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!