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Birds and Flowers in the Garden

Wordless Wednesday


Enjoy these pictures of birds and flowers.





Obedience Plant


Purple vine that is new to me, do not know the name but it is lovely.




Birds in the sunflowers. Many times we have Goldfinches who are too shy for the camera.


See the hummingbird? Sometimes we get two or three fighting for territory.


What is in your garden right now?


From My Window

Lately when I read gardening magazine the designers talk about making a view that is pleasant from your window.

What they mean is that your garden areas close to the house should have a wonderful aspect from the back of the garden as well as from the front. I guess this means don’t put the tallest plants in the back that create a total block of your view. But it might also mean that one should think about the angle from which you see various parts of your garden.

This first picture is a view of my bedroom window.

The dogwood and pale purple flocks

This is from my bedroom window and a view I get every spring. The bottom of the tree is surrounded by flocks and strawberry plants. I did not craft it to be seen from above but I like how it has turned out.

This next view is out my living room window.
Hanging Basket

This is the only hanging basket I have up so far. By the end of the month, my front porch will be filled with flowers. They are interspersed with bird feeders, including a hummingbird feeder that you can see on the top right corner. Because we are on the prairie I am always surprised when they come in for a quick snack. But they do and sometimes one of the hummers will take a quick break.

This last view is from the office. Notice you are not seeing a picture of the office, which is truly horrendous.
The View from the Office.

This is the shade garden that gets all of its light in the morning. A larger bird feeder is here along with the rabbit cage. We are not sure who but we do know someone was messing with it. Grass does not get into a water bottle by itself. So we moved the rabbit and it makes for a happy situation.

Right now I have a form of daffodil blooming along with the dandelions I have not taken out – yet. It is a pretty aspect. My next project is to put window boxes on the garage for that whole ‘cottage’ look to be complete.
How do you work your garden ‘view’ from your window?

Hello, Up There!

The tall sunflower.


Summer may be winding down but my plants are not. 

Oh, sure some have gone by the wayside that are not great in this heat we are having. The tomatoes are coming in fast and furious from our garden.  But just look at my sunflowers. 

The tallest looks to be eleven or twelve feet tall. In another day or two it will reach the window on the second floor of our house. The smaller ones may only be eight or nine feet tall but they have been great for attracting gold finches. The birds hang upside-down to feed on some of the seeds of the sunflower. 

Full view of the plant


Plus there have been butterflies galore and hummingbirds taking a rest on the stems. That little spot of red you see just under the porch ceiling on the left is the hummingbird feeder my husband has placed to encourage the hummers to come around. 

I have had sunflowers in this patch before but never like this. I have never had the response like this to them before. 

I am beginning to think that I had better remember to grab some seeds from these plants so I can have great sunflowers next year. 

See the dark pink buds at the top?But this is not the only tall plant I have that was unexpected. I have one hollyhock plant that seems determined to make it to eight or nine feet tall. 

Most years this plant gets up to seven feet at the most. But I think the hot weather has encouraged a tremendous growth spurt. 

I assume that the shape and color of the flower would be enticing to hummingbirds as well but I have not seen them around that plant. 

Now if you look carefully, you will see a row of tomatoes on the porch rail. I think that was today’s pick alone. 

There is the tall Hollyhock, by the porch support column.


Here is what I know. By the time the husband gets to bed tonight a number of tomatoes will have been turned into pasta sauce starter which is so nice in the winter when fresh tomatoes are no-where to be found. Sure, they come in from another part of the world but who know where or how long those tomatoes have had to travel. Enough of the “Eat Local” lecture.

How about your garden? Do you have a plant growing way beyond expectation?