A few days ago we had really artistic skies .. like this one ..
and this one ..
Yesterday .. these were a memory as the weather was changing, getting ready for the rain that started falling yesterday evening. sigh.
So I wandered around the yard, looking for interesting happenings that I hadn’t seen before .. this spider’s web had a lovely sheen of rainbow haze which I couldn’t quite catch .. nonetheless .. quite beautiful.
I had scattered some French Marigold seeds throughout the bean forest and had completely forgotten about them until, searching for beans on the Blue Lake bush beans plants, I noticed this Marigold! Ready to flower so that will be pretty to see and more nectar for the bees!
One of the sunflower feeding stations which evidently is being visited by an assortment of little winged friends who visit.
I love the weathered look of this sunflower .. seeds nearly completely gone ..
Diminutive sunflower shyly peeking out ..
Looks like the leafcutter bees are still active .. they are good pollinators ..
The Gold Crowned Sparrows arrived in the yard on Monday … fresh from their long trek from Alaska. I find their loving bird-song very comforting and was so happy to hear them. Here is a link with more information and sound tracks of their songs: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Sparrow/sounds
When they first return it is challenging to find them, but they soon overcome their shyness and are more evident as they look for food in the yard. Because it is still technically summer, I don’t put out much food – but I knew it was going to rain so distributed small chunks of suet and birdseed in the feeders for them.
Loving the light playing through the bean leaves …
This patch of beans was planted very late but peeking through the vines I was happy to discover these beans. More will grow ..some for juicing .. some for saving seeds for next year.
Another surprise Nasturtium growing away at the base of the bean plants.
And another one ..
Simple beauty .. bounty from the bean forest …thank you my garden ..
Loving the surprises that are tucked away!! Exciting to see how long this little squash will grow .. it is mid-September now. I’ve just checked several online sources for the fall frost date and it seems that Nov 5 is the start, here in Victoria, BC. So, there is still a month of growing to happen. Lovely mix of EM/llama manure and lots of rain with sun dropping by will result in magical transformations!
Yet another surprise squash healthily growing away, tendrils reaching out for support – there is a lot of that in the bean forest!
Bees are busy .. glad the flowers are there for them
Time to leave and find another source of nectar ..
As quickly as the bee buzzed in … it was gone. Life is busy for the bees.
A line-up is happening over at this squash flower. Normally I notice, when there is a bee in a flower, another bee just leaves to find another one. Perhaps this little guy was just tired and taking a break or perhaps it sensed that there was more nectar than the first bee could handle?
So satisfying to see such a myriad of happenings throughout the yard. There are still other areas of the yard to finish organizing and to observe what is going on. For now, though, it is the growing portion of the yard that attracts my attention so I will stay with that.
Rain and sun for the next few days. I’ll take advantage of the rain to do some indoor things today!!! Soon I will be entering my creative world of artistic endeavours – crafting away some bracelets of beads and wire … that the sunshine and outdoors drew me away from.