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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  For this week's dose of serenity, I thought we'd take a walk around our gardens to see what's happening.  Ready?

Do you remember Mom planted a couple Maximillian Sunflower plants for the first time this year?  She knew they were going to get big, but ...

The southwest corner of our garden

Yeowzers!  They are planted one tier down from what you see - about a 2-3 foot drop there. Some of the stalks are maybe 2 inches in diameter and are up to 8 feet tall!  Let's get closer!

Maximillian Sunflowers!

Mom is thrilled with how bold and colorful they are - even if they are a bit "untidy"!  Look at who else loves these:

Butterfly on Sunflower!

There were butterflies all OVER the flowers!

Mom thought it would be a good idea for me to sit in front of them. You know - a nice "pose in front of the Sunflowers". OK.

"You have treats, don't you?  I'm bored."

Nice, but ... missing something. I had another idea!

"Wait.  I'm doing my serene face."

I thought it was going pretty well, but for some reason Mom asked me to come out of there.  Could have been because I started nibbling on the flowers.  Hey!  She doesn't mind when the butterflies and bees do it!  Besides, perhaps if someone had been a bit more forthcoming with the treats, I wouldn't have had to resort to munching on Sunflowers.

Moving right along ...

"Yeah, whatevs."

Let's see what else is going on!

"Ooh, the Purple Emperor Sedum is looking good!"

Check it out:

Bee on sedum

The bees love those things!  I remembered not to try to eat them.  Go, me!

Oh, yeah!  And the coolest thing right now is the butterflies that are all OVER our Butterfly Garden!  It's Monarch Migration right now, and we're happy to report they've been making themselves at home here in the Ao4 Gardens!  Mom has as of yet to get a good photo, but she did get this other kind of butterfly:

Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

We're really happy they've found a temporary home in our gardens!

Mom also went out to a big Sunflower patch across from the Kansas State University football stadium this week to do some shooting.  This is her favorite from that stack of photos:


If you'd like to see more of the "big" Sunflowers, please click here to visit our FlickR album.

We hope our photos added a little serenity to your day!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher


  1. Hi Maggie....MOL MOL I didn't know sunflowers were tasty. Those are some jolly giant posies! I have, heard my mom say she likes sunflower seeds.
    Dear one you look quite lovely with the sunflower wrapping around you.

    Hugs madi your bfff

  2. Thank you for the wonderful garden tour!

  3. The Sunflowers are so pretty and cheerful! We just love them!

  4. Those were all such beautiful pictures. We really liked the ones with you in them of course.

  5. Ha. Well, we think a girl should be able to nibble on a flower or two if she wants.

  6. Great garden tour, Maggie! We love your sunny flowers and you look good in yellow!!

    Wyatt and Tegan

  7. Your mom has very beautiful gardens. You know where there is a butterfly in your garden that means one of your angels has come to visit

  8. we love your sunflowers, Maggie! say, your mom just needs to plant you your own edible garden :) looks like the butterfly garden has turned out to be a big hit! purrs,

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

  9. Wow cant wander by without saying something. Beautiful beautiful post.......

  10. Wow cant wander by without saying something. Beautiful beautiful post.......

  11. OMD, LOVES the pics!!!! And I agree with you gurl...if your Moms would gives you more treaties, you wouldn't have to be grazing, amirite????
    Geesh. I try and tell Ma that ALL the times, butts I thinks the peeps just don't gets it!
    Anyhu, those are very purty sunflowers! And LOVES the Butty Pillars!!! hehehe
    Ruby ♥

  12. you look beautiful amongst all those flowers Maggie. We have lots of bees but we rarely see butterflies -so pretty!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  13. What lovely sunflowers, Maggie!! We just love the butterflies, too!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  14. WOW! I knew sunflowers grew tall but look at all of yours! They are tall and they are everywhere. They are so pretty; they remind us of sunshine.

  15. Those sunflowers are amazing! We love the shot of the flowers curling around Maggie, so pretty!

  16. I enjoyed the tour through your garden--it's lovely and so peaceful looking. Those are some tall sunflowers! You posed very nicely, Maggie, but you don't look very thrilled in the first photo. I guess you were waiting for those treats, right? :-) Your mom is an excellent photographer.

  17. your sunflowers are lovely....we had no idea they could grow like that (we've only ever seen the one stalk, one flower kind)

  18. What pawesome sunflowers! We can't believe the Maximillian ones are that tall!

  19. They are so beautiful. Not sure if we have ever seen those before
    Lily & Edward

  20. Our mom loves those sunflowers! Beautiful photos!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley