Hands in the Dirt
I admit aside from harvesting cucumbers, lettuce, jalapenos, the first tomato, basil, cilantro, and stalking my strawberries (the chipmunk is still eating these before I can)... I haven't done a lot of gardening of late. I also noticed that the fawns (or it may have been the woodchuck/s) have eaten most of the flowers that aren't fenced to include my peppermint, daisies, and sweet william, and others. I didn't keep up with spraying my liquid fence... uggg!
And remember all those beautiful apples that were growing? They are all but are missing. I have seen the squirrels eating them; guess they were really hungry. Another reminder to self... to spray/defend crops.
Let's take a look at what is blooming! The bee balm is holding strong (and nothing has eaten it); in fact the purple is peaking and just lovely! I also have this tall flower with the bunches of purple flowers at the top (top left photo). It's pretty!
I have another peculiar red flower... I think I remember planting it as a bulb last year.. it didn't bloom and I just figured something ate the bulb (bottom left photo). Nice surprise! After a quick search I think it might be a Crocosmia!
I also have noticed other inhabitants. Like this big green caterpillar... a little search is calling him a Antheraea polyphemus. Which is fancy scientist for moth. But, neat still!
And do you see the "humming bird bug" hovering near the purple bee balm below? A little search is calling that one a Spinx Moth. Yup, I am totally enjoying all this outdoor stuff!
Hands in the Water
When we last talked about dogs swimming in the lake here and here Sammy had gotten this far... paws in and tasting the water.
Well, yesterday our little water pup took a huge leap in growing up.
All on her own.
Like she was born to swim. So excited to see her making leaps and bounds like this!
The both jumped in the water, blew bubbles, drank water, doggy paddled and splashed around and then they would run back out of the water to shake off.
The mister and I were reward with two very tired dogs at the end of it. What an awesome way to cap off a long weekend!!
~Outdoor Wednesday with Southern Daydreamer~
~Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage~
Much love for Japan