The birds are used to the new feeders! Actually this was sold in a gardening center for placing air ferns inside. I immediately saw “birdfeeder” and bought about 5 or 6! One of my many dreams coming true .. seeing the little Chickadee perched there. Dreams can be about absolutely anything .. I love dreaming and have joy in seeing them come true!
And then I saw this darling little Anna … busily chatting away to another Anna in a nearby tree.
Another opportunity to play with my new Camera .. learning as I go, what the best settings are. I’ll study the “how to” manual on a rainy day. For now I will just take lots of photos …
These tiny birds are so lovely to watch .. but they are tough little birds. My cat once caught one, many years ago. I’d heard an unusual sound from the yard and on investigation, found a tiny Anna that she had somehow brought to the ground. Carefully I picked up the stunned little bird, surprised at the solid little weight it made in my hand – They are so small I visualized them as being as light as a feather. It was an adventure that ended well for her. I carefully put her in a room, opened the window, shut the door and shortly after that I saw the little bird Anna quietly on the branch of a nearby tree.
I think this Anna is the baby, still learning from the parents …
ok .. just one more photo .. I love them!
Strawberries are still flowering, bearing fruit even though it is mid-October. This is a wild strawberry, the tiny yellow type which will easily invade your yard if planted. I discovered that this summer. Thought it would be nice to have a few varieties of wild strawberries planted among the veggies. I soon found out that they will send out runners “till the cows come home” and ended up putting some in pots and the rest in the compost. Hmmmmm … I realize that I will be getting a few hundred of these plants next spring from the compost! Well, I can always share them.
At last, what a treat .. I was able to see the baby Bewick Wren!!!!! They must be nesting somewhere in the yard …We planted many trees over the years and they have become home to Bush-tits, Chickadees, Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, Sparrows (House, Gold Crowned, White Crowned) Flickers, Nuthatches .. on and on ..
This was a rare treat to see this baby and I was ecstatic! I had heard the parents “talking” to the baby over the summer and didn’t dare hope to ever see it. Yet another one of the million delights in a backyard garden. Right now, he is looking at the suet block below. I must have made a little noise because after this photo, he abruptly flew away.
There are still a few tiny little squash growing along. I haven’t the heart to dig them up and will just leave them for awhile longer. They are cheerful looking and brighten up the garden.
Speaking of beauty it is all around us .. the ever changing skies overhead.
Another treat from the compost, a surprise squash. It is only tiny and might just grow a little bit more.
I so love this plant, everything about it . .. even the name is cheerful “Peppermint Stick”. I’d acquired it a few years ago and planted in the shade. This year I moved it into the sun and like magic .. it showed me how happy it was in the new location by growing and growing and growing! I was admiring the appearance of the raindrops and sunshine scattered along one of the broad leaves. And here is a most interesting link that I found when looking for the proper name of this grass, I guarantee that you will find this blog most interesting :http://www.louistheplantgeek.com/a-gardening-journal/491-arundo-donax-peppermint-stick
Although I’ve harvested and composted the majority of tomatoes in the yard .. this is one of the few remaining and you can see why I’ve left them in place. They look like cascading jewels, adding yet more beauty to the yard.
The same reasoning works for these squash plants. I’ll deal with them after the frost visits the yard .. there are still a number of weeks before that happens.
And another sky photo …
It’s been a busy few weeks .. having lots of fun in the yard, getting it ready for winter. Harvesting the Scarlet Runner Beans, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the tri-colour bush beans. Surprises every day.
Gardening is so magical, ever changing and satisfying.