It's amazing how a sunny, productive day restores the soul. We had a great time birding Saturday morning. The early hours no longer have Double D and me grumbling; we now look forward to what we will see. The day started out a little drizzly, but it was a good hike and lots of great conversations with new friends.
A big hearty breakfast afterwards and I was ready to tackle the yard. I had pulled up the knock-out roses under the kitchen window last week. Those had to be the thorniest rose bushes EVER. In its place I put encore azaleas called Autumn Carnation, and on each end planted a bottle brush plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. In the back garden I planted another bottle brush, dahlias, gerbera daisies and lantana. For the front yard we bought a japanese magnolia tree. Thankfully, I think (pray) the harsh winter is behind us.
|Dahlia hybrid in the back garden|
|A dahlia bloom that was broken, so I put it in my mother's bud vase|
|Is this a chipping sparrow? I'm pretty sure, but sparrows are always a challenge to identify.|
|A yellow-rumped warbler with the beginnings of his breeding plumage.|
That means they are almost ready to leave us. Sad face.