Saturday, July 5, 2014
The Surprise in My Garden
I like to keep track of different bits of nature that I see for the first time each year. This year, so far, this tiny frog, and some red headed woodpeckers. I hadn't seen the woodpeckers since I was a little girl.
I continued down the yard and sat under the birdhouse shaped like a church. I could hear soft peeping coming from inside. Then I heard the mom and dad chickadees scolding me...."Hurry up, we need to feed our babies." So, I worked a little faster and went on down the side of the house and watched them return with food for their young. A second batch of chickadees this summer.
I'm careful when gardening now....and wear garden gloves.The hostas are huge and I've seen snakes under them in past years.
I cut back the roses, because I saw some J. Beetles the other day. I do this each year at this time, so that by the time the beetles are gone, the roses will have their final flush of blooms. I hate to see them all chewed up and covered by beetles.....and I don't want to use chemicals or stand there dropping them into soapy water. I read the other day to cut back petunias on the 4th of July...so they don't get leggy. I got this information from Pat at http://countryworkshop.blogspot.com/You do this with mums too.
I continued around to the back and moved some pots with flowering plants to the front yard. This is the time of year when our gardens are just about to start looking kind of tired. I move things around to give things a new look.
I was really tired, when I was finished. I looked like an old hag, when I came into the house :) We ate some leftovers and sat down to watch a movie....both of us so tired, we kept falling asleep. Now, I'm going to shower and wash my hair and do my best to stay awake until bedtime. Gardening is certainly labor intensive. Sometimes you just have to push yourself to continue on and get the job done.