The weather this past week has been total crap - until today, anyway. It was rainy, muggy, and just downright uncomfortable. Finally, the bad weather broke and today was absolutely gorgeous. Sunny, dry and a cool 72 degrees with a slight breeze. As our state motto says, The Way Life Should Be.
So, I guess I'll start with the local bird news. As I've mentioned before, we have yearly Barn Swallow tenants in our birdhouses and this year was no exception. Last week I even got a peek at the babies.
|Do you have any food?|
The past two years I've started spotting these beautiful, bright yellow birds. Today I saw them twice perching in the vegetable garden. I noticed they kept flying down into the garden but when I checked nothing seemed out of place. I'm hoping they're eating nasty, harmful bugs. Even if they're not, they're lovely additions to the surroundings.
|Fuzzy Birds - they wouldn't let me get close enough for a good picture|
|Yeah, these used to be Petunias|
But price doesn't always mean anything. Here in Maine we have a chain of stores called Marden's. They're basically a surplus store - when other stores go out of business or have slightly damaged goods, Marden's buys it up and sells it at a reduced price. You can find some really nifty things there. They even sell plants and while we were there a couple of weeks ago my husband found a bag of five Astilbe bulbs for five dollars. Heck, at one dollar a piece I figured it was worth it even if all but one failed. Well, I had it backwards. One was a dud but the other four are doing great. Hell, one of them even has flower buds already!
The Astilbe aren't the only 'cheap' flowers doing well. Last year I planted several plants I got on the cheap. Last year they all did nothing - barely grew at all and didn't even bud. This year, two of those 'cheapies' are doing great.
|Day Lily Greetings|
Another plant that only grew about an inch last year was my Clematis vine. Currently, it's over a foot long and yesterday I saw flower buds!
|Chewed, but still doing well|
And speaking of white flowers, I think my favorite blossom this year is from my Iceberg Rose bush I purchased this year.
|More white beauties on the way|
The Tall Phlox has been ahead of schedule all year and the buds and flowers have already shown up.
|Phlox Flowers - say that five times fast|
The Magenta flowers are always first. In a few weeks the white will come in and make the side of the garage quite lovely.
Finally, in the flower department, the Black-Eyed Susans have made their debut. These are one of my favorite wildflowers and I'm glad that they dot our large field with bright yellow cheerfulness.
|Susans among the Clover|
However, the unfinished pathways needed my attention so last weekend my big project was to clean out the remaining weeds and finish mulching in the pathways.
|Meet the Enemy - Weeds on the border|
It took most of the day, but I pulled all the weeds and made a much neater, and wider, path around the garden.
And that was my week. How was yours? Busy?