Saturday, July 28, 2012
This past week .. now that we have had more than 5 consecutive days of warm sunny weather, I found myself just watching what’s happening in the yard. So nice to have the time to do that, finally, after years of being on the treadmill.
And I find the most loveliest little signs of activity that I would have otherwise missed!
Saw a chubby little honeybee .. taking a few minutes out of his busy day, collecting nectar .. to just chill out on a plant leaf.
There are a number of butterflies in the yard and I was able to take some pics of the brownish/black type when they rested.
So busy looking at a busy bee in a sunflower that I almost missed the little ladybug that was tucked away in the yellow petals!
Again, so lost in admiring the texture and flippant designs of the daisy petals, that I almost missed the little spider who was making its home in the flower!
And there was the very yellow, cheerful .. snapdragon .. blooming away, as it grew beside a patio door .. that is slated for installation but for now is just resting against the house. A surprise bit of colour.
I’d scrubbed out the hummingbird feeders .. and enjoy the little show. 4 of them were flitting about the feeder .. taking turns resting atop bamboo stakes .. and then two of them sat quietly af the feeder, sipping on the nectar.
Heard the most cheerful chirps of a group of Bushtits .. who came visiting, flitting from one tree to another. I think they were disappointed in the lack of suet block .. every time I put one out, the darned sparrows attack it .. so I’ve just left up some fat in the feeders. They like that. So uplifting, the way that they just swarmed into the yard .. as if to say .. ta da .. we’re here! And the babies must be in that group!
The cilantro that I planted yesterday is growing well. Looking forward to harvesting some.
Clipped some green chives, chopped them up and dried them in the oven .. disappointing, the bright green colour faded and the chives were tough. Methinks these are best fresh.
Haven’t seen the eagles for a while .. they usually fly around 11:30 am .. looking for their lunch. And I’ve been elsewhere at that time … must try to have a look next week.
There are only a few cherries left on the tree .. I’ll leave them for the birds. I can only imagine the feasting that has been going on, in the wee small hours, over the past few weeks. I’ve picked enough for us and am glad that the birds were able to enjoy them also.
Transplanted some raspberry canes around the back and sides .. they fill in some empty spaces.
Nearly done planting most of the potted perennials … sure takes a bit of time to decide the best places for them. And …. I can always move them later.
Feel quite satisfied with my week’s worth of work. Next, I plan to seed more lettuce, spinach and edible pea pods .. in a few days.