Friday, August 12, 2011



One of our bluebird boxes was not being used. We cleaned it and hung it upside down on the fence to dry.

A couple of days later when we returned to get the house to hang it, the bluebirds seemed to have already occupied it.

They seemed to be going in it a lot as if building a nest and later feeding babies. When we checked, nothing was in there.

We have had high winds and although the box is simply resting on the fence rail, it hasn't blown off.

We set the box upright. Maybe all the activity was desire to build in it for soon there were four little blue eggs.

He knows I'm watching him watching me. Makes for a good photo!

Time passes and soon

four more little bluebirds

are ready to join our big beautiful world.

    Daily Bluebird Development                  

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

My love is like a red red rose
Thats newly sprung in June;
My love is like the melodie
Thats sweetly playd in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a the seas gang dry.
Till a the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi the sun:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only love
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my love,
Tho it were ten thousand mile.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Let's Go With Red

We have had a long cold spring, but our temperatures are in the 90s F lately. It is definitely summertime weather.  The heat will probably curb the pelargonium's enthusiasm for bloom unless it has been bred to endure more heat. Night time temps are more favorable.  We will see.

Young Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
I'm usually outside working in the garden from the crack of dawn until about 9 a.m. Then it is time to go inside where it is cool.
I have to watch out for that cat.

Are you smiling yet?

Grapevine Sphere and Gerber Daisy

Purslane can take the heat. It needs full sun to open those pretty flowers. I have a few sunny spots in my mostly shade garden.
Purslane Close-up

Poker Primrose/Primula vialii Close-up

Fruit, Nuts, and Honey
On hot days I love fruit, nuts, and honey with a cold glass of milk. There is more than one way to beat the heat. Hubby cooks on the grill a lot. Think cool.

Hemerocallis 'Charles Johnson'

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hummingbird, Come Back

For some reason, the hummingbirds seemed to abandon the feeder. I expect the female to not come as often because of nesting but the two males were also missing.  First, I made sure the feeder was clean and had fresh nectar with a higher percentage than the 4 to 1 sugar mix I usually use.  They soon returned.

I went to Lowes looking for plants that hummingbirds might find attractive and noticed Primula vialii.  Common names for this plant are Chinese pagoda primrose, orchid primrose, and poker primrose. These flowers, a red cone of calyxes from which orchid funnel flowers bloom from the bottom up, last for many weeks beginning in late spring. The 1' to 2' plant prefers a partly shady location with perhaps early morning or late afternoon sun provided it is kept moist. Originating in the mountains of Yunnan province in China, it is hardy to - 31 °F.  It does well as far as heat is concerned to USDA Zone 8b.  An ideal location for this plant in your garden would be at pond edge, around fountains, or even downspouts where the soil is always moist.

Since we are having cool wet weather at present, I can enjoy Primula vialii on the deck in a container in dappled shade. When the temperature soars, it will be relocated to the garden.

I thought the Gerbera jamesonii 'Jaguar' red was the perfect hummingbird color. If you have observed hummingbirds for long, you realize they will feed from any color.  They will probe each and every orifice.

It is reported their favorite color is red, however.  Gerber daisies flourish when the temperature is in the 70s F. 

Of course, in a few days when the sun shines, the temperature will zoom back into the 80s.  The red verbena I bought will be happy in the sunny spot I have chosen. Verbena's cascades of umbels will also make great landing pads for butterflies.

Now, no matter what our erractic weather conditions, I have a tempting offering for the hummingbirds advertising the feeder.