Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Garden green. . . . . and a new visitor!

Well, those expected gentle showers have turned into two days of very heavy
 downpours, especially overnight. Quite a difference in the garden colors, and
 even now, at noon, drenching rain still falls and steady breezes continue to wash
 off the dust and remaining springtime pollen. But enough is enough!  We are still
 looking at one more day and night with plenty more rain which we really don't need!

The hydrangeas love the rain, much cooler temperatures, and no sun to curl the
 edges of their perfect leaves and turn them brown.  The blooms are just starting to
 open, looking small but usually end up huge once all the tiny buds are fully open.

Some of my potted plants I've brought up on the porch, many don't need
 continuous watering for days on end, and seedlings certainly don't want to be
drowned or washed out of their small pots - basil mostly.

Oh, about the new visitor to the garden.  A surprising return of a chipmunk yesterday! 
 We had one named Chippy for several years who disappeared after hibernation
a year ago. This little guy/gal was running along the front porch yesterday morning, 
then headed over to the bird feeders and spent time with the squirrels - who tried
 to chase it away - but got along famously with this male cardinal as they
 breakfasted together.  I think we'll just continue using the name Chippy . . . . .
. . . . after all it may be the same one, just back from traveling!!!!!

Bad squirrel - we have a whole new family this spring and they are definitely a nuisance!
Just another garden wildlife story. . . . . . . . 

See you when it stops raining!


  1. We have rain here everyday for at least the next 7 days. I wish it would stop!

  2. Hi sweet Mary!!! I have missed you dear friend! Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. Poor blog, I've neglected it lately...or maybe for the last several years! You home and plantings have always been so beautiful to me. You definitely have a green thumb. We are doing good here in Georgia, simply trying to not get sick and praying for every one else to stay healthy as well! My creative spirit has waned but so want to find my muse again. I made masks for a long time in the last few months but it cooked my mind and my goose. I think it was simply the worry of it all. Trying to stay positive right now. I hope you all are well and good Mary. Thank you again for your visit, it was so lovely to visit your blog too!!! Hugs and love, Dawn

  3. Sweet picture of Inspired Name and Cardinal. 😁 We called our chipmunks Chippy, too. We also had a Queenie and Buddy. Squirrels, I do not name. Can't stand them, though they are cute in pics.

  4. Send some of that not needed rain over here, please!
    Maybe Chippy is the next generation from your former chipmunk. Love the picture of the two of them munching away!

  5. Ah! I love Chipmunks..But then who does'nt...!
    Chipmunks have also been referred to as "striped squirrels",
    "timber tigers", "minibears", and "ground squirrels"...
    Chipmunks have an omnivorous diet primarily consisting of
    seeds, nuts and other fruits, and buds..
    Chipmunks typically live about three years although some
    have been observed living to nine years in captivity...! :).

    We lucky over here still..More sunshine..forecast until next
    week..windy weekend though..better keep off the curry then..! :o).
    🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️ 🐿️

  6. I think squirrels have the cheekiest faces. You can send any extra rain over to us. We've been watering our garden every day since the end of April.

  7. Great flowers Mary, we have to wait awhile for ours. Any, Hi this is Patricia back in blog land again. I have been reading your blog, however, ever left a comment, so thought this is a good time to start again.
    Hope you are both well.
    Patricia in Canada.

  8. The cardinal is beautiful.
    Happy sunday to you.

  9. Dear Mary,
    Such a pretty porch you have. A perfect spot to have a cup of tea and watch the wold go by.

  10. I just love hydrangeas and your flowers are further ahead than ours. Our hydrangeas maybe will bloom next week if the sun comes out. I am so thankful for the beautiful spring garden this year with having to stay put. It delights my heart.


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