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Breakfast, Bees, and Wasp Nests

Posted by mrssmythe on August 14, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

We’re starting to get quite a crowd at the feeders in the mornings.

We have one red squirrel, in particular, who is very vocal and quick to chase away anyone he considers to be a threat. The birds and chipmunks tolerate him to some extent, sneaking in whenever they think he isn’t looking. Meanwhile, the squirrel eats his breakfast, staring all the while at CPT A and I who are usually sitting on the front porch ten feet away. I imagine he considers us a threat, too, though this doesn’t seem very logical. He sees me set out seeds for him every morning. Why would I want to take those same seeds away? Squirrels, though, seem to be emotional, rather than logical, creatures.

Meanwhile, we are seeing more and more honeybees in the garden.

This pleases me greatly. They seem especially fond of the Mint which has just started to bloom.

The butterflies, however, prefer the Milkweed.

We have quite a crowd of Monarchs this year as well as a couple of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails.

Nearby, the Morning Glories are energetically climbing every available surface. They’re even coming through the slats on the porch floor. I may have gone overboard a bit in my planting this year.

I didn’t plant any sunflowers this year, but I did see a field of them on a recent drive in Connecticut.  

A field of sunflowers is always an amazing thing to see.

Something else amazing – this wasps’ nest:

I’ve been walking underneath it for weeks and didn’t notice it until today when I happened to look up while Kipper stopped to smell a mailbox. I don’t think there are any wasps in it at present – a good thing. It makes me wonder, though, how many other things I walk by without seeing.

I don’t feel too bad, though. Even the dogs miss things. Manny almost walked over the top of a rabbit today. It had frozen in place on a neighbor’s lawn. Now, if a hound dog like Manny can miss a rabbit right under his feet, I can certainly be excused for missing a wasps’ nest over my head.

From the dining room table, hoping to be more aware of my surroundings in the coming days,

Mrs. Smythe

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Late Summer in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

I think late summer is my favorite time in the garden. So many of my favorite flowers really come into their own in late summer. The yard is filled with color and happy pollinators. Finches land on the zinnias. I love to just sit out on the front porch and watch all of the comings […]

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Relaxing in the Back Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 16, 2018 in Garden |

At this point in the growing season, I’ve fallen behind. Things need to be weeded, staked, and dead-headed. I need more mulch. The lawn clamors for attention and the containers on the porch need to be watered. I don’t think I ever end a day with my to-do list completely finished. It can be frustrating. […]

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Some Sensible Choices

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2018 in Baking, Celebrations, Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

Did you enjoy your Fourth of July? Ours was boiling hot. We opted to be sensible rather than patriotic and went to see a movie instead of a parade. I can only imagine how hot and sweaty all of the parade-goers were that day. It was beastly And, I kept thinking of all of the people […]

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Heat Wave, Sewing, and Plant Rescues

Posted by mrssmythe on July 2, 2018 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

Is it hot where you’re at? It’s boiling here. Currently, we’re looking at a week’s worth of temperatures in the high 90s. Humidity will put the “real feel” well into the 100 degree range. We’re cooking. What’s strange, is that last Wednesday it was positively chilly. I know because that’s the day we bought our […]

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