July 6, 2011 — Garden Club

Tuesday held a rare occasion when I was able to attend a meeting of the La Grange Garden Club.  We met at Linda’s house and car pooled to Quincy to see “Hosta Heaven.”  This guy is an expert on hostas and has his back yard tastefully landscaped with them.  I learned a lot about hostas, and now have a greater appreciation for them.
Here are some photos of the place:
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2011_07_05 Hosta Heaven

Afterwards we went to QU North Campus and I showed my prairie to the other members.  The Monarda was in full bloom.  Some of those images will be in the previous slide show.  We had lunch at Sprouts and went to a member’s home in rural LaGrange.  She had great flowers, but perhaps more interesting to me were all the butterflies they attracted.  I ended up taking 499 frames this day, but only show the best here:

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2011_07_05 LGC Member gardens

Wednesday I was back on campus to meet with students.  I went to dig a mulberry tree out of the prairie and noticed a Great Golden Digger Wasp on the milkweed.  I ran back to the truck to get my camera.  Naturally, the wasp flew off as soon as I arrived.  There were a few other things of interest there, but I haven’t been able to identify them.  I can’t find my copy of Butterflies and Moths of Missouri.  I also found that the storm had broken two windows in our greenhouse. 

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2011_07_06 NC Prairie

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