Daisy uncovered her nemesis, or at least a family member, while digging around in the flower beds. I'm used to seeing cats jump backwards... they're easily startled. Can't normally say the same for dogs, but boy did she jump backwards outta the flower bed!
Seems the warm weather has inspired a second peony to put on a show this afternoon! I'm really not a fan of the singles, preferring double or bomb varieties. I think I got this one when I was just learning about peonies (a very long three years ago). It's not like I'm going to rip it out... I suppose every yard has to have a red-headed stepchild, right?
Was walking across the yard when it sounded like a small airplane or missile was zooming up behind me. Very small, but very fast and, well, does "quietly loud" make any sense?
I ducked, not that it was necessary... this little hummingbird shot past and landed on the wind meter... and just sat there while I got out my phone, slowly walking closer, and taking pictures to get the best lighting.
I guess I got too close, as it buzzed off.... but not in a straight line for safety. It kind of zig zagged around and landed just a little further away on a wild rose.
Click the image for the full size copy, and then look at the fence post farthest away, by the tree with the yellow tag. That's a Pileated Woodpecker... bobbing around to get suet, which is swinging around in the wind. It was so preoccupied that it barely noticed me and Doogie on the deck. Usually the Pileated Woodpeckers freak out and fly off, making a loud ruckus as they go.
There's another round of house finch eggs and their parents in the tree on the front porch? After they built a new nest, they (or the original couple??) dropped four eggs in the original, better hidden nest.
Also... of the 9 duck eggs in the back, I found only 8 today, with a very dead, very stinky, very gross baby duck (I assume??) and no shells a few feet from the nest this afternoon... Hopefully the rest will make it OK.
The bird netting isn't up to protect the lettuce, rosemary and other short plants in this bed. It's actually there to protect my plum trees that I just planted this spring, which got nibbled on by deer last week. But don't you like knowing the CSA veggies are getting the benefit of the bird-netting fortress??
While we've been saying we're so worried about how poor things are growing this season, this round of lettuce that I started in the basement months ago are actually doing beautifully with the wet, chilly weather. In fact, I miiight have to start harvesting some earlier than the early-to-mid June "official" start date of this year's CSA!
I have another batch in a different bed started later, and planted out later. Smaller than these heads here, but also doing much better than the lettuce I direct seeded...
Ya just never know what you'll get with the garden each year!
Thanks to SNL this past weekend (the one starring Tina Fey), I was exposed to Ellie Goulding, a young british singer with some amazing music. She looks like a sweet, delicate blonde girl who really has an impressive set of pipes! And her music covers a range from covering Elton John's "Your Song" for the royal wedding (I've ALWAYS loved this song, and her rendition is great), to stuff you'd expect to hear in the dance clubs. Here's a brief collection of some of her videos:
I may have gotten my pie making mojo back, finally, after a number of years of failures! And it looks like the world's most beautiful pie! (OK that's just me being cocky) If this tastes as good as it looks, I owe it all to the girl at The World Needs More Pie! It's all her recipe AND, and I think this is the clincher, a carefree spirit, minimal measuring, don't stress about the whole process so much attitude.... which is how I like to cook most of the time.
Just after I discovered the robins eggs were all gone (four two days ago, three yesterday, none today), Doogie found a Mallards nest in an old coil of the wire mesh I use to make tomato cages. Right at the back of the yard, just up from the pond. The eggs are surprisingly big! I put another coil of mesh against it after he chased the momma mallard off. Hopefully she'll come back and I can keep the dogs out. Can't do anything about the mink we've been seeing....
The white flowers in the foreground, plus the ones to the left (in the distance) are Asian pears, and the pink ones in the back right are peaches. I've never grown peaches before, and it looks like I'll be getting them the first year after planting the tree!
Honestly, we had nothing to do with this. Brett's folks were over, and I think the dogs were trying to show off. First Doogie hopped up there (not all that uncommon), and Daisy must've thought he was showing off more than she was, so she hopped up as well.