Our little street has a sort of rusty, run down beauty in early fall. The train tracks become lined with a healthy tangle of blooming cosmos and red spider lilies and the green mountains rise up in the distance. After a year and a half in our little house, it is really starting to feel like home.
|The view down our street|
|Higanbana, or red spider lily|
|An Impatiens Hawk Moth (Theretra oldenlandiae) caterpillar making its way across the street|
|This caterpillar was a little smaller and also from the Sphingidae family (I have no idea|
what genus and species though!)
There has also been a boom in the spider population as of late. Dustin managed to get a picture of this stripey and colourful individual last weekend.
Last year Dustin was pretty disappointed by the vines I chose to plant near our fence and bike shelter. He was envisioning a lush green blanket enveloping everything in sight but the flowering vines I planted barely covered half the fence before frost killed them off in December. This year I promised Dustin that I would make his dream come true and so I planted morning glories. I didn't really even plant that many of them, maybe six or seven plants around the yard, but they have really taken off. Every weekend I have to spend a few minutes cutting them back or else they would have long since eaten the road in front of our house, been all the way up the electric line and across the street, and completely covered the entrance to our bike shelter.
Now that the weather has cooled, the morning glories have started to bloom. I love it!
|William posing outside our fence on a bright, sunny morning (yes, there is a fence under all those vines)|
|We also trained morning glories up a net in front of our window|
|From inside, it fills the room with green, dappled sunlight.|
|and the side of our bike shelter|
Maybe I did go a bit nuts planting vines this year but there has not been one complaint from Dustin!