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tufted titmouse

April 20, 2014

I can identify a handful of birds by sight and sound.  The varieties I have seen all my life.  But some common birds are small and rather quick for a casual observer such as myself.  Thank goodness for google.

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this is a tufted titmouse.  They are not uncommon visitors to backyard birdfeeders.  But they are small and quick, so it is wise to keep those binoculars handy.  This is the first spring in my lifetime that I’ve been able to observe one.

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And here he is again devouring a delectable sunflower seed.  They are welcome anytime :)

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bee keeping

April 19, 2014

All gardeners are bee keepers of sorts.  We love pollinating insects.  Even though honey bees can always be seen buzzing among the flowers, they don’t have a hive nearby. But happily, solitary bees live right here on the back porch. We see them digging burrows in our hanging  driftwood sculpture (third image below).

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Makes sense, the wood breaks away easily.

What we’ve come to understand is that the female bees burrow into the wood pieces to lay eggs.

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She will pack pollen into these tiny chambers as a food source for her larvae when they hatch.  Apparently they prefer a particular variety of flower as a pollen source.  The bees living here seem to prefer the blue spires salvia.

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We’re considering installing another piece of driftwood under the porch covering.  A much larger branch that will offer far more protection from the rain for the tiny eggs inside.  I suppose we should get on that task – bee season probably doesn’t last much longer.

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sharing here –> Elizabeth & Co’s garden party

blooming this week

April 18, 2014

Last fall a friend gave us this tiny rose plant that probably came from the grocery store floral section.  I wasn’t sure how sturdy the plant would be, but it survived the winter and has now more than doubled in size.  It has perfectly beautiful miniature blooms.

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Last week we purchased a French Broom at the nursery and I later learned that it is an invasive species that is not recommended for residential landscapes.  Awesome!

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We’ll have to rethink this area of the garden.

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Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

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birds and bees

April 13, 2014

a constant stream of customers to the bird feeders,  squirrel feeders and flowerpots, getting ready for babies

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(pictured:  northern cardinal, brown headed cowbird, blue jay, mourning doves, solitary bee and fox tail squirrels)

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they bring us joy.

wishing you happiness this week :)  thank you for reading–

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blooming this week

April 12, 2014

a couple of days of rain followed by steady sunshine helps to prompt new bloomers in the garden.  Here’s a look at some of the prettiness for the week–

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from upper left, blanket flower, orange star plant, butterfly shrub, sage salvia and bottlebrush, the crowning glory of our landscape.

 

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excuse me while I go fertilize…standard weekend chore :)

thank you for stopping by.

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blooming this week

April 5, 2014

the delicate white blossoms of the Chinese Fringe tree  surprised us this week.

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this young tree is new to the landscape, but there is plenty of room for it to branch out.  we look forward to many more spring seasons of these lovely snowflake flowers.

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the blue spires (salvia) are lifting their pretty heads to open

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and the low growing sedum are beginning to produce brilliant yellow flowers.  this plant is one of our favorites as a bedding plant ground cover and flowerpot spiller.

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hope you have a wonderful weekend & thank you for reading!

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lounge lizard

April 1, 2014

In this early spring season the perennials are waking from their dormant state, some more quickly than others.  Our garden friends are visiting again too – honey bees, solitary bees and bumble bees, along with a wide assortment of birds and squirrels.

 

Daily watering helps push the plants along their hypergrowth trajectory.  Yesterday I passed by the rosemary shrub on the edge of the kitchen garden, a dozen times, watering bucket in hand.  Each time I spied this tiny anole.  She was nonchalantly lounging on a piece of mulch caught in the rosemary fronds.  And wasn’t too terribly concerned as I pulled out the iPhone camera either.

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Definitely a lounge lizard.

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enjoy your week :)

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