Tulip Trees and Turkeys    I have both!

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Wildlife advocate, Maria Daddino, receives first honorable mention at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival and two nominations for the 2012 Global eBook Awards for her “Maria’s Duck Tales” … to read more click the link above.

George awakens from his long winter’s nap …

George, the groundhog, came out from his long winter’s nap. I had been anxiously watching for him since March … and, of course, worrying about him. When the landscapers did my spring clean-up, they covered the entrance to his tunnel and I feared that George might suffocate. I did dig out the entrance immediately. But, on May 1st, I noticed a new “exit” so George is safe, fine and out and about!

Tommy turkey wanders aimlessly about my garden looking for his mother and his sisters. They are all off nesting, I suppose. I feel so sorry for Tommy. Yesterday morning I found him sitting on the doormat in front of my front door. I guess he’s lonesome and just wants company.

I promised myself that I would write in my blog every day. Of course, I made that promise on New Year’s Day but … better late than never!

Hummingbirds …

 I named her Rose partly because she is so beautiful and so delicate … and partly because she reminded me of someone very special to me. She stayed all summer, thrilling me with her graceful flights and enjoying the nectar from all the special flowers I had planted in my garden for her. She visited several times a day, resting on dead tree limbs or my wrought iron pillars, and I couldn’t help but wonder if her nest was hidden somewhere in my garden.

I hated the thought of her leaving … migrating to Costa Rica … flying non-stop, some five hundred miles, over the Gulf. When she finally did leave, I truly missed her daily visits.

And, then, today, I received another gift of nature … another marvel … or marvels … four ruby-throated hummingbirds were in my garden enjoying my Agastache and my Spigelia marilandica, a beautiful native wildflower with wonderful tubular orange blossoms. They stayed for quite a while just enjoying … but not as much as I!

A September Weekend …
This weekend was absolutely glorious … in the low 70’s, sunny and dry … a weekend that I just don’t want to end.
I guess my wild-friends felt that way too since they all made an appearance. The twin fawns and the turkey babies have really grown … almost as big as their moms!Millie, the bunny, is also getting big … but, thankfully, not as quickly as the fawns and the turkeys.My pond was covered today with a flock of bluejays … a lot prettier and more colorful than the grackles … and just as rambunctious!I saw Rose, the hummingbird, earlier in the week. I wonder when she’ll migrate. It is truly amazing that when ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate to Costa Rica they cross the Gulf … some 500 miles … non-stop!My weekend was extra special because my son Michael came to visit. He cooked me an absolutely delicious dinner: pork chops in a brown sugar sauce, smashed red potatoes and green beans with a fresh-from-my-garden tomato and onion glaze. Yummy ….

A September Weekend …

This weekend was absolutely glorious … in the low 70’s, sunny and dry … a weekend that I just don’t want to end.

I guess my wild-friends felt that way too since they all made an appearance. The twin fawns and the turkey babies have really grown … almost as big as their moms!

Millie, the bunny, is also getting big … but, thankfully, not as quickly as the fawns and the turkeys.

My pond was covered today with a flock of bluejays … a lot prettier and more colorful than the grackles … and just as rambunctious!

I saw Rose, the hummingbird, earlier in the week. I wonder when she’ll migrate. It is truly amazing that when ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate to Costa Rica they cross the Gulf … some 500 miles … non-stop!

My weekend was extra special because my son Michael came to visit. He cooked me an absolutely delicious dinner: pork chops in a brown sugar sauce, smashed red potatoes and green beans with a fresh-from-my-garden tomato and onion glaze. Yummy ….

Millie …
A sweet baby bunny who lives in my garden and who, apparently, is totally unafraid of me. When I get really close to her, she just looks at me with those beautiful trusting brown eyes and continues eating. I keep telling her “Miliie, you’ve got to run away from me” but she just twitches her nose in that cute bunny way and continues doing whatever she’s doing.

Millie …

A sweet baby bunny who lives in my garden and who, apparently, is totally unafraid of me. When I get really close to her, she just looks at me with those beautiful trusting brown eyes and continues eating. I keep telling her “Miliie, you’ve got to run away from me” but she just twitches her nose in that cute bunny way and continues doing whatever she’s doing.

Elise … … comes into my garden late in the afternoon … around 5 p.m. She sometimes gets annoyed if I’m watering my plants … I can hear her back in the woods stomping her foot and making that sort of deer “snort" to let me know she wants me out of "her" garden!Elise is the mother of the twin fawns and it is truly amazing to watch her teach her kids.

Elise … … comes into my garden late in the afternoon … around 5 p.m. She sometimes gets annoyed if I’m watering my plants … I can hear her back in the woods stomping her foot and making that sort of deer “snort" to let me know she wants me out of "her" garden!
Elise is the mother of the twin fawns and it is truly amazing to watch her teach her kids.

A Summer’s Pond …
Life on the East End is sweet … particularly in the summer. The ocean breezes work their magic, easing the heat of the day and cooling the dark nights. The sun is so bright … it dazzles and the nighttime sky … well … it is simply magnificent. I look upward each evening and am always awed and humbled by the beauty and brightness of the twinkling stars and the brilliance of the moon. It is almost as if I can reach up and touch them.The wildlife here is abundant and the birds, both native and migrating, never cease to amaze. I am so very fortunate to have daily visits from “wild-friends” that I had previously only seen in books.
I will be writing more and posting pictures of all my visitors so stay tuned …

A Summer’s Pond …

Life on the East End is sweet … particularly in the summer. The ocean breezes work their magic, easing the heat of the day and cooling the dark nights. The sun is so bright … it dazzles and the nighttime sky … well … it is simply magnificent. I look upward each evening and am always awed and humbled by the beauty and brightness of the twinkling stars and the brilliance of the moon. It is almost as if I can reach up and touch them.

The wildlife here is abundant and the birds, both native and migrating, never cease to amaze. I am so very fortunate to have daily visits from “wild-friends” that I had previously only seen in books.

I will be writing more and posting pictures of all my visitors so stay tuned …