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PICTURES AROUND THE YARD
This time of year it is so nice to just walk around the yard and check out the flowers that have popped up seemingly overnight. It is especially nice now with us all being on lock-down and confined to our homes. The beautiful colors of the flowers serve to brighten the funky moods we may be in due to the restrictions of the Covid virus.
This week’s featured image is a picture that Linda took of blooms on one of my mother’s roses. When Linda and I moved into our little house on 17th Street in Lumberton, we dug up one of my mom’s favorite roses from her house and planted it at our house. Then a few years later when we moved to Washington state, we took a couple of cuttings from that rose and planted them at our new house in Yakima. The cuttings miraculously survived and both rose bushes have thrived. I so love to watch them bloom each year, and it seems like in the Springtime they are the prettiest.
Other flowers are now blooming besides the ones I have mentioned in previous posts. We now have some more Gallardia plants busting out in bloom. One plant that we have in the back yard is very different from the rest of them because it is all yellow. The picture below shows the regular Gallardia plant (of which we have so many) on the left, and the yellow one on the right.
Walking on around the yard, I found a gorgeous Yarrow plant out near the street, in full boom. Around beside the garage, I ran into some pretty purple flowers on one of our variegated Sage plants.
Speaking of Sage plants, we actually have three different kinds. I saw these at the Country Farm & Garden Center a few years ago and couldn’t resist getting them because the leaves were so beautiful.
On around the house to the herb garden area, I came upon my huge parsley plant from last year. A couple of them survived the winter and actually produced some parsley before they started to bolt. I found a little red friend on it, a ladybug. A couple of days earlier, I had discovered a lot of ladybug larva and pupa on a bush nearby, and I think this little guy was newly matured because his spots were very faint.
While we are on the subject of bugs, I discovered a Praying Mantis egg case, technically called an ootheca. I am keeping my eye on it in hopes that I can see the little buggers when they hatch out. I also came upon a huge Skeeter Eater on the back porch. I hope he eats his fill of those pesky mosquitoes.
Across from the herb garden is the lettuce bed, and since I was there I decided to take a picture of some of the lettuce so you can see its progress. The leaves are actually beginning to look like real lettuce now. I see delicious salads for lunch in my future!
It’s time for the prerequisite bird photo or video. The video below starts out with a Scrub Jay who just happened to perch on the back porch railing one evening as we were watching television. He stayed there long enough for me to run get my camera and get a short video. Next up on the video is another short snippet that I took on Memorial Day. I was sitting under our tree and looked up to see a hawk soaring on the thermals.
Summer Girl has been enjoying a lot of naps lately. I am guessing that since the weather is better at night, she may be out and about more so she sleeps during the day to catch up. Whatever the reason, her favorite place to sleep in the mornings is on the big bed. Don’t you wish you could sleep with your feet up above your head?
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