The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.
Salvia “Hot Lips”
First Meyer Lemon blossom of this season
Pink Evening Primrose
The tomatoes are in bloom in the greenhouse.
We’ve got some big tomato plants, already.
I love the succulents, Kevin gave me for our Anniversary! ❤
Green Onion Globe
A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.
We have a Bewick’s Wren building a nest in the birdhouse in front of Katelynn’s bedroom window.
The Blue Jay is happy with the garden.
The Northern Mockingbird sits on the fence and sings the most beautiful songs of Spring.
The bird feeders are always refilled in our backyard.
The slinky is filled up with peanuts. My little Blue Jays showed up in no time.
“Which peanut should I pick this time?”
“Who cares? They are all mine!”
“Yep, got one!”
“In which tree I’m gonna crack this shell. So many options …”
“I’m so pretty.”
“Thank goodness, the cats are not in the catio right now.”
Oh look, who shows up in our yard every morning! It’s Randy, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. He gets very curious, when the Blue Jays visit for picking up some peanuts from the slinky. Randy flies in our Bradford Pear tree, looks around, sees food on the plate, has a snack and disappears until the next day. Then he comes back for a morning visit, gets a snack and gone he is again. I’ve noticed this for about the last eight to ten days, now. This morning, he said Hello in this 28°F (-2°C) weather. Being in the sun, and the harsh wind is gone, the temperatures are actually not that bad. Randy and his friends, the Blue Jays, seem to enjoy it.
Randy is a bit shy. He loves to play “Peek-a-boo” with my camera. 😀
Before sunset, several birds came for dinner to the feeders. I guess, it was more a meeting of the male birds. Mr. Finch, Mr. Sparrow, Mr. Cardinal, and Mr. Junco were showing up and had a little chat, while enjoying their seeds in our yard this evening.
Sparrow: “Tell your wife, I said Hello. And I’ll see you at this feeder, tomorrow morning.”~ Cardinal: “Will do. Yep, I’ll bring the Mrs. with me in the morning.”
That’s what it must sound like, when the Blue Jay announces to all the other Blue Jays, that I filled their slinky with peanuts. I had four Blue Jays and some curious other birds in my trees, this afternoon. And today, I tried something different. Usually the jays are very shy toward humans. But instead of standing behind the patio door, I sad on the chair, which is on the patio. I was about four to five feet away from the slinky. Two Blue Jays communicated with each other quietly, how they would get to the peanuts. They were very skittish, at first. But when they realized they were in no danger, by me sitting there very patiently and moving no muscle, they decided to go for it. One of them went for a peanut, and flew into the higher branches. The other one still wasn’t so sure. The first Blue Jay became bolder and picked up the peanut, it dropped on the patio earlier. The other three birds saw, I minded my own business. And then, one after the other Blue Jay came to the slinky for a snack. In the meantime, I lifted up my camera very slowly and got these shots of these nice backyard birds.
“First peanut of the day … more to go for!”
“I’m very pretty, when the sun shines on my feathers.”
“Now, I’m ready for another peanut.”
“Lady, I love that you put peanuts for us in the slinky. But it can be a challenge to get them back out!” … Ahm, isn’t that the whole purpose of putting them in the slinky in the first place? Work for your food, bird!