Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Walk - The Dahlia Garden

It is supposed to be quite hot again for the next three days.
I suggest we go down to the Dahlia Garden.

Lots more plants have come into bloom since the last time we visited.  

Asia

Pee Gee

Crazy for Jesse

Fidalgo Julie
I like how this dahlia is one color on the front of the petal, and another color on the backside of the petal. 

Weston Spanish Dancer

Embrace

Camano Susan

Tioga Autumn

Lolita

Sandrine

Sir Richard

Hollyhill Margarita

Lakeview Illusion

Kelsey Kristi

Tiny

It's always good to have happy pollinators hard at work in the garden!

I hope you enjoyed our stroll through the garden.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sunflowers


Design - "August Stamp" (Flip It)
Designer - Lizzie Kate
Fabric - 28 count Light Mocha Cashel linen
Fibers - GAST, WDW, and DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 14 August 2016
Completed - 20 August 2016

This was a fun stitch.  Love the bright sunflowers.  I ran out of WDW 'Curry' and had to wait to get another skein that was complimentary.  It all worked out.

After breakfast, Parvati spends an hour or so checking out her world.  

She went nose to nose with a doe the other morning, and even ended up 'popping' her in the nose a couple of times!

I thought that since I'd stitched a couple of sunflowers, it would be appropriate that they take center stage. 

To be honest I am 'borrowing' these - they belong to a neighbor's garden that I spied over the fence when I was keeping Pickles the Cat company.

They had at least two different kinds of sunflowers.
Pale yellow and a brighter yellow. 

I heard lots of goldfinches, and expect the birds will devour the seeds when they ripen.

There is something iconic about a sunflower.

I am amazed at the size of the leaves on these plants.

August and sunflowers go together like chocolate and peanut-butter!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Birds

Design - "Summer Bird" (Wee One)
Designer - Heart in Hand
Fabric - 32 count Summer Khaki linen
Fibers - WDW & GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 August 2013
Completed - 13 August 2013

I figured that "Summer Bird" was an appropriate, if not almost perfect stitch for August.

Here are some of my local Summer Birds.

My flock of Band-tailed Pigeons has diminished to just 10-15.  That's just fine by me.  The smaller group does not wreck havoc with my feeders.   

The number of Black-headed Grosbeaks has also declined from a high of 18-24 birds, to now just 6 or so.  Those six are usually females / juvenile birds.  It is rare that I see a mature male.

The opposite is true of the American Goldfinches.
I am now seeing 20-30 birds in the morning.

This Goldfinch appears to be a bit puzzled by the Rufous Hummingbird scratching an itch!

My male Lesser Goldfinch is molting and looks a bit tatty.

For a true pretty yellow bird the last 1/3 of August I have to rely on my female Western Tanager. 

On one of our ultra-hot days, I had quite the gathering at a bird bath - two Flickers and two Steller's Jays.

The California Quail number peak at this time of year. I have a family with 12 tiny babies, a family with 4 babies, a family with 12 large kids, and a family of 48 or so!  That's a lot of quail!

No wonder the bunnies begin to feel a bit crowded!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Hummers

In extreme heat it is important to stay cool...

...and comfortable!

Whenever it gets about 95°, I change out the hummingbird feeders every two days.  I do not want the sugar water to ferment and make the birds ill.  

Here are a few photos of the three or four Rufous hummingbirds.

The fence around my sister's cantaloupe is very popular. 

It's big enough, that momentarily 2 or 3 birds can perch there including this Anna's.

Then the battle cries sound!

They are liking my agastaches right now.

They love 'tube' flowers of any sort.

This lobelia is also a hit.

Plants also provide perches like this clematis.

Small bird with a BIG 'tude!