Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just one question

Recently I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my elephant garlic. Well come to find out nothing was wrong. It just needed harvesting.
So my question is, what do you do with this much garlic? I hung it up and let it dry and have given some to neighbors. I used a little in one dish but I still have too much left. Any suggestions would be helpful.This is a zinnia I grew from seed this year. It's one of the Benary Giants. I had no idea when I planted it but love it. I has bloomed it's pretty little head off.My Rudbeckia maximas have done well this year. This particular plant is about 7 feet tall. I like the big cone heads. I hope the birds do as they dry up.This is another favorite this year. My perennial hibiscus. It was just covered in blooms. Now I'm just trying to keep it going in this dry heat.As you can see the bees love it as much as I do.One last question. Uh-oh, I guess this makes two questions. Has anyone grown a Desert rose before? The tag said it could get 8 to 9 feet tall. Of course, I guess that would be in the desert. I planted it in a pot. It has pretty pink blooms and a fat trunk which is one reason I like it. It's just different. Kind of like me I guess!!

Happy gardening everyone!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bird Babies

Recently I told you about us having 5 new bluebird babies in the nest. The other day my hubbie checked and they had hatched. Well the parents have been feeding like crazy and the babies are now looking out the box hole. Yesterday I decided to open the box and stick the camera in to see how they look.
As you can see they look like one big mass of blue feathers. I expect them to leave sometime this weekend. That always makes me sad but I'm happy to know we have help increase the bluebird population by 10 in the last couple of months. Hooray!I think I mentioned(not sure) having a Killdeer at work sitting on a nest of 4 pretty little eggs. I decided to take my camera and get a picture of her/him. She has been on them for what seems like forever so after researching I discovered their eggs hatch within 3-4 weeks. So I am so glad I had my camera today because.......We have our first baby today. It's so cute and blends right in with it's environment.Here's another pic. Mom/dad wasn't squawking but she looks like she was getting ready to. So hopefully tomorrow we will have another baby or two.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Just Randomness

Not much going on but dh has been experimenting with my camera. He really isn't much of a shutter-bug but he has captured a couple of good pics.
This little dragonfly was flitting around in the backyard. Looks like he was doing a balancing act.
Then I was out one morning and spied this guy. I like how transparent his wings are.Hubbie caught this baby mockingbird in a neighbors tree. It had been in our garage and couldn't find it's way out. Notice his little tailfeathers are not yet formed.

I love finding little winged babies in our yard. I hope you find some in yours.

Happy weekend everyone!