Archive for the ‘Grandma’s Backyard’ Category


See the three little red thread-like stigmas?  That is what is dried to make the spice known as saffron–my mom is growing it in her backyard right now…isn’t it pretty?  Plus, now we know why saffron is so expensive–only three stigmas per flower?!?!



Unidentified Insect

Common Buckeye

For more information about butterflies and moths, visit this gorgeously organized site!

Unidentified Fungus

This beautiful fungus is growing out of my parents’ compost.  Can you identify it?

Bee Hawk Moth

The Bee Hawk Moth is part of a family of moths called Sphingidae.

Bleeding Heart