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For the Birds

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For a little over 16 years, I have kept the Bird feeding area filled with a Variety of Seed, Fruits, Suet and Water. It was my Husbands 1st Pagoda Style creation. and it has served it’s purpose to not allow Hawks to swoop in and have a meal. But Eventually this one figured out how to get himself in and check it out, while Big Mama was watching on.

I have yet to attract the flock of Green Parrots that pass over head 4 or more times daily. They eat in the West and nest in the East. Their squawking alerts me they are passing over. Much like the announcement of the Pileated Woodpecker who is highly loud and obnoxious. Downy Woodpeckers and Red Headed Woodpeckers also.

We have many Visitors. Some are the locals and others are just Passing through. I enjoy seeing all the activity outside my window. (Hence the blur shots, I am actually taking these through my dining room window). The songs of the Mockingbird. The Blue Jays who Mimic the sounds of a Hawk to clear out the feeding area when the Raw Peanuts have been replenished, and then announcement that “Peanuts are back on the Menu boys!” (Well I’m sure that’s what the Blue Jays are Chirping about before 3 to 4 more show up to nab and hide every Peanut). We also have an open Compost Bin that is frequented by all Birds (Including Black Birds).

Then you have the part of Nature that helps you laugh. Outside the Window of our office is this… A Tree Frog hangin out in him Tree House.

I enjoy seeing how all of these animals interact with each other. At Suppertime, as you look out the window to the feeding area, you see all of them eating together, including those pesty squirrels. I’m sure if you want to eat and survive, one must adapt and get along. Nature is always teaching a learning lesson. Til next time <waving> Love and Peace to you! ~~Pam All Pictures are taken with my Canon Camera. And can not be used without my permission. Thank You

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Monarch Caterpillar & Butterfly Convention

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I must be doing something right…Has to be all the Milkweed Growing in my Yard. But my Husband thinks we need to plant more Milkweed after what we found this past weekend. All Phases of caterpillars from tiny Small to ready to cocoon up for Transformation… to Butterfly’s coming out of their cocoons. We counted over 13 caterpillars that we could see. A few of the Neighborhood children were inspecting my back yard trying to be patient for a Monarch to emerge from it’s cocoon, they were asking a 1000 questions & I was trying to answer the best I could. Well, it finally emerged & sat for a good long time for the wings to unfold & dry out. And the Children as patient as they could be, were waiting on it’s first flight & where it would go. I was asked if they would come back to my yard…well it appears so…look at all the Monarch Caterpillars they are eating the Milkweed down to well nothin! Glad Milkweed … well… grows like a Weed!

Friday Garden Walk

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Noticed that Wildlife was Busy Today, So I grabbed the Camera and here’s what I was able to Capture.

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I was amazed that Papa Cardinal allowed me to be so close to His Lil Ones. I have not seen the Mother.

My Hummingbird Bush that I need to cut back somehow stays the Busiest with Visitors. The Purple Flower is a Mexican Petunia.

My Lizard friends are always around me when I am pulling weeds, they wait for a meal to be disturbed from the ground and pounce! They have at times crawled on my hands or arms to wait for their meal to appear.

 

My Walk this Morning

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In My Lil Slice, I have a little of everything going on. Over the Years I have Planted what has caught my eye, and I was able to grow here in My 9 zone. And of Course Plants given to me Thru the Family.  Gardening is at the Whim of the Gardener. It can start Simple & Small, then add as years go by… In Gardening it takes time, Trial & Error…Learning your Region & what plants are for your area.   Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder… As in Art’s & Crafts, All it takes is Imagination, and a Dream.  We all have Creative Abilities.

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This is a Handed Down 4 Generation Climbing Rose. Mine Varies in Bloom color, some are Dark Pink/White, and the ones shown here Light Pink/White. The cluster has 17 buds.

Amaryllis  I planted One, 3 years ago, now I have about 30.

 Butterfly Attractor,(I am not good w/Names! My biggest downfall!) This Plant I got 3 Years ago,  The Past few Winters were Harsh that I had to trim it all the way down, but Lil Bugger keeps coming back!  This year was such a Mild one it gave this one a chance to grow.

Hummingbird Bush (Again, Names) Had this for 3 years. The Bush itself is 6ft x6ft. (I am trying to figure out how to Prune it back!) I captured one of the visitors to this Bush…Bee’s Love this, they swarm all thru the day! Along with 3 Types of Butterflies, Bumble Bees & of course My Hummingbird who Protects His Territory by chasing other Hummingbird’s Away! Will Try to get more Pics Of the Visitors!

Red & Pink Pentas, Another Butterfly Attractor.  Had The Red ones for 2 Years, The Pink one My Lil Grandson brought Home to me from School last year.

Gerber Daisy Salmon Color. Had this Lil Fellow going on 4 Years, Always comes back for me. 🙂

Handed Down Lily 3 Generations, The Bloom Colors vary with this one also, From a Dark Magenta, Vary Stages of Pink to at times Blooming White. I have counted up to 20 Blooms on One Stalk.

Angel Wing Begonia  Have in a Container outside of my Screen Porch out back.

This is my Bird Feeding/Squirrel Area. It’s a Pagoda Style to keep the Cooper’s Hawks, and other Predator Bird’s from swooping in while they feed. (I’ve had the Hawks land on top of the Pagoda). I have in the forefront a Joseph’s Coat Rose. In the Back a Wisteria who is still very young. In the back Left of Pic a Cape Cod Honeysuckle. I have Ground Doves, Cardinals (Mr. & Mrs.), Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, Red Headed Woodpeckers, Wrens, Migratory Birds. (Names Again). This area is still a work in Progress. At the Bird feeder is a Ground Dove. On the Lattice to the bottom Left…One of the Many Squirrel’s.

Caladiums, They came out very Early this Year, But then again Had a Warm Winter…which makes me wonder if We’ll have a Very Hot Summer…

Thanks For Your Time… God Bless!   ~Pam