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Bumblebees & Flowers & Cooler Weather



We got a few days of really good rain. It was nice not to have to go out and water. I love listening to and watching the rain, watching it blur the landscape. Knowing the plants are loving it too. 





Watch this bee. It's been buzzing all over these tenacious morning glories. I call them tenacious because they are the ones I moved over here from the other house. The ones that come up when no other morning glory I plant will. Now they've climbed up the tree too!



I don't know what's eating on the leaves out here. I have a bunch of lady bugs. I kept thinking they'd take care of the problem. Maybe it's too big a job. I am beginning to wonder if it's grasshoppers, as I've seen them hopping about. 

I hope Charlie does not see them. If a buzzing fly terrifies him, what will he do when he seems a jumping grasshopper. 



It's been a little bit cool here. I love it. Such a nice break from the humidity and temps over 100. Hope you have good weather wherever you are today. Enjoy the outdoors!







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  1. Brenda, it's looking good out there. We've had rain all weekend and it's been nice and much cooler! Have a good Sunday!

    Linda

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    1. I've stayed in all day. Hot out there now.

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  2. I tried to get a good photo of a bee in my garden the other day and couldn't. It's very hard! I'm really appreciating your amazing photo of a bee in flight today, Brenda!

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    1. Don't know how I managed to land that shot. I also got a shot of him going all the way into the morning glory.

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  3. Your garden photos always make me smile! Everything looks so beautiful. Love the awesome bumblebee photo. We're expecting hot weather next week. High 80"s. I absolutely melt in high temperatures! So happy that your weather is cooler. Enjoy your Sunday...

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    1. Heck, I'd take your weather. Always hovers 100 or over here most of the time.

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  4. Yes Brenda it is Grasshoppers I am having the same problem in Southern Oklahoma!! they are some large ones too

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    1. Guess I might have to take Charlie Ross to a therapist after one of those hops at him.

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  5. Love that bumblebee...looks as if he's jumping! So cute!

    Leaf eating going on here too...someone in the insect world thinks that most of my leaves are quite tasty! I dusted once with Sevin ...just a little...that gave the younger plants a break for a bit so that they could actually grow

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    1. I'm afraid to put chemicals out there with these hound dogs.

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  6. Brenda, they are probably Japanese Beetles, they are eating all of my flowers. You can drop them in soapy water or squish them but they do fly.

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  7. Sorry, I shouldn't say they are eating my flowers, they are eating the leaves.

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    1. The dogs go out and chomp on the herbs. Guess it settles their nervous tummies.

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  8. We've been getting a lot of rain and I agree it's nice not having to water everything. Beautiful blooms and photos Brenda.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. I sent Judy that photo last week of the snake in your garden. She had a little bitty one in hers and I thought she was going to die and fall over in it. I sent the pic of yours and said: Was yours that big? No, hers was probably the size of your finger. She would still be running if she'd come upon yours!

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  9. Brenda..Those pictures of the bee are amazing..is it OK if I print them off just to frame and hang on the wall..I would love to show them to company..It has been cool weather here also..It's nice to leave the air conditioner off for a while and enjoy a cool breeze through the windows..

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    1. Print whatever you like. Fine with me. Send me some cool weather please.

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  10. Your garden pictures and the picture of the bumblebee are beautiful. We usually have Japanese beetles but they haven't gotten to my yard yet.. I DO NOT like them.
    Our weather has been cool and hardly any humidity.. However, I hear that it's going to get hot here next week and storms are possible..
    We had a big dead limb fall out of the maple tree that is close to our house.. It broke off and fell straight to the ground, just like an arrow. It was the strangest sight I've seen in a long time. It didn't do any damage to anything other than my nice wooden bird feeder that my daughter gave me years ago. My son said he'd find another one for me. I hope no more limbs fall, ever again.. A neighbor's son, came with his chain saw, cut it and hauled it away..
    Have a lovely week next week.. Will be thinking about you and waiting for more of your pictures. Maybe some of what you've been doing ?
    Charlotte

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    1. My ankle's been troubling me, so haven't done much. Worked on my gallery wall and cleaned up the place a little.

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  11. Nothing prettier than photos of nature. It's in the 80s here....but humid! Enjoy your afternoon! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. I'll even take your humidity if you send me weather in the eighties.

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  12. You have such pretty plants on your patio! I used to not mind those big bumble bees flying around until I recently got stung or bitten by one. I'm not sure. It was sitting on my swim suit while drying on a rack out back. At night, I noticed it was about to rain so I grabbed it to bring inside and that's when it got me! My husband said they will bite you. It left a small welt on my finger, but didn't hurt as bad as a bee sting. So be careful around those bees!

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    1. They don't seem to have any interest in me. They're drunk on what they're getting out of those flowers!

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  13. Brenda, Your patio garden is wonderful. I have seen lots of hoppers here too. Plus those nasty Japanese beetles. Hate those things. Does anything eat them?? Love your bee picture. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. I don't know. Found some sort of beetle in here last night. Had left the door open for Charlie, who is obsessed with some bag worms high up in a tree. Guess he smells them. He will stand there for hours looking up till I make him come in.

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  14. Lovely flowers and plants. Hope little Charlie doesn't freak out about the bee. Hugs to him and Abi. I'm still having trouble with comments on blogger. Had to type this one three times!

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    1. I'm sorry. I'm not having any trouble. It's always random like that. I'm not as worried about the bee as I am the grasshoppers. If one of those gets in here I don't know that he'd survive it.

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  15. Brenda, Your patio is a haven of peace and beauty. Enjoy.

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    1. If I had a roof out there to get out of the sun, I'd spend more time out there. But waiting till fall when there will be cooler weather to enjoy it.

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  16. Pretty patio, Brenda! It looks like a lovely place to sit and enjoy the flowers and the bees! Glad it's cooled down for you.

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    1. I shouldn't have mentioned it. Now it's hot. Stupid weather.

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  17. It's gotten hot again here, too, after a really nice, cooler week. I have something eating on my sweet potato vine and I can't see a bug or grasshoppers, so don't know what it is munching on them. Your flowers are very pretty and that's a wonderful capture of the bee!

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  18. The last few days here have been fantastic and not too hot for us, but heating up again this week.You need a little umbrella to put on that pretty patio you have. But like you, I have no desire to sit outside in the heat! That picture with the bee in it is amazing. Would love to see the dogs react to the grasshopper. Isn't it strange they bother Charlie Ross so much?

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  19. My plant leaves are full of holes, too, and I found the culprit. I was deadheading roses and a Japanese beetle poked its head out. Bad news for me, because they'll be around for a 3 year cycle and they'll eat just about any plant, even tree leaves. ugh I hope that's not what you've got munching on your leaves!

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  20. Loved all the pictures. Yes the cool air was so nice. Im seeing this week to be back warm. Maybe we will have an early fall. Got a kidney stone and passed it wednesday but still in pain....ugh. Have a great week!

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  21. Same here! It rained off and on all day here in Charleston. At one point, the rain was swooping down and the sun was brightly blazing.............sending the whole landscape into fairy sparkles. It was so pretty! It did that once last week as well...........love it when that happens!

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  22. We had a rainy cool weekend too and the plants and grass are much happier. It was really foggy when I walked this morning. Felt other worldly. Your morning glories really are tenacious. xo Laura

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  23. Such wonderful pictures! We don't get terrible swarms of grasshoppers up here.... but, oh, those Japanese beetles! They have kind of iridescent wings and they eat EVERYTHING. That is what those holes look like. They ate through almost every single leaf on my cherry tree 2 years ago. It looked like a tree of lace when they were finished with it. Everything in our yard was eaten. What a mess they are as they destroy everything in their path. .

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  24. We used to have grasshoppers that ate the leaves like that. I bought a natural insect spray that smelled pretty good (not all chemically). I wonder if you could make a natural one? Although I did have to spray after every rain and watering if I got the leaves wet. Just a thought for you.

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  25. I had glorious weather here in California! Finally 80 degrees and windy. The whole house was open and I cleaned and planted alot of zinnia seeds. The seeds I planted two weeks ago are going like gang busters. Especially the morning glory. I hope by October, everything will be in its fall glory.

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  26. Brenda,

    I had those little critter bites in some of my leaves last year and I was afraid to use anything with chemicals in it because the plants were close to the lake. Anyway...this is an organic spray that worked really well:

    1 t olive oil
    1 t dish soap
    1 gallon of water

    Mix well and fill a spray bottle. Spray on and under affected leaves. Reapply after rain. This worked for me and unlike chemicals, it can't hurt the surrounding healthy plants. Also, your pups will be fine, too.

    Jane xx

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  27. This makes me so happy! Everything looks amazing! Pinned. Please come and party with us tonight. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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