be zucchini later (hopefully).Always something to do when you have a garden!

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  10. I'm not fond of liver in any form, but my husband enjoys it with onions once in awhile at a restaurant. How pretty is a garden where butterflies come to visit. Plants know how to respond to weather, don't they?

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  11. My plants are in stress with the hot sun and no rain..i water some days twice but nothing like a good rain to revive them...glad to know Mosaic Mon. is being carried on...this will be the 3rd owner of MM...I started with the first with Mary at Little Red House

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  12. did i miss the link to new MM

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  13. ok,never mind...I found her...thanks

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  14. Your dog is so sweet!! Just adorable. I love the onions and bacon, just not the liver! We had it often when I was growing up.
    So nice to see butterfly-friendly habitat. I think there's been a recent effort to help monarchs, as their population was/is declining.

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  15. What a nice day, Judith, and liver and onions was my dear Dad's favorite! My Mom never fixed it, but he would order it when we went out. Your Topaz is adorable, just enjoying outside activities! Your mosaic of daylillies framed in hearts looks so pretty. Too bad that they're not producing, but conserving energy is important. I guess that's why I stay in the A/C in these 100 degree days.

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  16. What a great shot of Topaz! Is your daughter going to the Summer in the Park Festival this weekend? Wished that I lived closer so I can go see one of the acts.

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  17. Lovely photos. I have only seen a few Monarchs so far here on my butterfly weed and bush and a few in the fields on the milkweeds hope to see more soon there are usually lots in August and the beginning of September here . Oh my yeah know I haven't had liver bacon and onions in eons YUMMY ! Topaz is a cutie .Thanks for sharing , Have a good day .

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  18. You and The Great Dane will have to dine together some day. He loves liver and I can't get near it. Believe me, I have tried!!
    Looking forward to Mosaic Monday again - thanks for having kept it alive for all of us!

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  19. I view the common milkweed as a noxious weed, but tolerate them because they provide habitat for the monarch butterfly. We used to see them regularly here, but now they are a rare sighting, as the one that danced through the the yard the other day. I did not know that liver was still served. Odd ole me liked it as a kid. Hot here. No rain for days now. I am hiding inside more untill it cools. Have a grand weekend. PS thanks for the New badge.

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  20. Love seeing the monarchs. Butterflies seem to be few and far between around here this summer. I will miss Maggie's first MM, but hope to be a regular after that!

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  21. Topaz is adorable!!! And thank you for the reminder about Mosaic Monday, although I won't be in town this Monday. Hopefully I will be joining in after that. It's such a nice meme, Judith, and thank you for creating it. If you need a dog sitter for Topaz, I'm volunteering. xoxo

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  22. Hello, your Topaz is so cute. I love liver and onions, yum! Pretty captures of the Monarch's, I have not seen one this summer. Have a great weekend ahead!

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  23. I always picked liver and bacon when we used to go out, but it is something you hardly see anymore. How lovey to see all the Monarch butterflies, don't think I've seen any around here and I do have a few milkweed plants in the garden. Topaz looks so soft and cuddly. Enjoy the weekend.

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  24. This looks like a wonderful spot for a family get-a-way. Topaz is a very lucky pup! Liver and onions ... I haven't had that in ages and it sure sounds good. Have a lovely week!

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  25. Your Topaz is just too stinkin' adorable - that pic with the sunlight almost looks like a painting, does it not?

    Liver and onions? Never, not for me, eewww, but some love it - my mom sure did.

    My original butterfly bush got completely out of hand so we cut it way down 2 summers ago and it didn't bloom last summer and right now it is just kinda blooming, smaller and not much. Too hot. I haven't seen a butterfly all summer.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs! ♥

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  26. Ooh, what a gorgeous lake shore that looks like a seashore! :)
    Golf, super tasty meals, wonderful flowers and butterflies and the ever so cute Topaz... but this is a perfect post. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend! xx

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  27. Love butterflies, they are creatures that just make me happy. The flowerbeds on your photos are beautiful. Have a lovely weekend.

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  28. Topaz looks adorable! Thanks for the reminder for Mosaic Monday!
    Have a great week
    Wren x

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  29. Oh Judith I read this post the other day and went off to change my MM link and forgot till now to come back to comment. Thank you for being there for all those weeks and for giving us the link to our new hostess! Summer looks wonderful around your beautiful home (and I haven't thought about liver/bacon/and onions for a long time, but now I'm suddenly hungry for it. (Need to find a restaurant though, because I'd be cooking that old favorite for one here in this small household and I hate to eat alone ;>)

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  30. My husband enjoys liver and onions and always orders it if he sees it on a menu. The butterfly gardens look beautiful. I have been seeing many yellow swallowtail butterflies this summer in my backyard. Your dog is very handsome. Have a wonderful week and Happy month of August!

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  31. It is incredible how all kinds of insects find the right plants for them isn't it. I am always amazed at how the bees find our lavender! Our daylilies have hardly flowered at all this year, I thought that perhaps they needed splitting, but perhaps it is the temperature, thank you for that. I will see in the spring what they look like and perhaps split them then. Lots of leaves, but not many flowers. Thank you too for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great August and I look forward to seeing you again in September! xx

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  32. I love to see the butterflies and bees flying in and out of my lavender bushes and I noticed yesterday on our walk that the hedgerows along the lane were attracting many different types of butterflies, but I couldn't name any of them to save my life!
    Topaz looks so alert and on the ball, what a little darling.
    Thank you Dear J, for all your help and advice through the transition of MM from you to me, fingers crossed so far all seems to be going o.k!
    Maggie

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  33. Your day lilies are so pretty that they deserve the heart mosaic! Have a great week.

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  34. Judith, how I'd like to visit some butterfly nectar gardens! Your photos are so lovely.

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  35. The lilies are so dainty and pretty! What a lovely walk with your granddaughter. Loved the picture with Topaz! :-)

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  36. Dearest Judith; Oh, how wonderful your collages with beautiful scenery,flowers and so on. I was really happy to find the new place to link the mosaic, thanks for Maggie♪ I need to learn more about making collage. Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  37. I'm late arriving, but so glad I didn't miss this. Beautiful mosaics of a gorgeous place.

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