Fall is near and dear and the skies sometimes reflect this …
The little birds are getting themselves ready to endure the coming cold weather so I help them out by putting small sections of suet and bird seed out for them
I think this is a female Bush-tit .. sweet little bird ..
It is still hit and miss to try and get a good photo of the Gold Crowned Sparrows .. love their songs ..
There are a number of Nuthatches that visit the yard .. they like this feeder in particular. I’ve spent a fair bit of $$ on good quality bird seed. The birds aren’t impressed with the costlier hulled sunflower seeds and mostly just toss them out of the feeder. So I won’t be buying that again! They prefer to pick out the un-hulled seeds to take away with them.
A geranium plant is preparing to unfurl a bouquet of lovely flowers …
It almost seems like a New Year’s celebration with all the curling tendrils of the squash plants .. all we need are sparkling lights to add to the festive atmosphere.
The rains began, sporadically, on Friday … yesterday the pattern continued, with interspersed spots of sun and visits by the wind.
I wandered outside … looking at the birds. The word is out that there is extra food set out in the feeders so there are quite a variety. A Flicker belts out his happy song from up above in the wild and crazy tree. He is tucked away in the branches so I couldn’t get a glimpse of his beautiful plumage. I’ll get a good look, though, in the upcoming season. They can’t stay away from the suet!
The Gold Crowned Sparrows have returned during the past week ..their lovely songs warm my heart and I am so pleased they are back.
Despite the chilly weather, I just know that there will be warm and sunny days ahead. Plenty of time for the hundreds of bean flowers to transform into juicy green beans.
This has been a most bountiful year for all gardeners and I’ve heard many excited stories of people trading their excess of fruit and veggies with others. Happy stories.
Myself, I am quite content with my summer of growing beans, loving the beauty of the tall pole plants providing privacy, shade and food for our freezer (and juicer!).
Healthy plants, fed with seaweed, (unmedicated) llama manure and the powerful EM (effective microorganism) that I mix up. Along with a sprinkle of rock powder, my garden soil has enabled all my plants to grow happily.
The cleaning up of the garden has begun and I have more to do .. potting up plants, moving them to one area of the yard so they will be easier to maintain. Some pruning to be done, some clipping of errant branches and heavy cutting of larger limbs that seemed to have suddenly appeared. That will be dh’s job as a chainsaw will be needed. More sun to come in the yard.
Another year of gardening has flown by .. another year of magic. Still amazed at the power of one little seed growing into massive plants that bear food for us to eat. Timeless transformations. It never gets tired.
There is much to be learned from a garden.
Tenacity. Inspiration. Patience. Mysterious. Joy. Happiness.
Just to name a few.