Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Courtyard {Spring 2015}


The courtyard in the rear of our home is lush and green due to the rains we have received lately.

courtyard view





garden party



The courtyard itself does not get a whole lots of light, so ferns and kettle leaves dominate the space. White caladiums add seasonal pops of cooling white.

Large troughs hold leaves, ferns, caladiums, and hydrangeas.


The path leading from the front yard features pots of asparagus fern atop the concrete fence as well as more kettle leaves along the path. Pots of ferns hang on the brick wall.

asparagus ferns2



brick wall



Two additional troughs hold hydrangeas as well as other seasonal plants.

Large macho ferns hang from the trees.


How do you like my pets? They are easy to upkeep.



My staghorn fern (Nancy) is doing well.

staghorn fern

J and I love sitting in the courtyard in the Fall and Spring.








Courtyard, y’all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Share Your Style #14

Thanks to your guesses on this creature my principal found yesterday roaming on the school deck.

It is a Eastern Click Beetle. 

They are elongated, shiny black with small white dotlike scales on the back. Click beetles can be found in deciduous, mixed woods, especially around rotting lumber. They are normally found East of the Rocky Mountains. The adult seems to eat little, but larva attacks the roots of many kinds of plants and preys on small animals in the soil.

Now that you have had an Entomology 101 lesson, Martina of Northern Nesting, this week's host, will now share more pretties with you today.

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Here's a few things I shared with you on the blog this month... 
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You guys AMAZE me every week with all the fabulous posts you all link up...I wish I could feature all of you!
Here are a few from last weeks party... 
made this beautiful trumeau how it turned out! 

shared this beautiful outside tablescape!

Laura from Top This Top That
shared her beautiful guest room makeover! 
Making my reservations today:-)

Julie from Little Farmstead
shared how she painted her kitchen countertops!! 
What a fabulous transformation!

Christy from Our Southern Home
shared her DIY no sew it!!

Shared this yummy and healthy for you dessert!

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Now let's get this party started!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Entomology 101


Any idea what this strange looking insect is called?

click beetle

This insect was found by my principal, and of course, he ran straight to the science teacher’s classroom. I had no clue, so I asked a couple of my students to refer to the Insect Field Guide for answers. Don’t you have a field guide handy too? We have one due to the fact that our Science Olympiad team competes in Entomology (the study of insects). Our Entomology team placed first at Regionals and third in the State. They know their bugs.

Any guesses??? Leave me a comment.

Eyed Elater (Alaus oculatus) 1

I’ll share the name tomorrow. I thought it would be funny to hear your guesses.

I am happy to report only EIGHT days to geaux.


Bugs, y’all!

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