I am sitting out on my deck, looking out over our backyard. The huge stack of logs, waiting to be split, will certainly come in handy when winter comes. The signs point to what might just be a cold and wet one. We are very blessed to have a friend in the tree business who comes by every so often and dumps a load of logs for us.
We have so many birds right now. Everyone had bunches of babies and all the family members just love to come visit or never left. Its just that kind of place. I make darn sure they have plenty to eat and drink and a nice clean bath where they can rinse off. And, there are lots of bugs for them to feast upon. One of the less frequent visitors is our pileated woodpecker pair. Daggone if they haven’t been visiting a lot here recently. The pine grove along the side of our yard is one of their favorite spots. Mister was up in one of the pines the other day and since I have my brand spanking new Canon, I was able to zoom in on him and barely snap this shot before he scooted away, too quickly for me to keep up. I have this tremor thing going on and since that keeps me from being able to focus as well as I would like, I was very lucky to get this one!
My little flower bed that I told you about in an earlier post ( My new garden ), certainly turned into a beautiful sight to the eyes. My comfrey is still blooming despite the opinions of folks around here that swore it would never do very well! Guess they were WRONG! The little frog statue used to be my Grandma’s. One of the few things I have that was hers. One of the more pleasant surprises that came up in this bed were some volunteer purslane. Not the native ones that are much smaller with deep pink flowers, but ones that are much larger. This year, for the first time ever, one of them has more colors of blooms than I have ever seen. And, I have been growing these babies for YEARS.
I so hope it will do the same thing next year! And, yes, this is just one plant that is showing off all those blooms! The echinacea is still blooming like crazy. Such a beautiful shade of purple, isn’t it? After it has settled in for a few years, I am definitely going to prune off some of its roots and make some tincture. Luckily I have my dear friend whose blog never fails to provide me with plenty of info on stuff like that. See Garbling the Dandelion on the right side of my blog for a link.
So many butterflies just love it and my hummingbirds go crazy flitting from one bloom to the next! Am I blessed or what?!! Here is another shot of that bed from the deck.
I bought that chime so very long ago and it just suits itself well tucked in the middle of it. When the wind blows and all of my chimes are singing, I swear I get lost in all of it and just drift away to that special place I have where nothing can distract me. I am telling you what. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Got my own piece of Heaven.
As I was mentioning earlier, the birds are many this year. Here is where I keep my feeders and bath nestled in my Japanese Maples.
The Maples are starting to lose some of their leaves, but there are plenty left just yet. The feeders are kept full and I keep plenty of suet because there are a host of different birds that delight in that stuff! It has cayenne pepper in it that keeps the squirrels away and doesn’t bother the birds one bit! I guess they like their spicy food too!
Many years ago, we planted some Paulownia trees. They grow FAST and have very large leaves and the most heavenly scented, purple flowers on giant pinacles that fill the air every spring. Man, you can almost taste that smell. And do the bees ever love them! While I was looking up at them the other day, I spotted two leaves that were really cool looking.
Had to grab the Canon back out to capture them. I don’t recall seeing leaves on those trees quite like that before. Just a stunning contrast against the normal green leaves, don’t you think?
And, of course, I can’t forget to mention (again) my deer. They still come to feed on the corn we put out every day.
Since mating season is on or soon will be, that means more mouths to feed next spring. Fine by us. It is way too much fun to watch them all come to feed and play and run and chase each other. Check some of my other posts to find out even more about their little adventures with each other.
Our leaves have yet to really change. But with the much cooler evenings, I am sure that will ensure they will soon be. Some folks say the drier the fall, the more colors we will have. Well, if that is the case, we are doomed for a dull autumn. We have had more rain in the last month then we have had all year. Guess we will have to just wait and see.
I trust and pray that you, too, have much to behold where you are. It is by God’s Grace that we can still see His Holy Creation. I can only imagine what this world will be like when He finally makes all new again. Oh my!