|Honey Bee on Zinnia, October 18, 2011|
A few days before I left America for England, there were still bees and butterflies in my autumn garden. Yes, I am in England again. I came back to my homeland last weekend, after receiving the call that my 92-year-old mother would be discharged from the hospital soon. I knew when H.H. and I left here earlier this month that I would need to come back to prepare her house for her return, but didn't think it would be this quick, although it has been five weeks since she fell. Before I began my journey, I walked around my garden and took a few pictures to post, but this is the first opportunity I've had to do so.
When I toured my garden last Sunday, the only sign of a butterfly was the monarch chrysalis that I had been watching for a week. I was thrilled when there were eggs, then caterpillars on the milkweed I planted last year, but the chrysalis really excited me, and I hoped the butterfly would emerge before I left for the airport. No such luck.
|Monarch Cat on Milkweed|
|Monarch Chrysalis, October 23, 2011|
|Monarch on Marigold, October 18, 2011|
Come walk with me ...
|The fish were still active in the pond|
|I must tell H.H. to put the succulents in the garage before the weather worsens.|
|There was still some color in the cottage garden.|
|Marigolds and Blueberry|
|Lots of berries on the crabapple tree this year.|
|The birds will eat well this winter.|
|The last dahlia|
|The Johnnie Jump-Ups have bloomed since March|
|The planters on the patio still look amazing|
|Impatiens and black-eyed Susan vine in the stone garden.|
|Fall leaves in the shade garden.|
|Zinnias in the kitchen garden|
Since my last posting, the corn was harvested.
|The giant harvester leaving the lower field.|
|Upper Corn Field|
Finally, I must say goodbye to my mini horse, Dude, and his companion, Billy. I don't think they mind me leaving as long as someone is feeding them. But I'll miss them.
I must apologize for not visiting your blogs lately, but this is my first opportunity to switch on the computer -- I've been busy cleaning Mom's house, sorting her clothes, visiting the hospital, meeting with social workers, etc. I have also been looking at assisted living facilities, as we don't know how long she will be able to live alone, even with the incredible support she receives from caregivers. I know you will understand if I don't stop by your blog for a while, or write a new post on my own site. There is no internet service at Mom's house and I am writing this in my favorite restaurant. Its not good for me to be around all this food.
I will return to blogging as soon as I can.
Sending love to all my dear gardening friends,
|Caterpillar on Dill, 10/23/11|
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