Thursday, August 11, 2011

223/365 Hobbits Gone Wild!

 I had you there with the title didn't I?

Yeah, well.. hobbits DO like to garden..
and being of a hobbit persuasion.. what better to photograph in August than the gardens?

We recently planted some new trees (YAY!)
 One of the new trees is a ginkgo tree, sometimes known as the Maidenhair tree.
I've wanted a ginkgo for many years.
For those of you who are not familiar with a ginkgo tree, this is what the leaves look like.
They turn a beautiful golden yellow in fall.

Ginkgos are considered  to be a living fossil, dating back 270 million years. For centuries it was thought to be extinct in the wild, but is now known to grow in at least two small areas in  Eastern China. However, recent studies indicate high genetic uniformity among ginkgo trees from these areas, suggesting that the trees  may have been planted and preserved by Chinese monks over a period of about 1,000 years.

Hydrangea blooms 
                                                                                                 This rose is very fragrant.

Hawkmoth/Hummingbird clearwing moth



  1. Your yard is getting more beautiful by the day. What a great tree you planted, Ginko and thanks for the background. Did you take that photo of the moth? Or MOTHRA I should say. :D

    Your flowers are lovely.

    Great photos this week as usual.


  2. Cool shots, Rose.

    Your garden is great.


  3. These are beautiful and yes your garden sure grows lovely and fragrant!!!

    We have a Ginko petrified forest here in Washington state. Someday if you get to come visit again we will have to be sure you get there to see it!!