Thursday, March 4, 2021

More sunflower photos from the garden

 I only have sunflowers blooming right now, except for 2 very pathetic looking hollyhocks.   This just has NOT been a good year for them.   We got virtually NO RAIN all fall and winter.   I do go out and hand water, but there's just something about natural water that makes everything sprout and grow and since we haven't had much, NOTHING has sprouted from is very frustrating.

However, my sunflowers are doing pretty well:

Monday, March 1, 2021

My sunflowers in February

 I currently have 2 spots of sunflowers that are blooming out back and I have several spots where they have just sprouted.   I planned out and planted a sunflower circle, but those plants haven't even sprouted yet.   I went out in February with my backup camera, my old Nikon D40x and took these photos of the ones I have.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

No sweet peas this year!

 I did NOT plant sweet peas this year.   Actually, I didn't plant any last year and I had quite a crop come up on their own!   I'm not expecting that this year and, in fact, I have planted hollyhocks in their place.   I will miss my sweet peas, but they have been so thin and straggly the last few years, I've frankly just given up.   I MAY try to plant some next week...we'll see.

In the meantime, I have plenty of hollyhocks coming up, as well as sunflowers.   The hollyhocks are from the seeds I picked all summer long.   I have a whole bucket full of them!   I have scattered them all around the back yard and there are a few that even survived our summer temperatures.   As long as they have water, they seem to do fine.

Another update soon!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Garden update January 2021

 Still here.   Hubby and I are pretty much just staying at home.

I am, however, working hard on my back yard garden.   Edison came and took out 6 trees under their wires because they were coming out twice a year to trim them.   So, when they asked if they could just take them out, we said yes.   It took them 3 days to do so.


NOW I have about 1/3 of the yard completely bare in which to plant flowers and a vegetable garden!   Since they also took out our huge Chinaberry, all that area is clear to plant.   So, every morning I go out and do a little digging.

I do have sunflowers coming up from the seeds in my bags of bird seed!   And, I see bees out on them.

Until next time.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Fountain visitor (Coopers' hawk)

Yesterday I had a visitor stop by our front fountain:   a Coopers' hawk!   YES!   A nice, big FAT ONE, too.  I think this is the momma.   There are 2 young ones additionally in our neighborhood.   In fact, one of our neighbors (next street over) stopped by and chatted and they visit her yard, too.   I sometimes hear them cackling to each other.  I always know when they are around because ALL the birds in the yard have disappeared!   Sometimes when they take flight, they bump into my craft room window...poor things.   And sometimes I find their feathers all over, so I know one has been a meal for one of the hawks.   But, that's nature, right?

I did find a young hawk DEAD in the front yard last week.   I looked at it and couldn't see any cause of death, and since I'm still recovering from week 3 of a TERRIBLE, coughing, NASTY flu, I didn't do anything with it.   It sat out there until one morning I noticed the whole thing WAS GONE!   I believe that one of the neighborhood feral cats made off with it.   Nature's cycle completed.

Anyway, here's the link to the You Tube video that I made about the visitor:

Garden, Spring 2019

I'm so sorry I haven't posted on this blog for...2 years!   I can barely keep up with my other two!

Anyway, if you want a little sunshine, here are some photos I took of my garden last Spring.   I had sunflowers and hollyhocks all over the front yard and around the mail box!   The hollyhocks got to be over 6' tall.   I planted black oil sunflower seeds from the bird seed I use in the yard and they weren't quite as tall.   They also weren't as sturdy as the hollyhocks and many of them broke in our March winds.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

My sunflower garden this year

Since I am now retired (as of May 1, 2016...), almost 2 years ago, I can no longer to spend outrageous amounts on my garden passion.  Therefore, this year I kept it simple:  I book the sunflower seeds in the birdseed and planted those.  I also have sunflowers coming up from all the dropped and scattered birdseed from the feeders!


And, you should SEE my gorgeous sunflowers out in the back yard!

Here is one photo and I'll be taking more today!

This one opened up the last week of... FEBRUARY! 

Amazing, eh?
~Cheryl Ann~