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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cardinal Family

Today, we are being treated to a show by this family of cardinals.
Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have baby cardinal in the back garden.
I was tickled to get this photo of all three of them on the armillary sphere.
I thought I saw at least two baby cardinal heads when I found the nest.  Do you know if they take one baby out at a time?  They seem very focused on protecting and feeding this one.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Nesting Cardinals

We've had a pair of cardinals gracing our garden for some time.  The male sings and sings and sings.
I discovered a nest in the forest one afternoon.  When I went around the other side of the tree, I saw the female cardinal setting on the nest.  Today, I looked at the nest and saw two bald baby cardinal heads in it.  Mr. Cardinal was nearby on our garage roof quite perturbed that I was near the nest.  Mrs. Cardinal was flitting around in the juniper trees, but I was happy to get a quick photo of her too.  Then, I left the little family alone.  



Finding this nest helps with the recent discovery that the dove nest I had found won't have baby doves.  One egg was on the ground nearby and the other egg had clearly been broken in the nest and the baby dove had died.

Here's to seeing cardinals learning to fly!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beautifying The Alley

The rains we've finally been getting are really helping my alley experiment.
I put "extra" plants and flower seeds in the alley.  I try to keep the weeds down, but do not water it at all.
The irises bloomed nicely this spring and now I have short dame's rocket plants, bachelor buttons and daisies blooming.  I've noticed other plants sprouting too.  I moved some day lilies out there this spring and thought they were going to perish, but they're very green now.  I know that the utilities may need access to the area.  There isn't anything out here that isn't in the garden too.  It's way better than grass or all weeds.  I mow the edge by the 'road.'  And, the butterflies love it all.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Sign Is Out

My wonderful husband made a little frame for my National Wildlife Federation sign.  It will be easy to move around the garden.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Purple Border and Veggie Firsts

The salvia along our driveway is looking good.  The only water it has received this year is from rain.  People have taken notice and we get a lot of questions about what we have growing there that looks so good.


In the vegetable garden, I picked a purple pepper.  It's small but good.  The plant needs to get some size to it and make larger ones.


Here's the first kohlrabi of the year.  It was perfect.  I shared it with my wonderful husband.



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June Tour 2014

Front Garden

Forest


Back Garden




Patio

Side Garden

Vegetable Garden

Alley

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Green

The recent rain has really greened up the garden.  We got over 3 inches of rain Monday.  No storms.  Just rain with a little wind. 
Happy, happy!

This afternoon was beautiful.  I pruned and harvested and swept and photographed for two hours.  I also mowed in the front garden, but I don't really like to mow.

Had to get a photo while everything was green from all the rain.  We have more storms forecast for Wednesday night.  We'll see what we get.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Dove Nest

I noticed a dove flying from our little Hawthorn tree each time I went to the vegetable garden during the weekend.  Apparently while we were gone, some love birds set up housekeeping in the Hawthorn.  This nest is barely above my head.



Looking forward to some little doves.  I will try to not stress out the parents too much, but they're right above the peas which are producing right now.  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rain and Riding

Hello from a soaked Garden on Sherlock Street.
Since Thursday morning, we've received over two inches of rain.  
Unfortunately, we also had a lot of wind.  We lost a significant branch on the hackberry tree in our front garden.  I will be checking with the horticultural agent about how to handle where it kind of peeled some bark down the trunk of the tree.  Considering the damage some people had in town, we feel lucky.  I do have a lot of plants twisted together and some laying down, and leaves everywhere.  I will tidy the garden up and get some June tour photos taken soon.  Amazingly, none of the mulch I put down blew away.  I guess the rain got to it first and held it in place.  My wonderful husband and I were actually out of town when all the mayhem happened.  We have a great neighbor who checks on things for us when we leave for a bit and I called her Thursday morning to see if all was well.

We were on a little vacation riding our bikes down trails made on former rail road beds.  We had good weather for the biking, had much needed rain for the garden at home and are back catching up on life.

Hope all is well with you.  Enjoy your Sunday.



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 6

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

Off to the far left an asparagus fern is trying to get into this photo.
The bottom tub has pansies and purple hyacinth bean vine.  The pansies will fade away as it gets hotter.  The bucket on top has purple fountain grass.  There is also a fleur de lis garden hose guide in the bottom tub as decoration.  There are also a few volunteer morning glories in the bottom tub.

purple fountain grass/asparagus fern/pansy/purple hyacinth bean vine/morning glory

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 5

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

The trash cans have galvanized buckets holding clay pots with white blooming geraniums.  The geranium on the left is looking pretty rough from being inside all winter.  There may be a swap out if it doesn't make it.  The trash cans also have asparagus ferns and rose moss planted around the buckets.  The water jug in the middle has a clay pot of Jacob's coat on it.  The little clay pot to the left on the patio floor is a small amaryllis I keep hoping will bloom.  The little clay pot to the right on the patio floor is a cactus.

geranium/asparagus fern/rose moss/Jacob's coat/amaryllis/cacti

Monday, June 2, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 4

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

To cut back on plantings, but still utilize all the galvanized containers I leave outside all year, I stacked some of them.  The bottom tub has bacopa (and my ceramic frog).  The galvanized bucket has no plants.  It is a pedestal for a clay pot of ice plant I overwintered.
To the far left, there's a little container with wandering Jew.

ice plant/bacopa/wandering Jew

Sunday, June 1, 2014

1st 2014 Container Parade 3

Since we have more watering restrictions than normal, I cut back on the container plantings this year. 
I like to take photos of the containers through the growing season to show how they change.
This is part of the parade of containers for 2014.

This is the most boring container currently.  It contains caladium bulbs.   In the fall, I let the foliage die back, bring the container inside for the winter, sit it back out when the weather gets warm, water it, feed it and wait.  Eventually, it will have cool leaves.

caladium