Deer, Lupines, Iris

I watered my garden at 5:30 AM and what did I see? Hoof prints in the middle of my newly planted seed beds. See, for the last couple of years, deer have been eating my tomato plants down to the ground. Deer aren’t supposed to like tomato plants, so the first time they did it I thought it was a fluke and it wouldn’t happen again. So the next year I didn’t protect them, and they ate them down to the ground. This year, I’m sure they were sitting in the woods peering out between partially parted leaves thinking ‘ha ha the stupid human is planting tomato plants again this year, and tonight we’ll go eat them down.’ NOT! I covered them with floating row cover over hoops – not my favorite thing to do to tomato plants, but I want some garden tomatoes this year!

Look at Mom’s Lupines! They’re so beautiful!

Lupine

Lupine

And her beautiful Iris:

Iris

Coming Into Full Bloom: Weigela

Weigela is coming into bloom now. It is right outside Mom’s front porch, and where I sit to eat on the porch, I can see it. Two days ago we were eating lunch and I saw a hummingbird flit over to it and quickly leave.

Weigela

This morning on my way to the store I saw three geese and eight goslings – how cute they were!! Sorry no photo – I know the camera needs to hang around my neck all of the time!

I went outside at 7:00 AM to plant my garden – it was already 80 degrees F out according to my thermometer. Three hours later, I have a garden! I had to cover the tomato plants – believe it or not hungry deer have eaten my tomatoes down in years past. It is very frustrating to say the least! Which reminds me, I have to place an order with Lee Valley for floating row cover so I can cover the rest of my garden when it sprouts to protect it from whoever finds my garden more delictable than the plants in the woods behind my yard.

I accidentally destroyed another spider’s web today. I feel bad – the spiders work so hard – but the web was hanging from my Rose-of-Sharon to my clothes line (the kind that turns). I hung my quilt on the line, and when I got home the clothes line had turned so I’m sure the spider web was destroyed. I don’t mean to do it.

Now it’s 1:30 PM and my thermometer is reading 95 degrees F. Amazing! This is breaking records!

Spiders

When I went to fill the watering can from the outside faucet, I ran my head right into a spider’s web, and there were tons of tiny baby spiders crawling around:

Tiny Spiders

I feel bad I ruined part of the web with my hair, and displaced some of the tiny spiders.

Later on, as we were training one of the clematis’ we planted yesterday onto the trellis, I noticed this spider on the edge of top of the bird bath.

Spider

Fortunately it waited long enough for me to go get the camera and take the photo. After that it took off! Isn’t it beautiful? I put stones in this bird bath (there’s more bird baths for the birds) for the beneficial insects / spiders to get a drink if they want to, without drowning. It’s a bad pest year already, so anything we can do for the beneficials is great!

In other news, it was unusually hot today – 92 degrees F at 2:00, I’m not complaining, but it’s kind of tough to garden all day in this kind of heat. Even the cat was hot and lazy.

Joy

She usually gets up so I’ll scratch her, but not as the day got hotter. She just laid around. At least she wasn’t trying to get out to smell where big boy had been.

I saw a hummingbird around the coral bells again – real quick – I think I accidentally scared it away. Anyone who can capture a photo(s) of a hummingbird, I salute you!

Crown Imperial, The Cat, & The Hummingbird

Today Mom pointed out these really cool seed pods on her Crown Imperial, Fritillaria imperialis:

Crown Imperial Seed Pods

The Cat was acting up today. She escaped to the out-of-doors. See, she had a boy cat that had been snooping around until Dad told him to hit the street – she’s fixed, so what’s the use in the whole thing. Since Dad was gone, she thought she could sneak out and sniff around where big boy had been. This was taken before she stepped out:

Joy

After our day of gardening, we walked around all of the gardens to see / check up on everything, and saw a hummingbird feeding on the coral bells. Sorry no picture – the camera was in the house – yes, I know, it should be hanging on my neck at all times. Here’s photos and information about the Ruby Throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris, the only type of Hummingbird we have in this area, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. It squeaked as it flew away. That sound is so precious.

An Excellent Book: ‘First Flight’

I just finished reading First Flight by Noriko and Don Carroll. This book follows the life of a mother hummingbird they named Honey. The photography is amazing, showing over 50 photos of Honey, her two jellybean sized eggs inside the nest, the blind and nude baby birds and many other photos the like of which I haven’t seen anywhere else. It follows Honey and the baby birds while they grow and finally fly out of the nest. While Honey is still feeding her first two babies, she laid her next two eggs in another nest. This book is beautiful and amazing!

First Flight

In Bloom Today: Rock Soapwort

This is what’s in bloom in my garden today:

Rock Soapwort

Rock Soapwort, Saponaria ocymoides, requires no care from me in my garden; this is my kind of plant! Part of this plant is now living in my Mom’s rock garden. It prefers a sunny location, and well-drained soil. Guess what, I have it in mostly shade and clay soil and it still performs. With these conditions, it isn’t invasive. I’ll have to keep an eye on it in Mom’s rock garden though!

Introducing: Joy, The Cat

Joy

I love this cat. She has a wonderful catanality. She loves to be scratched and petted ad infinitum. She rolls around and shows her tummy when I scratch her. If I’m done sratching her before she is ready, she’ll grab my arm back between her two front paws, no claws. She is such a cutey. But. . . . she has cattitude. If you own a cat, you know what I’m talking about. She acts like a queen, humans are here to serve her. She is working really hard at trying to adopt me as her 2nd alternate human. Her main human is my Dad, her 1st alternate human is my Mom. If it comes close to the time when her main human is supposed to be paying attention to her, and I walk by, I get her loud “meows!” If she could talk, I’m sure she would include a few choice words for me. The Cat’s job is to keep the barn clean of all stray mammal life who try to cohabit with her. When she feels feisty, she’ll chase me down and grab my leg with her two front paws, sans claws. She’s too cute. Her name is Joy, which fits her great catanality, but. . . she is a Cat.

Writing about cats reminds me of my dear departed Aunt Ruth. She used to call Cats ‘Kay-ots.’ Aunt Ruth used to say ‘I HATE Kay-ots.’ Kay-ots knew Aunt Ruth hated them, so they would hang around her even more, trying in their kingly / queenly way to convince her that Kay-ots rule. They do, don’t they?

New Home!

Less than a month old, and I’ve moved the Nature Woman blog to my website. It is now located at:

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Weeding the Garden Can Be So Cool!

As I was weeding the garden this morning, I came across a baby Black Walnut tree – and I dug it out very carefully and laid it on its side so you could see what goes on beneath the surface. This is way cool!! Squirrels love to bury nuts in the garden, and then they’re forgotten, only to grow into these little baby trees.

Black Walnut

Here’s another view, from the top:

Black Walnut

And finally I split it open so you can see the inside:

Black Walnut

Is this totally cool, or what? I bet you’ll think about this little tree next time you eat walnuts!

Weeding the Garden Can Be So Cool!

As I was weeding the garden this morning, I came across a baby Black Walnut tree – and I dug it out very carefully and laid it on its side so you could see what goes on beneath the surface. This is way cool!! Squirrels love to bury nuts in the garden, and then they’re forgotten, only to grow into these little baby trees.

Black Walnut

Here’s another view, from the top:

Black Walnut

And finally I split it open so you can see the inside:

Black Walnut

Is this totally cool, or what? I bet you’ll think about this little tree next time you eat walnuts!

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