Flower Friday: Milkweed

“The milkweed flower (Asclepias syriaca) and its cousin butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) are an integral part of the butterfly garden, a source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. Growing milkweed supplies larvae of the Monarch with food and shelter, providing caterpillars food and a resting place before they leave the caterpillar stage and become butterflies. As the plants can be toxic; consumption of the plant protects caterpillars from predators.” (Source)

Throwback Thursday: Peek-A-Boo

©Jackie BrooksThis photo was taken in the summer of 2015. My apartment building has a small play area for kids which my granddaughter, Olivia, loves. She was climbing up some stairs that lead to a tunnel that had a peek hole on the side. She stopped and said hello and peek-a-boo before moving on. I thought it would make a really cute shot so the next time she went through the tunnel I was ready with my camera. It’s a good thing I was, right after I took the picture she climbed down and ran off off to play in another area.

Happy Birthday, America!

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President

My Birthday Flower

Today is my 60th birthday! One of my birth flowers just so happens to be one of my favorite flowers: roses. The other birth flower is honeysuckle which I really like but it’s not one of my favorites. While I was digging through my rose photos looking for one I wanted to post I happened on this one. It is the very first picture I took of a rose. It was taken in March of 2009 when I lived in Southern California. Want to know more about birth flowers and what they mean? Click here

Sunday Thoughts: The Simple Life

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” –John Burroughs

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

“The gypsy moth, native to Europe and Asia, is an invasive moth that defoliates hundreds of acres of forests from New England west to Michigan and south to Virginia, and also on the west coast from California to British Columbia. It was introduced to the United States in 1869 when French artist, astronomer, and amateur entomologist Leopold Trouvelot imported some eggs of this species to Medford, Massachusetts, with the idea of breeding a silk-spinning caterpillar that was more resistant to disease than the domesticated silkworm. Unfortunately, the caterpillars escaped into his backyard. About 10 years later, they began to appear in large swarms, and by the late 1880s they were causing severe defoliation in the area.” To read more click here

Flower Friday: Peony

“Peonies are native to China. They are highly valued there, and are often referred to as the “king of flowers”. They were the national flower prior to 1929, when they were replaced by the plum tree. Peonies have been popular in China since the Sui dynasty. During the Sui and Tang dynasties they were planted at the Imperial Palace. Because of this, peony symbolism also includes nobility, honor, and wealth. One of the most popular cities in China to see peonies is Luoyang, which is sometimes referred to as the City of Peony. It houses the National Peony Garden, which has over 100 different kinds of peonies and hosts an annual peony festival.” [Source]